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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


Johnson Controls sells Power business for US$13.2bn

13 November 2018

Johnson Controls International has unveiled a definitive agreement to sell its Power Solutions business to Brookfield Business Partners, together with institutional partners including Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in a cash transaction valued at US$13.2bn.


Delphi Technologies Q3 revenue down 1% to US$3.7bn

13 November 2018

Delphi Technologies has reported third-quarter revenue of US$1.2bn and US$3.7bn for the year-to-date period, a decrease of 1% and an increase of 2% compared to the respective equivalent prior period, on an adjusted basis.


Eaton wins Czech government engine valve funding

13 November 2018

Eaton European Innovation Centre (EEIC) is embarking on a joint R&D programme with the Czech Technical University in Prague.


Magna Q3 net income up 8% to US$554m

13 November 2018

Magna has recorded third-quarter net income up 8% to US$554m, due to what it says is a "substantially lower income tax rate."


Russia maintains rise with October sales 8% up

13 November 2018

Russia's powerful automotive recovery continued last month with sales of new passenger cars and LCVs increasing 8.2% last month.


ZF to fly automated drones over German factories

12 November 2018

ZF says it is the first company in Germany to receive official approval for automated drone flights over factory premises.


“This Action Group will hit the ground running with one focus - to retain Michelin’s footprint in DundeeMichelin Action Group to "hit ground running" in bid to save jobs

9 November 2018

Dundee City Council says its Michelin Action Group (MAG) will meet for the first time on Monday (12 November) in a bid to address the tyremaker's shock news this week it would axe its plant in the Scottish city in 2020 with the loss of 845 jobs.


Sogefi develops plastic diesel fuel filter module for PSA HDi engine

9 November 2018

Sogefi has developed a new plastic diesel fuel filter module for PSA new generation 1.5 litres HDi engines.


NXP develops new Battery Cell Controllers for EVs

9 November 2018

NXP Semiconductors has announced a new Battery Cell Controller portfolio suitable for automotive Battery Management Systems.


LG Chem appoints new vice chairman and CEO

9 November 2018

LG Chem has appointed 3M vice chairman and EVP, Hak Cheol Shin as new vice chairman and CEO.




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