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    Renault: A new direction for parts supply


    Thomas Vernier, Renault’s vice-president of aftersales logistics (above), talks about the OEM’s attempts to make network cost savings while improving customer service around the world, as well as the opportunities to further integrate logistics and distribution within the Renault Nissan AllianceRenault has been setting, and achieving, ambitious sales growth, cost ...

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    South America conference: Taking control in a crisis


    The 7th Automotive Logistics South America conference, held in São Paulo, Brazil, may have brought together delegates experiencing recession, and suffering from declining volumes, but the Brazilians showed their resilience and creativity. Companies emphasised how to reshape supply chains in a crisis, and how they could move forward together stronger, ...

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    Llamasoft buys Barloworld SCS division


    Supply chain design software provider LLamasoft has bought the European and US business of Barloworld Supply Chain Software, a division of automotive distributor, Barloworld. The acquisition includes all technology, software applications and staff. The buyout does not include Barloworld SCS’s key territories of South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, ...

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    Dürr Somac opens logistics facility in Stollberg


    Dürr Somac, which makes filling equipment for the automotive industry, has opened a warehouse and logistics centre in the German town of Stollberg following an investment of €1.5m ($1.6m). The company already has a manufacturing facility in the town and has been present in Stollberg for 10 years. “The new ...

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    Hyundai upgrades Russian plant ahead of Creta assembly launch


    Korean automaker Hyundai has plans to invest $100m to expand and modernise its plant in St. Petersburg in preparation for the production launch of its Creta SUV along with the new model Solaris, both of which are due in 2016. “The investment will be spent on completion of facilities, expansion ...

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    Flash Europe on target for growth with investment from Eurazeo PME


    Financial investor Eurazeo PME has bought a 43% share in European premium freight provider Flash Europe International. The company provides time critical services to the automotive sector and has a number of leading automotive OEM and tier one customers, including VW, GM, Renault, Continental, Hella, Caterpillar, Delphi, Faurecia and Bosch. ...

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    Europe: Trains without frontiers


    Some progress has been made in improving cross-border European rail flows, but economic and regulatory difficulties persist, with state-owned operators still the strongest competitors. A good starting point for any discussion on the development of European rail networks over the past decade and into the next one is the question ...

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    Iran Khodro begins exports to Algeria; production to follow


    Iranian carmaker Iran Khodro (IKCO) has announced it has begun vehicle exports to Algeria, in north Africa, as part of an agreement that will see 15,000 vehicles exported there per year. The company has also said it is looking to establish a production line in the country, with double that ...

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    WWL: Setting a new course


    WWL’s chief executive, Christopher J. Connor talks about the dramatic changes that have breached the ro-ro sector this past decade, and how he aims to navigate the years to come In this story... Sea change in exports WWL's moving footprint Mexican connections A day at the helm A future by ...

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    Ro-ro by numbers: Through the storm but never far from the rock


    After navigating unchartered water following the global financial collapse, carriers are now back on the lookout for growth, albeit in an increasingly fractured market. During the past decade ro-ro shipping lines, and in particular pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs), have sailed a rough and wild current. In brief, the ...

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    Supply chain and mining are potential barriers to alternative powertrains


    Most of the larger OEMs have made commitments for the coming years to increasing the amount of alternative powertrains within their production lineup. Electric vehicles are growing in appeal around the world and, as they do, so does the demand for a once-obscure group of specialist metals, which are vital ...

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    DSV to buy UTi


    DSV, a Danish transport company offering road, air, sea and logistics transport services, has signed an agreement to acquire US-based non-asset-based supply chain management company, UTi Worldwide. The deal values UTi at around $1.35 billion, and the news is expected to add around 50% to DSV’s annual revenue and scale, ...

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    TPP trade deal is signed by Pacific Rim countries


    The biggest trade deal in decades was signed in Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia, on Monday this week when the 12 Pacific Rim countries that have been involved in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks since 2010 finally came to an agreement. “With today’s successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...

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    Panel discussion: where is the industry heading?


    The automotive logistics industry is well known for being evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Change doesn’t happen overnight and this is not likely to change any time soon. However, technology is moving fast and although adoption throughout the supply chain has been slow so far, OEMs and LSPs are confident that ...

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    Kia appoints Paragon to support growth


    Kia Motors has awarded two new contracts worth £115m ($174m) to finished vehicle services provider Paragon Automotive in the UK. Paragon will support both new car storage and preparation, and de-fleet storage and preparation for the Korean carmaker.Paragon will handle Kia vehicles through its operation in Immingham and the company ...

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    Höegh vessel found with handguns aboard is released


    Kenyan authorities have now released a car-carrying vessel operated by Höegh Autoliners after a consignment of undeclared handguns was found inside a number of military vehicles being shipped for the United Nations (UN). The Höegh Transporter was detained for a week by the authorities when it called at the port ...

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    Coming to an automotive supply chain near you


    The 16th Automotive Logistics Global conference, at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, brought together an industry growing and with positive outlooks. However, the potential changes heralded by the digital economy could upend business as usual. The question is when? Discussing disruption: (l to r) XPO's Bradley Jacobs; UTi's Ed ...

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    Renault and Daimler increase activity with EV engine supply deal


    Renault and Daimler are moving forward with a number of joint projects for the supply of vehicles and engines in 2015. The latest include Renault’s supply of motors from its plant in Cleon to Daimler for use in electric versions of the German carmaker’s Smart city cars, which are made ...

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    WWL now moving Toyotas from Japan to US east coast


    Toyota has chosen Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) to move its passenger vehicles to North America from Japan on new direct service. The latest contract is in addition to the finished vehicle ocean and land-based services that WWL provides for the carmaker between Japan and Europe. WWL also provides services for ...

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    Volkswagen looks to export engines and vehicles from Kaluga


    Volkswagen is planning to export vehicle engines from its Kaluga plant in Russia to Europe, as well as the launch of global finished vehicle exports, according to the governor of the Kaluga Oblast, Alexei Artamonov. The statement was confirmed by representatives of VW Group Rus, which also emphasised that they ...