The latest logistics developments at OEMs.


ALSC Europe 2024 Henner Lehne, Vice President – Global Vehicle Forecasting, Automotive, S&P Global Mobility

Global and European vehicle production and the impacts on logistics


Following years of deep disruption in the automotive production and logistics supply chain, S&P Global Mobility’s head of global vehicle forecasting outlines what the next months and years will look like for the industry. 

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US Coast Guard opens alternate channel at Baltimore bridge site


A cleanup effort is underway at the site of the bridge collapse in Baltimore, while vessels carrying finished vehicles reroute to nearby ports

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BMW navigates the new ‘never normal’ in logistics


BMW has adapted to disruputiion by bringing production, finance, sales and purchasing, and supply chain logistics under one umbrella


Mercedes-Benz looks at logistics uses for Apollo humanoid robots


Mercedes-Benz is working with robotics developer Apptronik on the use of humanoid robots for repetitive logistics tasks in its manufacturing plants


Tesla’s Berlin factory set to restart after arson attack


A suspected arson attack last week, resulting in a loss of power, meant that Tesla had to shut down its Berlin factory


GM invests in automation at North Carolina service parts centre


GM is investing $23m in labour-saving technology at its service parts distribution centre in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Stellantis signs vehicle supply agreement with Ayvens in Europe


Stellantis has signed a deal with leasing firm Ayvens that could see it supply 500,000 vehicles including EVs to the Ayvens network in Europe


Stellantis plans to take more control of outbound logistics


Following recent supply chain crises since Covid, Stellantis’ outbound capacity took “far longer” to return to normal levels.

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Mercedes-Benz Group cuts ties with Kamaz in Russia


Mercedes-Benz Group has finally sold its 15% stake in Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz to an unnamed buyer following the cessation of cooperation in February 2022

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BMW chooses G&P for inbound parts services at Debrecen plant


G&P will provide BMW with  inspection, rectification and technical services on inbound parts being delivered into its new EV plant in Hungary

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GM bolsters EV supply chain in North America with LG cathode deal


GM has signed a ten-year supply contract with LG Chem for the supply of cathode material to support EV production in the US

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GM appoints ex-Tesla executive to new vice-president of batteries role


GM has appointed Kurt Kelty, a battery expert and former Tesla and Sila executive, to its newly created role of vice-president of batteries


GMC set to expand to China, Australia and New Zealand


GMC said the expansion into China, Australia and New Zealand follows its “stellar” results for 2023

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Ford’s Dubai PDC will distribute service parts to GCC, Africa and Asia Pacific


Ford’s 42,000 sq.m parts distribution centre in the Dubai World Central economic zone will store 85,000 SKUs and leverage cutting-edge technology

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GM wins big in 2023, Stellantis and Ford lose out


GM had the strongest sales in North America last year compared to other OEMs, having sold nearly 2.6m units in 2023, up 14% over 2022 according to market analyst Cox Automotive.


Škoda begins exports from Europe to Vietnam


Škoda is delivering the vehicles via ro-ro vessels from Bremerhaven port to Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phòng in Singapore.


Daihatsu halts shipments of all vehicles following safety investigation


Daihatsu has shut down all production in Japan and halted the domestic and export shipment of vehicles following an investigation into safety procedure irregularities


BYD boosts battery EV sales and plans localisation in Europe


Chinese EV maker BYD Auto plans to open its first European manufacturing facility in Hungary to help meet ambitious sales targets in the region by 2030


Skoda adopts SAP digital platform for logistics overhaul at Vrchlabí


Skoda Auto has been working with wider VW Group logistics teams to streamline processes at the Vrchablí gearbox plant in the Czech Republic using the SAP S/4 Hana digital platform 

Francisco Bravo | Audi Mexico

Red Sofa Interview: Audi Mexico’s agile supply chain strategies


Francisco Bravo, Senior Director of Supply Chain at Audi Mexico, shares insights into the company’s progressive supply chain strategies, overcoming port congestion, adapting to localisation challenges and preparing for the electrification shift. Collaboration and communication are key.

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