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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


Renault 2018 sales up 3% to 3.9m vehicles

18 January 2019

Groupe Renault has posted 2018 sales up 3.2% to 3.9m vehicles, while integrating the Jinbei and Huasong brands, although at 2017 scope, volumes declined by 1.2% in a world market down 0.3%.


Eaton develops power-dense inverter for EVs

18 January 2019

Eaton says its eMobility business has developed compact power-dense automotive inverters capable of increasing the range of electric vehicles.


Osram sells Slyvania Lighting to Wesco International

18 January 2019

Osram has sold its North American service business, Sylvania Lighting Solutions to Wesco International.


Ports such as Dover (pictured) have come under intense scrutiny as to whether or not seamless customs arrangements will remain post-BrexitUK haulage bodies urge deal to avoid hard Brexit

17 January 2019

Influential British logistics bodies are calling on the UK government to act quickly and secure a withdrawal agreement with the European Union (EU) before the country's formal exit date of 29 March this year.


Bridgestone and Iris team on new mobility services

17 January 2019

Bridgestone Europe and Iris Capital have unveiled a corporate venture partnership to investigate and invest in new mobility services, Industry 4.0 and digital transformation technologies across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.


Brose and Vayyar team on interior/door technology

17 January 2019

Brose is working with sensor specialist Vayyar, integrating sensor systems in power adjustment systems and drives in interior and exterior applications.


Alliance Ventures invests in retail start-up Tekion

17 January 2019

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's venture capital arm, Alliance Ventures, has announced an investment in US company, Tekion.


AFC Energy develops hydrogen fuel-cell EV charger

17 January 2019

Industrial fuel cell power company, AFC Energy has deployed CH2ARGE, an electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology.


Evergrande Group acquires 51% of NEVS

16 January 2019

Evergrande Group has acquired 51% of the shares in NEVS for an undisclosed price.


Westport Fuel Systems appoints David Johnson as CEO

16 January 2019

Westport Fuel Systems has appointed David Johnson as CEO, effective immediately.




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