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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


“The worldwide car market is going through a deep crisis. The [French] sector has seen a drop in activity of more than 84%; it is unprecedented outside wartimeMacron lauds Valeo work to restart

27 May 2020

French President, Emmanuel Macron has hailed efforts by Valeo to cope with the coronavirus crisis as the supplier looks to gradually resume operations in an environment the Head of State said had not been seen since wartime.


Faurecia could create 600 new jobs in new tech boost

27 May 2020

Faurecia says there is the potential to create 600 new jobs in R&D and production for Zero Emission Mobility as well as Cockpit of the Future solutions, following President Emmanuel Macron's unveiling of a EUR8bn (US$8.8bn) support package for the automotive sector.


Valeo backs France aid plan for new technologies

27 May 2020

Valeo will support Paris' EUR8bn (US$8.8bn) automotive recovery plan by locating new technologies such as 48V in France.


PSA hails State sector support

27 May 2020

PSA has welcomed plans by the French government to support the domestic sector, with aid of more than EUR8bn (US$8.8bn) for a range of new technology and relocalisation initiatives.


France to inject more than EUR8bn into auto sector

26 May 2020

France is to plough more than EUR8bn (US$8.8bn) into its domestic automotive sector as it looks to address the myriad challenges facing the industry in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.


CLEPA calls on EC for "bold recovery plan"

26 May 2020

CLEPA, IndustriAll Europe, Ceemet (European Tech & Industry Employers) ACEA, CECRA, ETRMA and trade unions, are calling on the EC to implement what they term a "bold" industrial recovery plan.


President Macron will reveal his sector plan at Valeo's Etaples site in northern FranceMacron to unveil "new stage" in auto support plan

26 May 2020

President Emmanuel Macron is currently meeting senior OEM, supplier and union representatives in Paris with a major announcement concerning support for the sector being made later this afternoon (26 May).


PSA extends EV roadside assistance plan

26 May 2020

PSA has extended its roadside assistance plan on new full electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) to eight years or 100,000 miles, in line with the vehicle battery warranty.


TrueCar extends dealer financial support into June

22 May 2020

TrueCar is to continue financial payment relief for its dealer customers through June.


Trafficware launches ATMS 2.10

22 May 2020

Cubic Corporation says Trafficware, which operates within its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division, has released ATMS 2.10, the newest version of its Advanced Transportation Management Platform (ATMP).




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