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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

AEB hails Russia figures but urges long-term caution

16 March 2018

Russia's burgeoning passenger and LCV market has "outperformed" expectations says the Association of European Businesses Automotive Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC), which nonetheless injected a note of caution when viewing the figures.

VW Rus is stressing The Kremlin should adopt a market approach to supply chainVW Rus urges Moscow to be market focused for supply chain

15 March 2018

Volkswagen Rus is calling for a more integrated approach to the supply chain as well as a market-centric push from those in government in Moscow as The Kremlin considers its future strategy for the automotive sector.

Renault Russia convinces Algeria of component quality

15 March 2018

Renault Russia says it has won the battle to win the confidence of a major North African market as the export arena becomes increasingly important.

Russia recovery opportunity for domestic suppliers - AEB

15 March 2018

Russia's burgeoning passenger and LCV market may open up potential for new domestic component manufacturers to supply OEMs and also export says the Association of European Businesses (AEB).

GKN lauds technology portfolio as bid battle rages

15 March 2018

GKN says its technology is contributing to providing answers to increasingly complex environmental pressures as regulatory pressure combined with consumer demand show no sign of dissipating.

Poland supports the automotive cluster in Tychy where there is a Free Trade ZoneNexteer works with OEMs on steer-by-wire technology

12 March 2018

Nexteer says it is evaluating its steer-by-wire (SbW) system with unnamed OEMs as it moves to a production date for the technology by 2022/23.

Central Europe is proving a manufacturing blessing - and a headache - as countries compete for scarce labour - pushing up wagesWages not only pull for Nexteer as Visegrad 4 boom

12 March 2018

Nexteer says simply bowing to surging wage inflation across Central Europe is not the only way to address severe labour challenges currently besetting the region.

Unions and politicans are meeting in Paris to discuss the future of Ford's Aquitaine Industries site near BordeauxFord Aquitaine site doubt as unions summoned to Paris

2 March 2018

Crunch talks are currently (2 March) underway in Paris between French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire, several unions and local politicians, as the future of Ford Aquitaine Industries and its 910 staff (FAI) continues to be a major doubt.

“GKN is 250 years on the market - we have had in the past many many challengesGKN "confident" as supplier confirms Dana talks

2 March 2018

GKN Driveline says it is "very, very confident" its customers will continue to give full backing to the supplier as its parent Group battles a bid from manufacturing investor, Melrose.

EMotorWerks expands into Europe with JuiceBox charging station

2 March 2018

EmotorWerks says it is to expand into Europe and release its JuiceBox Pro 32 EV charging station.

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