Policy and regulation

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    News

    Covid-19 and Brexit – a double whammy for UK automotive

    2020-04-08T12:20:00Z

    Following the Automotive Supply Chain March update, broadcast on March 27, there were a number of questions from viewers relating to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the automotive industry that still needed to be answered…

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    Article

    Next step into the unprecedented

    2020-03-31T15:16:00Z

    The disruption to the global automotive supply chain caused by the coronavirus pandemic is being exacerbated by uncertainty fed by a lack of accurate information. At last week’s Automotive Supply Chain update webinar, presented by Ultima Media’s business intelligence unit, analysts tried to provide some clarity on the current situation and what lay ahead for the industry

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    Article

    Global vehicle demand forecast 2020-2030: The drastic impact of the coronavirus crisis

    2020-03-26T10:27:00Z

    Download our full report and analysis on the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand across major regions. Our forecast includes assessments according to best case, base case and worst case scenarios across North America, Europe, China, Japan, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. ...

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    Calling stop on automotive supply chains: how long can companies survive the Covid-19 crisis?

    2020-03-20T13:48:00Z

    With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.

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    Russian car industry caught between coronavirus and currency fluctuations

    2020-03-20T10:02:00Z

    Automotive plants in Russia are reported to be running out of components as supply shortages caused by the coronavirus continue out of China and South Korea, and disruption spreads across Europe. At the same time the Russian ruble has hit a four-year low against the US dollar, which is taking its toll on production costs

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    Podcast

    Listen: Presentation by Jesús Seade Kuri, Federal Government of Mexico

    2020-03-16T20:15:00Z

    Jesús Seade Kuri, who serves as Undersecretary for North America at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has played a major role in negotiations for the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal which is due to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Here is the update he provided at the ...

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    News

    Coronavirus latest: mandated lockdowns in Italy are impacting automotive output

    2020-03-11T17:45:00Z

    The sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Italy has led the government to extend strict quarantine measures to the whole country. The restrictions are the toughest outside of China and affect 60m people. Health and safety measures being taken by OEMs are now affecting production with FCA announcing temporary closures as it puts in measures to minimise the risk of contagion. The situation is changing rapidly and automotive companies across Italy are reviewing production, supply and logistics contingencies on a daily basis.

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    Article

    Russia: still supporting exports

    2020-03-09T17:46:00Z

    As its domestic market stagnates, Russia is continuing to seek growth abroad and is subsidising the export of vehicles and parts – at a cost of more than $60m a year. The  government is seemingly succeeding in its ambition of turning the country into a fully fledged automotive exporter, as its official target is to establish exports of at least 240,000 vehicles per year by 2025 – ideally up to 400,000 – and recent growth in this segment suggests that these figures could be within reach.

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    Shipping lines accused of fixing transport charges which cost UK car buyers

    2020-03-03T16:53:00Z

    Five shipping firms have been accused of overcharging OEM customers by conspiring to fix the prices they charged for transporting new cars and vans to the UK. 

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    Mexico’s Undersecretary for North America: USMCA is a good deal

    2020-03-03T16:30:00Z

    Jesus Seade Kuri, Mexico’s Undersecretary for North America The new free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada (USMCA) will be ratified this month and represents a good deal for Mexico and its automotive industry, delegates at the Automotive Logistics Mexico conference were ...

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    Watch: A royal entry to Mexico’s competitive supply base

    2020-03-02T21:52:00Z

    Kevin Reed, vice-president of supply chain at tier two electronics and battery component supplier Royal Power, talks to Daniel Harrison about why the company recently built a new plant in Mexico, and the challenges facing its supply chain and logistics. In the context of declining margins among tier suppliers, Reed discusses the key advantages of moving to Mexico to better serve customers and compete, and why maximising efficiency in the supply chain is a crucial differentiator.

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    Watch: Summing up the situation in Mexico

    2020-02-28T12:00:00Z

    Christopher Ludwig wraps up the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 conference with an overview of the key topics discussed, including the impact of USMCA localisation rules and certification, both which raise questions but also opportunities for logistics providers to manage complexity. The increase in the use of connected supply chain technology ...

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    Watch: Why Jesús Seade thinks the USMCA will increase supply chain investment into Mexico

    2020-02-27T11:08:00Z

    At this week’s AL Mexico conference Jesús Seade, undersecretary for North America at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, talked about the new USMCA trade deal (called T-Mec locally) and the increase in localisation brought about by the changes to rules of origin. Here Christopher Ludwig gives an overview of ...

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    Watch: What you need to know about the USMCA agreement

    2020-02-26T17:42:00Z

    Ahead of our keynote speech from Jesús Seade, Undersecretary for North America from the Mexican Ministry for Foreign Affairs, let’s briefly discuss the status of the USMCA agreement (T-MEC here in Mexico) and what it might mean for the industry. For more on Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 visit the event ...

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    Telenovela Logística: Watch our exclusive video coverage of Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020

    2020-02-26T11:46:00Z

    Buenos Dias y Bienvenidos a México! We look forward to welcoming you to the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020, where you can expect three days of intense networking, debate, informative sessions and practical case studies. This year we will be sharing reports, articles, videos and insights from our sessions. Make sure ...

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    Vitória sees double-digit growth in imports

    2020-02-19T12:51:00Z

    The Brazilian port of Vitória, which is managed by Codesa port authority, reported a 16.8% rise in imported vehicles during 2019 and there is strong expectation that volumes through the port will increase

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    Trade barriers threaten automotive sector after Brexit

    2020-02-18T11:35:00Z

    The UK government has confirmed that almost all imports from Europe will be the subject of trade barriers when the UK leaves the EU at the end of this year. All imported goods will need customs declarations and mandatory safety and security certificates..

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    Company Content

    Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

    2020-02-16T18:58:00Z

    You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing supply chain processes

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    Article

    Water woes: how European river transport projects have ground to a halt

    2020-02-10T16:48:00Z

    In Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland the authorities are embarking on big projects aimed at boosting cargo flows along key rivers. Potentially, this could provide more opportunities for the European finished vehicle logistics industry, but for a number of reasons it is not clear that river transport in the region will become more popular.

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    Comment: Slow-growth China holds more challenges for OEMs than coronavirus

    2020-02-04T14:55:00Z

    Coronovirus and its sudden impact on the Chinese economy might be occupying the news headlines, but there are broader changes afoot over the longer term. After many years of enjoying high-speed growth, the automotive industry is facing its third consecutive year of shrinking vehicle sales in China. For foreign vehicle-makers operating in the country, this is a challenging situation, and while most will be planning to tough it out, some could be forced to exit the market – requiring a shift in patterns of production and logistics.