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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


Brussels has reacted to US action on steel by imposing its own tariffsACEA slams EC steel import tariffs as trade war looms

20 July 2018

Tariffs of up to 25% imposed by the European Commission (EC) on the import of a number of steel products following Washington's decision to levy its own surcharge, have been heavily criticised by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).


Faurecia records H1 net profit up 10% to EUR342m

20 July 2018

Faurecia has posted first-half net income up 10% to EUR342m (US$399m), while sales also grew by double digits in the second quarter and first six months.


FEAL (Forum on the European Automotive Industry) in Lille brought suppliers, OEMs and government officials together in France's primary manufacturing region for the sectorPure EVs "final destination" for industry - Renault

19 July 2018

Renault says pure EV vehicles will represent the "final destination" of the automotive industry as the sector continues to power ahead at around 50% per year growth of the market, although the manufacturer cautions on price.


Henkel addresses supplier/OEM 'pain-points'

19 July 2018

Henkel says solutions addressing the 'pain points of OEMs and tier suppliers include liquid gasketing, magnet bonding, thermal management and potting products as well as an impregnation service.


Cooper expands Starfire tyre lineup

13 July 2018

Cooper Tyre has added to its Starfire line-up with the Starfire Solarus AS all-season brand pitched at a value price point.


PSA sets H1 record with global sales up 38% to 2.2m vehicles

12 July 2018

PSA has established a record for the first-half of 2018, selling 2,181,800 vehicles, up 38% compared to this time last year. The total was boosted by the inclusion of Opel/Vauxhall sales numbers in this year's first-half figures (the acquisition took place last summer).


Sumitomo and Dunlop open Germany development centre

12 July 2018

Sumitomo Rubber Europe and Dunlop Tech have opened their European Development Centre campus in Germany.


Leoni appoints new CEO

12 July 2018

Leoni has announced Aldo Kamper will take up his position as CEO on 1 September this year.


TomTom buys out minority shares in TomTom Africa

12 July 2018

TomTom is strengthening its position in Africa by buying out the minority shareholders of TomTom Africa.


Autoneum expands Czech tooling site

12 July 2018

Autoneum is expanding its development and production site for tooling in the Czech city of Hnátnice owing to high demand and capacity utilisation.




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