The latest logistics developments at OEMs.


Karl-Friedrich Koch, BMW Mexico

Listen: Presentation by Karl-Friedrich Koch, BMW Mexico

2020-03-27T20:34:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

Since 2015, Karl-Friedrich Koch, vice-president, production control, BMW Mexico, has played a fundamental role in the OEM’s project to develop its first Mexican car factory. At the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 conference, he provided delegates with an insight into the launch and ramp-up process, which kicked off in 2019.


Watch Livestream: Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Automotive Supply Chain March Update

2020-03-27T15:14:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Presented by Automotive from Ultima Media, hear from our analysts as they share insight on how the coronavirus crisis will impact global vehicle sales and what it will mean for automotive manufacturing and logistics.

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Global vehicle demand forecast 2020-2030: The drastic impact of the coronavirus crisis

2020-03-26T10:27:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Download our full report and analysis on the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand across major regions. Our forecast includes assessments according to best case, base case and worst case scenarios across North America, Europe, China, Japan, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.


Mahle opens test centre for EV batteries

2020-03-25T11:27:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Engineering services company Mahle Powertrain has opened a new test base for electric vehicle (EV) battery modules at its technical centre in Northampton, UK…


Car dealers turn to online sales and servicing

2020-03-25T10:10:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Vehicle sales around the world are being badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with end-users either prevented from visiting dealerships by closure or quarantine, or at best fearful of doing so. However, servicing vehicles remains a priority and carmakers and their affiliated dealers are embracing digital technology to ensure aftermarket services…

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Coronavirus takes its toll on maritime sector

2020-03-25T09:48:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Ro-ro operator Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WW Ocean) is to reduce its fleet of around 125 vessels by up to 15 in wake of car plants closing down, automotive supply chains being interrupted and coronavirus-related disruption to normal business activity looking set to continue for months…


Mazda curbs production during coronavirus crisis

2020-03-24T16:32:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Mazda is suspending output in Japan, Mexico and Thailand, because of difficulties procuring parts, plummeting sales and uncertainty of future sales amid the Covid-19 pandemic..

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Siem Car Carriers using LNG vessels for VW volumes

2020-03-24T15:16:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Vessel leasing company Seven Yield has delivered LNG-powered car carrier Siem Confucius to affiliated company Siem Car Carriers. Sister ship Siem Aristotle will follow…

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6 questions in 60 seconds…with Kristin Decas

2020-03-23T10:23:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Kristin Decas, CEO/port director, Port of Hueneme, talks, boxing, chocolate and why it’s important to be a sponge

Auto plant closures

Calling stop on automotive supply chains: how long can companies survive the Covid-19 crisis?

2020-03-20T13:48:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.


Russian car industry caught between coronavirus and currency fluctuations

2020-03-20T10:02:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Automotive plants in Russia are reported to be running out of components as supply shortages caused by the coronavirus continue out of China and South Korea, and disruption spreads across Europe. At the same time the Russian ruble has hit a four-year low against the US dollar, which is taking its toll on production costs


Marsh to take up manufacturing and supply chain role at Nissan NA

2020-03-18T10:42:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Following the departure of Heath Holz from Nissan North America, the carmaker has announced that Steve Marsh (pictured) is replacing him as senior vice president, manufacturing, supply chain management and purchasing..


Coronavirus latest: plant closures spread across Europe

2020-03-18T10:01:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Temporary car plant closures are spreading across Europe this week as the escalation of coronavirus in the region disrupts the automotive supply chain and hits sales…


VW employs AR to improve lineside logistics at Chattanooga

2020-03-17T16:03:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Engineers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga factory are using specially developed augmented reality (AR) goggles to help spot potential problems with new production lines they are designing for the next set of vehicles at the Tennessee plant…


Buchner to step down as Mercedes-Benz Trucks chief

2020-03-17T14:58:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Stefan Buchner (pictured) is to end his management board membership at Daimler Truck and role as the head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks on September 30…

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Renault revs up logistics drive through F1

2020-03-17T14:27:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Renault Sport Racing is partnering with global logistical provider DP World with an eye on mutually increasing supply chain efficiency and mitigating the environmental impact of their operations…


Listen: Presentation by Jesús Seade Kuri, Federal Government of Mexico

2020-03-16T20:15:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

Jesús Seade Kuri, who serves as Undersecretary for North America at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has played a major role in negotiations for the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal which is due to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Here is the update he provided at the ...


Volvo shifting more outbound volumes to rail

2020-03-16T11:00:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

As part of its climate action plan announced in October last year, Volvo Cars is moving more finished vehicle transport to rail from truck, thereby reducing CO2 emissions from its logistics operations.

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6 questions in 60 seconds…with Rory Hepner

2020-03-16T09:30:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Rory Hepner, general manager duty drawback and finished vehicles, logistics/customs, Mercedes-Benz USA, talks leadership, law and why you should never be afraid to ask questions

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