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    Lear doubles car seat production in the UK to meet demand from OEMs


    [Updated October 8th] Seating supplier Lear has doubled the size of its UK facility in Sunderland with a 3,500 sq.m extension in response to demand for car seating from its customers Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The move doubles its annual production capacity for the supply of car ...

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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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    Hella hit for €50m loss by Chinese supply failure


    German automotive lighting supplier Hella KGaA Hueck is having to completely reorganise the supply of plastic moulded components because of an abrupt cut in supply from one its Chinese providers. The failure in the supply of the parts has hit earnings at Hella in the first quarter by €30m ($33m) ...

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    Mercedes-Benz adds CKD imports to Thailand for local assembly


    Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz division is now assembling CLA and GLA models in Thailand at the Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP) in Samut Prakan province south of Bangkok, according to a report in the Bangkok Post news source. The vehicles were previously imported for sale to the country as finished vehicles ...

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    Ford extends contract with NYK Auto Logistics in India


    Ford India has extended the scope of a contract it signed with NYK Auto Logistics (India) in 2011. Initially, this simply involved the provision of ro-ro terminal services for finished vehicles at the Indian ports of Chennai and Ennore. However, under the new arrangement, NYK Auto Logistics (India) has also ...


    Mazda to make engines in Russia for export to Asian markets


    Mazda will become the first foreign carmaker to produce engines in Russia for export to its plants in Asia following an agreement with local producer Sollers. The company said it would invest RUB 2 billion ($35m) at a new engine plant to produce 50,000 engines annually at a facility in ...

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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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    Carmakers alter supply chains to cope with shift from Western Europe says Colliers


    Latest research from commercial real estate firm, Colliers International, indicates that shifts in economic power and manufacturing capacity over the past two decades have significantly changed the distribution of vehicles in Europe’s automotive industry. The company said that lower labour costs, improved infrastructure and government support have all contributed to ...

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    Magnolia facility will handle inbound services for Toyota in US


    US supply chain services provider, Magnolia Automotive Services, is building a $4.4m logistics facility in Charlestown, Indiana to support the inbound supply of parts for Toyota production in the country. Magnolia, which is a joint venture between James Group International and Toyota Tsusho America, will develop the site over the ...

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    Mercedes investment in Tuscaloosa includes logistics system overhaul


    As part of its plans to invest $1.3 billion to expand SUV production at its Tuscaloosa plant in the US, Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) has said that it will upgrade its logistics and IT systems “to create a seamless integration of the supply base into the Mercedes-Benz plant operations”. “In ...

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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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    Honda restructures its import business to Russia


    Honda has confirmed that its division in Russia – Honda Motor Russ (HMR) – will stop regular volume imports of cars to the market in the face of a dramatic drop in sales. The move includes Honda’s luxury brand division, Acura (as well as its motorcycles and power equipment). Instead, ...

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    Nissan starts imports through Mazatlan; latest NP300 also heading to dealers


    Nissan has begun importing vehicles made in Japan, including the Juke, Urvan, and X-Trail, through the Mexican port of Mazatlan. Around 3,000 vehicles will be delivered to the port per month for onward delivery by rail to the Aguascalientes. Nissan Mexicana told Automotive Logistics that it would be providing ...

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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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    Schenker announces management board moves


    Deutsche Bahn subsidiary Schenker has announced new management board moves with the appointment of Jochen Thewes (pictured top) as chairman and Markus Sontheimer (pictured bottom) moving into the company in the role of chief information officer (CIO).Within DB, Schenker is the division responsible for land, sea, and air transport and ...

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    Kaufmann adds North Asia CEO role at DHL Global Forwarding


    Freight services provider, DHL Global Forwarding, has appointed Charles Kaufmann as CEO for North Asia. Kaufmann (pictured) was most recently senior vice president, operations and value added services for Asia Pacific and he will continue to head this part of the business alongside his duties as CEO.The new position will ...

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    LLamasoft plugs the data gap with latest supply chain agreements


    Supply chain design software provider LLamasoft has recently announced partnerships with three leading supply chain companies to provide it with data for its modelling customers. The improved data builds on LLamasoft’s provision of software services, which are designed to improve supply chain operations, including those in the automotive industry. In ...

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    Grupo Antolin completes purchase of Magna Interiors


    Spanish parts maker, Grupo Antolin, has completed its buyout of the majority of the interior operations of global supplier Magna, which was first announced in April this year. Antolin has bought Magna Interiors for $525m and said the purchase would double the size of its business and strengthen its position ...

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    India announces second 10-year Automotive Mission Plan


    At last week’s annual convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the Indian government revealed preliminary details of its second Automotive Mission Plan (AMP). The plan, which was reported in The Economic Times , covers the period between 2016-2026 and aims to achieve a fourfold growth in the ...