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    Register now: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (EP.2)

    2020-12-01T12:15:00Z

    This Livestream Hour episode will discuss how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists. Join us on Wednesday December 17.

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    VW boosts green credentials of lithium battery supply to Zwickau

    2020-11-30T15:13:00Z

    Volkswagen is using a combination of rail and automated unloading to move batteries to its plant in Zwickau, Germany, its first plant dedicated to electric vehicle production, which is currently making the ID.3 and ID.4. The move further reduces the carbon footprint of the plant and is another step closer to its zero-emission sustainability strategy – goTOzero.

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    BMW launches Idealworks subsidiary to supply logistics automation technology

    2020-11-23T13:41:00Z

    BMW Group has founded a subsidiary called Idealworks to supply autonomous robots to the logistics sector, including companies outside of the automotive industry. The subsidiary, which is based in Munich, Germany, and currently has a team of 30, takes its name from the acronym for industry-driven engineering for autonomous logistics (Ideal).

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    Scania to build battery plant and research centre in Sweden

    2020-11-23T12:34:00Z

    Scania is building a lithium battery assembly facility at its plant in Södertälje, Sweden to support production of a range of electric trucks and buses. The cells will be supplied by Northvolt in Sweden but battery module assembly onsite will overcome the dangers and cost associated with the inbound delivery of finished modules

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    Electric vehicles supporting sales through pandemic, says head of Gefco Russia

    2020-11-23T09:44:00Z

    Gefco Russia’s general director says that electric vehicles have been the one bright spot in terms of global vehicle and parts shipments in a industry otherwise still suffering from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

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    A Lucid approach to sustainable packaging

    2020-11-20T17:37:00Z

    Battery EVs are currently heralded as the answer to an emissions-free future of driving, but the revolution will only be as green as the supply chain supporting it. An important part of that supply chain is the packaging used to deliver the inbound parts. Lucid Motors’ John Ferry and Rodney Salmon, of Salmon RTP, discussed the importance of putting sustainable packaging first at the latest Livestream Hour this week

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    Can the UK supply chain keep up with a 2030 ban on new ICE vehicle sales?

    2020-11-20T14:31:00Z

    The UK government has announced it is bringing forward its plans to phase out the sale of new cars and vans powered by internal combustion engines. Daniel Harrison, automotive analyst at Ultima Media, examines how realistic that is and whether supply chains are ready to produce enough electric vehicles and batteries.

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    Watch: Sustainable packaging – unwrapping a greener automotive supply chain (EP.2)

    2020-11-19T10:20:00Z

    This Automotive Logistics Livestream Hour episode focuses on efficiency and sustainability in automotive packaging, featuring packaging experts John Ferry from EV startup Lucid Motors and packaging consultant Rodney Salmon

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    Stable growth post-Covid will depend on greater supplier collaboration

    2020-11-09T15:55:00Z

    At last week’s Livestream Hour Joe McCabe, CEO and president of AutoForecast Solutions, said 2021 was going to be a recovery year in global vehicle production and that continued recovery to 2027 would be based on greater stability. A more globally integratred supply chain, thanks in part to revision of Trump policy following last week’s election, and provide opportunities for tier suppliers, who are getting more involved complex subassembly 

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    Vanguard units of the Nissan Ariya land in Europe

    2020-11-09T08:58:00Z

    Prototype models of the Nissan Ariya electric vehicle have arrived in Europe from Japan. Volume imports will begin in 2021 when the fully-electric coupé crossover goes on sale

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    Watch: Supply Chain Update – coronavirus crisis impacts and US election implications (EP.1)

    2020-11-05T12:00:00Z

    Automotive Logistics’ Livestream Hour season 2 kicks off with the latest forecasts on global vehicle production, a review of supply chain trends and insight into what the US presidential election results could mean for the sector. 

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    No deal Brexit would increase cost of EVs by £2,800, says SMMT

    2020-10-26T09:30:00Z

    The UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has warned that a no deal Brexit could push up the cost of buying an imported battery electric vehicle (BEV) in the UK by £2,800 ($3,600). Two thirds of all BEVs on sale in the UK are imported from Europe and between January and September this year 40.8% of all the new BEVs registered on UK roads came from the EU, more than from any other territory.

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    Magna to build Fisker Ocean electric vehicle in Europe

    2020-10-19T11:51:00Z

    Magna International is going to build Fisker’s forthcoming Ocean SUV under contract at its manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria. Production of the electric vehicle (EV) will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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    EV start-up Arrival to build microfactory in South Carolina

    2020-10-19T11:13:00Z

    Arrival, the start-up that plans to build electric commercial vehicles in what it calls ‘microfactories’, has announced its first US production location in York County, South Carolina. It has also raised $118m from funds managed by BlackRock.

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    Hyundai to build R&D centre and factory in Singapore

    2020-10-14T12:46:00Z

    In a virtual groundbreaking ceremony, Hyundai has ­­announced it is building the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICS) which will serve as a new R&D centre and small-scale production facility with an output of up to 30,000 vehicles per year and help to forge a new supply chain in the city state.

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    Can Tesla shift the balance of EV battery and cell supply chains away from China?

    2020-10-12T13:12:00Z

    At Tesla’s recent Battery Day presentation, the company promised to shake up its battery supply chains by moving into cell production and even the mining of raw material, but how realistic are these targets?

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    VW outsources more large sub-assemblies for EVs

    2020-09-29T14:43:00Z

    In switching its Zwickau and Dresden plants in Germany to the production of exclusively electric vehicles based on the MEB platform, Volkswagen is outsourcing a higher share of the assembly of large parts of the vehicle to nearby suppliers than it previously had with ICE-based platforms.

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    Watch: Keeping the metal moving in Europe

    2020-09-28T17:00:00Z

    As the European vehicle logistics sector faces huge challenges and changes, senior logistics leaders from Daimler, Volvo Cars and Hyundai Glovis discuss capacity requirements, digitalisation and requirements from their logistics partners during a panel at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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    Watch: Delivering innovation at Volkswagen and Toyota’s service parts logistics

    2020-09-28T17:00:00Z

    As service parts demand in the US recovers, OEMs like Volkswagen Group and Toyota are carefully monitoring shortages in parts supply and inventory, while accelerating new delivery channels, including ecommerce sales and direct customer deliveries. VW’s Anu Goel and Toyota’s Mike Schober share their views during Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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    Watch: How Volkswagen is charging an electric revolution in its supply chain

    2020-09-28T17:00:00Z

    As Volkswagen Group gears up to manufacture 1.5m EVs per year by 2025, it is transforming its supply chain. Danny Auerswald, who leads the carmaker’s all-electric factory in Dresden, explains how Volkswagen is transforming plants and logistics to meet its electric and sustainability targets during Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.