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    ​Ford to expand Chinese operations to meet domestic demand


    Amidst ever-climbing sales figures in the Chinese market, Ford is likely to expand its projects and production platforms in China, said David Schoch, president of Ford’s Asia Pacific region, in a statement last week. The automaker’s presence in the ASEAN region included 14 vehicle assembly and powertrain plants in ...

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    Toyota cuts output in Australia


    Toyota’s division in Australia has said it will reduce production at its Altona plant near Melbourne because of a drop in export orders. Exports account for 70% of total production output from the plant, which makes the Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion sedans, mainly for the Middle East markets. This ...

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    What will having Russia under GME mean for logistics?


    General Motors’ decision to put its Russian operations back under the management of General Motors Europe (GME) should mean that its purchasing and logistics operations will eventually be combined again too, although GM has declined to confirm details on logistics management at this time. However, the move might have few ...

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    ​Ford opens first Myanmar dealership


    Ford Motor Company celebrated the official opening of its first Ford dealership in Yangon, Myanmar last week. Located in the country’s commercial business centre, the new facility firmly places a Ford platform in the ever-expanding Asean region. Ford vehicles sold in Myanmar will be imported from Ford’s global production facilities ...

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    Triebel to head fourth region in Panalpina rejig


    Panalpina is appointing Peter Triebel (pictured) to head a new fourth region in its global organisation of markets. The logistics provider has realigned its regional set up to include the Middle East, Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States (MEAC), which will take effect in January 2014, and made Triebel ...

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    Caterpillar moves the earth for better distribution


    The volumes and logistics capabilities of the world’s largest maker of earth-moving machinery are intertwined with global growth and government investment in its US-base Moving high-and-heavy equipment, such as construction machinery, is a tricky and costly logistics task. Many products are outsized, requiring dedicated facilities and special permits to travel ...

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    Acceleration in North Africa


    Despite parts of the region striving for greater stability, North Africa presents significant opportunities for development throughout the automotive sector For some carmakers, especially in Europe, North Africa represents the next great frontier. In 2012, Algeria sold 450,000 new vehicles; Egypt 288,000 units; Morocco 126,000; and Tunisia 54,000. Outside of ...

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    London taxis ship to Australia


    The iconic London taxi cab is heading for Australia in a trial shipment of vehicles that will be used in a governmental Taxi Action Plan being rolled out in Perth, designed to improve the security standards and availability of taxis in the city. The ex-demonstrator TX4 models, 98 of which ...

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    WWL buys SRO Manufacturing


    Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has acquired the manufacturing division of SRO Group, which handles customised manufacturing and service repairs for service vehicles, trucks and heavy construction machinery. The company said the acquisition will enhance WWL’s technical services offering in Australia for equipment assembly and processing customers. The SRO Group Vehicle ...

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    Jungheinrich wins Ceva award for second year running


    Warehouse equipment provider Jungheinrich has been named Ceva Logistics’ top supplier in Europe for the second year running. Amongst the suppliers to whom Ceva contracts and subcontracts services, the European Supplier of the Year award is offered to the group providing the best services across the supply chain in the ...

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    Logistics could block or unlock South African export growth


    With a stellar set of global carmakers in the country, favourable government policy, a competitive currency and growing markets at its doorstep, South Africa seems set to be a manufacturing and export powerhouse. Logistics could be the link that either makes or breaks the market’s potential. The contradictions inherent in ...

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    ​Ceva starts operations at Singapore facility


    Ceva Logistics has announced the start of operations for its new facility in Singapore and confirmed that the facility will be able to support automotive business. It will be housed in the Tampines LogisPark, in the eastern part of the country, strategically located within easy access to the expressways, airport ...

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    South Africa strike could compound problems for BMW


    South Africa’s biggest manufacturing union – the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) – is planning a widespread and open-ended strike from Monday August 19th in a pay dispute affecting 30,000 vehicle assembly workers. The action is likely to compound problems for BMW South Africa, which has already ...

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    UPDATE: Ford’s Steve Harley will lead European production changes as Grant Belanger takes over as head of MP&L


    Ford will have a new but familiar head of global logistics this autumn, as Grant Belanger returns to the US to replace Steve Harley, who will be leading projects to shift models from Belgium to Spain and Germany. *This story has been updated from its original version following an interview ...

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    DHL reports mixed financials, but auto is a bright spot


    Deutsche Post DHL reported mixed financial results for the second quarter, with a settlement and gains in the German parcel and mail business largely offsetting declines in its express, freight forwarding and contract logistics divisions. However, a small rise in contract logistics revenue was attributed to growing business in Asia ...

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    BMW to double exports from South Africa and add Maputo port


    BMW plans to double exports from South Africa to around 70,000 units a year by next year and will use the port of Maputo in Mozambique to supplement volume shipments of the BMW 3 series. The ports will supplement the carmaker’s ongoing use of the port of Durban in South ...

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    Japanese supply chain in US firing on all cylinders


    As Japanese OEMs see record growth in US-based production, parts sourcing and vehicle exports, the carmakers are investing significantly to increase manufacturing and logistics capacity across the region. Japanese carmakers are investing heavily in the US supply chain following growth of more than 37% in vehicle production in the ...

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    GM pulls Opel out of Australia


    General Motors has announced it will stop Opel distribution in Australia, less than a year since it introduced the brand to the market, stating that business is “not financially viable”. The company said that the decision was taken by Opel in Germany and that it is winding down its sales ...

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    Geodis Wilson appoints managing director to expand US freight-forwarding


    Geodis Wilson Group has appointed Michael Greco as its managing director for the US market. Greco will take over a business that aims to increase net sales by 50% in the next five years across various sectors, including automotive. Geodis Wilson is the freight-forwarding arm of Geodis Group, which ...

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    ​Toyota will increase exports and localisation with second Indonesian engine plant


    Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the development of a new engine plant in Indonesia near the company’s assembly plants in Karawang, some 50km from Jakarta. The plant will export standard engines and boost the company's localisation in Indonesia. In this story... TMMIN's current assembly plants Indonesia's growth as key supply ...