A true North American railroad: what the Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern merger means for vehicle logistics
KCS president Patrick Ottensmeyer joins vehicle logistics veteran Dennis Manns in conversation on how the upcoming merger with CP will improve capacity and border flows for vehicle logistics, and how the rail company is mitigating the supply chain crisis, including through investments south of the border
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In an exclusive fireside chat at the Finished Vehicle Logistics North America 2021 conference, Pat Ottensmeyer revealed details on how the merger between the railways – which is currently moving through regulatory processes and is expected to be finalised early in 2022 – would open up further investment capabilities, and help to create the first truly integrated rail services in North America. Automotive remains a key pillar for KSC, as it will be the combined railways, according to Ottensmeyer. He also described why the railways had worked with a number of key stakeholders, including Dennis Manns, from North Motors Group, on developing a new vehicle distribution centre in Mexico’s Bajío region.
Ottensmeyer and Manns looked ahead to what the vehicle logistics industry needs in North American railways services to help recover from the current supply chain crisis, as well as what technology, labour and processes will make the railways industry fit for purpose in a changing automotive landscape.
Patrick Ottensmeyer, President & CEO, Kansas City Southern
Dennis Manns, Executive Leader, North Motors Group
Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics and Ultima Media
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