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    BLG expands US services for Mercedes-Benz

    2018-07-25T10:22:21Z

    BLG Logistics is expanding its core operations in the US, where it acts as a supplier for Mercedes-Benz. The company is making its largest investment ever outside Germany at its US base in Vance, Alabama, where a total of $7.1m is being spent on setting up an automated small-parts warehouse ...

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    Audi starts electric motor production at Györ

    2018-07-25T09:44:51Z

    The first electric motors at Audi’s plant in Györ, Hungary, went into production this week and will be shipped to Belgium for fitment on the Audi e-tron, the carmaker’s first all‑electric model, which is being made at its assembly facility near Brussels. Current production capacity is approximately 400 electric axle ...

  • Trigo_qm
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    Trigo expands in the US with Lumbee buyout

    2018-07-24T16:58:42Z

    French quality management company Trigo has expanded in the US with the acquisition of Lumbee Enterprises, the US-based manufacturing, sorting, inspection and sub-assembly provider, for an undisclosed sum. Trigo works in the automotive and aerospace industries (among others) providing inspection and testing services. It also offers technical rework services, including ...

  • BMW scanning booth pulse
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    ABP invests in quality control for BMW at Southampton

    2018-07-24T10:31:23Z

    Port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) is installing quality control equipment at the port of Southampton, representing the first phase of a multi-million pound investment. Digital imaging technology provided by Degould, including two drive-in booths, have been built in the multi-deck areas of the facility, which will be used to ...

  • BelarusMAZtrucks_03
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    EEU hits vehicle makers with revised rates

    2018-07-23T16:19:51Z

    Carmakers with assembly plants in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus are now unable to export finished vehicles duty free within the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), because the localisation rate has increased. Previously, almost all Russian carmakers, as well as those foreign carmakers with plants in the region, were registered on the ...

  • VW_Navarra_plant
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    VW to add second model at Navarra

    2018-07-18T11:41:00Z

    Volkswagen is planning to make the new T-Cross compact SUV at its Navarra plant, following an investment of around €1 billion ($1.17 billion). The addition of the T-Cross will potentially raise output at the plant from 244,000 units in 2017 to around 350,000 a year and increase the workforce by ...

  • Dritter Anlauf im globalen Produktionsnetzwerk: Produktionsstart der Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse in Finnland
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    Valmet starts production of new Mercedes-Benz

    2018-07-18T11:18:31Z

    Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive has begun making the new A-class for Mercedes-Benz at Uusikaupunki in Finland, the third plant to make the latest version. The move to include contract production at Valmet was first announced last year. Pasi Rannus senior vice president manufacturing, Valmet Automotive, and the Valmet ...

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    IAC deploys smart logistics at Halewood facility

    2018-07-18T10:20:35Z

    Global parts and systems supplier, International Automotive Components (IAC), is now using industry 4.0 manufacturing technology and smart logistics for the production of interior components at its plant in Halewood. Parts are supplied from the site to Jaguar Land Rover’s plant nearby and other carmakers in the country. Among other ...

  • Russia_parts_warehouse
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    Russia seeks to subsidise cost of parts imports

    2018-07-16T14:51:46Z

    Russia’s Ministry of Trade wants foreign OEMs to continue to comply with the industrial assembly agreements drawn up under Regulation 166. The regulation, which was amended in 2010, allowed foreign carmakers to import parts at preferential rates of customs duty. However, carmakers no longer have a reason to comply with ...

  • Brexit-2-FTA
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    Industry welcomes Brexit white paper but calls for more clarity on trade

    2018-07-13T17:11:16Z

    Representatives of the UK automotive industry have welcomed a government white paper on Brexit proposing an economic partnership when the UK leaves the European Union. The paper outlines how the UK wants to establish a new free trade area to replace the Single Market and maintain the movement of goods ...

  • 216920_Pre-production_of_the_new_Volvo_XC40_in_the_manufacturing_plant_in_Ghent
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    Seeking to harmonise supply and demand

    2018-07-13T11:55:18Z

    In May, supply chain specialist Kinaxis announced that Volvo Cars had chosen its software for work on volume forecasting and production planning. According to Kinaxis, the Swedish carmaker will use its RapidResponse software to model the impact of rising production volumes, as well as other ‘what-if?’ scenarios. Accurate forecasting ...

  • Rene Eisbrich, Chief Operations Officer, Lagermax Autologuistik Gruppe.
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    Lagermax makes top management appointments

    2018-07-11T09:41:09Z

    Austrian transport provider Lagermax Autologistik has made changes to its management this month with the promotion of Rene Eisbrich (pictured), former vice-president of customer services at the company, moving to the role of chief operations officer (COO), and the appointment of Konrad Zwirner to the position of chief commercial officer ...

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    Strike action hits Scania V8 supply

    2018-07-10T18:18:17Z

    Scania has been unable to fulfil customer orders for more than 2,000 trucks with V8 engines because of a strike at an unnamed supplier of cast engine components. Sales of industrial and marine V8 engines are also affected. The strike began on June 14 and follows a spell earlier this ...

  • Stefan_Sommer_VW
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    Stefan Sommer to head procurement at VW

    2018-07-10T16:33:06Z

    Stefan Sommer is moving to Volkswagen Group at the beginning of next year as head of procurement. He replaces Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, who left the company in April. Sommer, who was CEO of German parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen until the end of last year, began his career as a ...

  • Alliance_NPDC_Melbourne
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    Alliance opens distribution centre in Melbourne

    2018-07-09T15:38:54Z

    The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has opened a warehouse in Melbourne, Australia for the distribution of aftermarket parts. The company said the 37,000 sq. m Alliance National Distribution Centre was designed to maximise productivity and accuracy, allowing manufacturers to enhance services to their national dealership networks across the country. The centre will ...

  • Ralf_Speth_JLR
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    JLR threatens to pull investment over ‘bad’ Brexit

    2018-07-06T12:55:00Z

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has warned its plans to invest £80 billion ($105 billion) over the next five years in the UK are in jeopardy, due to continuing uncertainty over the terms of the nation’s exit from the EU. Brexit could erode more than £1.2 billion from JLR’s bottom line ...

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    Africa awakes

    2018-07-05T17:24:00Z

    Africa’s vehicle production and distribution sector still trails much of the rest of the world, but the signs are that this is beginning to change

  • Several Russian carmakers were exporting products in 2017
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    Russia's fresh focus on exports

    2018-07-05T14:23:40Z

    In recent years, Russia has put considerable resources into encouraging recovery in its domestic automotive industry. Last year, the federal budget included 62.3 billion roubles ($1 billion) in state aid for carmakers. Such sums have been spent primarily on boosting demand in the domestic market, which has been under pressure ...

  • Battery_prod_VW_Brunswick
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    VW realigns global components business

    2018-07-05T11:47:56Z

    Volkswagen is reorganising its global components business into a separate corporate division in an effort, it said, to improve efficiency, become more flexible and prepare for growth in electric vehicles. Group Components will sit under the aegis of Volkswagen AG alongside VW Passenger Cars and VW Commercial Vehicles. “We are ...

  • Werkserweiterung Mercedes-Benz Werk East London (Südafrika)
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    Mercedes-Benz to expand South African plant

    2018-07-04T14:57:16Z

    German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz Cars is to spend €600m ($697m) on the assemb ly of the next generation of C-Class models at its plant in East London, South Africa. Factory space for passenger vehicle production will increase by two-thirds and include new logistic warehouses, paint and body shop s and an ...