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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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Nissan and Delta partner for Thai EV home charging

23 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan in Thailand has announced the appointment of Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL as the primary provider of electric vehicle charging systems.

Haldex Q1 sales and profit rise

25 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Haldex said its Q1 2019 sales rose 7% year on year to SEK1,339m but decreased 1% adjusted for currency movements.

Operations commence at new GS Yuasa plant in Turkey

24 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

GS Yuasa has launched operations at the newly opened Inci GS Yuasa lead acid storage battery plant in Manisa, Turkey.

Fleets warned of increased servicing costs due to WLTP

11 April 2019 | BusinessCar magazine

Manufacturers are cutting service intervals for cars with diesel engines following the introduction of WLTP, potentially increasing costs for fleets, according to SMR company Fleet Assist.

China's Prinx Chengshan to spend US$600m on new Thai tyre plant

3 April 2019 | editorial team

China's Prinx Chengshan Shandong Tire has begun construction of a new US$600m tyre manufacturing plant in Thailand this week as the company looks to strengthen its overseas sales.

PSA nabs controlling stake in Chinese aftermarket parts supplier

28 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

PSA said it was acquiring a controlling interest in Longstar to further expand its spare parts business in China.

Kumho Tire to delist from LSE

18 March 2019 | editorial team

Kumho Tire plans to delist its shares from the London Stock Exchange (LSE) at the end of April 2019, according to local reports citing a company filing to the regulators.

PSA Retail appoints Eric Basset as France director

12 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA Retail has appointed Eric Basset as France director, reporting to SVP, Anne Abboud.

PSA invests in FengChe

18 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA has invested in used car supply chain management and transaction services company, FengChe.

DRiV to spin from Tenneco in 2019

15 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Following Tenneco's separation into two independent companies, DRiV will be the name of the future publicly traded Aftermarket and Ride Performance company, which will launch in the second half of this year.

Mercedes opens Thai parts distribution centre

14 February 2019 | editorial team

Mercedes-Benz has opened a new parts distribution centre on the outskirts of Bangkok to help improve deliveries of aftermarket parts across Thailand.

Continued role predicted for aftermarket telematics

31 January 2019 | BusinessCar magazine

Aftermarket telematics providers will still have a role to play even as such technology becomes standard-fit with vehicles, as manufacturers will not want to cover operational requirements.

Michelin acquires Indonesian tyre manufacturer Multistrada

23 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Michelin has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire 80% of PT Multistrada Arah Sarana ("Multistrada"), a tyre manufacturer based in Indonesia.

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.

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