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Turkey waits in the wings if supply chains are remapped

16 June 2020 | Calum MacRae

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic there has been much discussion about how automotive supply chains will be remapped to reduce disruptions to supply. Such a remapping could see the chains shortened and a move away from lowest-cost to best-cost. Early on in the pandemic we saw how China’s shutdown impacted vehicle manufacture in Europe with the likes of FCA and Daimler halting production due to parts shortages.


D&C - Looking to the post-Covid automotive world

5 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

In the second of a series of conversations, just-auto editor Dave Leggett and GlobalData lead automotive analyst Calum MacRae discuss some of the big questions prompted by the coronavirus crisis and its potentially lasting impact on the automotive sector. In this second instalment, they consider impacts on the supply-side of the business.


UK border controls on January 1, 2021: the death knell for UK vehicle production? 

18 February 2020 | Ian Henry

During the Brexit referendum, then under Theresa May’s premiership, and also during the early days of Boris Johnson’s tenure, the UK was either "promised" frictionless trade or led to be believe imports, especially, would face no specific additional burdens.  Any additional friction would be as a result of the EU, implying that it would be exports which would be hit.  Indeed, much of the discussion in last year’s 'no-deal' planning suggests that there would be both zero tariffs on most imports and only light touch import procedures, with 'easements' for deferring VAT payments for example. 


World monitors coronavirus - the week

14 February 2020 | Simon Warburton

There seems to be no end in sight for the time being concerning the spread of the coronavirus sweeping around the world, with the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China confirming 1,380 fatalities so far (14 February).


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Ricardo launches on-demand consulting expertise

4 March 2020 | Matthew Beecham

Ricardo has launched a concept that aims to break down the barriers in the conventional model of consulting, providing customers with access to a global pool of experts that would be beyond the capability of the largest consulting firms. A bold claim. To learn more, we spoke to Sam Hassall, business unit leader of Recardo’s TRNTY (pronounced ‘trinity’).


Robo-van B2B logistics for the retail industry

19 February 2020 | Matthew Beecham

An autonomous vehicle start-up based in Silicon Valley is developing Level 4 automated light trucks and vans for business-to-business (B2B) short-haul logistics. Founded just three years ago, Gatik AI has received funding from a number of investors. It has big aims too. By 2025, its goal is to achieve for logistics what AirBnB has done for hospitality, and Uber has done for personal transportation. To learn more, we caught up with Gautam Narang, Co-founder and CEO of Gatik.

Latest news


Union slams JLR logistics worker job cuts

9 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Two in five workers employed by DHL on a JLR logistics contract face redundancy, across full time, salaried and agency staff, auto workers union Unite said in a statement.


ABB joins eCharge4Drivers consortium

8 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Along with 31 other stakeholders, ABB is to collaborate with eCharge4Drivers to conduct demonstrations across key EU cities to understand consumers’ perspectives on EV charging infrastructure.


TomTom extends Michelin Travel Partner deal

8 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

TomTom has extended its global deal to provide maps and traffic data to Michelin Travel Partner


BMM Networks looks to raise capital for UK charging points

8 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Electric vehicle charging provider, BMM Networks is raising capital to expand its network of British public points through Growthdeck, the private equity investment firm.


Volvo Cars invests in blockchain firm

8 July 2020 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Cars says it has made an investment in blockchain technology firm Circulor through the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, the company’s venture capital investment arm.


Ford selects Here platform for hands-free driving

8 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Here Technologies says Ford has chosen its platform to enable safe hands-free driving.


Rheinmetall secures major electrical vacuum pump order

7 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Rheinmetall Automotive has secured what it says is a major order for electrical vacuum pumps from an unnamed automaker.


EC gives green light for Osram acquisition by AMS

7 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

European Commission authorities have unconditionally approved the proposed acquisition of Osram by AMS through the EU Merger Regulation.


Inteva Products hails GM supplier award

6 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Inteva Products has welcomed its recognition by General Motors with one of its Supplier of the Year Awards.


Magna secures six GM Supplier of the Year Awards

6 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Magna is hailing the fact it received six awards from General Motors at the automaker's annual supplier recognition event.


InoBat Auto secures extra EUR10m funding

6 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

InoBat Auto has secured an additional EUR10m (US$11.3m) investment to fund the development of a 100 MWh R&D centre and production line in Slovakia.


Hanon Systems receives one of GM Supplier of the Year awards

3 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Hanon Systems has secured one of General Motors' Supplier of the Year awards in a virtual ceremony honouring recipients.


Tenneco hails staff as it secures GM Supplier Award

3 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Tenneco has lauded its 32,000 Powertrain staff as it received one of General Motors' Supplier of the Year awards.


Anna Manz to step down as Johnson Matthey CFO

3 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Johnson Matthey (JM) says Chief Financial Officer, Anna Manz, has decided to leave the group after almost four years and will join London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) as CFO and a member of the LSEG board.


Germany grants EUR300m to Varta for battery research

2 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Germany has granted EUR300m (US$339m) to battery company, Varta as part of its EUR1.5bn investment in cell research and production.


Mann+Hummel hails 25th GM Supplier Award

2 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Mann+Hummel has welcomed its inclusion by GM as a recipient of a 2019 Supplier of the Year award for the 25th time.


Indian border dispute slows MG imports from China

2 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

India's additional scrutiny of imports from China has has affected MG Motor, owned by China's SAIC, which has some shipments stuck at a port in southern India, a source "close to the company" told the Reuters news agency.


BASF launches engineering plastic suitable for auto

2 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

BASF is launching an engineering plastic, which it says is particularly suited for automotive parts that come into contact with hot oil.


Veoneer hails GM Supplier Award

30 June 2020 | Simon Warburton

Veoneer has welcomed its recognition by General Motors as a recipient of one of its Supplier of the Year awards.


CBAK Asia teams with Jiangsu Gaochun Zone for batteries

30 June 2020 | Simon Warburton

Lithium-ion battery manufacturer and electric energy solution provider, CBAK says its wholly-owned subsidiary, China BAK Asia Holdings, has entered into a framework investment agreement with Jiangsu Gaochun Economic Development Zone Development Group. 



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