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    BMW increases automation at Mexico plant

    2020-02-18T16:30:00Z

    BMW has introduced automated storage and buffer systems at its new car-making plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, for more efficient, demand-based production…

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    Audi exploring paperless possibilities with smart logistics

    2020-02-18T10:00:00Z

    Logistics workers at Audi car assembly plant in Győr, Hungary are trialling digital shelf labelling…

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    Hirotec deploys AVs to handle Mazda parts in Hiroshima

    2020-02-12T10:47:00Z

    Tier one parts supplier Hirotec has started using autonomous vehicles (AVs) provided by Otto Motors at its manufacturing plant in Hiroshima. The vehicles are delivering Mazda door panels to welding cells at the facility…

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    Auto Transport Service to use Inform for vehicle imports

    2020-02-11T15:05:00Z

    Norwegian finished vehicle logistics provider, Auto Transport Service (ATS), is now using an IT system from German logistics software export Inform for compound and transport management at its two vehicle logistics facilities at the port of Drammen…

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    Seat claims AGV first with Slam

    2020-02-10T16:13:00Z

    Spanish carmaker Seat says it is the first industrial manufacturer in Europe to use automated guided vehicles (AGVs) with the Slam navigation system outdoors…

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    Omron devises new way of moving heavy items lineside

    2020-02-05T11:00:00Z

    Robot producer Omron Automation Americas has brought out a new machine to move bulky and heavy objects such as transmission blocks and automotive seats around vehicle assembly plants…

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    Automotive suppliers buying and spinning their way into high tech segments

    2020-02-04T18:37:00Z

    As BorgWarner’s acquisition of Delphi Technologies shows, tier one automotive suppliers are turning to acquisitions and restructuring their business to focus on advanced technology, helping to protect margins, avoid commodification and transition to electrified powertrains

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    Daimler India to focus on customised applications for new CVs

    2020-02-04T15:24:00Z

    Systems for improved fleet management will play an increasingly important role in the BharatBenz trucks and buses built by Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV)…

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    Toll Group IT services hit by ransomware attack

    2020-02-04T15:22:00Z

    Australian freight transport and logistics provider, Toll Group, has been forced to shut down a number of IT systems in response to a suspected cyber-attack which took place at the end of last week..

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    Fighting back against fake parts

    2020-01-28T11:46:00Z

    Counterfeit parts in the automotive industry will soon be worth more than the annual gross domestic product of Canada, Brazil or Italy. According to World Trademark Review, the estimated global economic cost of counterfeiting in the automotive industry could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022. In Europe, it is estimated that €2.2 billion ($2.4 billion) is lost annually to counterfeit tyre sales alone, while counterfeit battery sales effectively steal €180m ($198m) from OEMs. Furthermore, the rise of e-commerce is making it ever easier for consumers to knowingly or unknowingly access counterfeit, possibly dangerous vehicle parts.

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    Mobis increases productivity with Zebra Tech pick tool

    2020-01-27T11:25:00Z

    The Australian branch of parts supplier Hyundai Mobis – Mobis Parts Australia (MPAU) – has started using a wearable pick and scan tool from Zebra Technologies that is reported to offer a 15% increase in productivity at its warehouse operations…

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    BMW selects tough tablets for logistics operations

    2020-01-22T10:41:00Z

    German car manufacturer BMW has opted to buy a new batch of rugged mobile devices from Getac Technology of Taiwan, a supplier for six years…

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    Ford receives robots for warehousing and delivery services

    2020-01-14T15:01:00Z

    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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    Is Sony’s Vision S a scary sight, or a revelation for carmakers and suppliers?

    2020-01-14T06:00:00Z

    Should automotive manufacturers and the supply chain fear or embrace this surprise announcement from the consumer technology giant?

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    Shifting gears: How Skoda automated Vrchlabí

    2020-01-09T12:11:00Z

    The smallest of Skoda’s production plants, the Vrchlabí site in the Czech Republic has been producing direct shift transmissions for the Volkswagen Group since 2012..

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    Tearing profits apart: how tier one automotive suppliers can mitigate shrinking margins

    2020-01-08T19:00:00Z

    The latest report by Automotive from Ultima Media examines the profits and outlook for the top 20 automotive parts suppliers and explores the strategies and solutions they should consider to avoid significant disruption in the 2020s

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    Damage control: How technology can assist vehicle inspection

    2019-12-19T10:36:00Z

    With approximately 80m new cars being produced globally each year, the automotive industry has a big job to do when it comes to checking the condition of finished vehicles, something that has long relied on human labour…

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    FCA and Groupe PSA agree terms of merger

    2019-12-18T14:58:00Z

    Following initial statements made in November, Groupe PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) have signed a 50:50 merger agreement that will create the fourth largest carmaker by volume, based on a current annual combined production of 8.7m units…

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    Maersk expands logistics operations in Vietnam

    2019-12-18T10:41:00Z

    Maersk has officially opened an 11,000 sq.m logistics centre in northern Vietnam that will support growing business for automotive, electronics and retail in the country…

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    Galvanising the aftermarket for an electric future

    2019-11-19T17:15:00Z

    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