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  • Volkswagen Group secures lithium supplies
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    Volkswagen seals lithium deal

    2019-04-10T10:56:00Z

    Volkswagen has signed a letter of intent with Ganfeng Lithium of Jiangxi province, China, to provide lithium to the OEM and its suppliers for the next ten years.

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    Russia to set up parts cluster near EU border

    2019-04-09T18:15:00Z

    Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry is planning an automotive components cluster of up to 20 companies in Kaliningrad, the country’s western outpost, which is sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. The federal government intends to make available funds to reimburse between 10% and 20% of capital costs for all projects ...

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    Safety and security as first principles of connected cars

    2019-04-09T16:49:00Z

    As vehicles and their users become more digitally connected, there are increasing concerns about how personal information is used and monetised. While the analysis of private data can (and will) improve safety for both drivers of smart vehicles and pedestrians, one of the questions raised at last week’s SMMT ...

  • Porsche, China
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    Porsche on track for southern China

    2019-04-09T15:56:01Z

    Porsche has begun using rail for containerised vehicle shipments to China as a supplementary mode to the volume deep ocean moves it makes out of Germany. The change shortens the vehicles' delivery time by more than three weeks, according to the German luxury carmaker. The company has confirmed it is ...

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    PSA ramps up production at Vigo before Brexit

    2019-04-09T14:23:11Z

    Groupe PSA has been forced to increase the production of cars bound for the UK at its Vigo plant, as more vehicles are imported ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit, according to reports from Spanish newspaper Faro de Vigo . Given the uncertainty surrounding the UK's exit from the EU, ...

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    Government support vital to UK leading connected vehicles

    2019-04-09T12:26:00Z

    A new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and industry analyst Frost Sullivan has revealed that the UK is the top location worldwide for the development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). Government and industry have committed £500m to CAV research and development, ...

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    Continental rolls out expansion in Germany

    2019-04-08T17:06:51Z

    German tyre manufacturer Continental has extended its logistics centre in Gross-Rohrheim in Germany to 34,000 sq.m to cater to growing market demand. The 7,000 sq.m increase, equal to a 25% enlargement of the total space, includes an expanded small parts warehouse, with more than 25,000 storage spaces, almost 20,000 more ...

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    Containerisation: Why finished vehicle logistics needs to think inside the box

    2019-04-05T16:02:00Z

    While ro-ro is the traditional method of shipping finished vehicles, containerisation is becoming increasingly viable as the automotive industry decentralises and introduces more EVs. Growth in China and South East Asia offers particularly good opportunities

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    VW turns to Amazon to streamline its supply chain

    2019-04-03T10:24:24Z

    Volkswagen Group has announced it will use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to automate manufacturing and logistics processes across its network of 122 plants and more than 30,000 facilities that make up the group’s global supply chain. The carmaker said it had signed a multi-year agreement with AWS, the cloud computing ...

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    BMW looks to the cloud to boost productivity

    2019-04-03T09:48:00Z

    BMW has begun using a digital cloud platform built on software supplied by Microsoft to increase manufacturing and supporting logistics productivity. The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is designed to accelerate the use of internet-of-things (IoT) technology in the supply chain and factory. BMW said it would be shared among OEMs, ...