Opinion

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    Hunkering in a bunker for Brexit

    2019-09-30T10:16:00Z

    I type this surrounded by tins of baked beans, a stack of chocolate bars and a few bottles of merlot – not my usual ‘writing supplies’ (although, close), but the contents of my Brexit bunker in which I am waiting for the end of life as we know it. For it’s slightly over a month to go before the UK is due to leave the EU and what will happen next is still unclear. Deal? No deal? Riots in the streets? Right now, it is anyone’s guess…

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    Teenage dreams and EVs – why it's not as simple as Thunberg thinks

    2019-09-30T08:51:00Z

    “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words… How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight?” With such powerful language did 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg reproach world leaders at the UN’s Climate Action Summit last month. The ferocity of the pink-cheeked teenager provoked a tidal wave of reactions. I have a few observations myself….

  • Ian Henry
    Article

    Comment: It’s carmaking, Jim, but not as we know it – Grenadier turns industry logic on its head

    2019-09-25T11:11:00Z

    Led by Jim Ratcliffe, chemicals company Ineos – which also has interests in cycling and football – is now diversifying into the automotive industry. But the economics of its project to build a successor to the Land Rover Defender are questionable in terms of the logistics and also the current trading environment faced by Brexit Britain… 

  • Jeff Schipper
    Article

    In an age of disruptive change for the automotive industry, digital manufacturing technology is coming to the rescue

    2019-08-20T10:57:00Z

    Demands from buyers for the latest vehicle technology and custom options are having a significant impact on automotive manufacturers and their partners. 

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    Article

    Why the UK’s aim to be a world leader in EVs is nothing but a dream

    2019-08-06T09:28:00Z

    We haven’t yet heard from members of the UK’s new, Boris Johnson government on its vision for EVs, but every time a member of Theresa May’s government spoke about the car industry, you were almost guaranteed to hear them say that the UK was going to be a world leader in electric vehicles (EVs). The idea is, in fact, laughable…

  • Ian Henry, Crop
    News

    Non-EU markets will not save UK automotive in a no-deal Brexit

    2019-07-30T11:05:00Z

    One of the regular mantras repeated by proponents of Brexit is that ‘global Britain’ will be able to exploit the many opportunities of free trade open to it when the country leaves the EU, whether on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms or not. As far as the ...

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    Article

    A letter to the UK’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, from the SMMT

    2019-07-26T08:49:00Z

    Mike Hawes, CEO of the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) explains to the country’s new leader why the automotive industry should be one of his top priorities, especially in the drive to deliver Brexit.

  • Peter Harrop
    Analysis

    Heading for the EV tipping point

    2019-07-23T10:37:00Z

    It would be nonsense to envisage a time when pure electric cars cost the same as traditional ones but life continues as normal. Around 2025, the up-front price of pure electric (PE) cars will drop below that of internal combustion engine (ICE) ones, and the fundamentals of ...

  • headshot_gary_brooks_Syncron
    Article

    Five ways vehicle subscriptions will impact dealerships by 2020

    2019-07-12T09:38:00Z

    When is the last time you bought a CD or DVD instead of streaming directly from Spotify or Netflix? Today’s consumer is becoming increasingly interested in subscription-based services and the concept is quickly making its way into the automotive space. Gary Brooks, chief marketing officer, Syncron ...

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    The miracle of packaging

    2019-04-02T10:27:00Z

    At first glance, the arrival of Easter eggs in spring seems like a miracle, but on reflection it clearly has less to do with an oversized rabbit than it does with packaging. What a product to have to deliver! A thin, curved, meltable confection that must survive the journey from manufacturer to retailer in one piece (literally), in order to join the serried ranks on our supermarket shelves. Hats off to the unsung packaging experts who make that possible…

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    Thinking inside the box

    2019-03-25T10:59:00Z

    Thinking outside the box is generally applauded, but thinking inside the box is becoming increasingly common. And no, I’m not only talking about the UK government’s unimaginative strategising as the nation stumbles towards Brexit. Where once ro-ro transport was the undoubted method for moving finished vehicles, containerisation is increasingly becoming a viable option as the industry decentralises its production and also shifts towards different types of vehicles…

  • Agron Komoni compilation
    Article

    How IoT is the next step in tracking components

    2019-02-26T14:22:00Z

    As vehicles incorporate more new technologies and highly sophisticated components, it has become increasingly complicated and expensive to ship these parts. Consequently, the risks for OEM shipments have increased proportionately. A sea container packed with $20,000 worth of car engines may take six weeks, or even longer, to travel from ...

  • Laura Cyrus Headshot
    Article

    Calling on OEMs, LSPs and carriers to help fight people trafficking

    2019-02-12T16:52:00Z

    Every day, victims of human trafficking are forced to sell sex at truck stops, rest areas, hotels/motels and other locations within the transportation network. Every day, members of the trucking industry are in these same places – and in a position to make a difference. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) ...

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    The importance of connecting

    2019-01-03T10:33:00Z

    “Only connect,” said EM Forster. Actually, the automotive industry has been trying to do just that. Every major OEM has been developing connected models that enable access to the internet, superior navigation and better safety systems onboard, plus communication between cars and infrastructure too. This is great for tech lovers – and a nightmare for anyone who hates the idea of inanimate objects ‘talking’ to each other…

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    Value of stability in the push for progress

    2019-01-02T09:23:00Z

    I first visited Brazil in 2014, touring a variety of vehicle and component factories on behalf of our sister magazine, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions (and to think, some people go to Rio). I came back home, made a magazine about my trip – and then the market dropped and Brazil entered the worst recession in its history. But now the signs are that Brazil is on its way back up

  • George Whittier
    Article

    How industry 4.0 will disrupt automotive supply chains

    2018-11-27T11:42:44Z

    From Henry Ford’s assembly line to the emergence of electric cars decades later, the automotive industry has always been defined by change and industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution – is poised to bring the next big wave. Having already taken over the manufacturing space, this surge of automation ...

  • Carlos-Valderrama
    Article

    Economic nationalism to force a lane-change

    2018-11-20T14:38:46Z

    Typically, the world experiences waves of economic nationalism every three decades but these are often limited to one region each time. Today we’re experiencing a global wave of economic disruption across multiple regions simultaneously. In reaction, automotive manufacturers are having to increase the flexibility and agility of their supply chains ...

  • PETER WARD
    Article

    Stockpiling strategies to survive Brexit

    2018-10-29T15:49:41Z

    The prospect of Brexit in just a few months, deal or no deal, has focused minds on the inevitable consequence of supply chain interruption. The British media have begun to report the likelihood of stockpiling goods and even panic buying of certain products such as pharmaceuticals and food – although ...

  • Professional Photo Nick
    Article

    Bordering on Brexit – why it pays to be prepared

    2018-10-18T17:08:43Z

    The Eurotunnel has carried more than 26 million trucks and more than 340 million tonnes of freight goods since 1994. A total of 25% of trade in goods between the UK and continental Europe goes through the Channel Tunnel, representing a total value of around 115 billion euros per year. ...

  • IAS profile
    Article

    EU workers are key: don't close the UK's door

    2018-10-08T15:12:55Z

    According to the Department for Transport’s official statistics, more goods were imported by road into the UK than exported last year, with 10,000 lorries making their way through Dover Strait per day alone. Up to 86% of cargo exported from the UK went to the Irish Republic (23%), France (22%), ...