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From Vegas to Tatarstan - The Week

12 January 2018 | Simon Warburton

There's really only one place to start this week and it has to be in the Nevada desert where the annual tech-fest of the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 kicked off the year in a technological blitz which was high on AI.

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 | Staff reporter

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.

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Interview with JLR's director of global purchasing and sourcing, chassis systems

21 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

Neil Marsons is Global Purchasing Director, Chassis, Supply Chain Design and Global Sourcing Strategy at Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) where he is accountable for strategy development and execution, as well as supplier performance for all chassis systems and commodities across all JLR vehicles. Simon Warburton talked to him at JLR’s Gaydon site in central England.

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.

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VW Rus urges Moscow to be market focused for supply chain

15 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Rus is calling for a more integrated approach to the supply chain as well as a market-centric push from those in government in Moscow as The Kremlin considers its future strategy for the automotive sector.

Renault Russia convinces Algeria of component quality

15 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault Russia says it has won the battle to win the confidence of a major North African market as the export arena becomes increasingly important.

Russia recovery opportunity for domestic suppliers - AEB

15 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's burgeoning passenger and LCV market may open up potential for new domestic component manufacturers to supply OEMs and also export says the Association of European Businesses (AEB).

GKN lauds technology portfolio as bid battle rages

15 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

GKN says its technology is contributing to providing answers to increasingly complex environmental pressures as regulatory pressure combined with consumer demand show no sign of dissipating.

Nexteer works with OEMs on steer-by-wire technology

12 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Nexteer says it is evaluating its steer-by-wire (SbW) system with unnamed OEMs as it moves to a production date for the technology by 2022/23.

Wages not only pull for Nexteer as Visegrad 4 boom

12 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Nexteer says simply bowing to surging wage inflation across Central Europe is not the only way to address severe labour challenges currently besetting the region.

Posco, Samsung SDI to build EV battery cathode plant in Chile

12 March 2018 | Staff reporter

South Korea's Posco and Samsung SDI are to invest jointly in a new factory for cathodes for lithium-ion batteries in Chile, a move that will help them secure future supplies of raw materials for such EV batteries.

Posco in lithium partnership with Australia’s Pilbara

12 March 2018 | Staff reporter

South Korea's Posco has acquired a 4.75% stake and convertible bonds in Australian lithium producer Pilbara Minerals, according to reports in South Korea.

Trump's metal tariffs attract criticism

9 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Analysts have criticised US president Trump's plans to impose up to 25% tariffs on metal products imported into the US although there have been hints the final rate may yet be varied or abolished for US NAFTA partners and countries the US deems "allies".

GKN "confident" as supplier confirms Dana talks

2 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

GKN Driveline says it is "very, very confident" its customers will continue to give full backing to the supplier as its parent Group battles a bid from manufacturing investor, Melrose.

EMotorWerks expands into Europe with JuiceBox charging station

2 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

EmotorWerks says it is to expand into Europe and release its JuiceBox Pro 32 EV charging station.

Mahle to sell JV HBPO shares to Plastic Omnium

2 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Mahle is to sell its shares in the joint venture Hella Behr Plastic Omnium (HBPO) to fellow shareholder, Plastic Omnium.

New Nexteer Morocco plant to aid South Europe capacity

1 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Nexteer says its new EPS facility in Morocco will allow it to add to its South-West European capacity as the supplier looks to expand.

GKN starts All-Twinster SUV testing near Arctic Circle

1 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

GKN Driveline has started deeper testing a new SUV technology research vehicle, highlighting its work in eDrive, All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and systems integration.

UK lawmakers warn of Brexit costs on autos

1 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

A cross-party committee of lawmakers in Britain has urged the UK government to adopt a 'pragmatic' approach in its negotiations with the EU over the terms of Brexit and warned that there are 'no advantages to be gained from Brexit for the auto industry for the foreseeable future'. It also said the negotiations are an 'exercise in damage limitation'.

GKN 2017 pre-tax profit down 16% to GBP572m

1 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

GKN has unveiled 2017 Group profit before tax down 16% to GBP572m (US$786m) with its Driveline division showing organic sales growth of 9%.

Michelin appoints Adeline Challon-Kemoun as EVP

28 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

Michelin says Adeline Challon-Kemoun will join as a member of the Group Executive Committee, EVP, Brands, Sustainable Development, Communications and Public Affairs.

Ineos unveils copolymer for automotive applications

28 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

Ineos Styrolution has unveiled a AMSAN copolymer grade expected to become useful for automotive exterior applications.

Gentex unveils leadership changes

28 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

Gentex has appointed Neil Boehm as chief technology officer and vice president of engineering, with Kevin Nash becoming VP of finance, chief financial officer and treasurer.

Mahindra & Mahindra and LG Chem team on Li-ion battery technology

28 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

Mahindra & Mahindra and LG Chem are to collaborate in the field of advanced Li-ion battery technology.

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