About Us

Truck Industry Research was formed to analyse the big issues facing the global truck industry – it’s markets, technologies and the industry’s international structure.

Truck Industry Research is developing its own insights through a research program developed by the practice leaders.  For key markets and issues Truck Industry Research works in association with selected partners.

John Lawson’s career as an economist, analyst and business manager has never strayed far from the Truck Industry. He founded DRI (now IHS Global Insight’s) truck forecasting product back in 1980, as European truck demand plummeted in the Second OPEC Crisis. Later, as Managing Director for DRI’s global automotive forecasting, data and consulting effort, he found many reasons to continue to be involved in Truck industry analysis. Moving into financial markets in 1996, John played an advisory role in two major European truck industry consolidations. Until 2012 he headed Citigroup’s Global Automotive Research activity and company analytics. A former Chairman at multiple Financial Times Motor and Commercial Vehicle Conferences, he has also been a frequent press commentator on the industry, and continues to contribute to financial and academic journals. He graduated as an economic historian and econometrician from Oxford and London universities.

Alistair Hill started his career in production and project management having graduated as a metallurgist from the University of Aston in Birmingham. He then moved into industrial market analysis and senior marketing roles within the truck industry supply sector. He became a consultant for Knibb Gormezano & Partners in the mid-1990s and began a long history of automotive and commercial vehicle sector analysis working for a wide range of clients including OEMs, suppliers and analytical companies. He has spoken on a wide range of technical subjects at conferences around the world and is actively involved in science and technology development in his adopted country of New Zealand. Alistair gained an MBA from Huddersfield University in 1994 whilst working senior management at the world’s leading friction materials manufacturer and is now reading for a PhD at Otago University.

Edmund Chew has worked as an analyst and forecaster for the global automotive and truck industries for 25 years at a number of consultancies and business information groups in the UK, Germany and the United States. For several years he was manager of the European Truck forecast for IHS Global Insight (then DRI) and helped launch the company’s Asian Automotive service. Over a long career following the industry he has worked as a journalist for Automotive News, European Autos analyst for Nomura Research Institute and as an editor at SupplierBusiness, now part of IHS among other roles. He has degrees in business and economics from Lancaster and Oxford Universities.

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