The latest logistics developments at OEMs.



Car industry looks for more vertical integration to avoid risk

2022-05-23T16:30:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

BMW, Tesla and Volkswagen Group are among the vehicle makers taking a vertical approach to integration as a means to secure supply of crucial components in the face of continued disruption


Toyota cuts transport emissions in Europe with support from Gefco

2022-05-18T14:35:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota is pushing forward on its plans to cut emissions from the supply chain by using a new service provided by logistics provider Gefco that ships parts inbound to France twice a day using a combination of road and rail.


Tesla delays production rebound in China

2022-05-16T14:36:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Tesla is battling parts and labour shortages as it tries to recover its manufacturing capacity in Shanghai, China in face of widespread Covid-related disruption

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Speed and standards are key to the automotive future

2022-05-09T15:54:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Top executives at Audi and Volvo used last week’s ALSC Europe conference to discuss how logistics planning was now a faster-paced business in need of greater standardisation.


Toyota’s tried and tested approach to disruption

2022-05-06T17:35:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota Motor Europe used its Toyota Production System to good effect during the semiconductor crisis, only making cars it had parts for and in the process increasing market share at a time of major disruption


An electric shock for VW Group’s supply chain in Europe

2022-05-06T11:31:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen’s head of battery cell logistics, Matthias Braun, told delegates at ALSC Europe about VW’s vertical integration of lithium battery production in Europe and the impact on the supply chain 

ALSC Europe SALLES Renault

Renault takes a rational approach to logistics network redesign

2022-05-03T12:58:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

At ALSC Europe Renault Group’s Jean-François Salles, global vice-president of supply chain, outlined the current pressures facing the auto industry and the innovative supply chain strategy the company was taking to emerge stronger


Supply shortages hit UK vehicle output in Q1 says SMMT

2022-05-02T15:41:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Vehicle production in the UK in the first quarter of this year was badly affected by supply shortages while also dealing with a tough economic environment with rising energy costs and other inflationary factors


Ford signs up DHL for fleet services

2022-04-29T11:13:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Ford has signed a contract with DHL for the provision of logistics services for customers of its joint venture Ford Fleet Management offering


VW Group delivers 65% more BEVs in Q1

2022-04-26T08:59:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Volkswagen Group has increased deliveries of pure battery electric vehicles in the first quarter of this year despite ongoing disruptions to the supply chain


Ford looks for more sustainability through Catena-X and RSCI initiatives

2022-04-25T16:35:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ford is looking to improve the sustainablity of its supply chain and drive in more efficiency in dealing with disruption in its membership of both Catena-X Automotive network and he Responsible Supply Chain Initiative 


Testing TPS resilience when dealing with disruption at Toyota

2022-04-25T07:48:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

In the face of ongoing supply chain disruption, the Toyota Production System (TPS) is proving itself a reliable tool for building resiliency into the carmaker’s logistics.


GM signs agreement to source cobalt from Glencore

2022-04-19T09:28:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

GM has signed a multi-year sourcing agreement for the supply of cobalt from Glencore’s mining operation in Australia. Both are members of the Responsible Minerals Initiative

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Martin Corner moves on from Volvo to Aston Martin Lagonda

2022-04-14T15:32:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Amidst other top executive changes at Volvo Cars, Martin Corner is leaving the company to take up a new role at Aston Martin as head of supply chain management and logistics

Responsible Lithium Partnership

Ford signs deal for clean lithium supply from Lake Resources

2022-04-12T12:06:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Ford has signed an agreement with Lake Resources for the supply of highly pure lithium from Argentina with which to build its EV batteries


Mercedes Benz aims to halve carbon emissions by 2030

2022-04-12T10:55:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Mercedes-Benz outlined a range of intiatives to cut carbon from its products and supply chain at its online ESG Conference this week


Mazda begins direct imports to UK from Japan

2022-04-04T16:54:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Mazda has made its first direct delivery of Japanese vehicle exports to the UK through the port of Bristol, part of a regular service that will delivery vehicles every 10 days. The vehicles are being processed at a dedicated distribution centre at the port. 

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No more rough estimates

2022-04-04T07:53:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota Motor North America is rolling out a new system called Project ETA, designed to more accurately trace the movement of its vehicles. Kevin Austin, vice-president of demand and supply management at the carmaker, explains how it works


Volvo cuts 2022 forecast as semiconductor shortage bites production

2022-03-29T11:56:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

A shortage in the supply of semiconductors is forcing Volvo to halt certain assembly lines again this week as it attempts to rebuild stocks, leading to a revision of output this year


Volvo installing UVEye vehicle inspection system at US dealers

2022-03-14T16:40:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Volvo dealers in the US are installing a new automated vehicle inspection system from UVEye that uses high-speed cameras to capture the exterior and underside of vehicles being sold or traded

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