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    VW begins shipping finished vehicles from Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico to California

    2020-10-12T14:50:00Z

    Volkswagen and Audi have begun shipping Mexican-made cars headed for the US, from the port of Lázaro Cárdenas to California.

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    Can Tesla shift the balance of EV battery and cell supply chains away from China?

    2020-10-12T13:12:00Z

    At Tesla’s recent Battery Day presentation, the company promised to shake up its battery supply chains by moving into cell production and even the mining of raw material, but how realistic are these targets?

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    VW outsources more large sub-assemblies for EVs

    2020-09-29T14:43:00Z

    In switching its Zwickau and Dresden plants in Germany to the production of exclusively electric vehicles based on the MEB platform, Volkswagen is outsourcing a higher share of the assembly of large parts of the vehicle to nearby suppliers than it previously had with ICE-based platforms.

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    Covid crisis has advanced digital connectivity in the automotive supply chain

    2020-09-28T10:45:00Z

    If there is one silver lining to the Covid-19 crisis, it is that carmakers and their suppliers have been forced to adopt digital tools to communicate faster and to remotely visualise together what is necessary in managing plant shutdowns and ramp-ups. Lessons have been learned in how better to establish the digital transformation of supply chain management that will push the industry forward as a whole.

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    AL FVL Summer 2020

    Collaboration between the automotive, logistics and the tech sectors is growing by the day, with the coronavirus crisis accelerating digitalisation across the supply chain. Our latest digital edition explores systems standards and tech innovations, including new communication protocols for vehicle logistics in Europe, and a range of new supply chain technology at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Audi México, VW Zwickau, Seat Martorell and Renault F-1. 

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    Global automotive leaders convene in September

    2020-07-23T12:00:00Z

    September this year sees the launch of a three-day virtual summit bringing together leading logistics and supply chain industry experts to discuss the future of an automotive industry recovering from the Covid-19 crisis. Running between September 15-17, Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live will feature a programme of livestreams, webinars, Q&As and panel discussions in an online forum that will feature 20 hours of live broadcasts.

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    All-electric future for VW at Zwickau

    2020-07-20T11:47:00Z

    Volkswagen has made its last vehicle with an internal combustion engine at the Zwickau assembly plant in Germany and is now dedicating the plant to the assembly of electric vehicles, beginning with the ID.3. There are similar plans ahead for its plant in Emden from 2022

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    The future of Ford’s untouchable supply chain

    2020-06-29T11:25:00Z

    Ford is digitalising key aspects of its global logistics and supply chain management, including the recent insourcing of its fourth party logistics (4PL) logistics management in Asia Pacific, Africa and South America…

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    Why there needs to be a holistic approach to EV battery supply

    2020-06-22T11:44:00Z

    EVs are often portrayed as a mainstay of the fight against climate change, but when the supply of battery materials and processing of used batteries are taken into consideration, they are much less green than they look. Automotive Logistics investigates the idea of a holistic approach to EV batteries, ...

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    How ‘self-healing’ cars could change the aftermarket

    2020-05-20T16:40:00Z

    As OEMs adopt over-the-air vehicle diagnostics and maintenance, what effect will this developing technology will have on inventory and the surrounding logistics network?

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    Automotive industry back in crisis mode, says ECG

    2020-05-18T13:36:00Z

    The automotive industry is “back in crisis mode and fighting again” now that coronavirus has disrupted a decade of growth since the financial crisis of 2009-2010, Wolfgang Göbel, president of the Association of European Finished Vehicle Logistics (ECG) told the audience at its Spring Congress last week ...

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    Russia spending billions to bolster car market

    2020-05-15T12:31:00Z

    The Russian government has said it will spend Rub20 billion ($240m) to support vehicle purchases across the country this year. The bailout package is focused on providing soft loans by state-owned banks for Russian citizens willing to purchase new vehicles by the end of 2020.

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    Inaccurate EDI call-offs a risk for tier suppliers

    2020-05-11T10:06:00Z

     The majority of OEMs will return to some level of production this month as pandemic-enforced lockdowns are eased, but there is concern about whether their schedules match customer demand and how this is being communicated to tier suppliers. .. 

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    Battery consortiums and regional supply lie ahead for EV production

    2020-05-08T12:45:00Z

    Fisker is working on the release of the fully electric Fisker Ocean SUV for release in 2022. The development of battery supply chain since the company was founded, including the emergence of consortiums for battery purchasing, has put the company is a strong competitive position to challenge the bigger players. Volume forecasts have been too unreliable for lithium-ion battery supply chains to develop outside China and Korea so far, and cumulative sales will have to pass 10m before they do so, something Henrik Fisker believes will happen between 2022 and 2023

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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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    Interview with Alfonso Gutierrez, Nissan Mexico

    2020-03-02T10:51:00Z

    At the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 conference, Nissan Mexico’s recently appointed deputy director of purchasing speaks to editor Joanne Perry about his ambitions in the role, the challenges of logistics purchasing in Mexico and why it’s crucial to empower personnel to “go and conquer”

  • Al-air fuel cell, MAL
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    Al-air: a better battery for EVs?

    2020-02-03T10:04:00Z

    A long-range, lightweight, cost-efficient, recyclable and ethically sourced battery is, arguably, the Holy Grail of the EV market. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are currently the main focus of multibillion-dollar investments by OEMs and tier suppliers, but there are other contenders that could offer a breakthrough with alternative technology. One of them is the aluminium-air (Al-air) battery.

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    Running short: US trucking sector battles driver deficit

    2019-12-19T16:39:00Z

    Car transporters across the US are feeling the effects of a significant shortage of drivers across the finished vehicle logistics sector – and are searching for the best solutions to tackle the continuing difficulties it poses to operations…

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    Fresh floes: What does the Northern Sea Route mean for automotive logistics?

    2019-11-29T10:14:00Z

    The Northern Sea Route (NSR), a growing shipping lane linking South-East Asia with Northern Europe through Arctic waters, is set to become a competitor to the Suez Channel for cargo delivery between these two regions. Russian authorities believe that the NSR would could be used for all types of cargo – and automotive product, both parts and vehicles, would be no exception.