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Watch: How Ford digitalised and insourced global supply chain processes | Your Questions Answered Part II with Amlan Bose

2020-06-24T22:08:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Ford is transforming its supply chain and logistics processes in a number of key regions, including creating an in-house 4PL and rolling out a dynamic transport management system. Following discussion on our popular Livestream Hour edition focused on digitalisation in supply chain and logistics, Ford’s Amlan Bose rejoins Christopher Ludwig to address audience questions on topics including challenges to rollout, whether the system and insourcing will spread to other regions, and how digital control towers are helping Ford in the Covid-19 crisis.

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Spain’s auto industry to get billion-euro boost from government

2020-06-24T08:45:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

The Spanish government has announced a €3.75 billion ($4.2 billion) stimulus programme for the country’s automotive sector, designed to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus and boost the sale of low-emission vehicles.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 8 – Driving innovation in production and logistics

2020-06-10T18:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Join this special digital transformation livestream session on how IT and technology solutions are supporting supply chain during the crisis, including a major digitalisation project for Ford’s logistics and supply chain management across key regions. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig.

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Start-stop production part of the new normal for OEMs

2020-05-04T09:36:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Carmakers are potentially hostage to a halting series of restarts as the automotive industry tries to gradually restart production across Europe in regions seeing a lowering of coronavirus infections. During last week’s Livestream event from Ultima Media Matteo Fini, executive director, automotive supply chain and technology, at market analyst IHS Markit said start and stop operations, such as Kia has recently experienced, are definitely part of the new normal

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Carmakers need to get cross-functional after coronavirus pandemic

2020-04-15T08:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the world and closed car plants from east to west. Production has begun again in China, where the virus originated, and that recovery is also likely to sweep the globe in the coming months…

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Ford extends European plant closures until May

2020-04-08T10:01:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Ford has confirmed that the temporary closure of most of its European plants will be extended until May 4, following an announcement on March 17 that it would be for a number of weeks…

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VW and Faurecia collaborate to combat coronavirus

2020-04-08T09:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

In the latest example of how car manufacturers and their suppliers are turning their operations over to fight the coronavirus pandemic,Volkswagen is collaborating with Faurecia to produce medical gowns and facemasks at the latter’s Puebla facility in Mexico…

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Ford brings in ‘no touch’ servicing during coronavirus outbreak

2020-03-31T14:09:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Cars and vans are now being thoroughly sanitised before being returned to customers in Europe after repairs and servicing, says Ford…

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Calling stop on automotive supply chains: how long can companies survive the Covid-19 crisis?

2020-03-20T13:48:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.

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6 questions in 60 seconds…with Sue Slaughter

2020-03-09T09:39:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Sue Slaughter, purchasing director global material cost, supply chain sustainability and diversity, Ford Europe, talks manufacturing, mobility and why Extinction Rebellion is making an impact

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Hinrichs to leave Ford, Farley named new COO

2020-02-10T14:29:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Joe Hinrichs is leaving Ford at the end of February after 20 years with the carmaker, most recently as president of Ford Automotive…

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Coronavirus hits automotive supply chain in China and beyond

2020-02-04T16:41:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The outbreak of the coronavirus respiratory disease in China has led to carmakers extending the closure of their plants beyond the Chinese new year and (currently) into the second week of February, something that is going to hit first quarter output and revenue…

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DRS and STVA UK to support Ford finished vehicle shipments

2020-01-22T09:38:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Ford has awarded a contract to Direct Rail Services (DRS) for the transport of finished vehicles from its UK factory in Dagenham to DRS’ rail terminal at Garston, near Liverpool. Services are to begin mid-2020.

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Ford receives robots for warehousing and delivery services

2020-01-14T15:01:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

The Ford Motor Company has taken delivery of the first two humanoid robots from partner Agility Robotics in order to explore ways the OEM’s commercial vehicle customers can make warehousing and delivery more efficient and affordable for their own customers…

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Taking the assault out of the battery

2020-01-14T13:12:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

The traceability of raw materials used in the production of lithium-ion batteries, such as lithium and cobalt, is one of the main sustainability challenges faced by carmakers who are investing to meet the consumer demand and regulatory pressures behind the electric vehicle revolution

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FCA joins blockchain network to ensure ethical sourcing for EVs

2019-12-17T14:57:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Global carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has become a member of the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN) for sustainable and accountable sourcing and production practices from mine-to-market…

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Middle East and North Africa: Leading the way in innovation

2019-11-27T15:55:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Despite a sustained period of decline over the last few years affected by a fall in oil prices and geopolitical strife, the Middle East and Africa is fast becoming a region of automotive and supply chain opportunity…

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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 

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Stretching to the limit: How Sollers and Lorus move finished vehicles across Russia

2019-10-11T11:03:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

For the Russian carmaker Sollers the importance of effective logistics hardly can be overemphasised. With a distance of up to 8,000km (4,971 miles) between its main production assets in European Russia and the Far East, a widespread network of more than 100 tier one suppliers both in and outside Russia, plus worldwide export operations, costs and lead times within the supply chain clearly make a big difference to the company.

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Stricter EU CO2 regulations will reshape vehicle platforms and car design

2019-10-04T11:20:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

As OEMs try to reduce CO2 and transition to electric vehicles in the face of the high fines, we expect a profound impact on vehicle design.

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