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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


Adient to buy Futuris for US$360m

21 August 2017

Adient has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Michigan-headquartered Futuris Group for US$360m including the assumption of around US$18m of net debt.


Clarion Sintered Metals expands in Pennsylvania

21 August 2017

Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf says Clarion Sintered Metals (CSM) will expand both its facilities in Ridgway, Elk County, creating 55 new jobs in the State.


Hella to show 77GHz radar sensors at IAA

21 August 2017

Hella will present its 77GHz radar sensors at next month's IAA in Frankfurt, enabling 360° vehicle environment recognition in the push to fully autonomous driving and parking.


Leoni showcases automated assembly at IAA

21 August 2017

Leoni is to present its solutions for increased automation and robot support in the manufacture of wiring systems at next month's IAA.


Hyundai Mobis develops bi-directional on board charger for EVs

21 August 2017

Hyundai Mobis says it has became the first in Korea to develop the bi-directional On Board Charger (OBC) for electric vehicles, key to the implementation of V2G (Vehicle To Grid) technology.


Mahle Powertrain secures GBP2m UK test centre grant

21 August 2017

Mahle Powertrain has been awarded GBP2.1m (US$2.7m) towards the construction of a climatic vehicle emissions test centre at its UK base in Northampton.


Trelleborg to build new production facility for sealing solutions in Denmark

18 August 2017

Trelleborg has, through its business area Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, invested in a new production facility for sealing solutions in Denmark, relocating its current manufacturing facility in the country.


PPG opens new automotive refinish training centre in Argentina

18 August 2017

PPG announced it has opened a new 300 sq m training centre for automotive refinish professionals in Pillar, Argentina.


Goodyear names new vice president and CTO

18 August 2017

Goodyear has unveiled Christopher Helsel as VP and chief technology officer, effective 1 September.


GAZ/PJSC Rosseti ink Russia agreement

18 August 2017

GAZ Group has inked an agreement with Russian energy network company, PJSC Rosseti.




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