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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.

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    Automotive Logistics Middle East and Africa Conference 2019

    The gallery above is just a small selection of photos from across the three days of this year’s conference. For a more comprehensive gallery, please visit our Facebook page.

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    ​Ports America appoints Peter Levesque as president

    2019-11-27T15:10:00Z

    Peter Levesque, Ports America Peter Levesque is to become president of North American marine terminal operator and stevedore, Ports America in February 2020. He takes over from Mark Montgomery, who has held the position as well as that of CEO since the beginning of 2018. Montgomergy ...

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    South Korea’s NEV exports continue to rise

    2019-11-20T14:31:00Z

    In the face of a general decline in vehicle exports from South Korea, the country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has found a silver lining in increased exports of new energy vehicles (NEVs). It has also recorded rises in automotive parts exports to emerging markets.

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    Galvanising the aftermarket for an electric future

    2019-11-19T17:15:00Z

    The rise in EVs in Europe will have an impact on the aftermarket and the logistics supporting it, not least in the management of replacement lithium batteries

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    Map: Volkswagen’s growing network of IT expertise

    2019-11-18T06:30:00Z

    Volkswagen Group IT has opened or expanded global IT and software centers, with growing significance across the company’s IT research and operations. Check out a map of their key locations and functions.

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    A program of change for Volkswagen Group IT

    2019-11-18T06:30:00Z

    Over the past two years, Volkswagen’s central Group IT division, led by CIO Martin Hofmann, has been expanding staff numbers, investment and digital projects across the group’s business processes, and working more closely with brands like Audi, Porsche and Skoda. In the first of a multi-part article special on Group IT, we explain the evolving shape of the organisation.

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    At the centre of change for Volkswagen Group

    2019-11-18T06:30:00Z

    Martin Hofmann, chief information office of the Volkswagen Group (pictured, right), explains how the carmaker is transforming its IT system backbone and legacy infrastructure across manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain and engineering – and how Volkswagen is now able to attract top software talent.

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    Building Volkswagen’s Industrial Cloud

    2019-11-18T06:30:00Z

    Volkswagen Group’s landmark project with Amazon Web Services will help to connect all its global factories, and eventually the supply chain as well. At the core of the project is a drive to establish a standard software stack that will transform the way production IT is developed and implemented across Volkswagen locations.

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    White paper: Why automotive companies are looking to a new model to enable digital transformation

    New technology, economic uncertainty and changing consumer patterns are making it vital to for automotive companies to adapt and respond quickly to these changing conditions. To do this, they need to run flexible and responsive automotive supply chains. However, today’s legacy, monolithic IT architectures are no longer fit for purpose and are undermining the ability to adapt, innovate, and stay competitive.

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    Suppliers will charge the change: opportunities in the EV value chain

    2019-11-07T05:30:00Z

    While much focus is put on OEM plans to launch more electric vehicles, a great deal of the technology, value, production and services will come from both existing and emerging suppliers across the value chain. We expect many new opportunities for these companies over the next decade.

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    BMW gets smarter at vehicle distribution

    2019-11-06T16:24:00Z

    The German OEM, which makes and distributes around 2.5m vehicles per year, is using smart technologies and new strategies to improve its outbound logistics, and to move to a customer-centric approach.

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    FCA–PSA fusion: first of the electric shock waves?

    2019-11-04T05:00:00Z

    The merger attempt by FCA and PSA will be complicated but makes economic and operational sense, including for supply chain management and logistics. Whether or not it goes ahead, more consolidation is likely as the automotive industry gears up for electrification

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    You gotta carry that weight: how bigger vehicles and EVs will challenge logistics

    2019-10-30T19:27:00Z

    With forecasts for strong growth in marketshare for electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle sales over the next decade, moving parts and vehicles will require new equipment, processes and standards across OEMs and logistics providers

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    Global trade disputes could dim electric vehicle supply chain potential in key markets

    2019-10-28T19:43:00Z

    Trade uncertainties such as those between the US and China, or the UK and the EU, could put the brakes on growth in the electric vehicle and battery supply chain for some OEMs and countries, despite bullish forecasts for alternative powertrains 

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    Oh so simple? US start-up confident of delivering autonomous trucks

    2019-10-28T12:30:00Z

    As the global logistics industry continues moving towards the introduction and use of autonomous vehicles, a growing number of companies are competing for a slice of this burgeoning market. One such firm is Californian start-up TuSimple, which is developing a range of innovative self-driving truck technologies.

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    Powertrain forecast to 2030: Navigating the road to electrification

    2019-10-24T19:21:00Z

    Download this report for forecasts of eight different powertrains across regions, including all degrees of hybridisation, electrification and internal combustion engines, which reveal changes that will have huge implications for the future of the automotive supply chain. The latest insight by the business intelligence unit of Automotive from Ultima Media

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    Photos 2019

    The gallery above is just a small selection of photos from across this year’s summit. For a more comprehensive gallery, please visit our  Facebook page .

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    Snapshot of UK automotive before Brexit

    2019-10-23T14:54:00Z

    As the UK approaches the decisive moment in its struggle to leave the EU, after three years of debate and negotiation, now seems like a very good time to take a look at the state of the country’s automotive industry in the run up to Brexit. No doubt there will be some changes – quite possibly drastic ones – to sales, production and export figures once the UK is finally out of the EU, so an update will surely be needed in the coming months.