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Simon Warburton


Simon WarburtonBiography

Simon has had many years as a business reporter, starting on a local newspaper in the West Midlands and subsequently working in the aviation and drinks industry sectors.

His experience in the aviation field was latterly with Reed Business Information division Air Transport Intelligence, while he was also Paris correspondent for Flight International.

Simon joined just-auto from RBI at the beginning of 2010 and talks on a daily basis to many of the major industry players, particularly on the supplier side and has developed close links with generic component manufacturer bodies. 

These include the European supplier organisation, CLEPA, which, representing five million supply industry workers, is one of the Continent's most significant employers, while its US equivalent, OESA, is of equal importance. 

A fluent French speaker, Simon regularly talks to global actors such as Renault, whose alleged industrial espionage scandal in 2011, rocked both its home country and the company. France is home to myriad suppliers - and industrial disputes - with Simon closely following both as Europe enters a period of major economic turbulence.

Component producers in Thailand were devasted by floods in 2011 and Simon regularly talked to both government representatives and suppliers in a bid to gauge the impact. The ongoing epic saga at Saab has left suppliers owed hundreds of millions of Euros and is a business tale Simon has been following on a daily basis.

Born in Southampton, Simon is stuck with the football team of the same name, having gone through thick and thin, mainly thin, during many years of support.

Columns by Simon Warburton


Slice Of Warburton

Slice Of Warburton

just-auto business editor Simon Warburton offers up a wide range of views in his distinctive style, informed by daily contact with the global auto industry

Articles by Simon Warburton


“Our partnership with Google will offer owners of our vehicles user experiences currently available only outside the vehicle or, to a limited extent, by connecting an Android device to supported vehiclesRenault Alliance and Google team on Android system

18 September 2018

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google are partnering to embed the Android operating system in vehicles sold by the alliance, providing infotainment and applications across multiple models and brands, scheduled to start in 2021.


Faurecia outlines technology for Paris show

18 September 2018

Faurecia will showcase its latest and disruptive technologies at the Paris Motor Show in its two areas of focus: Smart Life on Board and Sustainable Mobility.


CARB awards US$41m to Port of Los Angeles

17 September 2018

California's Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded US$41m to the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) for the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project.


Faraday Future appoints new VP of product, technology and IP

17 September 2018

Faraday Future (FF) says Jeff Risher has been appointed as vice president of Product, Technology and IP Strategy.


Chargepoint commits to 2.5m EV charging spots globally by 2025

17 September 2018

ChargePoint has unveiled a worldwide commitment of 2.5m EV charging spots by 2025 at the Global Climate Action Summit.


BASF opens new laboratory for automotive coatings in Munster

17 September 2018

BASF's Coatings division has opened a new laboratory for automotive OEM coatings at its site in Munster, using a lab dosing machine developed for BASF.


Leclanché selected as EVN partner in UK

17 September 2018

Leclanché has been selected as EV Network’s partner to develop ultra-fast charging stations for electric cars across the UK.


Autoneum opens two new China plants

17 September 2018

Autoneum has opened two new plants in China to add to its existing eight facilities.


“This really is a very important commitment from Gestamp to the automotive industryPlant opening reflects committment to UK - Gestamp chief

14 September 2018

Gestamp says the opening of its new plant in the UK reflects the supplier's strong commitment to the country and its automotive sector.


“We have started to invest – it does not make any sense wondering whether something happens or not” Gestamp executive chairman Francisco Riberas speaking at the supplier's new facility in the UKGestamp opens new UK site ahead of any Brexit deal

14 September 2018

Gestamp says it 'made no sense' to wait until a final outcome of any exit agreement between the British government and the European Union before deciding on its further manufacturing plans in the UK.




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