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THE WEEK THAT WAS: There’s a ghost in the house…

Posted in New & Coming Models by frank on the October 31st, 2014

Yes folks, there’s a ghost in the house and the temptation is to say, it’s the ghost of safety. Okay, that’s a bit laboured in the week of Halloween, but safety was an underlying theme in some of this week’s news.

JAPAN: Denso books H1 net sales of US$18.9bn

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by jonas on the October 31st, 2014

Denso has posted first half net sales totalling JPY2.07bn (US$18.9bn), a 4.2% rise, while consolidated operating income was JPY161.3bn (US$1.5bn), a 16.1% decrease from the previous year.

INTERVIEW: Han Hendriks, Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the October 31st, 2014

Calum MacRae interviews Han Hendriks, VP Advanced Product Development & Sales for Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors, to hear about the company’s business strategy in the area of interiors.

INTERVIEW: Ford Europe COO Barb Samardzich

Posted in Market Trends by frank on the October 31st, 2014

In the light of continued losses in Europe, Ford Europe COO Barb Samardzich has updated just-auto on the company’s assessment of the business environment and its strategy to get back to sustainable profitability.

INTERVIEW: Ford COO Barb Samardzich

Posted in Current Models by frank on the October 31st, 2014

In the light of continued losses in Europe, Ford Europe COO Barb Samardzich has updated just-auto on the company’s assessment of the business environment and its strategy to get back to sustainable profitability.

US: TE Connectivity books full-year US$14bn net sales

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the October 31st, 2014

TE Connectivity says full-year net sales were US$13.9bn, up 5% on an actual and organic basis versus the prior year, while fourth quarter net sales increased to US$3.58bn.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Skoda deliveries up 13% this year

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by jonas on the October 31st, 2014

Skoda says that deliveries of its vehicles so far this year (to the end of September) are up 13% to 774,100 vehicles.

UK: Johnson Matthey to acquire Clariant battery materials business

Posted in New & Coming Models by frank on the October 31st, 2014

Johnson Matthey says it has entered into an agreement to acquire the battery materials business of Clariant for US$75m.

US: BorgWarner posts Q3 net sales up 13% to US$2.03bn

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by frank on the October 31st, 2014

BorgWarner has booked third quarter net sales of US$2.03bn, up 13%, while operating income was US$238m.

NORWAY: Norsk Hydro posts US$223m Q3 EBIT

Posted in Market Trends by frank on the October 31st, 2014

Norsk Hydro ASA’s underlying earnings before financial items and tax (EBIT) rose to NOK1.5bn (US$223m) in the third quarter from NOK544m in the second quarter.

UK: Honda opens ‘first commercial scale green hydrogen refuelling facility’

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by frank on the October 31st, 2014

A consortium of businesses including BOC and Honda have joined the Swindon mayor Cllr Teresa Page, and other dignitaries at a ceremony to mark the official launch of the UK’s first commercial scale solar-powered hydrogen production and refuelling facility.

US: NHTSA ramps it up with Takata over airbags

Posted in New & Coming Models by frank on the October 31st, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent a special order to TK Holdings, Takata’s American unit, asking for documents related to the defective airbags.

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