The summer digital edition of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics magazine is out now, featuring interviews with top executives at BMW and SAIC VW, as well as our annual review of activity at the North American vehicle handling ports.

Our summer digital edition of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics magazine features an interview with Susanne Lehmann, executive director of logistics at SAIC VW Automotive, who talks about managing Covid lockdowns and supply chain disruption in China with new tools and closer supplier collaboration, and the fast pace of digitalisation joint venture carmaker.

We also talk to BMW’s Maike Rotmann, head of distribution systems and sustainability, and Wolfgang Rudorfer, head of transport planning and steering, about what the carmaker is doing to make the logistics supporting the production and delivery of its vehicles emission-free.

The summer edition also looks at the disruption caused to rail shipments of parts between Europe and China because of sanctions against Russia, a situation that is adding to the problems facing ocean container shipments.

We also look at the logistics provisions required for shipping semiconductors from the manufacturing fabs to the packaging houses and, from there, to the tier suppliers.

This edition also features our annual review of the top ten vehicle handling ports in North America and how they have coped with volatile output over the last 18 months, as well as what they are doing to prepare for a more sustainable rebound.

We also review the discussions at our most recent conference – Finished Vehicle Logistics North America – which was held in Huntington Beach, California in June and where discussions were focused on getting better accuracy in delivery times.

Features include:

Threadbare trade on the Silk Road

North America vehicle ports get ready for the rebound

A gateway for growth in the Gulf

Logistics another dimension at SAIC VW

Building a sustainable supply chain at BMW

Automotive sector still hungry for chips

Seeing is believing when it comes to vehicle deliveries