Opinion

  • Jeff Schipper
    Article

    Comment: In an age of disruptive change for the automotive industry, digital manufacturing technology is coming to the rescue

    2019-08-20T10:57:00Z

    Demands from buyers for the latest vehicle technology and custom options are having a significant impact on automotive manufacturers and their partners. 

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    Article

    Comment: Why the UK’s aim to be a world leader in EVs is nothing but a dream

    2019-08-06T09:28:00Z

    We haven’t yet heard from members of the UK’s new, Boris Johnson government on its vision for EVs, but every time a member of Theresa May’s government spoke about the car industry, you were almost guaranteed to hear them say that the UK was going to be a world leader in electric vehicles (EVs). The idea is, in fact, laughable…

  • Ian Henry, Crop
    News

    Non-EU markets will not save UK automotive in a no-deal Brexit

    2019-07-30T11:05:00Z

    One of the regular mantras repeated by proponents of Brexit is that ‘global Britain’ will be able to exploit the many opportunities of free trade open to it when the country leaves the EU, whether on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms or not. As far as the ...

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    Article

    A letter to the UK’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, from the SMMT

    2019-07-26T08:49:00Z

    Mike Hawes, CEO of the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) explains to the country’s new leader why the automotive industry should be one of his top priorities, especially in the drive to deliver Brexit.

  • Peter Harrop
    Analysis

    Heading for the EV tipping point

    2019-07-23T10:37:00Z

    It would be nonsense to envisage a time when pure electric cars cost the same as traditional ones but life continues as normal. Around 2025, the up-front price of pure electric (PE) cars will drop below that of internal combustion engine (ICE) ones, and the fundamentals of ...

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    Article

    Five ways vehicle subscriptions will impact dealerships by 2020

    2019-07-12T09:38:00Z

    When is the last time you bought a CD or DVD instead of streaming directly from Spotify or Netflix? Today’s consumer is becoming increasingly interested in subscription-based services and the concept is quickly making its way into the automotive space. Gary Brooks, chief marketing officer, Syncron ...

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    The miracle of packaging

    2019-04-02T10:27:00Z

    At first glance, the arrival of Easter eggs in spring seems like a miracle, but on reflection it clearly has less to do with an oversized rabbit than it does with packaging. What a product to have to deliver! A thin, curved, meltable confection that must survive the journey from manufacturer to retailer in one piece (literally), in order to join the serried ranks on our supermarket shelves. Hats off to the unsung packaging experts who make that possible…

  • Joanne Perry
    Article

    Thinking inside the box

    2019-03-25T10:59:00Z

    Thinking outside the box is generally applauded, but thinking inside the box is becoming increasingly common. And no, I’m not only talking about the UK government’s unimaginative strategising as the nation stumbles towards Brexit. Where once ro-ro transport was the undoubted method for moving finished vehicles, containerisation is increasingly becoming a viable option as the industry decentralises its production and also shifts towards different types of vehicles…

  • Agron Komoni compilation
    Article

    How IoT is the next step in tracking components

    2019-02-26T14:22:00Z

    As vehicles incorporate more new technologies and highly sophisticated components, it has become increasingly complicated and expensive to ship these parts. Consequently, the risks for OEM shipments have increased proportionately. A sea container packed with $20,000 worth of car engines may take six weeks, or even longer, to travel from ...

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    Article

    Calling on OEMs, LSPs and carriers to help fight people trafficking

    2019-02-12T16:52:00Z

    Every day, victims of human trafficking are forced to sell sex at truck stops, rest areas, hotels/motels and other locations within the transportation network. Every day, members of the trucking industry are in these same places – and in a position to make a difference. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) ...