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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


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.


UQM with European OEM to pilot trial its electric drivetrain solution

17 August 2017

UQM Technologies says an unnamed European OEM will conduct a pilot trial of its full electric PowerPhase DT drivetrain solution.


Toyota/Servco to test new car-sharing technology in Hawaii

17 August 2017

Toyota and Servco Pacific (Servco) have partnered to test new car-sharing technology in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Navistar appoints new director to board

17 August 2017

Navistar has appointed Daniel Ninivaggi to its board, replacing Samuel Merksamer, who resigned after more than four years.


Autoliv/Seeing Machines to develop nextgen DMS for autonomous vehicles

17 August 2017

Autoliv is to collaborate with Seeing Machines to develop next generation driver monitoring systems (DMS) for autonomous vehicles.


KSS starts India steering wheel production

17 August 2017

Key Safety Systems (KSS) has started production of steering wheels in its new manufacturing location in Pune, Maharastra, India.


Continental and Kordsa team on new adhesion standard

16 August 2017

Continental and textile supplier for the tyre industry, Kordsa, are working together on a new adhesion system standard for bonding reinforcing materials to rubber based compounds.




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