Europe – Page 12

  • Start of production of the Audi e-tron
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    Smart logistics underpins Audi e-tron assembly

    2018-09-19T11:32:00Z

    Audi officially premiered its e-tron electric SUV at a summit event in San Francisco this week but production has been underway for a couple of weeks already at its plant in Brussels, Belgium, which is making the e-tron for global markets. Patrick Danau (left), managing director of ...

  • The first new XC60 rolls off the production line in Torslanda, Sweden
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    Volvo seeks US tariff relief for China-built SUV

    2018-09-19T10:06:35Z

    Following its decision to shift production of its XC60 back to Europe from China, Volvo Cars has revealed it sought exemption from US tariffs of 25% on imports of its SUV, which were exclusively made in China and exported to the US. So far this year the carmaker, which is ...

  • PSA_repair_AutoMechanika
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    PSA pushes ahead with multi-brand parts strategy

    2018-09-18T17:02:00Z

    PSA is pressing ahead with a multi-brand aftermarket offering that includes selling rivals’ spare parts, as part of the group’s corporate Push to Pass growth strategy. The French OEM said the aim was to fulfill all customers’ aftersales expectations worldwide, regardless of their purchasing power or ...

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    BLG to operate Polish terminal with STS Logistic

    2018-09-18T10:14:13Z

    German finished vehicle logistics provider BLG has sold half of its share in the vehicle terminal it operates in Dabrowa Górnicza, Poland – Auto Terminal Slask – to STS Logistic, which provides vehicle transport services in the country and the wider central and eastern region. STS Logistic already operates its ...

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    Legacy of a moderniser: Sergio Marchionne

    2018-09-14T14:27:25Z

    Already known for turning around the Fiat Group in under two years, Sergio Marchionne was instrumental in Fiat forming an alliance with US carmaker Chrysler when it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. The Italian carmaker took a 20% controlling stake in Chrysler in June that year and Marchionne ...

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    Don't hope for a trade war truce

    2018-09-14T11:47:04Z

    Escalating trade wars look set to be the new risk frontier in the automotive supply chain. With countries and trading blocs starting to retaliate against US moves to raise tariffs, open trade borders are closing in quickly. On July 6, 2018, the US began imposing a 25% tax on $34 ...

  • Liaz6274_electric_bus
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    Gaz feels the sting of US sanctions

    2018-09-12T11:17:43Z

    Russian OEM Gaz Group is facing supply chain disruption due to several European component suppliers ceasing trade with the company following US sanctions on companies owned or controlled by Oleg Deripaska . According to Russian news source Vedomosti, one of the effects is the supply of electric buses to ...

  • thyssenkrupp-Schulte-c-thyssenkrupp
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    Thyssenkrupp plans €60m logistics facility in Rotenburg

    2018-09-12T09:37:38Z

    Thyssenkrupp Materials Services is building a €60m ($69.5m) logistics centre in the German town of Rotenburg, in Lower Saxony, for its subsidiary Thyssenkrupp Schulte, to store materials including aluminium and steel. The company makes steel tubes and pipes, non-ferrous metals and specialty materials, as well as providing materials and supply ...

  • Mohit Paul_BluJay
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    Deal or no deal – LSPs should prepare for Brexit now

    2018-09-12T09:29:28Z

    Logistics providers reading the headlines about Brexit may well feel uncertain about how their business needs to transform. A range of potential outcomes, from a soft Brexit to no deal, makes it difficult to know what the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU will look like. Although much is ...

  • BRIDGESTONE-Shaw
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    Bridgestone buys ETB to extend British retail reach

    2018-09-11T15:19:24Z

    Bridgestone has taken over UK tyre distributor ETB and will add 32 branches in the south of the UK to its distribution and service network. ETB (Exhaust Tyres Batteries) also trades under the name of Britannia Tyres. “The tyre sector is constantly evolving and, by partnering with ETB, we can ...

  • Denis_Manturov_RussianGvmt_web
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    Russians drop US dollar for components purchases

    2018-09-11T14:54:18Z

    Russian Trade and Industry minister Denis Manturov (pictured) has revealed that many Russian automotive manufacturers are increasingly using national currencies, rather than the US dollar, to pay for imported components. The move has been prompted by recent US sanctions on Russia. Several companies have so far announced the policy, trade ...

  • Brad Brennan
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    WLTP: lower emissions, greater challenges

    2018-09-06T15:35:44Z

    Emissions targets for OEMs are tighter and the method for testing efficiency is more stringent than ever before. As of the start of this month (September), all new vehicles must adhere to New Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) standards, which provide ‘real world’ fuel consumption figures and, therefore, ...

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    Trump rejects tariff offer in trans-Atlantic car trade

    2018-09-04T14:14:55Z

    Donald Trump has rejected an EU offer to eliminate tariffs on cars, saying the proposal is not good enough. Trump said that ending duties on US car imports into the EU would do little to help the automotive industry in the US because Europeans would still not buy American-made cars. ...

  • PSA_Souchaux
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    Gearbox shortage halts Peugeot assembly

    2018-09-04T14:14:01Z

    Production of the Peugeot 308 was halted for a second day at the French carmaker's Sochaux plant in eastern France last week due to a shortage of gearboxes. T aking potential orders into account, the best solution was to temporarily halt the compact car ’s assembly at the plant, a ...

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    NVD adopts Inform system for moves in Ireland

    2018-09-04T11:44:10Z

    National Vehicle Distribution (NVD) is using a system developed by German IT specialist Inform to manage finished vehicle distribution and yard management in Ireland. The SynchroTess system can track the approximately 400,000 vehicles NVD handles every year through each stage of storage, preparation and delivery. Michael Howlin, head of IT ...

  • ulf_harring
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    Harring becomes Bridgestone’s logistics chief in EMEA

    2018-09-04T11:16:34Z

    Ulf Harring (pictured) has joined global tyre maker Bridgestone as chief operating officer (COO) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He will be responsible for logistics, supply chain management and procurement, along with manufacturing, quality, IT, environment, and health and safety matters. He took up his new role ...

  • FORD 2018 FOCUS ACTIVE
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    Ford cancels Focus imports to US from China

    2018-09-04T10:12:09Z

    Ford has scrapped plans to export the Focus Active model from China to the US because of tariffs of 25% being imposed by the US government. Exports from China were due to begin next year following plans first announced in 2017 , when the carmaker decided to supply the car ...

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    Michael Druml takes on purchasing role at Magna

    2018-09-04T09:58:59Z

    Michael Druml (pictured) has taken over as vice-president of purchasing for Magna International Europe replacing Klaus Iffland, who has retired from the company. Druml will continue to work as director of purchasing and logistics at Magna Steyr, the company division which provides contract manufacturing and engineering services. Here he oversees ...

  • ScaniaV8_engine
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    V8 engine production restarted at Scania

    2018-09-03T14:03:37Z

    Swedish truckmaker Scania is trying to reduce the order backlog for trucks, and industrial and marine V8 engines, because of a strike at an unnamed supplier of cast engine components , which began on June 14 and is reportedly continuing. However, last week the supplier started to produce engine blocks ...

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    From the industry

    Driving predictive maintenance

    2018-08-30T17:27:00Z

     Gefco’s SYNCHRO hub is using connected technology and AI to optimise service parts inventory and distribution, writes Karen McCandless