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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


Infiniti appoints Mike Colleran as global division VP

20 March 2019

Infiniti has appointed Mike Colleran as global division vice president, Marketing and Sales Operations effective 1 April.


Hyundai Mobis joins Yandex for autonomous platform

20 March 2019

Hyundai Mobis has inked an MOU for joint development of an AI-based autonomous driving platform with Yandex.


Alliance launches Intelligent Cloud

20 March 2019

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has unveiled production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, a new platform enabling RNM to deliver connected services in vehicles sold in nearly 200 markets.


Wabco and SmartDrive team on safety suite

19 March 2019

Wabco Holdings is collaborating with SmartDrive Systems to provide safety event video recording through the Wabco OnLane camera.


Hyundai Canada launches fuel cell-powered SUV

19 March 2019

Hyundai Auto Canada has announced the national launch of the first Nexo, Canada’s only fuel cell-powered SUV.


Dana unveils new Dura-Tune centre bearing

19 March 2019

Dana has unveiled its Spicer Dura-Tune centre bearing, available on standard Spicer SPL and heavy-duty Spicer 10 Series driveshafts.


BMW Group wins engine orders from Ineos Automotive

19 March 2019

BMW Group has secured a major order from Ineos Automotive for the delivery of petrol and diesel engines.


ZF acquires 60% of 2getthere

19 March 2019

ZF has acquired a 60% of automated transport systems company, 2getthere, located in Utrecht, Netherlands, with offices in San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore.


Britain's House of Commons is due to vote on a no-deal BrexitUK no-deal tariff details "long overdue" - FTA

13 March 2019

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the tariff policy released by London in case the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal on 29 March is "long overdue."


CFDT union welcomes Renault Alliance board changes

13 March 2019

French union, CFDT has welcomed news concerning the new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance operating board, albeit with the caveat social and employee wage issues should be to the fore.




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