Features – Page 9

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    News

    Volatile demand testing distribution of automotive service parts

    2020-05-26T11:42:00Z

    Discussions at last week’s Livestream Hour on the aftermarket revealed that unstable demand for service parts has been testing those responsible for their manufacture and distribution and a full recovery of the aftermarket parts sector is not expected this year. However, leading service parts companies have been maintaining services for customers

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    Article

    How ‘self-healing’ cars could change the aftermarket

    2020-05-20T16:40:00Z

    As OEMs adopt over-the-air vehicle diagnostics and maintenance, what effect will this developing technology will have on inventory and the surrounding logistics network?

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    Article

    The supply and demand of power

    2020-05-19T14:05:00Z

    The UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was set up in 2013 to support research and development (R&D) projects into low-carbon emission powertrain technologies. It is headquartered at the University of Warwick in Coventry and sits at the heart of a £1 billion programme that is funded 50% by industry and 50% by the UK government. Jon Beasley, director of technology and projects at the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre talks to Daniel Harrison about the technology pushing the sector forward

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    Article

    Powerful alternatives for the automotive sector

    2020-05-13T08:33:00Z

    Battery manufacturer AMTE Power acquired AGM Batteries in 2013 to advance its development and provision of battery cell technology for specialist applications in the automotive sector looking for premium performance. Daniel Harrison talks to the company’s director Kevin Brundish

  • EmilioHerreranewChiefOperatingOfficerforKiaMotorsEurope
    Video

    Watch: Kia maintains investment, launches and stability in Europe

    2020-05-12T11:17:00Z

    Kia Motors Europe chief operating officer, Emilio Herrera, and director of marketing, Carlos Lahoz, outline how the Korean brand is learning from supply chain and production disruptions, digitalising sales channels and maintaining investment in electrification to chart a route towards recovery in Europe.

  • Jack Cooper car carrier
    Article

    Trucking North America: in it for the long haul

    2020-04-30T08:31:00Z

    With a changing model mix and the perennial problem of driver shortages, the US car hauling industry is battling challenges on multiple fronts. But companies are now investing in technology and capacity to future-proof their fleets

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    Interview

    Q&A: Mike Riggs, CEO, Jack Cooper

    2020-04-07T11:12:00Z

    US finished vehicle haulier Jack Cooper reorganised its business under Chapter 11 proceedings last year and exited the court process on November 1. In an exclusive interview Victoria Johns talks to CEO Mike Riggs about the company’s ‘picture-perfect bankruptcy’ and why Jack is definitely back

  • HAROPA Ro-ro 2
    Article

    Stronger connections for a competitive future

    2020-04-01T07:13:00Z

    Capacity constraints have tested the resourcefulness of Haropa ports, which oversees activity at the sea port of Le Havre, and the inland ports of Rouen and Paris, but the company is responding with investment, redevelopment and the application of smart technology 

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    Article

    Reaching for the stars: how Galileo’s satellites could help automotive logistics

    2020-03-16T10:27:00Z

    Since launching its first test navigation satellite in 2005, the European Space Agency (ESA) has steadily built up the Galileo global positioning network and today operates 22 satellites. With four further launches due in 2020, the Galileo network is set to become the first fully operational high-accuracy global navigation satellite system (GNSS) – heralding a new era of precision navigation and, for the automotive industry, bringing opportunities for improved vehicle logistics.

  • Car transporter, Russia
    Article

    Russia: still supporting exports

    2020-03-09T17:46:00Z

    As its domestic market stagnates, Russia is continuing to seek growth abroad and is subsidising the export of vehicles and parts – at a cost of more than $60m a year. The  government is seemingly succeeding in its ambition of turning the country into a fully fledged automotive exporter, as its official target is to establish exports of at least 240,000 vehicles per year by 2025 – ideally up to 400,000 – and recent growth in this segment suggests that these figures could be within reach.

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    Article

    Exclusive report: Inside BMW’s new Mexican plant at San Luis Potosí

    2020-03-07T17:27:00Z

    Automotive Logistics hears from Karl Friedrich Koch, vice-president, production control, BMW Mexico, about the vehicle-maker’s new plant in the country – which has a logistics operation that leads the way in terms of Internet of Things tracking technology 

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    Article

    US rail: tracking in the right direction

    2020-03-04T10:51:00Z

    Rail transportation offers an efficient, reliable option for the distribution of finished vehicles, and in an age of increased concern over sustainability, it is also relatively environmentally friendly. This helps to explain why it remains a popular mode for moving vehicles, despite drawbacks such as limited flexibility.

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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.

  • Al-air fuel cell, MAL
    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.

  • Car engine
    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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    Article

    BMW’s balance of power

    2020-01-14T13:12:00Z

    BMW already has a 6% share of the market for new registered battery electric and photovoltaic electric vehicles but to meet the increase in demand in the coming years it has plans to have 1m fully electric and hybrid vehicles on the road by the end of 2021. In preparation it is moving battery production closer to its main areas of global assembly 

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    Article

    Taking the assault out of the battery

    2020-01-14T13:12:00Z

    The traceability of raw materials used in the production of lithium-ion batteries, such as lithium and cobalt, is one of the main sustainability challenges faced by carmakers who are investing to meet the consumer demand and regulatory pressures behind the electric vehicle revolution

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    Article

    The rules of the battery game

    2020-01-14T13:10:00Z

    Logistics providers charged with the transport of lithium-ion batteries to the assembly lines and services centres have some very complex regulatory standards to which they have to adhere – it is a legislative jungle out there

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    Article

    Weighing the cost of the EV revolution

    2020-01-14T13:10:00Z

    The rise in the number of electric vehicles being transported in Europe is bringing with it some significant challenges for those carriers tasked with volume shipments. They are having to deal with heavier and higher voltage vehicles that need charging on routes that cross countries with differing regulations on load dimensions

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    Interview

    Mena aftermarket: Playing a bigger part

    2020-01-13T09:21:00Z

    Overall economic growth may be lacklustre, but automotive aftermarket sales are on the increase in the Middle East and North Africa…