Europe – Page 13

  • Marmaray_Turkey_Bosphorus
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    Standoff between the US and Turkey raises questions for OEMs

    2018-08-22T14:36:37Z

    The collapse in the value of the Turkish lira and the political stand-off between Turkey and the US have some potentially serious consequences for the continued growth of the automotive sector in the country. Car and light van production in Turkey has grown steadily in recent years, to around 1.4-1.5m ...

  • Port-of-Vigo
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    Spanish authorities impose fines at Vigo

    2018-08-22T12:28:42Z

    Spain’s National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) has imposed fines on five stevedoring companies and five port unions for colluding to restrict competition at the port of Vigo and keep prices unnaturally high. The CNMC said their collusion had prevented the loading and unloading of finished vehicles from vessels ...

  • Hella_Inspection
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    Hella starts to reorganise its business

    2018-08-22T11:51:46Z

    German components supplier Hella has embarked on a company-wide reorganisation to take advantage of growth opportunities in a European aftermarket sector undergoing extensive changes. “On the one hand, we see an increasing consolidation within the wholesale business in Europe, which has given rise to increasingly bigger market players,” group spokesman ...

  • Volkswagen Werk Wolfsburg
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    VW to increase Wolfsburg output to 1m

    2018-08-22T09:37:38Z

    Volkswagen plans to increase annual production at its German plant in Wolfsburg to a million units by 2020, meaning an additional 210,000 vehicles will be assembled at the plant. The carmaker will shift Golf production from its Zwickau (Germany) and Puebla (Mexico) plants, and add production of the forthcoming Seat ...

  • nikolai-setzer-data 2
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    Continental buys Australian tyre network

    2018-08-21T15:12:46Z

    German tyre manufacturer Continental is purchasing the 258-branch Kmart Tyre and Auto Service chain (KTAS) from Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers for 350m Australian dollars ($253m). Continental plans to drive forward what is already a strong network of outlets and expand the existing product portfolio, said Ferdinand Hoyos, head of Continental’s passenger ...

  • GM-Uzbekistan
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    GM Uzbekistan suspends vehicle sales over pricing

    2018-08-21T09:49:04Z

    GM Uzbekistan has suspended finished vehicle sales in Uzbekistan, after failing to carry through a price increase on the domestic market there. The move follows a similar suspension in Russia – its second biggest market after Uzbekistan – for more than two months on similar grounds. Speaking at a press ...

  • Volkswagen Group Rus Werk in Kaluga
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    VW hit by industrial action in Russia

    2018-08-15T11:17:22Z

    Logistics workers at VW’s assembly plant in Kaluga, Russia, carried out industrial action earlier this month in protest over plans to outsource some staff, trade union MPRA said in a statement on its Facebook page, which was posted on August 6. Logistics workers implemented a go-slow policy at the plant ...

  • 0460__S1_3114
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    Battling a perfect storm

    2018-08-14T15:08:51Z

    The finished vehicle sector in North America is dealing with a lot of challenges at the moment. There is a basic imbalance in the number of vehicles that the US imports and exports with its global trading partners, which contributes to ongoing problems involving congestion and limited capacity on hinterland ...

  • The duo trailer in action
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    Seat debuts duo trailer

    2018-08-08T10:21:58Z

    Spanish OEM Seat and transport provider Grupo Sesé have begun to pilot a double trailer truck combination to see if it can reduce the cost of delivering inbound components by a quarter. The double trailer approach could help reduce the number of large trucks on the road by ...

  • Inspektion_zweier_Autos_in_Werkstatt
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    Hella disposes of two operations

    2018-08-08T10:08:36Z

    German automotive components and services firm Hella Group is selling its wholesale companies in Denmark and Poland to Swedish aftermarket company Mekonomen to concentrate its activities on the independent spare parts business and develop workshop equipment. “As part of this, we are accelerating the interaction between the divisions and opening ...

  • 021-09-Acumen-enclosed-car-carriers-1000x646
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    Acumen expands enclosed fleet

    2018-08-07T11:35:15Z

    UK-based Acumen Automotive Logistics is investing almost £800,000 ($1.03m) in four enclosed semi-trailers to meet rising demand for covered vehicle transport. Three new Belle Trailers units and one Rolfo trailer are joining Acumen’s enclosed fleet, which has more than doubled in size within five years from 13 to 30 vehicles. ...

  • Ford_Ergostation_web
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    Ford uses motion tracking to improve workstations

    2018-08-07T10:21:56Z

    Ford is using motion tracking technology on workers at its Almussafes plant, in Spain, to help it design less physically stressful workstations on the production line. The OEM said the goal was to reduce worker injuries while making the workstations more efficient and improving manufacturing quality. In a pilot project, ...

  • Marchionne_hi_res
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    After Marchionne, what next for Fiat Chrysler?

    2018-08-06T16:41:57Z

    Sergio Marchionne (pictured), former CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), was a remarkable man. He frequently dominated the automotive industry’s headlines and news agenda over the last decade or so and his recent passing away robs the industry of one of its few stars. In an age when corporate ...

  • HalewoodJLR
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    Exports prop up UK car production despite trade uncertainty

    2018-08-01T15:17:31Z

    The number of cars made in the UK fell by 5.5% to 128,799 last month, with domestic demand plummeting by 47.2% to 15,647, according to figures from the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). However, production was bolstered by a 6% rise in exports to 113,152 units, with almost ...

  • Juncker_Trump
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    Vehicle makers grapple with cost of trade wars

    2018-08-01T14:53:06Z

    Carmakers are faced with shifting production, higher purchase costs, lower profits and the possibility of raising the price of their products as a consequence of the continuing global trade conflict. Volvo Cars of Sweden is shifting production of its XC60 SUV for the US market from China to Europe to ...

  • Shanghai-RORO-Terminal-300x225
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    Yusen buys share in JV with NYK and Anji

    2018-08-01T14:17:52Z

    Yusen Logistics has bought a 20% share in the existing joint venture between its parent company NYK and China’s Anji Automotive Logistics for an undisclosed sum. Yusen bought the 20% share from NYK, which previously held 49% of the company. A spokesperson for the company said that the decision to ...

  • Automotive-carriers-Russia1
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    Russia's car exports fail to meet forecasts

    2018-07-30T09:34:44Z

    Russian vehicle exports are behind government expectations, despite being up 3% on last year’s figures. The country exported 34,200 finished vehicles between January and May this year, according to the country’s Federal Custom Service, but due to the logistics subsidies and other state support measures that have been made, the ...

  • Pallet_truck_Low_0
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    Ceva appoints Terry Carter as senior VP

    2018-07-27T11:32:26Z

    Ceva Logistics has appointed Terry Carter to the newly created position of senior vice president of transportation for contract logistics. He will report to Brett Blissell, chief operating officer contract logistics and is tasked with coordinating transport for Ceva's business worldwide, including its third party contractors. Carter brings more than ...

  • DHL_Freight
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    BMW renews contract with DHL Freight

    2018-07-26T16:07:59Z

    BMW has renewed its contract with DHL Freight to handle overland transport services in 17 European countries. It has also added a digital supply chain management service in a number of key markets. DHL Freight moves inbound parts to BMW factories as well as providing spare parts deliveries for the ...

  • prologis-visualisierung-continental-gross-rohrheim
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    Continental expands PDC in Germany

    2018-07-25T12:01:07Z

    Tier one supplier Continental is expanding its aftermarket parts distribution centre (PDC) in Southern Hesse, Germany by almost 7,000 sq.m in response to growth in the independent aftermarket. Property manager Prologis is carrying out the expansion work for Continental Aftermarket at the facility in Gross-Rohrheim, increasing the logistics space to ...