All Central America articles

  • 2016 Ford Fiesta ST
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    In-depth analysis: strong logistics and supply base central to Ford’s new Mexico plant

    2016-04-06T16:34:40Z

    Ford is the latest carmaker to plan a new assembly plant in Mexico with the announcement that it will invest $1.6 billion in a factory in San Luis Potosi to produce compact cars from 2018. The plant is aimed at making the assembly of smaller cars more profitable for the ...

  • Volker Vossler Seglo Logistics Mexico
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    Video interview: Volker Vossler, vice-president, operations, Mexico, Seglo Logistics

    2016-02-15T14:26:51Z

    At the 2016 Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, Volker Vossler, vice-president of operations, Mexico, Seglo Logistics, talks to Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group, about how business is developing for Seglo in Mexico.

  • Steve Tripp ICL Systems
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    Video interview: Steve Tripp, vice-president, global strategy and execution, ICL Systems

    2016-02-14T11:38:26Z

    At the 2016 Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, Steve Tripp, vice-president of global strategy and execution, ICL Systems, talks to Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group, about the possibility of developing short sea from Mexico, and any potential barriers or challenges.

  • Peter Koltai Audi Mexico
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    Video interview: Peter Koltai, director of production control and logistics, Audi Mexico

    2016-02-13T11:27:00Z

    At the 2016 Automotive Logistics Mexico conference in Mexico City, Peter Koltai, director of production control and logistics for Audi Mexico, talks to Christopher Ludwig, editor of the Automotive Logistics Group, about Audi's upcoming plant in San José Chiapa, which will begin production this year.

  • Chris Styles Nissan
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    Video interview: Chris Styles, senior director of logistics, Nissan North America

    2016-02-12T11:02:02Z

    At the 2016 Automotive Logistics Mexico conference in Mexico City, Chris Styles, senior director of logistics, Nissan North America, talks to Christopher Ludwig, editor of the Automotive Logistics Group, about Nissan's logistics plans in Mexico.

  • HoeghTracer
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    Höegh names third New Horizon vessel; adds Europe-Colombia service

    2016-02-10T12:00:56Z

    Höegh Autoliners has recently named the third vessel in its New Horizon class at a ceremony held at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industries yard in China. The vessel was named Höegh Tracer by Hiromi Oe, wife of Akio Oe, President of Nissan Motor Car Carrier (NMCC). The Höegh Tracer ...

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    Reportaje sobre la Conferencia en México: En la frontera del cambio

    2016-02-03T19:28:35Z

    La segunda conferencia Automotive Logistics México, celebrada en la Ciudad de México, vio a cientos de ejecutivos y funcionarios discutir la mejor manera de asegurar que la producción y cadena logística automotriz del país estén listas para cumplir su propósito para el 2020 y más allá. Christopher Ludwig informa ...

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    Mexico Conference report: On the borderline of change

    2016-02-01T01:23:47Z

    The second Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, held in Mexico City, saw hundreds of executives and officials discuss how best to ensure that the country’s fast-growing automotive production and supply chain will be fit for purpose by 2020 and beyond. Christopher Ludwig reports on plenty of progress, as well as ...

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    Höegh takeovers to strengthen North and Latin America services

    2016-01-27T15:05:44Z

    Höegh Autoliners and the Sola family, the owners of SC Line and Fast Terminal International, have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen both ro-ro and breakbulk services between the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. Höegh is expected to buy the ocean service operated by ...

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    ERL ro-ro vessel abandoned in Bay of Biscay

    2016-01-27T10:21:16Z

    The ro-ro vessel Modern Express , operated by European RoRo Lines (ERL), is currently drifting at a severe list in the Bay of Biscay following a loss of stability in heavy seas and Force 8 gales. All 22 crew members have been evacuated. The Panama-flagged vessel, which remains afloat ...

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    Russia’s Bronka port signs container deal with CMA CGM

    2016-01-13T12:29:41Z

    There have been a number of recent developments at the new Russian deep-water port of Bronka, which opened in October last year. Last month the port’s owner, Fenix, signed a long-term agreement for the handling and storage of container cargo with CMA CGM. CMA CGM ranks as the world’s third ...

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    Mexico short sea: Services evolve as volume increases

    2015-12-24T08:00:32Z

    Although rail continues to be the dominant mode to move vehicles from Mexico to the US, short-sea shipping is becoming ever more viable. Short-sea shipping for Mexican vehicle exports to the US isn’t new. It’s been around for decades, but every few years it pops up as an ‘emerging trend’. ...

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    A bridge to better business

    2015-12-23T08:00:00Z

    Christopher Ludwig talks to Höegh Autoliners CEO Ingar Skiaker about the carrier’s change of strategy to focus on expanding its logistics, terminal services and short-sea shipping. Among veteran ro-ro executives there is currently a touch of nostalgia for the business of the 1990s and most of the 2000s. Trade ...

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    Nissan North America part 5: Carrying the weight of expectation

    2015-12-18T11:04:24Z

    Christopher Ludwig highlights global supply and production coordination within the Renault Nissan Alliance, and how Mexican efficiency helps keep US operations lean and keen. In recent years, the Renault Nissan Alliance has accelerated integration across its organisations, including the combination of management functions, as well as implementing cross-production and supply, ...

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    Magna opens seating facility in Mexico; sets up seating joint venture in China

    2015-12-07T17:25:42Z

    Magna International has opened a seating plant in Mexico that it said would provide soft trim material for a variety of carmakers in the country. Magna will invest $8m in the 10,000 sq.m building over the next three years and will employ approximately 1,000 people at the facility when it ...

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    Autoport to begin operations at Port Canaveral next year

    2015-11-25T11:02:01Z

    US vehicle processing company, Autoport, will begin operations at Port Canaveral’s automotive terminal in January next year. The port, in Brevard County, Florida, is leasing approximately 65,000 sq.m at its new terminal to Autoport for operations, with an option to expand. “We are excited to partner with AutoPort and provide ...

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    VW India begins exports to Argentina; imports from SA start at Altamira

    2015-11-18T12:37:23Z

    Volkswagen has announced that it has begun exports of the Vento model made at its Chakan plant near Pune, India, to Argentina, where it is being rebadged for sale as a Polo. The vehicle was launched in Argentina on November 10th and so far VW has exported 1,600 vehicles to ...

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    Höegh takes delivery of second post-panamax vessel

    2015-11-17T17:25:23Z

    Following t he delivery of its first post-panamax vessel in June this year , Höegh Autoliners has taken delivery of the second of six such car carriers that are being delivered over the next 18 months, in what the company is describing as its New Horizon class. It was built ...

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    Video interview with Paulo Sarti, managing director, South America, Penske Logistics

    2015-11-17T16:02:46Z

    Paulo Sarti, managing director of South America for Penske Logistics, spoke with Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group about the increasing need to share information, investment in new technology, and thinking differently. 

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    Video interview with Orlando Moral, operations director, Chery Brazil

    2015-11-11T16:43:54Z

    After his presentation at the recent Automotive Logistics South America conference in Brazil on how Chery is currently hibernating in order to come back stronger , Orlando Moral, operations director at Chery Brazil spoke with Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group about the difficulties, challenges and opportunities for the OEM ...