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    Trade barriers threaten automotive sector after Brexit

    2020-02-18T11:35:00Z

    The UK government has confirmed that almost all imports from Europe will be the subject of trade barriers when the UK leaves the EU at the end of this year. All imported goods will need customs declarations and mandatory safety and security certificates..

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    Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

    2020-02-16T18:58:00Z

    You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing supply chain processes

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    Jürgen Krahé to lead reusable packaging expansion at Orbis

    2020-02-11T10:47:00Z

    Packaging supplier Orbis has appointed Jürgen Krahé as senior commercial director to lead its expansion of reusable packaging in the Europe, Middle East and North Africa (Emea) region…

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    Article

    Water woes: how European river transport projects have ground to a halt

    2020-02-10T16:48:00Z

    In Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland the authorities are embarking on big projects aimed at boosting cargo flows along key rivers. Potentially, this could provide more opportunities for the European finished vehicle logistics industry, but for a number of reasons it is not clear that river transport in the region will become more popular.

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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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    ACEA urges EC to treat vehicles as one product

    2020-02-03T11:21:00Z

    The European Commission (EC) should avoid individually assessing materials when vehicles are being scrapped and retain the current practice of considering them as a single item, says the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)…

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    Article

    Al-air: a better battery for EVs?

    2020-02-03T10:04:00Z

    A long-range, lightweight, cost-efficient, recyclable and ethically sourced battery is, arguably, the Holy Grail of the EV market. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are currently the main focus of multibillion-dollar investments by OEMs and tier suppliers, but there are other contenders that could offer a breakthrough with alternative technology. One of them is the aluminium-air (Al-air) battery.

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    Decline in UK car production a grave concern, says SMMT

    2020-01-31T11:46:00Z

    On the point of the UK leaving the EU, British car manufacturing was revealed to be at its lowest level since 2010, falling for a third consecutive year to 1.3m units in 2019 (-14.2%), according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Wednesday..

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    UK tax on US tech firms could backfire on car industry

    2020-01-29T09:31:00Z

    The UK government’s commitment to a 2% tax on the sales of US technology giants, including Apple, Amazon and Facebook, could lead to retaliatory taxes on the UK automotive industry, which exported more than 221,000 finished vehicles to the US last year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)…

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    Renault Trucks researches HGV parts recycling

    2020-01-28T16:24:00Z

    French lorry manufacturer Renault Trucks has started a preliminary study into reusing and recycling end-of-life heavy goods vehicle (HGV) parts…

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    Kuehne + Nagel sets up single organisation in Asia-Pacific

    2020-01-28T14:55:00Z

    Logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel (KN) has combined its two Asian organisations into one…

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    Article

    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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    Grimaldi adds Grande Houston to car carrier fleet

    2020-01-27T15:52:00Z

    Shipping line Grimaldi has taken delivery of a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC), the Grande Houston, from Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan, China…

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    Gedia hit by “massive cyber-attack”

    2020-01-27T14:58:00Z

    Gedia Automotive Group has been the victim of a cyber-attack by a gang using ransomware known as Sodinokibi…

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    Russia to tie vehicle utilisation fee to local production

    2020-01-24T15:23:00Z

    The Russian government is changing the rules of its utilisation scheme, through which it allocates state aid for the reimbursement of fees paid by carmakers that are intended to cover eventual vehicle recycling charges. Carmakers in the country are divided over whether linking the utilisation scheme to the localisation programme is fair.

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    Lagermax deploys latest Actros in car-carrying fleet

    2020-01-23T13:54:00Z

    Austrian finished vehicle carrier, Lagermax, has deployed the first new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck for the transport of passenger cars. Transport equipment provider Kässbohrer supplied and fitted the vehicle-carrying trailer. It is the first instance of the new Actros being used as a finished vehicle carrier 

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    Electric vehicles could transform role of tier 1 suppliers in managing logistics

    2020-01-23T06:00:00Z

    As OEMs look to reduce production costs and manage more complexity, automotive suppliers will face challenges. But with more EV models in the pipeline, many have the opportunity to grab a larger piece of the pie both for manufacturing and supply chain management.

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    Part and parcel of the problem: why tier 1 supplier logistics will face a squeeze

    2020-01-22T19:05:00Z

    As OEMs and automotive parts suppliers see their margins decline, cost pressures are going to increase on logistics operations and service providers further down the supply chain 

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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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    DRS and STVA UK to support Ford finished vehicle shipments

    2020-01-22T09:38:00Z

    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. DRS will work with transport provider STVA UK, now owned by ...