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    Warehouse excellence at Robert Bosch


    Extensive research and testing of lean principles have elevated tier one supplier Robert Bosch’s warehousing practices alongside the highest OEM plant standards. The supplier is trying to replicate these lean standards globallyFew terms are used as ubiquitously throughout automotive production as ‘lean management’, a concept of continuous improvement and manufacturing ...

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    Moving towards integration in Southeast Asia


    Potential customs harmonisation among the ten ASEAN nations could see Thailand at the centre of a global automotive powerhouse, with big implications for logisticsThailand continues to hold much promise for the automotive industry. Home to many of the world’s largest carmakers and tier suppliers, it should also receive a boost ...

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    Ro-ro providers dealing with fragmented trade flows


    Ocean carriers providing services for vehicle import and export to Russia have a lot more to think about in the current climate. Global trade routes continue to fragment, there is a growth in intra-regional supply and vessel sizes are increasing as the industry seeks greater efficiencies by moving larger volumes. ...

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    K Line adds to latest generation car carrier fleet


    Ocean carrier K Line has ordered two new car carrier vessels, each with a capacity for 7,500 units. The latest order, which will be delivered in 2017, follows its recent contract for eight vessels, which will be delivered between 2015 and 2016. The two new orders are being built by ...

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    A star still on the rise in Brazil


    Toyota is a fast-growing player in the huge but difficult Brazilian market. Growth has helped the carmaker apply more lean logistics principles to its vehicle distribution.The inclusion of Brazil in the BRIC group of emerging nations more than a decade ago put the country of more than 200m inhabitants in ...

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    Sean Bricknell takes up global logistics role at GM


    Sean Bricknell has taken up a new role at General Motors focusing on the carmaker’s global logistics strategy. He moves over from his role as logistics director for GM International Operations (GMIO) where he was responsible for the Asia, Africa and Middle East region. In his current role in charge ...

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    Mitsubishi chooses Highjump WMS for Brazil


    Mitsubishi Motor’s division in Brazil has chosen a warehouse management system provided by Highjump Software for its parts distribution centre in Sao Paulo and its production plant in Catalao, in the inland state of Goias.The software, called Highjump Warehouse Advantage, will be deployed by Optimis, Highjump Software’s partner in Brazil ...

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    Argentina and Brazil parts deal expected to restore trade flows


    The governments of Brazil and Argentina have signed a one-year deal to regulate the trade in vehicle parts between the two countries. The deal will allow Brazil to export $150 worth of car parts for every $100 worth of automobiles it imports from Argentina, without paying tariffs, according to industry ...

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    Randy Creel takes up role at DB Schenker in the US


    Randy Creel has moved from Ford to take up a new position at DB Schenker as head of vertical market automotive, Americas. From his base in Boston, Creel head automotive activity throughout North and South America.Creel was with Ford for almost 14 years, most recently as global strategy and planning ...

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    First post-Panamax car carrier delivered to NYK


    NYK has taken delivery of it first post-Panamax car carrier – Aries Leader – which has capacity for 7,000 units and a gross tonnage of almost 70,000 tons. The vessel was built by Shin Kurushima Dockyard at its Onishi Shipyard in Ehime prefecture and is the very first post-Panamax car ...

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    Peel invests £10m in Liverpool as ACL commits G4 con-ro trade


    Peel Ports Group is making in £10m ($16.7m) investment at the port of Liverpool in the UK to create a dedicated vehicle storage area with a capacity to handle 70,000 vehicles a year, as well as widening the passage which gives access to the port’s Seaforth Dock for larger vessels.The ...

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    ​European sales not much to celebrate yet, says LMC’s Cox


    A number of recent reports have painted a rosy picture of returning sales to the European market, but the reality is less overwhelmingly positive than these would suggest. This was the opinion of LMC Automotive’s head of European production, Justin Cox, speaking at last week’s spring congress and general assembly ...

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    Thirsty for pressure


    Gefco’s chief executive, Luc Nadal (pictured), has ambitious plans for global expansion under Russian Railways ownership. But as an avid seaman, he knows it won’t always be smooth sailing.Few logistics providers have seen as much change as the Gefco Group in just two years. The major trigger was PSA Peugeot ...

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    Chrysler will ship 800k transmissions from Tipton to global facilities


    Chrysler expects to be shipping 800,000 transmissions out of its new plant in Tipton, Indiana when it reaches full capacity. The facility is set to become a global hub for the nine-speed transmission made there and units will be sent to Toledo, Ohio, for use in the Jeep Cherokee and ...

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    Windmills squeeze out vehicles at Montevideo


    Vehicle importers at the Uruguayan port of Montevideo are seriously concerned by a 50% reduction in the amount of space given over to inbound vehicles. They suggest that the situation could get worse.According to Julio Martínez, head of the Uruguayan Automotive Business Association (ACAU), which represents 23 companies in the ...

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    What’s keeping US outbound executives awake in the middle of the night?


    A severe disruption to rail capacity this year has left thousands of vehicles stranded in North America, leading some carmakers to look more carefully at their road and short-sea shipping options. Executives discussed their long-term plans at this year’s conference in California.The prospect of modal shifts for finished vehicle distribution ...


    Höegh charters PCTCs from Ocean Yield


    Höegh Autoliners is chartering two pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) from ship owner Ocean Yield for an initial eight-year period.The vessels, which were built in 2010, have capacity for 4,900 car units each and will be delivered in the second quarter of this year.Ocean Yield has paid a total ...

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    This week’s FVL conference in California is streaming Live!


    This year's Finished Vehicle North America conference, which is taking place now, is streaming live debate from its main sessions, offering those in direct attendance, and those with an interest abroad, the ability to participate online.This year the luxurious and spacious Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa is playing host ...

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    Renault investing in Brazil PDC


    Renault is investing R$240m ($108.5m) to build a national parts distribution centre (PDC) in the city of Quatro Barras, Brazil, with the start of operations planned for the second half of 2015. The new facility will create 250 jobs, and operations will involve the movement of 200 heavy-duty trucks on ...

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    DSV plans to double automotive business by 2020


    Logistics and transport provider DSV has announced plans to double its revenue from the automotive sector to €1 billion ($1.4 billion) by 2020, which would account for 20% of its overall business.Talking to Automotive Logistics at last week’s Multimodal exhibition in Birmingham, UK, the company said that the automotive sector ...