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    LDC Logistics buys the rest of Metro Supply Chain Group

    2017-02-08T12:01:19Z

    LDC Logistics has acquired the remaining shares in third-party logistics provider Metro Supply Chain Group (Metro SCG) from private equity investor, Novacap. Over the past 12 years since Novacap’s initial investment, Metro SCG has expanded from its Canadian warehousing roots to provide customised solutions in warehousing, e-commerce fulfilment, transport management ...

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    Armour replaces Toyota veteran Moore in Canada

    2017-01-27T17:15:31Z

    It has recently emerged that Lee Armour (pictured) has succeeded Ernie Moore as national manager of the vehicle logistics division at Toyota Canada. Moore, who has retired, joined Toyota Canada over 26 years ago. He held a variety of senior management and executive positions within the customer services and logistics ...

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    Honda secures 4,000 jobs with new investment in Ontario facilities

    2017-01-16T16:23:10Z

    Honda Canada has agreed to invest C$492m ($374m) in new facilities in Ontario, securing 4,000 direct jobs, according to the province’s government. Among the developments, the carmaker has agreed to build a new paint shop at its plant in Alliston that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 44%. It will ...

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    Changing trade agreements in the spotlight after US election

    2016-11-16T15:09:27Z

    A week after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election, automotive manufacturers and experts are still piecing together what his new administration could mean for vehicle production, trade and investment across North America and beyond. Global trade deals with the US seem likely to fall back in priority ...

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    Concerns over global trade as Trump secures US election victory

    2016-11-09T14:17:06Z

    Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton in the November 8th US election has created serious concerns over the future of the country’s major trade agreement with its neighbours, which has become such an important part of many carmakers’ and tier suppliers’ automotive supply chains. Markets and currencies including the ...

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    Ford confirms C$700m spend as Unifor members ratify wage deal

    2016-11-08T11:45:13Z

    Ford Canada’s employees have voted in favour of a four-year agreement that the company has since confirmed includes a C$700m ($523m) investment at its operations in the country. Details remain scarce, but a spokesperson told Automotive Logistics that C$600m of the planned investment was earmarked for the engine manufacturing ...

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    ACEA backs VDA on Ceta’s potential to unlock further exports

    2016-11-03T17:11:08Z

    The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has backed comments by Germany’s automotive trade body earlier this week that the recently-signed EU-Canada free trade agreement could result in an increase in European vehicle exports to the North American country. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) was finally sorted out this ...

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    Ceta deal is an opportunity but TTIP is the main prize, says VDA

    2016-11-02T13:02:15Z

    The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) signed this week may create an opportunity for increased vehicle sales to Canada by European manufacturers. But given how small that market is compared to the US, it has also highlighted the need to close the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as ...

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    Ford and Unifor reach tentative labour agreement in Canada

    2016-11-01T16:34:47Z

    Ford and Canada’s Unifor labour union have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year national labour contract covering more than 6,400 employees. The deal comes after similar recent agreements between Canada’s largest union and carmakers General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), completing the round of wage negotiations ...

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    Canadian pension fund manager buys stake in TVS Logistics

    2016-10-26T09:52:22Z

    The Quebec Deposit and Investment Fund (CDPQ) has acquired a $155m interest in Indian-based third-party logistics provider, TVS Logistics Services. According to India’s Economic Times , the Canadian pension fund manager has acquired a 37% stake for its money, valuing the company at almost $420m (2,700 crore rupees). The deal ...

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    FCA strikes new labour deal with Canadian union

    2016-10-19T10:50:27Z

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has agreed a new four-year deal with Canadian union Unifor that includes a commitment to invest $325m in a rebuild of the carmaker’s Brampton assembly plant paint shop and a $6.4m investment in upgrading equipment at the Etobicoke casting plant. The contract also involves two wage increases ...

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    Carriers welcome GM Canada’s rescue plan for Oshawa plant

    2016-10-05T10:08:12Z

    Vehicle carriers supporting outbound movements from GM Canada’s Oshawa plant in Ontario have welcomed the news that the latest threat to continued production there has been averted. “GM Oshawa has been a question mark for a number of years now as we have seen a major decline in production here ...

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    GM fails to confirm plans for engine production in Mexico

    2016-09-27T15:14:46Z

    GM has declined to confirm a report by The New York Times that it will be moving an engine production operation from Mexico to Ontario as part of the labour agreement it reached recently with Canadian private sector union, Unifor. GM will close one of two assembly lines ...

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    FVL Import Export summit: Making sure bigger is also better in ports

    2016-08-12T20:16:20Z

    The third Finished Vehicle Logistics Import Export summit revealed the need among vehicle-handling ports for more investment in space, berths and inland transport, at the same time that OEMs and logistics partners need to work together to improve the uneven flow of vehicles that 'vessel bunching' and larger ships are ...

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    Ontario and Michigan working together to support auto industry

    2016-08-08T19:05:05Z

    The Canadian province of Ontario and its US neighbour Michigan have signed an agreement to promote regional competitiveness and innovation in the automotive industry through greater collaboration. The deal includes the provision to increase supply chain integration and transfer technology through business-to-business partnerships. Ontario and Michigan account for more than ...

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    GM chooses Ontario for engineering and software development centre

    2016-06-15T12:56:04Z

    GM's Steve Carlisle, vice-president, Global Product Planning GM has said it will expand its engineering and software development work at a facility in Ontario, Canada. The Canadian Technical Centre will play a leading role in the development of the next generation of connected, autonomous and alternative-fuel vehicles, according to ...

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    FVL North America conference: Beyond the year of the fat cow

    2016-06-13T23:58:30Z

    All seven annual Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conferences have taken place during periods of recovery and growth for the industry. At the latest event, many thought sales were at their peak, and warned that OEMs and providers would need to be efficient even as the market changes. Marcus Williams ...

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    Paccar Parts opens aftersales PDC in Renton

    2016-05-04T15:40:04Z

    Paccar Parts, the division of truckmaker Paccar that distributes aftersales parts to Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF truck dealerships around the world, has opened a $32m parts distribution centre (PDC) in Renton, Washington. The 15,000 sq.m facility, which doubles the size of its previously facility, is supplying 76 prime dealers in ...