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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


Fastned opens 100th Europe EV charging station

14 June 2019

Fastned is opening its 100th and 101st fast charging stations in Europe, both in the Netherlands.


Geely Auto and LG Chem to manufacture EV batteries in China

14 June 2019

Shanghai Maple Guorun, an indirect 99% owned subsidiary of Geely Automobile, has announced a new joint venture partnership with LG Chem.


Scotland grants GBP500,000 for EV boost

14 June 2019

Scotland has opened a second round of the Plugged-In Households Grant Fund allowing more social housing providers, third sector and community organisations the chance to procure the services of electric vehicle car clubs.


Lear teams with Plug and Play for mobility

14 June 2019

Lear and Plug and Play are partnering on advancing mobility innovation in the automotive industry, coordinated through the Silicon Valley office of Lear Innovation Ventures (LIV) in San Mateo, California.


Electrify America/Chargepoint team on roaming

13 June 2019

Electrify America and ChargePoint have unveiled a roaming partnership which will further expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging across the US.


Workforce secures US$25m funding

13 June 2019

Electric mobility solutions technology company, Workhorse has entered into subscription agreements for a private offering with a group of institutional investors, resulting in gross proceeds of US$25m.


Baidu and WM Motor develop autonomous valet parking software

13 June 2019

Baidu has unveiled its autonomous Valet Parking software and hardware integration solution with partner, WM Motor at CES Asia.


AGC acquires Taconic's Advanced Dielectric Division

13 June 2019

AGC has completed the acquisition of Advanced Dielectric Division (ADD) and a portion of the Industrial Products Division (IPD) of US-based Taconic.


Volkswagen leads US$1bn Northvolt capital raise

13 June 2019

Volkswagen Group and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division are leading a US$1bn equity capital raise in Northvolt, alongside BMW, AMF, Folksam and IMAS Foundation for 16 GWh lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing capacity.


France's CFDT union is not opposed to a potential change of Paris' Renault stakeCFDT not against Paris Renault stake drop

12 June 2019

Renault union, CFDT says it is "not opposed" to any move by the French government to reduce its stake in the manufacturer, should it look to formalise a merger with FCA.




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