Opinion

  • 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%), ...

  • Ben riley
    Article

    Blockchain can disrupt the auto industry

    2018-10-01T15:11:37Z

    Blockchain has built its reputation as a distributed ledger platform, which provides a framework for securely using and trading cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. However, its potential extends far beyond financial services. The functions of blockchain could cater to other sectors to create more transparency and deliver greater efficiency. One example ...

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    New magazine, new Nafta

    2018-09-28T14:29:00Z

    Revamped at last, after months of discussion, much to-ing and fro-ing between the parties involved, and some eleventh-hour tweaks – yes, the new-look print edition of Automotive Logistics is finally here. I do hope its arrival doesn’t overshadow that other thing that was redesigned recently – the free trade agreement which has governed business between the US, Canada and Mexico over the past 24 years…

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    Ports in a political storm

    2018-09-28T09:22:00Z

    Any port in a storm, they say. But what if that port is being battered by problems of its own? Several speakers at our Import Export summit in a thankfully balmy Baltimore this August warned about congestion, lack of capacity in road and rail links and limited funds for infrastructure development – longstanding issues that are now being exposed to an increasingly tempestuous global trading environment…