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  • PSA overview

    A future European giant?


    New models and increased market share: Ian Henry reports on PSA’s improving fortunes under Carlos Tavares’ leadership When Carlos Tavares arrived at PSA from Renault in 2014, he set about turning around the loss-making company. His plan, embodied under the strapline ‘Back in the Race’, aimed to restore PSA to ...

  • Melfi assembly hall

    The billion euro plant


    FCA has invested heavily in its plant at Melfi to create a state-of-the-art production facilityThe workforce at Fiat’s Melfi factory gave a huge cheer when, back in 2012, FCA head Sergio Marchionne announced that the ailing plant was to receive a €1 billion (£700 million) investment to make two new ...

  • Civic Type R Line-Off Event

    First Civic Type R off the line at Honda Swindon


    UK – The first production models of the Civic Type R have rolled off the line at the Japanese carmaker’s UK plant. Addressing those gathered for the event, Soichiro Takizawa, managing director at HUM, took the opportunity to thank staff for their continued commitment and hard work.The new Honda Civic ...

  • Hams Hall, BMW

    Hams Hall ramps up for BMWi engine production


    UK – A new facility has been developed within the Birmingham plant for production of the three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo technology petrol engines, the first of a new generation to be built there. Powered by engines produced exclusively at Hams Hall, the first of BMW’s plug-in hybrid sports cars will ...

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    Ghosn re-elected as Renault’s chairman and chief executive


    Paris, France – Carlos Ghosn has been re-elected as Renault’s chairman and chief executive officer for a four-year period. Senior boardmembers were also appointed for fouryear terms.In a speech following the announcement, Ghosn said that he expects Renault to return to profit in 2011, and anticipates the company repaying its ...

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    Goudriaan joined Bosal Group as their CEO


    Liege, Belgium – Emissions control equipment supplier Bosal Group has appointed Aad L Goudriaan as new CEO. Goudriaan joins the company from DAF Trucks, where he held various managerial positions before being appointed company president in 2004.Replacing Goudriaan at DAF is Harrie Schippers, who was previously the truckmaker’s director of ...

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    Tata Motors take Forster for a new CEO


    Gaydon, UK – Tata Motors has named Carl-Peter Forster, former head of GM Europe, as its new CEO. The Indian carmaker said that the job would entail ‘overall responsibility of Tata Motors’ global operations’. Forster resigned from GM Europe after the decision was made not to sell the division to ...

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    Pflanzl leads BASF Coatings’ Automotive


    Münster, Germany – Harald Pflanzl has been appointed head of BASF Coatings’ Automotive Refinish Europe business unit. Pfl anzl succeeds Christoph Hansen, who now heads the Dispersions for Adhesives and Constructions Europe unit, based in Ludwigshafen.Pflanzl has been with the company since 2000, when he was appointed managing director of ...

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    Lotus has made two changes to its senior management


    Hethel, UK – Lotus has made two changes to its senior management. Dr. Robert Hentschel has been appointed Director of Lotus Engineering. Hentschel will lead expansion of Lotus Engineering’s thirdparty consultancy work.Paul Newsome, previously Managing Director of Lotus Engineering, will now take over as Director of Product Engineering for Lotus ...

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    It's time that Chrysler and Italy’s Fiat SpA will need each a leader


    Auburn Hills, MI. – Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne, who is running the thirdlargest US automaker as well as Italy’s Fiat SpA, said each company will need its own leader within 24 months. Marchionne is splitting time between Italy and the US trying to integrate the two automakers.He said he’s ...

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    Samuelson and Hornung resigned MAN


    Frankfurt, Germany – Truck maker MAN has lost its CEO Hakan Samuelson and CFO Karlheinz Hornung. Both men resigned at the end last year.Hornung said he was leaving for “personal reasons” and that his departure wasn’t linked to a corruption probe at the company, according to a statement from Munich-based ...

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    Wide-ranging senior management changes at the Mahindra Group


    Mumbai, India – As part of wide-ranging senior management changes at the Mahindra Group due to take affect this April, Rajesh Jejurikar will assume the position of Chief Executive, Automotive Division, while Pravin Shah has been appointed Chief Executive, International Operations (Automotive and Farm Equipment).Rajen Wadhera will take up the ...

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    Fischer appointed to Plant Manager of Ford Southampton


    Southampton, UK – Thomas Fischer has been appointed Plant Manager of Ford Southampton following the promotion of Martin Chapman to Operations Manager, Cologne plant.Fischer joined the Southampton plant in 2007 as area manager of trim and fi nal. More recently, he was responsible for quality and manufacturing engineering.Originally from Ulm, ...

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    Morin resigns as CEO of Valeo over a disagreement


    Paris, France – Valeo has announced that CEO Thierry Morin has resigned. The move comes following a reported disagreement over company strategy. Jacques Aschenbroich has been named as his replacement. Morin had been Chairman and CEO for eight years.In a statement, Valeo said, “This decision comes as a result of ...

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    Muir steps down as CEO of Mazda


    Oberursal, Germany – Mazda Motor Europe CEO James Muir has stepped down from his position. Muir’s replacement will be current Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Guyton.Muir, who had been head of Mazda’s European operations since 2005, is said to be taking up a new position outside Mazda, possibly with a rival ...

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    Perkins Engines appointed Henricks as company president


    Peterborough, UK – Perkins Engines has appointed Gwenne Henricks as company president. Henricks was formerly vice president of Caterpillar’s Electronics and Connected Worksite Division in North America.Henricks will be replaced at Caterpillar by Hans Haefeli, who will lead Caterpillar’s Advanced Systems Division including, transmissions, hydraulics, lower power train and OEM ...

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    REGO-FIX named Weber managing director


    Tenniken, Switzerland – Tool manufacturer REGO-FIX has announced the appointment of Richard Weber as managing director. Weber replaces Peter Tester, who held the position for the past 12 years.Previously, Weber was responsible for the strategy and commercial development at the firm. Weber will continue as a member of the company’s ...

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    Cravero appointed as chief executive officer of Alfa Romeo


    Turin, Italy – Fiat has appointed Sergio Cravero as chief executive officer of Alfa Romeo Automobiles. The appointment comes as the group finalizes plans overhauling its in-house management structure.Among other activities, Cravero will control development of product concepts, coordinating product development of individual models and determining product initiatives for the ...

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    Lindquist takes the CEO position at PIAB


    Täby, Sweden – PIAB, a global leader in industrial vacuum technology, has appointed Per- Erik Lindquist to the position of CEO as the company continues its worldwide expansion and ongoing capture of new market segments. With more than two decades of experience at global companies in related industries, Lindquist will ...

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    Mitchell is the president of Castrol


    Swindon, UK – Castrol Industrial North America, part of the Industrial Lubricants and Services business of BP, has appointed Todd Mitchell as President of the company’s industrial fluids and lubricants business for the Americas region.Mitchell has been a member of the Castrol extended leadership team for the past two years, ...