The latest logistics developments at OEMs.


Audi E-tron electric SUV facility in Brussels, Belgium

Galvanising the aftermarket for an electric future

2019-11-19T17:15:00+00:00By Karen McCandless

The rise in EVs in Europe will have an impact on the aftermarket and the logistics supporting it, not least in the management of replacement lithium batteries


Haah announces cloud platform to enhance vehicle sales and distribution

2019-11-19T16:22:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Haah Automotive Holdings is using a cloud-based platform powered by Oracle Netsuite to manage sales and distribution of Zoyte vehicles and parts in the US


Barcelona and Santander ports expand car storage capacity

2019-11-19T16:00:00+00:00By Barry Cross

The Spanish ports of Barcelona and Santander have each made recent moves to provide more space for vehicle handling as ports in northern Europe face capacity constraints


Markus Duesmann to move to Audi’s top job

2019-11-18T15:56:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Markus Duesmann will become CEO of Audi on April 1 next year and will also join the board of management of German parent company Volkswagen Group


Brexit uncertainty is death by a thousand cuts for UK car industry

2019-11-15T14:48:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

At last week’s Regional Forum event, held by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in Luton UK, Helen Foord, head of government relations and public policy at Vauxhall Motors, summed up a sentiment shared across the UK automotive sector as it continues to struggle against the economic and political uncertainty of leaving the EU…


Tesla’s new factory: Berlin gets the gig

2019-11-15T09:57:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Electric carmaker Tesla is to build its next Gigafactory in Germany, co-founder and CEO Elon Musk told an awards ceremony in the country on Tuesday.

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Saloodo digital road freight platform comes to South Africa

2019-11-13T12:26:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

DHL’s Saloodo subsidiary, which provides a digital freight booking platform, has introduced its service into South Africa and announced plans for further expansion into sub-Saharan Africa next year…


FCA appoints new head of purchasing and supply chain in Asia-Pacific

2019-11-13T10:49:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Ashwani Muppasani has joined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in the Asia-Pacific (Apac) region as head of purchasing and supply chain management (SCM). He moves from his role as vice-president, Americas Operations and Quality at sensor technology firm TE Connectivity…


Gaz launches assembly in Vietnam as US sanctions are postponed

2019-11-11T17:31:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Gaz is about to begin assembly of its Citiline minibus in Vietnam from exported CKD kits and has had another stay of execution from the threatened sanctions it and its trade partners face from US Trump administration


Groupe PSA and FCA merger has precedent for supply chain impact

2019-11-06T14:58:00+00:00By Marcus Williams, Christopher Ludwig

Discussions that seem to be moving quickly between Groupe PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on a possible merger have raised questions about how supply chain and logistics at the respective carmakers would be affected, including on consolidated vehicle platforms and suppliers, costs, as well as on major logistics providers, notably Gefco.


Volkswagen begins ID.3 electric vehicle assembly at Zwickau

2019-11-06T14:28:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen has begun production of the ID.3 electric vehicle (EV) at its Zwickau plant in Germany following a €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) investment…


SSI Schaefer extends automotive offering

2019-11-05T10:00:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Reusable packaging systems company SSI Schaefer will provide design, manufacturing and distribution support to large industrial manufacturers, with an emphasis on the automotive industry…

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FCA–PSA fusion: first of the electric shock waves?

2019-11-04T05:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

The merger attempt by FCA and PSA will be complicated but makes economic and operational sense, including for supply chain management and logistics. Whether or not it goes ahead, more consolidation is likely as the automotive industry gears up for electrification

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Puerto Bahía increases PDI services for vehicle import

2019-10-31T17:35:00+00:00By Barry Cross

The Colombian port of Bahia is increasing its provision of PDI services for inbound finished vehicles


Philaport opens vehicle terminal with Glovis America

2019-10-31T16:51:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The US port of Philadelphia (Philaport) has officially opened a $110m vehicle terminal at the Southport Marine Terminal Complex – the first terminal to be opened at the port for 45 years…

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You gotta carry that weight: how bigger vehicles and EVs will challenge logistics

2019-10-30T19:27:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

With forecasts for strong growth in marketshare for electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle sales over the next decade, moving parts and vehicles will require new equipment, processes and standards across OEMs and logistics providers


Indian vehicle sales continue decline but passenger car exports increase

2019-10-29T10:15:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Vehicle sales in India have continued their decline between April and September this year, according to figures from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam)…

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Global trade disputes could dim electric vehicle supply chain potential in key markets

2019-10-28T19:43:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Trade uncertainties such as those between the US and China, or the UK and the EU, could put the brakes on growth in the electric vehicle and battery supply chain for some OEMs and countries, despite bullish forecasts for alternative powertrains 


Gefco launches latest digital services in Europe

2019-10-28T16:44:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Logistics provider Gefco held a meeting in the French capital Paris last week to provide details of its ongoing digital supply chain strategy and the launch of two new services that support the freight and finished vehicle sectors: Chronotruck and Moveecar…


FCA to add battery hub to Mirafiori plant

2019-10-28T16:02:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

FCA is to build a new battery assembly plant next to its Mirafiori car factory in Turin that will supply future generations of fully electric models

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