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Research snapshot – Cleaner, connected, ‘breathing’ tyres

30 April 2018 | Matthew Beecham

The tyre is a highly complex product packed with advanced material engineering. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one focuses on some recent advances in the tyres arena.

Re-imagining the gas station and battery charge times - COMMENT

6 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fully electric vehicles come with a number of challenges, of course.

ANALYSIS - what the future holds for Chevrolet cars

13 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following a major expansion in the 2000s, Chevrolet is now shrinking. Fast. GM has pulled its largest brand from all European markets (though the Corvette and Camaro remain available), and a withdrawal from India and South Africa has now begun too. Meanwhile, in the US, China and South Korea, sales of Chevy car models are falling, leaving Brazil as the world's only large market where things are improving.

THE WEEK THAT WAS - aftermarket player and new product

27 May 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Matthew Beecham's Q&A with Dayco, which develops and manufactures engine products and drive systems, including timing belts, chain kits, belts and pulleys for the OE and aftermarket attracted a lot of eyes this week. He caught up with Steve Carolan, national sales manager, Dayco Aftermarket UK to learn how its business is taking shape. New Jaguars always attract interest, and especially so when it's the brand's first foray into territory previously the domain of sibling brand Range Rover. Cue sibling war or complementary co-existence? And can it see off Porsche?

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How machine learning can forecast parts failures

28 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Formed in 2009, 'We Predict' is a company using machine learning and predictive methodology to leverage forecasts from big databases. The US-based company is targeting a number of industries for its services, including automotive. In the UK, a team of data scientists, software coders and mathematicians works on a product utilising automotive warranty data (NA) that it claims can predict automotive parts failures by make and model. Dave Leggett visited their Swansea offices to find out more.

KYB is riding high on active suspension technologies

23 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with Tier 1 component suppliers, we spoke to Mike Howarth, Vice President, KYB Europe about recent damper innovations, active suspension systems and the European market for shock absorbers.

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Denso reorganises aftermarket companies in Japan

7 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Three of Denso group's Japanese domestic market sales and service companies are to be combined into a single entity branded Denso Solution.

VW offers glimpse of mobile charging station

4 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen says it is offering a glimpse of the company’s future mobile quick charging station. It can be set up flexibly and independent of the power supply wherever it is needed: for example, in public parking lots in the city, on company premises, or as a temporary charging point at large-scale events.

Berge and Gefco ink 50:50 Spain logistics operation

4 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Automotive logistics providers, Berge and Gefco have inked a deal to work on a 50:50 joint venture in Spain.

Continental opens Taraxagum Lab Anklam research laboratory for Dandelion rubber

6 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Continental has officially inaugurated its research laboratory Taraxagum Lab Anklam in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany.

China’s JGST to build US$300m tyre plant in Thailand

29 November 2018 | Staff reporter

Chinese tyre maker Jiangsu General Science Technology Company (JGST) plans to build a US$300m tyre plant in Thailand's Rayong Industrial Zone.

PSA acquires UAP Auto Union shares

28 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA has acquired shares in Chinese automotive spare parts distributor, UAP Auto Union (UAP).

Dana expands Spicer Select drivetrain portfolio

14 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Dana is expanding its Spicer Select all-makes drivetrain portfolio to include the most popular u-joints for commercial-vehicle applications while also adding new u-joint strap kits.

Hella completes withdrawal from wholesale businesses

13 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Hella is to sell Norwegian wholesale company, Hellanor and complete the sale of the wholesale business.

Sogefi develops plastic diesel fuel filter module for PSA HDi engine

9 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Sogefi has developed a new plastic diesel fuel filter module for PSA new generation 1.5 litres HDi engines.

Denso acquires Ease Simulation

1 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Denso has acquired Ease Simulation, a company specialising in automotive diagnostics technology.

Ford's UK parts chief concerned by Brexit uncertainty

7 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford's UK aftermarket parts distribution manager, Andy Blaber, has told just-auto that he is "naturally concerned" by the uncertainties surrounding the UK's exit from the EU in 2019 and the status of continued frictionless trade between the UK and the EU.

Shell renews as BMW aftermarket engine oil supplier

4 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Shell has renewed its status as BMW's only recommended supplier for aftermarket engine oils in the UK for a further three years until the end of 2022 for all BMW Group brands; BMW, BMW i, BMW M, MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Continental buys Australian retail group

21 August 2018 | Graeme Roberts

KMART Tyre & Auto Service, part of the Wesfarmers group, has been sold to German tyre company Continental for A$350m, according to an Australian media report.

Hella to restructure aftermarket arm, outlines future business plans

10 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

The lighting and electronics specialist Hella is restructuring its aftermarket business.

Tenneco appoints new chief executive officers

24 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tenneco has announced that its board of directors has selected Brian Kesseler and Roger Wood as the chief executive officers of the aftermarket and ride performance company and powertrain technology company, respectively, the two new independent, publicly traded companies, which will be established in the second half of 2019.

Dunlop Tech and Sumitomo Rubber open European development centre

12 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Sumitomo Rubber Europe and Dunlop Tech have opened a European Development Centre in Germany.

Continental acquires Czech tyre assembly machines supplier VUK

11 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Continental has taken over the Czech machine tool manufacturer VUK.

Tesla in mobile service van dispute with Norway

9 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is in dispute with the normally electric car-friendly Norwegian government over setting up a mobile service van operation.

Goodyear CFO to retire

18 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Goodyear Tire & Rubber said Laura Thompson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, would retire in the first quarter of 2019 after 35 years of service.

Volvo US expands 'connected car' to roadside assist

5 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car USA has introduced a new generation of roadside assistance technology it claims will "dramatically improve response time".

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