Cooper Standard: Automotive Hoses Can Be Innovative?

This was the question I had when briefed by Cooper Standard an automotive parts company that is currently growing about 1.5x the automotive parts industry due to its innovative processes and products.

How Technology Is Changing The Way We Communicate In Business

Over the last 25 years, technology has dramatically changed the way we communicate in business. Cast your mind back to the early 1990s and you might remember a heavy reliance on telephones (predominantly fixed to the desk as mobile phones were cumbersome and expensive), fax machines and a mountain of a paperwork. If you wanted to speak to a colleague, you had to get up from your desk, and, if you needed to have a long chat with a client, you were well-advised to just get in the car. But now, technology has changed everything. With the advent of the internet and its use becoming commonplace in...

What Makes The 'Perfect' Leader?

There is a distinct difference between a leader and a boss. Lots of people become a ‘boss’ of others in the workplace without having the skills to be a leader. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the traits that make up the ‘perfect’ leader: They trust their employees A leader trusts their employees to get things done and to help them shape the way the business is run. They tell their workforce everything, from the company’s financial situation to any changes that might affect them. A leader is open and honest and expects the same in return. They won’t micro manage like a poor boss might...

Car Technology That Has Changed The Way Businesses Operate

Vehicle technology has quite recently bounded into the realms of futuristic possibilities, with autonomous and connected vehicles being tested around the world and smart tech inside new cars providing the driver with everything they could ever need for a smooth journey. But how is this technology changing the way businesses operate, whether they hire their commercial vehicles from Lease Van or own a fleet? Things are getting us there faster The luxury of sat navs allow delivery drivers to get to their end destinations quicker and with fewer detours or missed junctions on the motorway. Of...

5 Ways Technology Has Changed Product Design

Product design is constantly evolving . For example, an item as straightforward as a lead pencil has enabled the discovery of graphene, thanks to technology. There are countless other examples of how technology has transformed products and led to further innovative creations but let’s begin by taking a look at these 5 ways technology has inspired and influenced product design. 1. Wheels When our ancestors first invented the wheel to ease their transportation problems they’d have never imagined how this essential item could evolve in future centuries. From the cumbersome circular wooden wheels...

Smart cars, what can you expect for 2020

Cars are getting smarter, safer and greener with every passing year. What will cars be like in 2020? Here are a few educated guesses.