The latest logistics developments at OEMs.



Mercedes-Benz celebrates 30 years at Germersheim with high-tech warehouse

2020-08-04T10:38:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Mercedes-Benz has invested €100m ($84m) in a new warehousing complex at its global spare parts logistics centre in Germersheim, Germany, which handles aftermarket parts for Mercedes-Benz, smart and Fuso vehicles…


Latest demand forecast: Vehicle sales will drop up to 40%, with second dip expected this year

2020-08-03T13:34:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The recovery in new vehicle sales in the wake of the coronavirus crisis will not only be varied in speed across major automotive markets, but it will also be uneven. Further pullbacks in sales are likely later in 2020 and into 2021 for many countries, according to a new report and forecast by Automotive from Ultima Media, the business intelligence arm of Automotive Logistics.


VW Poznań will start full production in September with improved logistics

2020-08-03T10:41:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Following two years of expansion work worth €400m ($463m), Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle (LCV) plant in Poznań, Poland is almost ready to start full production of the new mark 5 Caddy van…


Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale | Part 2: Update from North America with Honda and Benteler

2020-07-29T19:56:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Don’t miss the last Livestream Hour episode this season as our guests provide insight on how the coronavirus crisis is currently affecting the supply chain in North America, featuring Hector Martinez from Honda de Mexico and Maxim Serov from global tier 1 Benteler.

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Watch: Q&A on North American vehicle ports – Livestream Hour

2020-07-28T21:50:00+01:00By Neemish Ladwa

Experts including Chris Connor from the American Association of Port Authorities and IT specialist Inform answer questions on North American port vehicle-handling operations, investments, digitalisation and insight on managing through the coronavirus crisis. 


Sanjeev replaces Bose as head of Ford Global Centre of Excellence

2020-07-27T14:16:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Amlan Bose, vice-president of Ford’s Global Centre of Excellence, overseeing inbound logistics, supply chain, customs and compliance, digitalisation and automation at Ford’s International Markets Group (pictured), is leaving the carmaker after a tenure of more than 20 years…


Better communication remains key for VW Group’s global logistics post-Covid

2020-07-27T13:09:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Good communication and operational transparency helped Volkswagen react quickly to the impact of the coronavirus on its global operations. Concurrently, collaborative support from its logistics providers has helped it restart operations, with improvements to the flow of inbound materials


INEOS in discussions with Daimler to produce Grenadier in Hambach

2020-07-27T13:01:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

British start-up INEOS Automotive may be making its new 4x4 vehicle in France instead of South Wales after German OEM Daimler announced it wanted to sell its Hambach factory in France. Head of supply chain management at INEOS, Marko Weisshaar (pictured), spoke about the possibility of a French connection during last week’s Livestream Hour


Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale Part 1: Global logistics lessons with the Volkswagen Group

2020-07-23T22:54:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As part of our finale for this season’s Livestream Hour, watch this exclusive interview with our special guest Matthias Braun, who leads digitalisation and concept development for group logistics at the Volkswagen Group, on how the carmaker has managed its supply chain through all phases of the coronavirus crisis so far, and lessons for the future


Volkswagen opens vehicle terminal at Baltimore with Tradepoint Atlantic

2020-07-23T15:47:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen Group of America has started processing vehicles through its new terminal at the US port of Baltimore, which is being operated by Tradepoint Atlantic on a 20-year lease…


Global automotive leaders convene in September

2020-07-23T12:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

September this year sees the launch of a three-day virtual summit bringing together leading logistics and supply chain industry experts to discuss the future of an automotive industry recovering from the Covid-19 crisis. Running between September 15-17, Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live will feature a programme of livestreams, webinars, Q&As and panel discussions in an online forum that will feature 20 hours of live broadcasts.


Gefco now handling vehicle deliveries in France for Ford

2020-07-23T09:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ford has chosen logistics provider Gefco to distribute new vehicles to the carmaker’s dealers in France, equal to 40,000 units annually…


Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 13 – Start-up OEM supply chains with INEOS Automotive

2020-07-22T20:49:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Watch this discussion to hear key insights and ask questions to our special guest panel including INEOS Automotive’s head of supply chain management, Marko Weisshaar

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BMW signs deal with Northvolt for battery cell supply

2020-07-22T11:45:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

BMW has signed a deal worth €2 billion with Northvolt for supply of battery cells from 2024…


Vollmer takes on production and logistics role at VW Passenger Cars

2020-07-21T13:59:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Dr Christian Vollmer is taking over as board member for production and logistics at Volkswagen’s Passenger Cars brand, replacing Dr Andreas Tostmann, who moved to the CEO role at MAN Bus & Truck last week. Dr Vollmer will step into the role effective August 1…

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Land of opportunity: INEOS Automotive

2020-07-20T17:01:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

British company INEOS Automotive’s Grenadier is being developed as a resolute 4x4 from the ground up, but can the start-up’s lack of legacy and supply chain history cover new terrain and open up options for logistics?

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Groupe PSA and FCA merger will be called Stellantis

2020-07-20T14:05:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Following last year’s announcement of the 50:50 merger between Group PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA), the two companies have announced that the merged company will be called Stellantis. The word derives from the Latin ‘to brighten with stars’…


All-electric future for VW at Zwickau

2020-07-20T11:47:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Volkswagen has made its last vehicle with an internal combustion engine at the Zwickau assembly plant in Germany and is now dedicating the plant to the assembly of electric vehicles, beginning with the ID.3. There are similar plans ahead for its plant in Emden from 2022


Russian car industry needs greater parts localisation to survive

2020-07-16T12:47:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The volume of automotive components being imported into Russian assembly plants has nearly doubled over the past few years but the continued threat of secondary sanctions on the companies supplying them, combined with the impact of Covid-19 on the supply chain, means the Russian automotive industry could shutdown. What it needs for the future is a new localisation strategy, according to Vadim Sorokin, president of Russian vehicle maker Gaz Group. 

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