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Suzuki already planning to triple capacity at new Indian plant

15 September 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Having opened its first car plant in the Indian state of Gujarat earlier this year, Suzuki Motor Corporation now says it will lift capacity of the 250,000 units per annum plant to 750,000 by 2020. The statement was made by chairman Osamu Suzuki at an event where a new battery factory was also announced.


Nissan and Mitsubishi synergies begin in SE Asia - Analysis

8 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor expects its global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors will yield some early synergies in South-east Asia, a region in which it has struggled to keep pace with Japanese rivals Toyota and Honda.


Tomorrow's winners prepare for change today - COMMENT

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

How much disruption will the auto industry experience over the next ten years or so? It's a question that many are asking as attempts to sketch out the future of mobility - or, more accurately, urban mobility - gather pace.


THE WEEK - PSA, GM Europe, Geneva

10 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Yes, of course, Geneva this week, with lots of shiny new metal to get the consumer media all a-Twitter (other social media platforms are available), but the big story, looking all but inevitable a week ago, was the first-thing-Monday announcement PSA would acquire GM Europe's Opel/Vauxhall operations. Or, as some pundits put it, GM (with some large pension liability support) will pay PSA to take it away.


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Q&A with Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and CEO, Airbiquity

7 September 2017 | Cat Dow

Airbiquity is the market-leading provider of connected services for automotive. It’s Choreo platform supports just under eight million cars in over 60 countries across the world and it has recently signed new vehicle subscriptions for Ford, Nissan, FCA, Infiniti and Alpine. Cat Dow caught up with CEO and President Kamyar Moinzadeh to talk about over-the-air updates and future connectivity.


AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on recent up-tick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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Solvay launches new heat-stabilised polyamide for automotive applications

19 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Solvay Performance Polyamides has launched Technyl Red S, a heat-stabilised polyamide designed for automotive applications operating at a continuous temperature of 200°C.


Michelin acquires Lehigh Technologies

19 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Michelin has acquired Lehigh Technologies, a materials company which uses cryogenic turbo mill technology to transform rubber from end-of-life tyres and industrial goods.


Bendix invests to expand production in Huntington

19 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is to expand its manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a US$3.8m capital investment in equipment to launch two new production lines.


Mercedes-Benz Procurement scouts for suppliers in Korea

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler was the first OEM with its own presence at the Korea Electronics Show (KES) fair and its supplier scouts were establishing direct contact with trendsetters in consumer electronics.


Michelin urges action to address impact of global growth

13 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Michelin says society has to do something "now" to reduce the impact of rising global vehicle ownership and is citing its promotion of minimum tread depth of 1.6mm as it looks to convince the industry of its arguments and avoid planned obsolescence.


Mahle honours six suppliers

13 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Mahle has presented awards to its suppliers in six categories: Quality, Logistics, Global Cooperation, Performance, Innovation and Project Management. 


Hella invests in Lippstadt headquarters expansion

13 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Hella is constructing a new visitor, administrative and exhibition centre near its company headquarters and is outlining an urban planning competition for the future use of the former Steinstrasse company premises.


PPG teams with Renault-Nissan for structural adhesives

13 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

PPG has unveiled a partnership with Renault-Nissan Alliance to deliver structural adhesives to more than 1m one million Renault, Nissan and Samsung cars across Europe, Asia, North America and South America.


PSA selects KBRW to optimise logistics management

11 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA says it has identified KBRW using its Businesss Lab as a company that can contribute the expertise needed for B2B distribution of out-of-stock multi-brand spare parts.


Renault takes 25% stake in EV specialist Jedlix

11 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Groupe Renault is acquiring a 25% share in Jedlix, a Dutch start-up launched by Eneco Group and specialised in electric vehicle charging.


KPMG appoints new UK head of automotive

10 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Audit and consulting firm KPMG has appointed a new head of UK automotive.


Freight association warns on post-Brexit logistics

9 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is urging British and EU negotiators who are meeting in Brussels to heed the warnings from traders and logistics operators on both sides of the Channel, that post-Brexit arrangements will need time and effort if the continued smooth passage of trade is to be established.


Kongsberg mulls FTS Burton plant closure

6 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Kongsberg  Automotive is proposing the FTS Burton plant in the UK will be under consideration as one of six production facilities which could be closed and that operations at the site could potentially cease from April next year.


Inteva announces top executive changes

6 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Inteva has announced three appointments in Europe where the supplier has 15 manufacturing and R&D development sites in eight countries, serving automakers with roof systems, interior and closure systems, motors and electronics.


Thyssenkrupp integrates forging activities

6 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp is integrating its forging activities within its components business area to form one of the world’s biggest such organisations with sites in North and South America, Europe, India and China.


HORIBA MIRA and MSC Software launch ‘virtual proving ground’

5 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

HORIBA MIRA says it has enhanced its full vehicle simulation offering with the development of what it claims is the world’s first commercially available ‘virtual proving ground’.


Henkel unveils body pre-treatment with Audi

4 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Henkel has developed an auto body pre-treatment process in cooperation with Audi.


GKN opens UK technology centre

4 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

GKN has opened a UK Innovation Centre for its automotive division, focusing on the supplier's electrified drivelines, lightweight structures, composite materials and additive manufacturing to create a range of new technologies.


UK announces battery research university consortium

3 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

UK Business Secretary, Greg Clark has announced the consortium of UK universities which will form the GBP65m (US$86m) Faraday Battery Institute.


Lear breaks ground for new seat manufacturing facility in Flint

3 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Lear has broken ground on a new seat manufacturing facility on the former site of the Buick City complex in Flint, Michigan.



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