Driving home the reality of global market changes: Honda Swindon factory closure makes way for logistics site
Honda has closed its Swindon, UK plant, as it ends European production. The carmaker is focusing electric vehicle investment and scale in Asia, and is a sign of how electrification could reshape manufacturing footprints.
Volkswagen is making a concerted effort to make the way it moves its vehicles as sustainable as the electric vehicles it is moving. A good example is seen in the export of ID.4 from Germany to the US, as Marcus Williams finds out
Toyota’s production and exports are recovering well in the first half of this year, compared to the impact of the disruption in 2020, but Covid is still hampering production in Japan because of supplier shutdowns in South-East Asia
BLG Logistics is deploying 37 hydrogen fuel cell trucks to manage parts movements at BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany
Jaguar Land Rover is installing automated technology from Dematic at its new logistics operations centre in the UK, which promises to bring greater efficiencies to its just-in-time inbound logistics
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus (MFTBC) is cutting carbon from its operations globally by making logistics and procurement greener, starting with carbon neutrality at its Tramagal plant in Portugal
From next month DHL Supply Chain will start providing Lotus Cars with warehousing and transport operations as part of a new five-year contract that will support production of the new Emira sportscar
As part of the The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment, Ford, GM, Honda, Stellantis and Toyota have drawn up five KPIs for the industry to follow designed to cut carbon from the inbound supply chain
Volkswagen has commissioned another four car-carrying vessels that can run on LNG to make its delivery of vehicles between Germany and North America more sustainable
Stellantis is investing £100m ($137m) in Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant to make electric vans for commercial and passenger markets in the UK and Europe. The investment, which is supported by the UK government, will result in a new body shop, upgraded assembly line and a battery pack assembly unit
Nissan is boosting lithium-ion battery production in the UK with a second gigafactory that will initially provide 9 GWh capacity and provide 100,000 batteries a year for a new crossover EV
Nissan is working on a project to improve the delivery of its vehicles to dealerships by road both in terms of time and capacity by breaking down the stages involved in the process
Polestar is building its next electric vehicle, the Polestar 3, at the Volvo plant in the US state of South Carolina in an effort to reduce delivery times and make procurement more efficient
Audi is using an AI tool from Prewave to monitor its supply chain for violations of its sustainability code of conduct. The tool uses automotive speech recognition in 50 languages to check for potential violations of Audi’s sustainability criteria and alerts the carmaker to them.
GM is pulling out all the stops to get vehicles delivered to its dealers and customers in the US and Canada in the midst of a semiconductor shortage that is affecting the automotive industry globally. Its all down to teamwork according to Phil Kienle, GM vice-president, North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations
At a recent automotive webinar hosted by Haropa Port, Renault’s global vice-president of supply chain, Jean-François Salles, said that the vehicle mix in the outbound supply chain was going to change over the next few years, with more second-hand, light commercial and shared vehicles being distributed. That trend will require different logistics planning
International Motors (IM) is in talks with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK to take over the carmaker’s aftersales business this autumn.
Polestar has signed a deal blockchain technology provider Circulor that aims to extend its visibility of ethical raw materials sourcing.
Chinese electric vehicle start-up Nio will start exporting vehicles to Norway in September this year, beginning with the ES8 SUV. The carmaker will also introduce the ET7 luxury sedan in 2022.
Volkswagen’s electric vehicle (EV) assembly plant in Zwickau, Germany, has taken another step into sustainable manufacturing by investing €74m ($95m) to expand its press shop.