All Asia Pacific articles – Page 17

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    Vertical impact in a volatile market


    While the automotive industry holds its breath over economic forecasts, DB Schenker Logistics is looking ahead with cautious optimism and expanding its contract logistics offering for the sector. Marcus Williams finds out why Flexibility to meet fluctuation; Targeted growth; Broad customer base; Cross-sector solutions; Investment in IT; Logistics growth in ...

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    Packaging the future


    Return to sender;Global versus local;Raising the standard;Pooling resources.China’s growth in automotive sales has led to a related increase in volume and sales of automotive packaging. Andrew Williams looks at how local and international suppliers are responding to pressure from manufacturers to provide cost efficiency, good service and product sustainability.China’s recent ...

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    Indian aftermarket is no afterthought


    Growing sales and ever-increasing customer expectations are driving a transformation in the Indian aftermarket. Complexity and potential for change; Broadening the reach . The automotive aftermarket is not so-named because OEMs think about it after they have developed their new vehicle sales channels, but in developing markets that is often ...

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    Suppliers count the cost of Toyota risk strategy


    As Japanese carmakers look at ways to limit future disruption to the supply of parts following the devastating earthquake that hit the country in March, with lingering problems still being felt throughout the supply chain, Toyota outlined three steps last week that it is implementing with the aim of solving ...

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    Global round up


    Mahindra exports global platform SUVIndian carmaker Mahindra & Mahindra has said it will export its new XUV500 SUV to South Africa at the same time that domestic sales begin in December this year, with further plans for export to Western Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Australia. The car, which ...

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    Executives on the move


    Sean Liang is the new director of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain for GM China replacing Michael Filazzola, who has moved to a new position as executive director of GPSC for GM Holden in Australia, the position previously occupied by Liang. Liang will be responsible for the Purchasing organisation’s business ...

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    Ford chooses Gujarat for logistics access


    Ford Motor Company has said that it chose to build a car and powetrain plant in India in Sanand, Gujarat, in the northwestern part of the country, to improve delivery times to the largest market in the north and to gain better access to the ports of export in the ...

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    Turning the corner


    Key trendsLogistics challengesIn a big countryBuilding on core strengthsConfidence is returning to the automotive industry in Australia after a period of slump but challenges such as infrastructure investment and supply chain flexibility need to be met, writes Andrew Williams.In the wake of the global financial crisis, the Australian automotive industry ...

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    Changes from coast to coast


    The rise of exports and the spectre of Japan Increasing competition on the East Coast New players on the West Coast Richmond on the rise again Who will emerge next? As imports recover and exports grow through North American ports, a complex mix of factors from currency appreciation to the ...

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    Agility required


    Continental is bouncing back in China, but is aware that the country’s bureaucracy and lack of visibility present particular challenges to a supply chain that requires a flexible approach. A need to lower inventory; Complex and growing opportunities; Keeping up with logistics demand; The Japan crisis; Sticking to current contracts ...

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    China's aftermarket is waiting for the ripple


    The aftermarket in China is lagging behind the manufacture of and demand for cars but there are encouraging signs that consolidation and specialisation of services is on the rise. An overview of China's aftermarket; Early days; The aftermarket versus the auto market; Packaging in the aftermarket; The dealership challenge; Warranty ...

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    Geely to double China exports


    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) is reported to be aiming at doubling its vehicle exports from China this year to between 40,000-50,000 units At a shareholder’s meeting held last week Geely Automobile Holdings Group’s CEO Gui Yuesheng, said the goal would boost total sales to 480,000 from last year’s ...

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    China rules on US vehicle dumping


    China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has released a preliminary ruling on an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into US vehicle imports that includes saloons and SUVs from carmakers including GM, Chrysler and BMW. When a company exports a product at a cost lower than the price it normally charges in ...

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    Thailand takes off


    Strong government incentives for manufacturers coupled with regional freetrade agreements and growing domestic and export demand are spurring a fast growing automotive sector in Thailand. Russell Beron and Ellen Hua take a look at how the market is developing and what LSPs are doing to keep up. Thai automotive growth ...

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    Glovis America: the next generation


    Expansion plans for the US Assets to have and to have notThe Hyundai and Kia networkConsolidating ports will continueBetter planning for port processingGlovis America is not simply an offshoot of the Korean giant Hyundai; it is a lean logistics company ready to work across the automotive sector, from vehicle processing ...

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    Turning the tide at Toyota


    Doing it in-house The US distribution network Improving ETA accuracy Keeping an eye on capacity Future projects Turning to growth again Christopher Ludwig meets Nancy Davies and discovers someobe unfazed by the challenges the last few years have thrown at Toyota’s finished vehicle distribution in the US, and who has ...

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    WWL increases services to Australia


    Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has increased the frequency of sailings on its North America to Oceania trade route to four per month. It means shippers will benefit by one added monthly call in the ports of Baltimore, Savannah, Panama, Auckland, Brisbane, Port Kembla, Melbourne and Fremantle. The company said ...

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    Global news in brief


    Geely starts exports to Australia Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has become the second Chinese carmaker to export vehicles to Australia with an inaugural shipment of 100 MK GL compact sedan vehicles to a dealer in Perth. The vehicles are being brought in by Chinese Automotive Distributors and will only ...

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    Ford increases exports from Dagenham EDC


    Ford has increased engine and parts exports from its Dagenham complex in the UK by over a third in the last 12 months because of demand in Russia, Australia and the Far East. The company said that the increase in exports has boosted activity in other areas of its ...

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    Gothenburg recovers before privatisation


    Sweden’s port of Gothenburg is in the midst of a major transition for its vehicle handling business. In 2008, the Port Authority of Gothenburg made the decision to divest its automotive terminal operations, including the splitting up the vehicle logistics operations into two terminals: one for ro-ro and short sea, ...