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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


YFAI engineering director and site leader for the Technical Centre in Trencín, Ivan KebisekYFAI Trencín to secure benchmark certification

20 October 2017

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors' (YFAI) says its Trencín Technical Centre in Slovakia is due to receive common European benchmark certification within weeks as it looks to capitalise on testing capabilities.


Solvay launches new heat-stabilised polyamide for automotive applications

19 October 2017

Solvay Performance Polyamides has launched Technyl Red S, a heat-stabilised polyamide designed for automotive applications operating at a continuous temperature of 200°C.


Skoda marks 70 years of car production at Kvasiny plant

19 October 2017

Skoda is marking 70 years of car production in Kvasiny where around 8,000 employees produce 1,000 cars each day.


Solvay develops new carbon/glass fibre hybrid material

19 October 2017

Solvay has unveiled Ixef 3012, a 55% carbon and glass fibre hybrid reinforced grade of polyarylamide (PARA) to provide high strength and stiffness at lower density.


Michelin acquires Lehigh Technologies

19 October 2017

Michelin has acquired Lehigh Technologies, a materials company which uses cryogenic turbo mill technology to transform rubber from end-of-life tyres and industrial goods.


Bendix invests to expand production in Huntington

19 October 2017

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is to expand its manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a US$3.8m capital investment in equipment to launch two new production lines.


Michelin's Ladoux Technology Centre in its home city of Clermont-Ferrand is at the forefront of its 1.6mm tread depth pushMichelin urges action to address impact of global growth

13 October 2017

Michelin says society has to do something "now" to reduce the impact of rising global vehicle ownership and is citing its promotion of minimum tread depth of 1.6mm as it looks to convince the industry of its arguments and avoid planned obsolescence.


Mahle honours six suppliers

13 October 2017

Mahle has presented awards to its suppliers in six categories: Quality, Logistics, Global Cooperation, Performance, Innovation and Project Management. 


GM appoints Global Electric Vehicle Programmes VP

13 October 2017

General Motors has appointed Pamela Fletcher, who launched the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the newly-created position of vice president, Global Electric Vehicle Programmes


Hella invests in Lippstadt headquarters expansion

13 October 2017

Hella is constructing a new visitor, administrative and exhibition centre near its company headquarters and is outlining an urban planning competition for the future use of the former Steinstrasse company premises.




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