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December 2011 management briefing: Review of 2011 (part 1)

20 December 2011 | Dave Leggett

December 2011 management briefing: Review of 2011 (part 1) Dave Leggett Like any year in the auto industry, 2011 saw its fair share of company ups and downs, industrial comings and goings, and a fa... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: An uptick in partsville

7 May 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: An uptick in partsville Graeme Roberts Back from two weeks' 'holiday at home' (not entirely my first choice; do not mention the words 'Iceland' or 'volcano') to a mixed week for th... read more


FEATURE: OEMs move faster to shift contracts to stable suppliers

24 November 2009 | SupplierBusiness.com

FEATURE: OEMs move faster to shift contracts to stable suppliers SupplierBusiness.com November is bringing more good news for suppliers. Now OEMs fear the sector’s expected consolidation will not ha... read more


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of shock absorbers

1 June 2009 | Matthew Beecham

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of shock absorbers Matthew Beecham Despite the global economic downturn putting a damper on vehicle production, Matthew Beecham finds out how shock absorber manufacturers a... read more


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of vehicle door innovations

8 May 2009 | Matthew Beecham

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of vehicle door innovations Matthew Beecham The trend in both Europe and the US is toward increasing complexity of door componentry, adding more electronic functions and, i... read more


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Tomorrow’s shock absorbers

12 January 2009 | Matthew Beecham

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Tomorrow’s shock absorbers Matthew Beecham Ride control is basically governed by a vehicle’s suspension system, including its shock absorbers (dampers) and struts.  For the l... read more


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of roof systems

8 September 2008 | Matthew Beecham

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of roof systems Matthew Beecham “Convertibles, cabriolets, drop-tops, open-tops, ragtops, retractables – call them what you want, they all spell one thing: fun,” said Paul ... read more


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Tomorrow’s shock absorbers

6 November 2007 | Matthew Beecham

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Tomorrow’s shock absorbers Matthew Beecham Ride control is basically governed by a vehicle’s suspension system, including its shock absorbers (dampers) and struts.  For the ... read more


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of road wheels market

18 September 2007 | Matthew Beecham

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of road wheels market Matthew Beecham Since being rolled out by the Sumerians in around 3500 BC, the wheel has been constantly re-invented. Styling flexibility, reduced wei... read more


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of door modules

10 September 2007 | Matthew Beecham

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of door modules Matthew Beecham It may not look like it but the door is one of the most complex systems on a vehicle. It must look good, incorporate crash stability and, ab... read more


ANALYST COMMENT: Europeans, Chinese and equity groups are descending on distressed American supplier assets

11 December 2006 | SupplierBusiness.com

ANALYST COMMENT: Europeans, Chinese and equity groups are descending on distressed American supplier assets SupplierBusiness.com Amid all the gloom and doom in Detroit, last week was one of surprisi... read more


A wheel story

21 March 2006 | Matthew Beecham

A wheel story Matthew Beecham Since being rolled out by the Ancient Greeks in around 3500 BC, the wheel has been constantly re-invented. Today, the main innovations centre on producing larger, brigh... read more


Open sesame

5 April 2005 | About Automotive

Open sesame About Automotive The men's 100 metres final at last year’s Olympic games in Athens was all over in just ten seconds.  That's just how quickly some car thieves can break into most c... read more


AAIW report from Las Vegas

15 November 2004 | just-auto.com editorial team

AAIW report from Las Vegas just-auto.com editorial team The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) in Las Vegas must be the largest and certainly the most vibrant of all aftermarket events. It... read more


As one door closes, another one opens

9 November 2004 | Matthew Beecham

As one door closes, another one opens Matthew Beecham Over the next few years, we’ll see some major changes in the way in which vehicle makers source their doors. The trend in both Europe and the U... read more


Volkswagen changes purchasing strategy

23 October 2003 | SupplierBusiness.com

Volkswagen changes purchasing strategy SupplierBusiness.com Volkswagen’s purchasing priorities have changed over the past few years, driven by its strategy to launch a wider range of models with gr... read more


OE exhaust systems – a market overview

13 June 2003 | just-auto.com editorial team

OE exhaust systems – a market overview just-auto.com editorial team The exhaust system market is dominated by a limited number of international players, including Tenneco Automotive, ArvinMeritor, ... read more


Opening doors to new markets

25 February 2003 | just-auto.com editorial team

Opening doors to new markets just-auto.com editorial team It may not look like it, but the door is the second most complex system on a vehicle, the most complex system being the cockpit. It must lo... read more


Cheaper, lighter, brighter, bigger: developments in the world of automotive wheels

10 October 2002 | just-auto.com editorial team

Cheaper, lighter, brighter, bigger: developments in the world of automotive wheels just-auto.com editorial team Wheels are becoming cheaper, lighter, brighter and bigger. As one auto executive of a... read more


Biometric technology’s growing automotive industry role

19 August 2002 | just-auto.com editorial team

Biometric technology’s growing automotive industry role just-auto.com editorial team The automotive industry offers a market brimming with enormous growth prospects for biometrics. The greatest pote... read more


Let the sun shine in - developments in sunroofs

26 July 2002 | just-auto.com editorial team

Let the sun shine in - developments in sunroofs just-auto.com editorial team Ever since Mercedes-Benz offered the first car sunroof in 1932, the ways in which vehicle makers have sought to let the s... read more


Developments in shock absorbers

22 July 2002 | just-auto.com editorial team

Developments in shock absorbers just-auto.com editorial team What do shock absorbers do? The term ‘shock absorber’ is a misnomer because the device does not, in the strictest sense, absorb shoc... read more


A round-up of emerging technology for tomorrow's cars

15 October 2001 | Matthew Beecham

A round-up of emerging technology for tomorrow's cars Matthew Beecham As two satellite radio stations in the US get set to broadcast music coast-to-coast, Matthew Beecham reports on the how things ar... read more


A round-up of supplier innovations shown at Frankfurt

25 September 2001 | Matthew Beecham

A round-up of supplier innovations shown at Frankfurt Matthew Beecham A round-up of supplier innovations shown at Frankfurt Author: just-auto.com editorial team There is a lot more to Frankfurt... read more


The bitter lesson of 'big is best'

16 August 2001 | Institute of the Motor Industry

The bitter lesson of 'big is best' Institute of the Motor Industry Just as carmakers are forming into ever bigger groups, so the major components producers have restructured into a super league o... read more


Collaborate or perish - the automotive industry's key challenge?

29 June 2001 | just-auto.com editorial team

Collaborate or perish - the automotive industry's key challenge? just-auto.com editorial team by Colin Whitbread The terms "e-business" and "e-commerce" have now found a lasting place in the... read more


Door Modularity - the future

13 February 2001 | just-auto.com editorial team

Door Modularity - the future just-auto.com editorial team The next five years will see major changes in the way OEMs source their doors. The trend is already strongly towards modular - and lightweigh... read more