• Range Rover_Jan2023

    Improved chip supply helps JLR return to profit

    2023-01-31T13:58:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    An improvement in the inbound supply of semiconductors has helped Jaguar Land Rover return to profit through increased output including of the new Range Rover models

  • Car-registrations-3

    UK registrations checked by parts shortages and inflation

    2022-11-08T13:10:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    UK car registrations are up for the third month in a row according to SMMT figures but the automotive sector continues to be hit by supply chain shortages, added to which there is now surging inflation and a cost-of-living crisis

  • hyundai-click-to-buy-01

    Carmakers look to restructure European dealer network

    2022-10-24T15:50:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    European carmakers are looking to cut costs from the distrubution of their vehicles at a time when capacity is curtailed and digital tools offer alternatives to the traditional way of selling vehicles

  • Vehicle logistics

    Shedding the legacy of short-term contracts

    2022-10-24T10:12:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    At this year’s ECG conference Toyota and VW said the industry cannot survive without longer-term contracts and closer collaboration to improve outbound visibility

  • United Road drivers

    A hire purpose for US automotive logistics

    2022-10-03T08:36:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Speakers from Stellantis, Adient, Carter Logistics and Maersk addressed the pressing problem of driver recruitment at this year’s ALSC Global conference in Detroit

  • Christopher Mattingly, Stellantis

    Mitigating risk across global automotive supply chains

    2022-09-27T18:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Reducing risk and disruption in global logistics is now the daily business of major OEMs like Stellantis and Agco, with a focus on improving control in the upstream supply chain.

  • GM, David Leich

    Never waste a good crisis – opportunities to improve supply chain resiliency

    2022-09-27T18:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Greater supply chain control and visibility, along with prioritising resiliency and communication are among the key lessons from top leaders in automotive logistics.

  • David_Leich_GM

    GM tackles costly supply chain disruption

    2022-09-25T13:59:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Global supply chain and logistics experts from GM used last week’s ALSC Global conference in Detroit to outline the contingencies they were taking to tackle disruption to the inbound supply of parts

  • 16472844840

    Livestream: Covid’s capacity shortfall legacy

    2022-09-14T14:18:00+01:00By Hazel Southwell

    Nick Thompson, head of vehicle logistics for the North America region at Stellantis, and Bill Kerrigan, RPM’s chief business development officer, dicuss post-pandemic challenges to vehicle distribution

  • motomachi_plant_2018_001_s

    Heavy rains hit Toyota production in Japan

    2022-08-02T09:28:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Flooding has disrupted production at Toyota plants in Japan’s Aichi prefecture but the carmaker is rerouting semiconductors from those plants to minimise downtime elsewhere

  • Bentley assembly line

    UK car output falls in H1 but EVs offer promise

    2022-07-29T13:32:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The shortage in the supply of key components, including semiconductors, along with other supply chain disruption has hit UK passenger car production in the first half of 2022

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    Watch: Finished Vehicle Logistics survey results – what’s next for global outbound logistics?

    2022-07-26T10:57:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Stellantis’s head of vehicle logistics for North America, Nick Thompson, and RPM’s Bill Kerrigan discuss results, trends and actions from the second global Finished Vehicle Logistics global survey.

  • WW_Shanghai_Haitong_vehicle terminal

    Chinese vehicle exports see solid growth despite hurdles

    2022-07-12T13:18:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

    The main carmakers in China have been able to increase exports in the first half of this year despite some adverse disruptions, including the shutdown of the world’s biggest vehicle terminal in Shanghai

  • FAPSPortNewarkfacilities

    Collaboration at Newark keeps inbound parts flowing

    2022-07-12T08:44:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is working with terminal operator FAPS and stevedore Ports America to unload crated auto parts from ro-ro vessels also delivering finished vehicles

  • Mercedes_Benz_EQC 400 4MATIC_Bremen

    Mercedes hampered by Q2 parts shortages

    2022-07-11T16:53:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Supply chain disruption cause by Covid lockdowns and semiconductor shortages have hit Mercedes-Benz sales in Q2 but EV production is growing stronger

  • car carrier

    EU Mobility Package falls short on costs and recruitment

    2022-07-11T16:04:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

    The latest EU Mobility Package could hit the availability of drivers across Europe at a time when the finished vehicle sector is struggling with recruitment and capacity

  • ECG_banner_edit

    Crisis in Europe could breed greater cooperation in outbound logistics

    2022-07-04T15:17:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    As ECG celebrates 25 years, carmakers may be more open to the idea of volume guarantees, while the EU is more supportive of harmonised truck lengths.

  • Christopher Ludwig - web

    Watch FVL highlights: ETA, capacity, driver shortages and collaboration

    2022-06-20T21:25:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Christopher Ludwig summarises key takeaways from FVL North America, where vehicle ETA, capacity and costs were major concerns, but so were finding practical ways to work together.

  • FVL North America quiz 2022 with Christopher Ludwig

    Watch: The Great Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Quiz

    2022-06-16T18:19:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    The FVL gameshow is back with contestants from Nissan North America, Glovis America and Acertus.

  • Kevin Austin, Toyota

    Watch: How Toyota is delivering on demand and improving ETA

    2022-06-16T16:48:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    More predictable ETAs require advanced data analysis and continuous improvement, say Toyota’s supply and demand lead Kevin Austin and its vehicle logistics chief Manny Bansi.

  • Steve Center, Kia and Chris Styles, Nissan

    Watch: What the new inventory paradigm means for vehicle logistics

    2022-06-16T13:40:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    A new business model has transformed how executives view vehicle logistics, according to Kia America’s Steve Center and Nissan North America’s Chris Styles.

  • Brandon Mason, Eaton and Sergio Gutierrez, RPM

    Watch: Outbound in torrid times

    2022-06-16T13:40:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Eaton analyst Brandon Mason and RPM’s Sergio Gutierrez discuss how disruptions across the global supply chain are impacting vehicle logistics in North America.

  • Christopher Ludwig, Michael, Arnold Ford, Kevin Nower, KCS, Mark Anderson, United Road

    Watch: Getting the network back in gear

    2022-06-16T13:40:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Logistics executives from Ford, United Road and Kansas City Southern discuss how to help service recover across road and rail.

  • FVLNA opening session

    Outbound sector needs accurate deliveries in the nick of time

    2022-06-09T22:23:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    At this week’s Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference in Huntington Beach, California, carmakers including Ford, Kia, Nissan, Toyota and VW discussed the urgent issue of low inventory and how important visibility in delivery was for more accurate ETAs

  • Susanne Lehmann, Volkswagen

    Watch: Shanghai rises again for Volkswagen’s supply chain

    2022-06-06T21:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    SAIC VW’s Dr Susanne Lehmann discusses managing China’s Covid lockdowns and how the JV is digitalising logistics and creating more supply chain transparency.

  • Anting

    Logistics in another dimension for SAIC VW in China

    2022-06-06T21:00:00+01:00By Marcus Williams, Christopher Ludwig

    Susanne Lehmann, who leads logistics at SAIC Volkswagen, reveals how the JV has managed lockdowns in China and is advancing digitalisation and supply partnerships

  • CarrierImage

    Survey reveals labour a big concern for the finished vehicle sector

    2022-05-24T09:52:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    A new survey from logistics provider RPM and Automotive Logistics shows that labour shortages and expenditure is currently a major concern for providers of finished vehicle services

  • Vale_nickel_mine_Indonesia

    Car industry looks for more vertical integration to avoid risk

    2022-05-23T16:30:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

    BMW, Tesla and Volkswagen Group are among the vehicle makers taking a vertical approach to integration as a means to secure supply of crucial components in the face of continued disruption

  • ECG Spring Congress_crowd

    A time of risk and uncertainty for vehicle logistics in Europe

    2022-05-23T11:03:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

    Finished vehicle logistics providers and their OEM customers met in Malaga this May at the ECG Spring Congress to discuss the current disruption affecting the automotive business and the creative solutions they were using to deal with it

  • ALSC Europe 22_Philip Damas_Drewry Shipping Consultants

    Watch: Consolations for a container shipping crisis


    The global container shipping industry is in a state of disarray that has set it back 50 years in terms of transit and arrival times but there are contingencies that can be taken, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants

  • Tesla_shanghai

    Tesla delays production rebound in China

    2022-05-16T14:36:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Tesla is battling parts and labour shortages as it tries to recover its manufacturing capacity in Shanghai, China in face of widespread Covid-related disruption

  • Leon van der Merwe, Toyota

    Watch: Just-in-time for a new era – can supply chains become more resilient and still stay lean?

    2022-05-12T20:10:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Toyota’s Leon van der Merwe makes it clear that lean and just-in-time principles are as relevant for the OEM today as ever. But hear why aspects of the approach are changing.

  • ALSC Europe final session_Braun, Bricknell

    Speed and standards are key to the automotive future

    2022-05-09T15:54:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Top executives at Audi and Volvo used last week’s ALSC Europe conference to discuss how logistics planning was now a faster-paced business in need of greater standardisation.

  • newbumperassemblylineattmmfcopysamueldhote

    Toyota’s tried and tested approach to disruption

    2022-05-06T17:35:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Toyota Motor Europe used its Toyota Production System to good effect during the semiconductor crisis, only making cars it had parts for and in the process increasing market share at a time of major disruption

  • Shanghai_Haitong_terminal_WW

    Vehicle export growth from China stalled by port congestion

    2022-04-28T16:53:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

    Exports from China in the first quarter of this year were showing impressive gains on the same period in 2021 but the lockdown in Shanghai has hit monthly growth figures

  • Port_Shanghai_Yangshan

    Critical port congestion in China threatens carmakers

    2022-04-27T12:11:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

    Volkswagen is one of a number of carmakers battling disruption to international parts supply and local working conditions because of China’s zero-Covid policy

  • toyota-halahybryd-36

    Testing TPS resilience when dealing with disruption at Toyota

    2022-04-25T07:48:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    In the face of ongoing supply chain disruption, the Toyota Production System (TPS) is proving itself a reliable tool for building resiliency into the carmaker’s logistics.

  • SAIC_VW_plant_Shanghai

    China’s zero-Covid strategy hampers auto output in Shanghai

    2022-04-05T10:51:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

    Covid restrictions in Shanghai are hitting operations for a number of carmakers including SAIC, GM and Tesla and VW, as well as their tier suppliers, with some looking at keeping workers on site for the duration of the lockdown

  • 1627-RPM-600x400-100

    RPM survey takes the temperature of vehicle logistics sector

    2022-03-28T11:31:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    A new survey from finished vehicle and freight transport RPM, and Automotive Logistics, aims to provide an accurate view what is currently happening in the finished vehicle sector and how the sector is responding

  • ALSCLive_front_image

    Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global returns to Detroit

    2022-03-22T07:19:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    Top executives from global carmakers, suppliers and logistics providers, including those from Nissan, IAC and Johnson Electric, are among those converging on the MGM Grand in September this year

  • Ambassador_Bridge

    Trucker protest hits automotive shipments on US-Canada border

    2022-02-14T17:28:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Last week’s driver protests on the US-Canadian border caused disruption to the movement of automotive parts and finished vehicles. As a consequence, some assembly plants in Canada and the US had to temporarily implement shift downtimes.

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    Stellantis halts production at Sevel because of engine shortage

    2022-02-14T16:37:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

    Stellantis is working to smooth out van production at its Italian LCV plant in Sevel val di Sangro following engine supply disruption from France

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    Get greener, stronger and smarter in Munich this May

    2022-02-08T11:32:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe 2022 is back in situ and online. This year’s conference, which takes place between May 2-4, will be in Munich Germany and  focused on rebuilding the automotive sector greener, stronger and smarter.

  • Boston_Dynamics_Stretch_robot

    DHL invests $15m in warehouse automation from Boston Dynamics

    2022-01-28T10:07:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    DHL Supply Chain has invested $15m in warehouse automation technology supplied by engineering and robotics provider Boston Dynamics.

  • ACC_plant

    Local battery production promises to re-industrialise Europe

    2022-01-24T09:58:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Localising lithium-ion battery production in Europe through greater vertical integration does not just promise a more secure battery supply chain. It could play a major role in the industrial salvation of a market that has lost its competitive footing against stronger Asian rivals in the race to a more sustainable future of mobility. What is needed to make good on that promise is strong collaboration amongst the companies involved in securing the future of electric vehicle production.

  • PortLA_night-shift

    An ongoing crisis for terminal throughput

    2022-01-18T10:45:00+00:00By Malcolm Ramsay

    Supply chain delays that were initially viewed as temporary hiccups have now morphed into a prolonged crisis as global trade dynamics have been upended

  • Honda_Swindon_plant

    UK car output “incredibly worrying” says SMMT

    2022-01-05T10:49:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Figures for November showed the lowest production for the month since 1984 but there were positive results for EV production, notably at the Mini plant in Oxford

  • Steve Jernigan, Nissan North America

    Partnering to prepare for the coming outbound crisis – in conversation with Nissan’s Steve Jernigan

    2021-11-29T17:30:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    Nissan North America’s Steve Jernigan thinks the focus of supply chain constraints will soon shift from inbound to finished vehicle logistics, and encourages stakeholders in industry to work together during the opening session of Finished Vehicle Logistics North America 2021

  • Brandon Mason, Eaton

    Automotive outlook: No going back to ‘normal’

    2021-11-29T17:30:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    Top Eaton analyst Brandon Mason discusses how inventory and supply chain issues are impacting North American sales and production, as well as how the industry might be seeing the start of permanent changes

  • MountainChevroletSolar

    Low vehicle inventory makes outbound visibility more important than ever

    2021-11-16T10:00:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    It seems that almost every car sold through a US dealership at the moment is already spoken for before it arrives on the lot, which makes accurate delivery forecasts more important than ever

  • October-registrations-2005-to-2021

    Overall vehicle registrations collapse while plug-in performance remains steady

    2021-11-09T10:39:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

    New car registrations dropped by 24.6% to 106,265 units compared to October last year, while plug-in vehicle uptake remained positive in the month before the COP26 climate conference in the UK.

  • Cover shot_ALFVL Autumn

    AL FVL Autumn 2021 digital edition – Moving forward together through disruption

    2021-11-03T16:01:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    The autumn digital edition of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics magazine is out now, featuring a four-part, in-depth special on Renault Group, in which its top executive for supply chain and logistics, Jean-François Salles, explains the supply chain revolution underway at the carmaker

  • RenaultDealer

    Renault forecasts bigger production losses for 2021

    2021-10-26T12:39:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

    In its latest results Renault estimates that its vehicle production shortfall thanks to parts shortages for 2021 will reach around 500,000 units, above the 200,000 it previously forecasted for the year. However, the company is making efforts to meet its projected operating margin.

  • Microchip chip semiconductor

    Auto industry looks for clearer picture of complex chip shortage

    2021-10-26T07:47:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

    Greater integration of the semiconductor supply chain is needed to prevent the sort of disruption seen since the Covid pandemic, as delegates heard at the recent ALSC Global Live debate

  • takaoka_plant_2020_010_s

    Further cutbacks to Toyota’s global output but recovery is in sight

    2021-10-19T08:22:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

    Toyota is having to make further reductions to planned global production in November because of the shortage in the supply of semiconductors and other Covid restrictions

  • Christopher Ludwig on the sidelines ALSC Global

    On the sidelines at ALSC Global Live: the calm before the perfect storm

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Christopher Ludwig introduces Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global Live in Detroit, as the industry meets in the midst of massive disruption and change across automotive supply chain.

  • Christopher Ludwig, opening Automotive Logistics and supply chain global live

    Welcome to Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global Live 2021 in Detroit!

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Semiconductor shortages, spiking container shipping rates, the ‘everything shortage’ – it’s a challenging time in the automotive supply chain, and that made it the perfect time for the industry to reunite for the Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global Live in Detroit. 

  • Kelly Bysouth, IAC chief supply chain officer

    Talking strategic planning with Kelly Bysouth, IAC’s chief supply chain officer

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    The global tier one supplier’s top supply chain and procurement executive talks about the importance of joining up data across the network and organisation, maintaining free cash flow in inventory considerations and why she wouldn’t take the job unless she was chief supply chain officer and not only procurement.

  • John Andrew Carmichael (Maersk), Marcus Bennett (Quick), Ryan Etherton (American Axle), Christopher Ludwig (Automotive Logistics)

    Navigating continuous disruption across global supply chains

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Experts from North American tier supplier American Axle, premium freight supplier Quick and container shipping and logistics giant Maersk talk about how to reduce risk, including network redesigns, modal shifts, data management and advanced planning.

  • Brandon Mason (Eaton), Richard Logan (Automotive Logistics)

    Global automotive outlook: A rocky road, but better times are ahead

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Top analyst Brandon Mason explains the depth of the semiconductor shortage and its impacts on vehicle production and sales, but also looks ahead to a fast-changing automotive and supply chain landscape across North America.

  • Michael Andersen (Maersk), Matt Pohlman (First Brands), Maxim Serov (Benteler), Christopher Ludwig (Automotive Logistics)

    Holding back the tiers: The automotive supplier perspective

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Automotive supplier Benteler, diversified aftermarket distributor First Brands Group together with Maersk outline strategies specific to mitigating risk for automotive tier suppliers.

  • Chris Styles (Nissan), Christopher Ludwig (Automotive Logistics)

    Rethinking the semiconductor supply chain

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Executives from Nissan North America, electronics supplier Johnson Electric and semiconductor association SEMI Americas discuss the longer-term strategies required to make the automotive semiconductor supply chain more stable and secure.

  • Christopher ludwig on the sideline ALSC Global 2

    On the sidelines ALSC Global Day 1 in review: logistics data, mitigating shortages and managing the chip crisis

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Christopher Ludwig recounts highlights of the first day of Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global Live, picking out highlights and learnings from OEM, tier supplier and logistics providers at the event.

  • Andrea Budzynski (GM), Kannan Ramachandran (aThingz), Nithin Sethi (Visteon Corporation)

    Recoding the supply chain

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Hear executives from General Motors, aThingz and Visteon Corporation discuss how AI, predictive analytics, real-time tracking and other tools are accelerating digital transformation of automotive supply chains.

  • Augustin Sustaita (TLE Mexico), Adam Pieniazek (Magna), Philippe Grinstein (CNW), Christopher Ludwig (Automotive Logistics)

    Crossing continents and back again – mitigating global logistics and cross-border bottlenecks

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Learn how Magna Powertrain, CNW Courier Network, D-Troy and TLE are collaborating and adapting to overcome international logistics and supply chain challenges, with technology, partnership and localisation strategies.

  • Chris Styles (Nissan), George Grahovac (Honda), Anu Goel (Volkswagen Group), Steve Brown (Toyota), Christopher Ludwig (Automotive Logistics)

    Building a better North American supply chain with Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Senior supply chain and logistics leaders debate the key challenges and opportunities defining their organisations’ pathway to success.

  • Christopher ludwig sidelines ALSC Global 3

    On the sidelines ALSC Global end of conference wrap up: this is only the beginning

    2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Christopher Ludwig recounts highlights of the first day of Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global Live, picking out highlights and learnings from OEM, tier supplier and logistics providers at the event.


    Greater visibility is a wonderful and challenging thing

    2021-10-12T10:40:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    At last week’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global Live conference, leading carmakers discussed how crisis management has realigned the logistics and supply chain function within their organisations, and put it front and centre

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    Communication and creativity are crucial to withstand supply chain turbulence

    2021-10-11T16:04:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

    In the face of turbulent times for the automotive supply chain logistics providers recognise that sitting down and talking is every bit as important as the digital technology needed to get creative with the solutions

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    North American tier ones tackle a troublesome year

    2021-10-07T12:59:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

     At this week’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global Live conference, tier one suppliers discussed the disruption in a year worse than Covid-stricken 2020 and what they were doing to cope with it

  • RHA_truck_pic

    UK haulage industry in crisis as driver numbers haemorrhage

    2021-09-28T11:38:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

    Fuel shortages in the UK are being blamed on a lack of drivers to deliver it but it is just the latest issue to afflict the haulage industry in the wake of Brexit and the Covid pandemic.

  • Toyota Takaoka plant 2020

    ​Toyota makes further cuts to output because of Covid and chip shortage

    2021-09-13T16:21:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Supply chain disruption as a result of the ongoing global semiconductor shortage continues as the imbalance between chip production and demand is forecast to maintain into 2022.

  • Empty dealership

    In the waiting room: how the chip crunch is now hitting dealer sales

    2021-09-13T06:00:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

    Most OEMs have met demand through existing vehicle inventory, but worsening chip shortages are now choking off new vehicle registrations, with impacts likely across the supply chain for years.

  • SV2_0365

    Semiconductor shortage disrupts production at Ford and Volvo

    2021-09-01T08:48:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The shortage in the supply of semiconductors along with ongoing disruption caused by the Covid pandemic is hitting production at Ford and Volvo in the US and Europe this week

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    CNW Courier NetWork expands network with London office

    2021-08-26T10:03:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Time-critical logistics provider CNW Courier NetWork has opened a new office in London, UK to help customers with post-pandemic and post-Brexit challenges

  • ToyotaFrance

    Covid costs Toyota 40% production loss in September

    2021-08-24T10:28:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The spread of Covid-19 in South-East Asia and ongoing semiconductor shortages mean Toyota is having to reduce vehicle output from its global assembly plants by 40% next month

  • H2664_Launch6a

    Second LNG-battery hybrid vessel on route to UECC

    2021-08-23T12:57:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

    Work has been completed on the second of three newbuild hybrid pure car and truck carriers for UECC that will run on a combination of LNG and battery power

  • VW_AppleSkin_Space_Vizzion_concept

    Material shortages are forcing a supply chain rethink in automotive

    2021-08-19T10:57:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

    In the face of material shortages across the board, carmakers and their suppliers are looking a range of radical alternatives as part of drive toward more sustainable closed-loop supply chains

  • 2022 Nissan Pathfinder SOP - image 02

    Nissan halts Smyrna production because of chip shortage

    2021-08-13T10:49:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

    Nissan North America will suspend production at its Smyrna plant in Tennessee for two weeks from August 16 because of a shortage of semiconductors supplied from Malaysia

  • Jaguar Land Rover Manufacturing

    British car manufacturing recovery hampered by ‘pingdemic’ and chip shortages

    2021-08-03T12:52:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

    UK vehicle production and exports are rising from pandemic lows, but the sector facing serious challenges in supply chain bottlenecks and labour shortages because of the need to self-isolate.

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    Toyota increases exports but Covid hampers output in Japan

    2021-07-30T14:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Toyota’s production and exports are recovering well in the first half of this year, compared to the impact of the disruption in 2020, but Covid is still hampering production in Japan because of supplier shutdowns in South-East Asia

  • JAXPORT_DJI_0392

    North American vehicle ports: versatile through the year of the virus

    2021-07-27T15:25:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Regional closures and varying rates of recovery have seen a slight shift in the records of throughput at North America’s main vehicle handling ports, most notably with the Mexican port of Veracruz losing ground to Baltimore for the first time in six years.

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    AL FVL Summer 2021 Digital Edition – Gearing up the supply chain for sustainable growth

    2021-07-23T16:23:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    The summer digital edition of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics magazine is out now features interviews with Ford and VW, as well as an overview of activity at the North American vehicle handling ports

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    Low vehicle inventory pushes up prices in US

    2021-07-01T15:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Carmakers are fighting hard to meet strong demand for their vehicles in the US because of production shortfalls, meaning inventory is at its lowest point for ten years and average transaction prices are rising

  • Data code world global software

    Data key to collaboration in an era of disruption

    2021-06-28T12:25:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Nissan is already out in front when it comes to the digital transformation of the outbound supply chain and improving communication with logistics partners to make the delivery of vehicle more efficient in the face of increasingly frequent disruption

  • Microchip chip semiconductor

    Clepa calls for EU strategy to tackle semiconductor shortage

    2021-06-21T09:55:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The shortage in the supply of semiconductors has delayed the production of 500,000 vehicles globally and will continue to affect the automotive industry into 2022, according to the The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (Clepa)

  • Image Seafreight _05_opener

    Smart tools for sustainable logistics at Hellmann

    2021-06-17T13:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Monika Thielemann-Hald joined Hellmann Worldwide Logistics just as Covid started disrupting manufacturing for east to west. But as global head of automotive logistics she has helped steer the company through the crisis with the right mix of teamwork and smart technology

  • JLR_Unipart_Appleby Magna

    Unipart Logistics to run JLR aftermarket parts facility in UK

    2021-06-14T09:13:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Unipart Logistics is building on the services it provides for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in the UK with the signing of a new five-year contrarct to run the carmaker’s global parts logistics centre in Appleby Magna in the UK Midlands

  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky assembly

    Strong sales and chip shortage squeeze US vehicle inventory

    2021-05-17T16:38:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    US vehicle inventory is down 37%, to 2.24m units compared to the same period to the end of April in 2020, according to analyst firm Cox Automotive.

  • VW_Zwickau_ID.4

    VW Group reports strong Q1 but chip shortage will damage Q2

    2021-05-11T10:25:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    In its first quarter results for 2021 VW Group has reported a 21.2% increase in global vehicle deliveries on the same period last year, reaching 2.4m passenger and commercial units.

  • Volvo_outbound_train

    Stronger partnerships will drive a more sustainable car sector

    2021-05-04T11:52:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Overcoming the disruptions caused to the automotive industry over the last 12 months by the Covid pandemic has revealed the importance of long-term partnerships between OEMs, and their parts and logistics suppliers. What is more, at this year’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe conference, carmakers talked about how important those long-term partnerships are going to be if the industry is to clean up its act and become more sustainable.

  • Shippeo_linked

    Real-time visibility platforms keep automotive supply chains moving

    2021-04-27T14:50:00+01:00By Andreas Seide

    The global automotive market is competitive and volatile, and manufacturers and OEMs were already under pressure thanks to new market challengers such as Tesla, and consumer preferences shifting towards electric vehicles (EVs).

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    Why just-in-time will remain the way forward for Toyota

    2021-04-27T10:54:00+01:00By Marcus Williams, Christopher Ludwig

    Leon van der Merwe is leading inbound, outbound and service parts logistics for Toyota Motor Europe. At this year’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe Live conference he told Christopher Ludwig about the carmaker’s strategy to modernise just-in-time and make Toyota’s logistics more sustainable

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    Greater cross-sector dialogue needed to solve chip crisis

    2021-04-27T10:16:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The current global shortage in the supply of computer chips to the automotive industry is causing significant disruption to production and looks likely to continue into next year. There are signs though that the current crisis could lead to new forms of partnership between the automotive and semiconductor industries, and a move away from the rigid hierarchy of the traditional automotive supply chain. That promises to lead to a more secure relationship for the future.

  • Transforming supply chains with Toyota_Leon van der Merve

    Watch: Transforming the European supply chain the Toyota way

    2021-04-23T15:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Toyota Motor Europe’s VP of supply chain, Leon van der Merve, explains how the carmaker plans to reduce logistics emissions and how he wants to modernise just-in-time to be even leaner wherever possible.

  • Preparing for a 99% chance of disruption with Hella, CNW, Wakeo

    Watch: Preparing for a 99.99% chance of supply chain disruption

    2021-04-23T15:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Disruptions in the automotive supply chain are a near certainty but nonetheless near impossible to pinpoint. Supply chain experts from automotive supplier Hella, tracking provider Wakeo and emergency freight provider CNW discuss the best ways to minimise risk.

  • VW_Brazil

    Brazil deliveries hit by Q1 decline but exports are a silver lining

    2021-04-19T16:20:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Domestic Brazilian vehicle sales stood at 527,900 for the first quarter of this year, a decline of 5.4% on the same period in 2020 but down 23% on the previous quarter (Q4 2020), according to the National Association of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (ANFAVEA).

  • DHL_factory_floor

    DHL Supply Chain report looks at automotive challenges ahead

    2021-04-12T11:59:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Contract logistics provider DHL Supply Chain has published a report that shows how the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic will create and speed up certain trends in the automotive industry but arrest others.

  • Parsifal_port_WW

    Wallenius Wilhelmsen puts more vessels back into service

    2021-04-05T15:33:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Wallenius Wilhelmsen will reactivate the last three of the ro-ro vessels it placed in cold layup in the second quarter of last year when the Covid-19 pandemic hit finished vehicle volumes.

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    A stronger supply chain since Fukushima

    2021-03-22T14:40:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    In the ten years since the earthquake and tsunami hit the Japanese region of Tohoku, carmakers disrupted by the disaster have been working on mitigation strategies to better prepare and respond to the next supply chain threat. Marcus Williams talks to Mazda, Nissan and Toyota about what has been achieved over the last decade

  • Ford Focus Saarlouis

    Carmakers forced to extend shutdowns because of microchip shortage

    2021-03-09T10:31:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Ford and GM have been forced to extend assembly plant closures because of a shortage in the supply of semiconductors, a problem that continues to disrupt vehicle production globally.

  • Rob Brown., Martin Townsend

    Sustainable as standard: Transforming automotive supply chains with BSI

    2021-03-01T08:56:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

    In this podcast, BSI’s Robert Brown and Martin Townsend discuss how Covid, digitalisation and the circular economy are reshaping processes and business models across automotive supply chains with Automotive Logistics editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig

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    German border controls threaten inbound parts supply

    2021-02-23T10:23:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Germany’s decision to suddenly impose travel restrictions across borders with Austria and the Czech Republic, and to those travelling from Slovakia, has drawn criticism from across the automotive industry as freight queues threaten to delay parts deliveries.

  • 4. Hyundai Glovis car haulers

    Outsourcing is a cost-effective means to cope with change

    2021-02-18T12:35:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Picking the right supplier or logistics partner to troubleshoot supply problems previously managed in-house is proving to be very valuable, according to speakers at the recent Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain North America Live conference.

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    Covid pushes up demand for cheaper cars in Russia says Gefco

    2021-02-08T12:23:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

    The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Russian car market has pushed up demand for lower-priced vehicles, depleting inventory and leading to shortages in delivery capacity on road and rail, according to Dennis Gliznoutsa, commercial director of Gefco Russia.

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    Watch: Welcome to the future of North American automotive supply chains

    2021-02-07T19:15:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    Kicking off the on-demand content for Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain North America Live, our hosts set out the trends impacting the industry today and how they will reshape processes, service and partnerships.

  • Guido Vildozo IHS-Markit North America forecast

    Watch: A surprisingly bright outlook for North American vehicle sales and production

    2021-02-07T19:08:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    Despite the pandemic and supply chain disruptions, IHS-Markit is forecasting a stronger-than-anticipated rebound for the North American automotive sector, however there are many headwinds, including for production and exports out of Mexico.

  • Maintaining Mexico’s Competitive Edge in supply chain with Nissan and Jack Cooper

    Watch: Maintaining Mexico’s competitive edge in supply chain

    2021-02-07T19:06:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    OEMs in Mexico are facing logistics bottlenecks and expect more to come, which is why Nissan and providers like Jack Cooper are strengthening processes and digital tools in logistics to improve resiliency and flexibility.  

  • Sharon Choi Glovis America, Jethro J. Felton Cognosos, David Paquin Locus Robotics, Ian Slaven DSV

    Watch Think Tank: Top tips on transforming aftersales logistics in North America

    2021-02-07T19:00:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    In a special think tank workshop, leaders from key players in service parts and aftersales logistics discuss how the industry should respond to the current disruptions and get ready for major changes ahead.

  • Greg Toornman AGCO, Doug Adams Toyota Motor North America

    Watch: Can OEMs design more flexible and predictive supply chains networks?

    2021-02-07T18:57:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    Logistics executives from Toyota North America and agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO discuss their strategies, processes and technologies for advanced logistics and supply chain planning.

  • Brandon Mason Eaton

    Watch: North American automotive recovery is underway, but for how long?

    2021-02-07T18:54:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    The North American automotive market is on pace to return to growth this year despite slow vaccine roll-outs, however there are risks in the supply chain and the longer-term economic outlook, according to Eaton’s top automotive analyst, Brandon Mason. 

  • Howard Chang Porsche North America, Brian Hook ICL Systems, Patrick McGinn Glovis America

    Watch: Ensuring finished vehicle logistics keeps pace with demand

    2021-02-07T18:50:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    Senior managers from Porsche, Glovis and ICL Systems talk about how they have been keeping dealer lots stocked as consumer demand has returned since the end of stay-at-home orders across America.

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    Watch: Covid could accelerate outsourcing and new partnerships in the supply chain

    2021-02-07T18:46:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    Experts from Mahindra, Hyundai Glovis and the tier supply chain say that the crisis highlights opportunities for new logistics services and a re-evaluation of partnerships across automotive logistics in North America and beyond.

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    Watch: That’s a wrap (until next time)!

    2021-02-07T18:45:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    At the end of a two-day journey across the supply chain in the US, Canada and Mexico, our hosts share the most urgent action points and takeaways from the event, including how logistics providers can help manufacturers recover and transform.

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    Putting the right tools in the right hands at Nissan Mexicana

    2021-02-04T15:59:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    No one thought the new year was suddenly going to be free of supply chain disruption. The coronavirus continues to cause problems, most pronounced at the moment by cross-Pacific port congestion and the increasingly serious shortage in the supply of microchips. But disruption of this kind is recurring and may even get more frequent in the future.

  • Toyota TMMI Indiana

    Toyota doesn’t let a good crisis go to waste

    2021-02-03T12:50:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    The automotive supply chain in North America is once again facing disruption with containerised parts stuck in US west coast ports and semiconductors in short supply, both situations stemming from the turmoil created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    A fab future for the automotive sector

    2021-01-29T13:14:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    A shortage of semiconductors is hampering global automotive production. Bettina Weiss, chief of staff and global smart mobility lead at electronics association SEMI, tells Marcus Williams why this is happening and why OEMs need to forge more direct links with the chip manufacturers

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    From doom and gloom to fast and furious

    2021-01-29T11:49:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Ocean-going container vessels have been anchored off the west coast of the US in January because of congested port terminals. Dr Noel Hacegaba, deputy executive director and COO at the Port of Long Beach tells Marcus Williams about the misalignment of supply and capacity, and how the port is tackling it

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    Building more resilient supply chains with technology integration from the top

    2021-01-19T10:49:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    The Covid-19 pandemic has made it clearer than ever that better visibility of the supply chain is needed, even if its sheer complexity doesn’t make that easy. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology may help, but a clear workflow process, and a talented and inspired workforce, are essential to make the technology effective.

  • Ford Ka+ Camaçari

    Ford cuts its losses in Brazil with closure of all production in 2021

    2021-01-12T09:54:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Ford will shut all three of its production facilities in Brazil this year and import vehicles from other markets in South America, including neighbouring Argentina and Uruguay, to meet demand in the country.

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    Wallenius Wilhelmsen reactivates nine car carriers from cold lay-up

    2021-01-11T13:46:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

    The ocean division of Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s car carrying business (WW Ocean) is re-activating nine of the 16 car carrying vessels it has in cold lay-up. It will be reactivating them during the first quarter of 2021, to replace capacity currently sourced through short-term charters.

  • Port of Dover

    France and other EU countries close border with UK putting freight flows at risk

    2020-12-21T15:59:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

    A number of countries, including France, have closed their borders with the UK to passengers and accompanied freight following the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus in the UK which is suspected to be more infectious than previous types.

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    NYK embraces automation and increases dedicated terminals

    2020-11-30T14:48:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    In the face of disruption and a drop in vehicle volumes caused by Covid-19, NYK is looking into the use of automation to reduce contact in storage yards, and remote management of cargo-handling and pre-delivery inspection (PDI) operations. At the same time it is continuing to expand its automotive-dedicated terminals globally

  • Gefco_diagnostics

    Electric vehicles supporting sales through pandemic, says head of Gefco Russia

    2020-11-23T09:44:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

    Gefco Russia’s general director says that electric vehicles have been the one bright spot in terms of global vehicle and parts shipments in a industry otherwise still suffering from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

  • Audi Dealership US at your door

    Covid-19 has accelerated digital sales and servicing say carmakers

    2020-11-16T15:32:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    The impact of Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of digital tools in the sale and delivery of vehicles, as well as aftersales maintenance.

  • Lynk & Co 01 Rear

    More than one way to buy a car – subscription models and FVL

    2020-11-16T10:19:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

    The Covid-19 crisis has forced dealers faced with closure to adopt online sales and subscription models. We take a look at what it means for the logistics sector and how start-up Lynk & Co is going all-in on it.

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    Stable growth post-Covid will depend on greater supplier collaboration

    2020-11-09T15:55:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    At last week’s Livestream Hour Joe McCabe, CEO and president of AutoForecast Solutions, said 2021 was going to be a recovery year in global vehicle production and that continued recovery to 2027 would be based on greater stability. A more globally integratred supply chain, thanks in part to revision of Trump policy following last week’s election, and provide opportunities for tier suppliers, who are getting more involved complex subassembly 

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    Watch: Supply Chain Update – coronavirus crisis impacts and US election implications (EP.1)

    2020-11-05T12:00:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    Automotive Logistics’ Livestream Hour season 2 kicks off with the latest forecasts on global vehicle production, a review of supply chain trends and insight into what the US presidential election results could mean for the sector. 

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    Second Covid wave will cripple vehicle sales and distribution

    2020-11-02T15:04:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Carmakers are looking at a damaging month of sales as new lockdowns in Europe hit the dealer network. At the same time they are closely monitoring inbound supply chains ahead of a winter that could see continued disruption to automotive supply chains.

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    Watch: The arsenal of health – how GM and Ceva Logistics shifted the supply chain to support the relief effort

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    In this special session at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, General Motors’ Miguel Tavara and CEVA’s Dave Dudek detail how GM pivoted its manufacturing and logistics to produce ventilators and supply equipment, and what lessons were learned.

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    Watch: Finding opportunities in changing global trade rules

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Many factors have been impacting global automotive trade and freight flows, including changing trade agreements, cost considerations and of course the pandemic. In this session, independent logistics strategist Wolfgang Lehmacher discusses opportunities with experts from Gallega Global Logistics and ICR360.

  • NEW The Rise of Supply Chain 4.001

    Watch: The rise of Industry 4.0 in automotive packaging

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Location and tracking technology can help firms manage returnable automotive packaging more effectively than ever. At this special session of Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, IT experts from Alps Alpine and Sigfox detail exciting new systems.

  • NEW Rethinking Supply Chain Resilience – Panel.001

    Watch: Rethinking supply chain resilience

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    The crisis has underlined how vulnerable the supply chain is to shocks and is leading some manufacturers to reconsider inventory and planning strategies to mitigate disruption and instability. In this session at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, experts debate whether this means a rethink in lean and just-in-time.

  • NEW Real World Supply Chain Dynamics.001

    Watch: Real world supply chain dynamics with DSV

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    During Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, DSV’s automotive logistics experts set out a path to navigate a turbulent year ahead with an overview of supply chain stability, trends, insights, and strategies that will impact on logistics operations and pricing across transport modes.

  • NEW The European Pact for Sustainable Industry 2030.001

    Watch: What Europe’s Green Deal means for automotive supply chains

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    The EU is regulating and investing in decarbonisation with significant cost and technology implications for the automotive sector. Stefan Crets from CSR Europe and PwC’s Christoph Stürmer unpick the implications for the supply chain and what companies.

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    Watch: How Yazaki’s Bo Andersson wants to shape up and shake up the supply chain

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    In an exclusive fireside chat at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, Bo Andersson details Yazaki’s objectives in reducing lineside disruptions at its plants, improving supply visibility and moving away from ‘build-to-print’ models as the tier 1 aims to capture more value-added production and services.

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    Watch: Spotlight on a changing North American automotive supply chain

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    In a panel discussion held during Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, leading experts and decision makers unpick the immense operational, market and trade changes happening across North America and how companies like Honda and Carter Logistics are adapting their processes and networks.

  • NEW Automotive Supply Chain and Logistics Reinvention.001

    Watch: Carmakers preparing for supply chain and logistics reinvention

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    The pandemic isn’t over, but senior logistics leaders at General Motors, Nissan, Volvo Cars and Glovis America are looking beyond the crisis to new technology, electrification, capacity planning and the skills needed to succeed in supply chain management in the 2020s. Watch this in-depth panel discussion from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

  • NEW Aftersales and Service Parts Innovation.001

    Watch: Delivering innovation at Volkswagen and Toyota’s service parts logistics

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    As service parts demand in the US recovers, OEMs like Volkswagen Group and Toyota are carefully monitoring shortages in parts supply and inventory, while accelerating new delivery channels, including ecommerce sales and direct customer deliveries. VW’s Anu Goel and Toyota’s Mike Schober share their views during Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

  • NEW Finished Vehicle Logistics- Rethinking Network Design & Optimisation.001

    Watch: Rethinking vehicle logistics network design and optimisation in North America

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    OEMs like Nissan and Volkswagen are working with logistics specialists like Jack Cooper and Inform to deliver the recovery amidst low vehicle inventory, uncertainty from Covid-19 and driver shortages, while looking at how to use technology to optimise networks over the long term. Check out this lively discussion from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

  • NEW The New Automotive World Order- Rethinking Global Supply Chain Networks – Panel.001 (1)

    Watch: Localisation and technology transform supply chains across industries

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Advanced technology, changing consumer patterns, trade regulations and the coronavirus crisis have led firms like GE Appliances to revaluate their supply chains and logistics. Watch GE Appliance’s Harry Chase and Tata Consultancy’s Deepak Mavatoor share their expert views.

  • NEW Intelligent insights- Supply Chain and Market Insights Updates North America (1).001

    Watch: North America automotive market resilient but faces long recovery

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    The North American market has recovered faster than some expected, but Eaton analyst Brandon Mason predicts uncertain times ahead for the supply chain, with restrained sales in the coming years and ongoing localisation of vehicle production in the region. Watch this in-depth presentation from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live. 

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    Watch: Supply chain leadership in a time of adversity

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Hear how senior executives from Volkswagen Group, FCA, Visteon and Gefco have adapted strategies, processes and communication to support manufacturing and logistics operations and teams during the crisis.

  • Finished Vehicle Logistics - Keeping the Metal Moving.001

    Watch: Keeping the metal moving in Europe

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    As the European vehicle logistics sector faces huge challenges and changes, senior logistics leaders from Daimler, Volvo Cars and Hyundai Glovis discuss capacity requirements, digitalisation and requirements from their logistics partners during a panel at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

  • Accelerating Digital Transformation.001

    Watch: Accelerating digital transformation

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    The coronavirus crisis has in many cases forced companies to speed up the use of digital tools and processes across their operations, while also exposing digital gaps. In this session, supply chain leaders from agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO, and start-up EV OEM Nio, share insight into how their companies are already using enhanced connectivity, big data and even artificial intelligence to improve the supply chain.

  • Spotlight on the Supply Chain- Optimising capacity planning.001

    Watch: Optimising supply chain demand and capacity planning

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Manufacturers are facing recovering but uncertain automotive demand, while limits in ocean and air freight capacity risk disruption and cost increeses. In this session at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, experts from Toyota North America, Adient and CNW discuss strategies for improving demand forecasting and network planning across transport modes.

  • Intelligent insights- Supply Chain and Market Insights Updates- China.001

    Watch: China automotive production to rise but trade wars and coronavirus crisis will have lasting impact

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Chinese vehicle sales and production are set to continue to recover, but IHS Markit Automotive forecasts that the crisis will still hit demand, while exporting vehicles from China to the US especially will remain a difficult prospect

  • NEW Spotlight on the Supply Chain- Commercial vehicle manufactures perspectives.001

    Watch: Commercial vehicle supply chains with Scania and MAN

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    The supply chain and logistics requirements for commercial vehicles, including trucks and buses, can vary significantly. During a panel at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, supply chain leaders from MAN and Scania explain how they are optimising networks and responding to the crisis.

  • NEW Spotlight on the Supply Chain- India.001

    Watch: Spotlight on the Indian supply chain

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Watch this panel discussion from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live on key challenges from the crisis, digitalisation developments and opportunities for the automotive supply chain in India featuring logistics experts from FCA, JCB and Smart Links Technology.

  • NEW Supply Chain and Market Insights Updates- India.001

    Watch: India supply chain insights and automotive market forecast

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    The Indian automotive industry is facing a significant economic crisis as the country faces the coronavirus crisis. In a presentation at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, Puneet Gupta from IHS Markit Automotive shares insights into the demand patterns, production outlook and government measures that will impact the Indian automotive supply chain over the next decade. 

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    Watch: Why Volvo’s Martin Corner thinks there has never been a more exciting time for automotive logistics

    2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

    Volvo Cars’ head of global logistics thinks the supply chain has a long way to go to match the digital, visibility and flexibility requirements of the automotive sector, but he also tells the audience of Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live that electrification and new distribution models provide an opportunity for positive transformation. 

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    Covid crisis has advanced digital connectivity in the automotive supply chain

    2020-09-28T10:45:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    If there is one silver lining to the Covid-19 crisis, it is that carmakers and their suppliers have been forced to adopt digital tools to communicate faster and to remotely visualise together what is necessary in managing plant shutdowns and ramp-ups. Lessons have been learned in how better to establish the digital transformation of supply chain management that will push the industry forward as a whole.

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    Yazaki’s proactive, risk-averse approach to the crisis a success, says Bo Andersson

    2020-09-21T12:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Yazaki is taking a more strategic and coordinated approach to the automotive supply chain as it continues to stabilise production in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Bo Andersson, Yazaki’s president of Europe and CEO and president of North America, says the company is looking for opportunities to consolidate and improve logistics planning and control, including through the use of third party logistics (3PL) providers, greater localisation, communication and inventory planning

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    Common standards to alleviate uncertain demand and distribution changes

    2020-09-16T09:08:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

    Standardising communications between OEMs and their suppliers offers novel possibilities to smooth out the volatile conditions that modern automotive logistics has to contend with according to Robert Cameron, chairman of Odette International, which is working with European OEMs, suppliers and logistics providers to create such standards – including for finished vehicle logistics.

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    Collaboration is key to achieve sustainability goals

    2020-09-15T15:55:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

    Sharing information between companies and ensuring regulatory alignment between regions is crucial if the automotive industry wants to take real steps towards more sustainable supply chains. Panellists from logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel and CSR Europe, the European Business Network for Corporate Sustainability, came to the conclusion at this week’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live conference 

  • Digital Technology

    Now is the time to get vehicle distribution out of the stone age

    2020-09-15T14:15:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The number one strategic challenge for the automotive logistics sector right now is in matching vehicle distribution with demand through new channels of communication and different levels of service. According to Volvo Cars’ logistics chief Martin Corner, the future depends on better collaboration between carmakers and their LSPs on adapting the outbound supply chain to accommodate the growth of electric vehicles.

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    Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live Overview


    The first Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live virtual conference is here, with more than 70 speakers and 30 sessions. Read this overview for insight into the key topics and theme, including electric vehicle and battery supply chains, sustainable supply chains, digital transformation and supply chain resilience. Featuring interviews and keynotes from leading carmakers, tier suppliers, logistics providers and supply chain and trade experts. 

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    Meeting increasing demand for EVs in Europe depends on better battery supply

    2020-09-07T12:39:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

    Carmakers are investing colossal sums of money into low and zero-emission powertrain technologies. Even before the coronavirus crisis infected the finances of most manufacturers the survival of many of them hinged upon a return on investment and a successful transition to electrification over the coming years. 

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    Covid crisis boosts digital technology in supply chain

    2020-09-01T05:27:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

    Despite the huge health and economic problems caused by the coronavirus, the pandemic has also had a positive impact on some of the supply chain and logistics strategies of automotive and other manufacturing companies. Experts have said greater supply chain visibility and a new sense of purpose across often fairly independent corporate divisions are just two trends that are becoming more pronounced across manufacturing companies.

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    AL FVL Summer 2020


    Collaboration between the automotive, logistics and the tech sectors is growing by the day, with the coronavirus crisis accelerating digitalisation across the supply chain. Our latest digital edition explores systems standards and tech innovations, including new communication protocols for vehicle logistics in Europe, and a range of new supply chain technology at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Audi México, VW Zwickau, Seat Martorell and Renault F-1. 

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    Ford secures loan to build on engine exports from UK

    2020-08-10T12:58:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Ford has received a £500m ($648m) guarantee from UK Export Finance (UKEF) to help it maintain exports of engines and transmissions from the UK. The guarantee, which was given in July, is part of a planned £625m loan facility from commercial banks using its Export Development Guarantee…

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    Dachser moves auto heavy-lift from Brazil to Mexico despite crisis

    2020-08-10T11:36:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    Dachser has moved 138 tons of automotive project cargo between Brazil and Mexico using road and shortsea routes in the midst of restrictions caused by. the coronavirus. The breakbulk consignment contained a compressor machine and 14 accessory items. 

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    Pent-up demand drives European car market recovery in July

    2020-08-06T11:09:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

    The European car market was expected to be one of the hardest hit regions because of the shutdowns caused by the coronavirus but the UK, France and Spain actually performed better than expected in July, with positive gains on the same month in 2019. Longer-term economic hardships could jeopardise the momentum of that recovery but there are signs of long-term growth in the take up of electric vehicles

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    Latest demand forecast: Vehicle sales will drop up to 40%, with second dip expected this year

    2020-08-03T13:34:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    The recovery in new vehicle sales in the wake of the coronavirus crisis will not only be varied in speed across major automotive markets, but it will also be uneven. Further pullbacks in sales are likely later in 2020 and into 2021 for many countries, according to a new report and forecast by Automotive from Ultima Media, the business intelligence arm of Automotive Logistics.

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    Increased demand post-Covid threatens driver shortage in North America

    2020-08-03T10:43:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    The shortage of freight drivers in the US has been exacerbated by industrial shutdowns and curbs on movement caused by the coronavirus, a problem made more complicated by limited working hours and a rise in post-furlough absenteeism

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale | Part 2: Update from North America with Honda and Benteler

    2020-07-29T19:56:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Don’t miss the last Livestream Hour episode this season as our guests provide insight on how the coronavirus crisis is currently affecting the supply chain in North America, featuring Hector Martinez from Honda de Mexico and Maxim Serov from global tier 1 Benteler.

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    Watch: Q&A on North American vehicle ports – Livestream Hour

    2020-07-28T21:50:00+01:00By Neemish Ladwa

    Experts including Chris Connor from the American Association of Port Authorities and IT specialist Inform answer questions on North American port vehicle-handling operations, investments, digitalisation and insight on managing through the coronavirus crisis. 

  • Matthias_Braun_VW_Konzernlogistik

    Better communication remains key for VW Group’s global logistics post-Covid

    2020-07-27T13:09:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Good communication and operational transparency helped Volkswagen react quickly to the impact of the coronavirus on its global operations. Concurrently, collaborative support from its logistics providers has helped it restart operations, with improvements to the flow of inbound materials

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    INEOS in discussions with Daimler to produce Grenadier in Hambach

    2020-07-27T13:01:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    British start-up INEOS Automotive may be making its new 4x4 vehicle in France instead of South Wales after German OEM Daimler announced it wanted to sell its Hambach factory in France. Head of supply chain management at INEOS, Marko Weisshaar (pictured), spoke about the possibility of a French connection during last week’s Livestream Hour

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale Part 1: Global logistics lessons with the Volkswagen Group

    2020-07-23T22:54:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    As part of our finale for this season’s Livestream Hour, watch this exclusive interview with our special guest Matthias Braun, who leads digitalisation and concept development for group logistics at the Volkswagen Group, on how the carmaker has managed its supply chain through all phases of the coronavirus crisis so far, and lessons for the future

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    Gefco now handling vehicle deliveries in France for Ford

    2020-07-23T09:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Ford has chosen logistics provider Gefco to distribute new vehicles to the carmaker’s dealers in France, equal to 40,000 units annually…

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 13 – Start-up OEM supply chains with INEOS Automotive

    2020-07-22T20:49:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Watch this discussion to hear key insights and ask questions to our special guest panel including INEOS Automotive’s head of supply chain management, Marko Weisshaar

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    Groupe PSA and FCA merger will be called Stellantis

    2020-07-20T14:05:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Following last year’s announcement of the 50:50 merger between Group PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA), the two companies have announced that the merged company will be called Stellantis. The word derives from the Latin ‘to brighten with stars’…

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    Port of Vancouver USA: Watch this space


    The Covid-19 pandemic has put unrelenting pressure on US ports and their connecting supply chains. While adapting to new operational realities, the marine transport and logistics sector, like other industries, is addressing considerable business uncertainty. Dealerships have been unable to sell scheduled inventory and carmakers across the region have all expressed the same concern – the need for space…

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 12 – North American vehicle ports

    2020-07-15T16:33:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    This week’s show will feature insights into how leading automotive ports have adapted rapidly to manage the crisis, how they are using digital technologies and investing in smart infrastructure to better support the automotive supply chain.

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    Ford facing shutdowns in US because of engine shortage

    2020-07-13T10:32:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    Ford is reported to be facing assemly shutdowns in the US this week because of engine supply problems out of Mexico caused by the coronavirus. Output at the carmaker’s engine plant in Chihuahua has been halved because of restrictions on production and supply caused by the virus, while its plants in the US are running at full production

  • TMNA_PDC_Phoenix

    Toyota’s Phoenix PDC cuts aftermarket fulfilment times

    2020-07-13T10:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) expects its new parts distribution centre (PDC) in Phoenix, Arizona to be fully operational this week after spending a month increasing its fulfilment volume…

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    Watch: Automotive Supply Chain June Update with Volkswagen Group and Visteon – Leadership in a Crisis

    2020-06-25T10:11:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Our coronavirus series provide critical information and strategic insight to help design more resilient automotive supply chains. In our June update, key decision makers, including from Volkswagen Group and Visteon, share insight on the challenges of leadership in a crisis and how to respond to build stronger supply chains.

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    Watch: How Ford digitalised and insourced global supply chain processes | Your Questions Answered Part II with Amlan Bose

    2020-06-24T22:08:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Ford is transforming its supply chain and logistics processes in a number of key regions, including creating an in-house 4PL and rolling out a dynamic transport management system. Following discussion on our popular Livestream Hour edition focused on digitalisation in supply chain and logistics, Ford’s Amlan Bose rejoins Christopher Ludwig to address audience questions on topics including challenges to rollout, whether the system and insourcing will spread to other regions, and how digital control towers are helping Ford in the Covid-19 crisis.

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    Spain’s auto industry to get billion-euro boost from government

    2020-06-24T08:45:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    The Spanish government has announced a €3.75 billion ($4.2 billion) stimulus programme for the country’s automotive sector, designed to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus and boost the sale of low-emission vehicles.

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    WWO diversifies to mitigate impact of Covid-19 on Russian vehicle imports

    2020-06-22T13:59:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

    The Covid-19 pandemic has hit demand for maritime car carrying services to Russia from Europe by as much as 40%, according to Dmitry Vostrikov, general director of the Russian branch of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean’s (WWO)…

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    Watch: ‘Covid is accelerating digital supply chain and production’ | Your questions answered with EY’s Bart Huthwaite

    2020-06-19T18:18:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Following our popular Livestream Hour edition focused on digitalisation in supply chain and logistics, Bart Huthwaite, principal for automotive and transportation at EY, rejoins Christopher Ludwig to address audience questions on topics including digital twins, industrial IOT, trade wars and changing production models.

  • Gefco_DBO_train

    Gefco makes spot blocktrain shipment of car parts from China to France

    2020-06-18T15:04:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Gefco has revealed this week that it moved 500 tons of automotive spare parts from China to France in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown on a dedicated blocktrain out of Wuhan…

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 9 – Automotive Supply Chain in Focus – Europe


    In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss key challenges facing Europe’s automotive manufacturers and suppliers with electronics and wiring harness supplier LEONI and with PWC, covering the strategies required to continue to restart and recover, as well as the structural changes that may change the shape of the supply chain. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig. Register or login to watch.

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    Permanent change and prospects for logistics post-Covid

    2020-06-15T11:55:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Having battled to cope with sudden disruptions to the automotive supply chain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, logistics providers are now looking at the more permanent changes to the sector that the continued threat of the virus poses…

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    BLG reports strongest growth in vehicle handling last year

    2020-06-15T09:26:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Germany’s BLG Logistics has reported that its Automobile division showed the strongest performance in 2019 with sales growing more than 9% to €603.7m in 2019…

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    Listen: A new deal for the finished vehicle logistics industry

    2020-06-11T13:24:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    As vehicle sales and production continue to restart in North America following coronavirus-related shutdowns, dealerships are facing huge challenges in inventory management and customer service. Brion Stapp, dealer principal, Toyota, Colorado shares his insights on ‘no touch’ servicing, changing customer expectations and why the industry needs to take stock and evolve

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 8 – Ford’s insourcing of logistics through technology

    2020-06-10T18:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Join this special digital transformation livestream session on how IT and technology solutions are supporting supply chain during the crisis, including a major digitalisation project for Ford’s logistics and supply chain management across key regions. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig.

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    Hyundai Glovis back on track in US by next month despite rail concerns

    2020-06-08T09:59:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    Hyundai Kia’s logistics division, Hyundai Glovis, hopes for “some sort of level of normalcy” for the manufacture and distribution of vehicles in the US by July 4, despite railroads being currently under capacity, according to the group’s senior national manager of vehicle logistics, Darren Acker.

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    Coronavirus and beyond: Europe vehicle demand and finished vehicle logistics outlook 2020-2030

    2020-06-04T17:49:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

    Download this report for a forecast of European new vehicle demand from 2020-2030 across the region and the top five markets, and analysis of impacts and changes for the European finished vehicle logistics sector. This report is the latest from ECG Business Intelligence, a collaboration between the Association of European Vehicle Logistics and Automotive from Ultima Media

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 7 - Finished Vehicle Logistics: Restarting the network

    2020-06-03T15:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    This special livestream episode focuses on the finished vehicle logistics network and how it is preparing to restart for the new normal, with insights from Hyundai Glovis, ProAct and more. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig and featuring updates and insights from the crisis and beyond for automotive supply chain and manufacturing.

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    No V-shaped recovery for automotive industry

    2020-06-01T14:11:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    Automotive analyst Daniel Harrison predicts the Covid-19 crisis will cause a global decline in vehicle sales this year of around 14m units, including both passenger and commercial vehicles, down 15.4% from last year…

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    Protocols for protecting the restart of production in Mexico

    2020-06-01T13:52:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    There are logistics lessons to be learned from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Mexican automotive sector and Penske Logistics has quickly developed protocols for protecting the supply base and its employees…

  • VW Mexico

    VW gets the green light to reopen in Puebla on June 15

    2020-05-28T10:30:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    Olivia Salomón, economic secretary of the Mexican state of Puebla, has just announced that German carmaker Volkswagen can reopen its plant there from June 15. However, it can only use 30% of its workforce in staggered shifts…

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    Watch: Livestream Coronavirus Series – Automotive Supply Chain May Update

    2020-05-27T18:35:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Daniel Harrison

    Our monthly supply chain updates provide critical information for automotive production, purchasing and logistics professionals in the current crisis, and strategic insight to help companies design more resilient supply chains for the future. Watch the May update for the latest market forecasts from our automotive analyst and insight on how supply chains could be made more resilient from automotive supply chain expert Peter Weiss from Gartner.

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    Health and safety portal opens door for Mexico automotive restart

    2020-05-27T09:41:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    There have been a series of mixed messages surrounding the restart of operations in Mexico over the past few weeks but carmakers and suppliers in Mexico can now return to production providing they register their safety protocols on a government portal certifying that they will follow the guidelines designed to halt the spread of Covid-19

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    Coronavirus causes job losses in Copenhagen and Malmö

    2020-05-26T11:59:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) has been forced to terminate 55 jobs in Copenhagen as a result of the financial impact of the coronavirus. The move follows the announcement in April that 40 jobs would be lost from Malmö, Scandinavia’s largest vehicle handling port…

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    Volatile demand testing distribution of automotive service parts

    2020-05-26T11:42:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    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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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 6 – Aftermarket and Service Parts: Keeping the wheels moving

    2020-05-20T21:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the pandemic’s impact on aftersales supply and the aftermarket, including the long-term effects on supply chains and what this means for managing inventory. With special guests from Toyota North America, LKQ Europe and CLEPA. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig. 

  • MBUSI_assembly

    Mexico parts shortage hits production at Mercedes-Benz in Vance

    2020-05-19T10:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Parts supply shortages from Mexico mean that Mercedes-Benz will temporarily suspend production at its US plant in Alabama – Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) next week…

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    USMCA will go ahead in July but automotive approval could take 18 months

    2020-05-18T11:25:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    The new free trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico automotive sector will not have full consensus from the automotive industry by July 1 according to Al Zapanta, CEO, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, because agreement on labour and vehicle content still need approval

  • CFR_404_Bremerhaven

    CFR Rinkens launches first China-Germany blocktrain for Dongfeng

    2020-05-18T10:35:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Freight forwarder CFR Rinkens has made its first westbound rail shipment of containerised vehicles between China and Germany..

  • VW Mexico

    VW Chattanooga to restart this week as Mexico revs up auto industry

    2020-05-14T14:19:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    After nearly two months of inactivity because of the coronavirus crisis, Volkswagen’s US assembly plant in Chattanooga will resume operations this week. Dr Susanne Lehmann, senior director of production North America, Volkswagen, revealed the plans during the latest Livestream – Mexico Automotive Supply Chain in Focus.

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 5 – Mexico Automotive Supply Chain in Focus

    2020-05-13T16:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    In Episode 5 of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the key risks in the Mexican automotive supply chain, and strategies for successfully restarting manufacturing and supply chains, whilst preparing for USMCA implementation. With special guests from Volkswagen, Honda, the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and CNW. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig.

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    Watch: Kia maintains investment, launches and stability in Europe

    2020-05-12T11:17:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    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.

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    Mosolf outlines protection programme for logistics sites

    2020-05-11T11:17:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    German finished vehicle logistics provider Mosolf has introduced a package of measures to help protect employees during the coronavirus crisis, which is updated according to the latest government findings and standards…

  • KiaDealershipUK

    Kia UK opens online sales and provides maintenance services

    2020-05-11T10:13:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Kia dealers in the UK have been given the go-ahead to take remote orders from customers (though dealer showrooms remain closed) and some are reopening workshops to carry out aftermarket services, including repairs and MOTs…

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    Inaccurate EDI call-offs a risk for tier suppliers

    2020-05-11T10:06:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

     The majority of OEMs will return to some level of production this month as pandemic-enforced lockdowns are eased, but there is concern about whether their schedules match customer demand and how this is being communicated to tier suppliers. .. 

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    Thiemo Rusch takes on senior retail and dealer role at Audi

    2020-05-07T15:25:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Thiemo Rusch will take over as senior vice-president of sales operations at Audi of America from July 1 this year. Rusch will be responsible for retail operations and dealer network development in the US…

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 4 – Tier Suppliers on the Road to Recovery

    2020-05-06T00:38:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    Hosted by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief at Ultima Media, the Livestream Hour will take place each week on Wednesdays. It will also be part of other Livestream special episodes and guests, including previews and follow-ups from our series of live and digital events for Automotive Logistics, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions and Car Design News. In Episode 4, we discuss the key areas that suppliers especially need to consider as the automotive industry stirs back into action, including supply chain and logistics processes, sourcing considerations, digital tools and collaboration. 

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    Decline in UK car sales worse than financial crisis, says SMMT

    2020-05-04T11:37:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    The UK new car market declined by just over 44% in March this year, according to figures published last month by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)…

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    Maersk offers weekly rail service from China to Turkey

    2020-05-04T09:54:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Maersk has set up a weekly rail service running between Turkey and China which it said stands to benefit the automotive and industrial sectors..

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    Decisive action needed for realignment of India’s supply chain

    2020-05-03T15:21:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    There are opportunities to be had for automotive companies that survive the coronavirus pandemic. However, those companies need to take decisive action on restarting, reshaping and reimagining a supply chain that will change quite significantly and is likely to be characterised by greater localisation…

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    Watch: Livestream Coronavirus Series – Automotive Supply Chain April Update

    2020-04-30T00:47:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

    Part of our ongoing Livestream series, the monthly supply chain update provides insight on what the coronavirus crisis will mean for automotive manufacturing and logistics. In this episode, hear from Matteo Fini from IHS Markit; Fathi Tlatli from DHL together with host Christopher Ludwig.

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    Comment: Crisis leads to change


    In ordinary times, when we talk about something being viral we normally mean social media – a wildly popular video of someone falling over, or perhaps a puppy montage. In the extraordinary times that we now find ourselves, the meaning of the word has reverted back to being deadly serious. The emergence of Covid-19 (coronavirus) this year has ravaged the global population, sent entire nations into lockdown and brought business virtually to a standstill.

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    ACEA map shows production and employment losses across Europe

    2020-04-27T10:49:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    An interactive production map released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) shows that EU-wide vehicle production losses because of the coronavirus epidemic have now reached over 2m units, with an average plant shutdown across the region of 26 days. The figure includes all passenger cars, vans, buses and coaches…

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    Covid recovery will test resilience of outbound supply chain, says report

    2020-04-27T10:31:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    As vehicle manufacturers tentatively restart production in Europe after shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, there are concerns that insolvencies in the outbound logistics sector could hamper distribution and sales…

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    Seat to restart production this week

    2020-04-27T09:18:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    Spanish carmaker Seat has announced it will restart production gradually from April 27 after agreeing testing procedures on employees with union representatives. Seat aims to use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on its employees to screen for the coronavirus…

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    Challenges in store for UK supply chain

    2020-04-23T08:42:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    The coronavirus crisis is having a major impact on the storage options available to UK companies, according to a recent survey from the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA), which revealed warehousing space in the country is now approaching maximum capacity with a potential for zero scope within weeks…

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 3 – India Automotive Supply Chain in Focus

    2020-04-22T18:50:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    The Livestream Hour features intelligence and updates on important automotive value chain developments, Covid-19-related topics and best practice featuring special guests and experts, as well as behind-the-headlines INSIGHT from our editors and analysts at Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Automotive Logistics and Car Design News. In Episode 3, we explore the global export, supply chain and logistics challenges and opportunities in India together with ACMA, Sona Group Meritor, JK Fenner and other major suppliers.

  • Livestream Hour_ India assets_LSH_restarting _production_thumbnail 600x400

    Watch: Your questions answered | Restarting automotive production in the new normal

    2020-04-22T17:50:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Nick Holt

    In a follow up to our Livestream Hour episode on restarting production, we bring our guest panel back together to answer audience that we couldn’t get to during the live session, including topics on automation, inventory and future sourcing. Featuring Ralf Bechmann from ROI Management Consulting, and Automotive Manufacturing Solutions editor Nick Holt, hosted by Christopher Ludwig

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    Skoda’s Mladá Boleslav parts centre supporting global aftermarket

    2020-04-21T11:49:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Czech carmaker Skoda is ensuring the global delivery of service parts from its genuine parts centre in Mladá Boleslav, which is now once again operating on three shifts. The 180,000 sq.m parts centre, which is the biggest such facility in the Czech Republic, is one of three European master depots in the VW Group, of which Skoda is a subsidiary….

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    Germany allows car dealerships to reopen as assembly restarts

    2020-04-21T10:08:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

     German car dealerships have been given the go-ahead to reopen by the federal government as carmakers across the country restart production. The actual timing for reopening of the dealerships will be determined by individual states…

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    Preparing for the next phase of the Covid-19 crisis: European vehicle forecast and logistics changes

    2020-04-17T11:58:00+01:00By ECG Business Intelligence

    Download this report for monthly forecast of European vehicle registration and production, and an analysis of the manufacturing, supply chain and logistics changes required as OEMs begin restarting assembly plants. This report is the latest from ECG Business Intelligence, a collaboration between the Association of European Vehicle Logistics and Automotive from Ultima Media

  • Livestream Hour_ India assets_LSH_restarting _production_thumbnail 600x400

    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 2 – Restarting Automotive Production in the New Normal

    2020-04-16T08:01:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Nick Holt

    In this Livestream episode, we share insights with special guest Ralf Bechmann from ROI Management Consulting, and AMS editor Nick Holt into the supply chain and manufacturing strategies that OEMs and suppliers are pursuing as companies like Daimler and Volkswagen are set to restart some plants in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, the Livestream Hour features weekly insights and live interactions with the global automotive industry 

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    Toyota revises production in Japan as sales decline and supply is disrupted

    2020-04-15T12:14:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    As part of wider adjustments to production schedules at its Japanese plants, Toyota has announced it will halt production for three days between April 20-22 at its Takaoka plant (line 2) and at two production lines of the Toyota Industries division..

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    US outbound sector fighting a storage war in coronavirus crisis

    2020-04-15T11:25:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    The US finished vehicle sector is fighting for space because the outbound supply chain has become congested with excess inventory, resulting in risk of theft and vandalism to vehicles and haulage equipment

  • 2_toyota_sorocaba

    Brazil’s automotive industry paralysed in the second half of March

    2020-04-15T10:57:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Robust growth in Brazil’s automotive market for the first two weeks of March has been sharply undermined by the collapse of the industry in the second two weeks because of coronavirus, according to National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Anfavea)…

  • RAM_SterlingHeights

    Carmakers need to get cross-functional after coronavirus pandemic

    2020-04-15T08:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the world and closed car plants from east to west. Production has begun again in China, where the virus originated, and that recovery is also likely to sweep the globe in the coming months…

  • Kassel_OPC_VW_web_copy

    VW Group continues global aftermarket supply from Germany

    2020-04-14T15:32:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

     Volkswagen Group is maintaining the supply of genuine aftermarket parts from its original parts centre (OPC) in Kassel, Germany despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic…

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    Production could resume at end of April, says Seat

    2020-04-14T14:05:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    Spanish carmaker Seat could restart operations at its Martorell and Componentes plants near Barcelona by the end of April, in view of the latest government announcements and the negotiations the carmaker has had with its union representatives…

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 1 – US coronavirus crisis in focus

    2020-04-08T17:27:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    This episode, hosted by Christopher Ludwig, features global updates and automotive supply chain insight on the coronavirus crisis in the US, including an in-depth Q&A with Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of the renowned Center for Automotive Research (CAR) covering US federal stimulus, supply chain disruption and manufacturing process changes aimed at containing the spread of the virus and protecting workers.

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    Gefco uses air charter for parts shipments from China to France

    2020-04-08T13:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Gefco has transported 750 tons of key automotive spare parts from China to France using eight chartered flights…

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    Covid-19 and Brexit – a double whammy for UK automotive

    2020-04-08T12:20:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Following the Automotive Supply Chain March update, broadcast on March 27, there were a number of questions from viewers relating to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the automotive industry that still needed to be answered…

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    Ford extends European plant closures until May

    2020-04-08T10:01:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    Ford has confirmed that the temporary closure of most of its European plants will be extended until May 4, following an announcement on March 17 that it would be for a number of weeks…

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    VW and Faurecia collaborate to combat coronavirus

    2020-04-08T09:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    In the latest example of how car manufacturers and their suppliers are turning their operations over to fight the coronavirus pandemic,Volkswagen is collaborating with Faurecia to produce medical gowns and facemasks at the latter’s Puebla facility in Mexico…

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    Coronavirus leads to capacity crisis at Zeebrugge

    2020-04-07T14:15:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Europe’s biggest vehicle handling port in Zeebrugge, Belgium, is taking emergency measures to deal with congestion at its ro-ro terminals caused by the coronavirus pandemic…

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    Watch: Your Questions Answered | The Coronavirus Series: Automotive Supply Chain March Update

    2020-04-01T18:13:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Daniel Harrison

    Following our first Livestream Coronavirus Automotive Supply Chain Update, our panellists reconvene to discuss audience questions that were not answered during the broadcast. Watch this exclusive video recording of the discussion covering the long-term impacts of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand, economic and environmental policy, logistics and manufacturing operations.

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    Finding the space in a crisis with two speeds

    2020-04-01T13:28:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    Jochen Freese, chief commercial officer (CCO) at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, says that the automotive supply chain is not built for large numbers of huge warehouses in which to stock inbound parts, but it is a problem the industry is having to deal with in the face of a global production shutdown brought about by the coronavirus pandemic

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    Next step into the unprecedented

    2020-03-31T15:16:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The disruption to the global automotive supply chain caused by the coronavirus pandemic is being exacerbated by uncertainty fed by a lack of accurate information. At last week’s Automotive Supply Chain update webinar, presented by Ultima Media’s business intelligence unit, analysts tried to provide some clarity on the current situation and what lay ahead for the industry

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    Ford brings in ‘no touch’ servicing during coronavirus outbreak

    2020-03-31T14:09:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

    Cars and vans are now being thoroughly sanitised before being returned to customers in Europe after repairs and servicing, says Ford…

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    Geodis enlisted in France’s fight against coronavirus

    2020-03-31T13:42:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

     Global automotive sector transport service provider Geodis has delivered the first masks to France to help combat Covid-19…

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    Watch: Livestream | The Coronavirus Series – Automotive Supply Chain March Update

    2020-03-27T15:14:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Daniel Harrison

    Presented by Automotive from Ultima Media, hear from our analysts as they share insight on how the coronavirus crisis will impact global vehicle sales and what it will mean for automotive manufacturing and logistics.

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    Global vehicle demand forecast 2020-2030: The drastic impact of the coronavirus crisis

    2020-03-26T10:27:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

    Download our full report and analysis on the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand across major regions. Our forecast includes assessments according to best case, base case and worst case scenarios across North America, Europe, China, Japan, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

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    Mazda curbs production during coronavirus crisis

    2020-03-24T16:32:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

    Mazda is suspending output in Japan, Mexico and Thailand, because of difficulties procuring parts, plummeting sales and uncertainty of future sales amid the Covid-19 pandemic..

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    Calling stop on automotive supply chains: how long can companies survive the Covid-19 crisis?

    2020-03-20T13:48:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

    With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.

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    Russian car industry caught between coronavirus and currency fluctuations

    2020-03-20T10:02:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

    Automotive plants in Russia are reported to be running out of components as supply shortages caused by the coronavirus continue out of China and South Korea, and disruption spreads across Europe. At the same time the Russian ruble has hit a four-year low against the US dollar, which is taking its toll on production costs

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    Coronavirus latest: plant closures spread across Europe

    2020-03-18T10:01:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Temporary car plant closures are spreading across Europe this week as the escalation of coronavirus in the region disrupts the automotive supply chain and hits sales…

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    Coronavirus latest: mandated lockdowns in Italy are impacting automotive output

    2020-03-11T17:45:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    The sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Italy has led the government to extend strict quarantine measures to the whole country. The restrictions are the toughest outside of China and affect 60m people. Health and safety measures being taken by OEMs are now affecting production with FCA announcing temporary closures as it puts in measures to minimise the risk of contagion. The situation is changing rapidly and automotive companies across Italy are reviewing production, supply and logistics contingencies on a daily basis.

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    Coronavirus latest: a message to our audience

    2020-03-11T09:47:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    To all of our automotive audiences, customers and partners globally, the Automotive Logistics team is keen to let you know that we are mindful of the effect that the coronavirus (Covid-19) is having on businesses and individuals, as well as families and friends.

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    Coronavirus latest: Europe puts a brave face on supply chain problems in China and Italy

    2020-03-04T15:06:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    While European vehicle makers appear resilient in the face of supply chain disruption caused by the coronavirus, there are a number of factors coming into play that could see production affected over the coming weeks.

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    Coronavirus hits FCA in Europe, but signs of restart for OEMs in China

    2020-02-19T11:59:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has confirmed that it has had to halt production at its Kragujevac plant in Serbia because of a shortage of unnamed components supplied from China, which are thought to be electrical…

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    Coronavirus forces OEMs in China to extend shutdowns

    2020-02-11T10:07:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Continued disruption to the automotive supply chain caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China is leading many OEMs, including VW, Toyota, BMW and FCA, to extend plant closures by two weeks beyond the average ten days allocated for closure over the Chinese New Year holiday…

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    Coronavirus hits automotive supply chain in China and beyond

    2020-02-04T16:41:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    The outbreak of the coronavirus respiratory disease in China has led to carmakers extending the closure of their plants beyond the Chinese new year and (currently) into the second week of February, something that is going to hit first quarter output and revenue…

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    Comment: Slow-growth China holds more challenges for OEMs than coronavirus

    2020-02-04T14:55:00+00:00By Richard Gane

    Coronovirus and its sudden impact on the Chinese economy might be occupying the news headlines, but there are broader changes afoot over the longer term. After many years of enjoying high-speed growth, the automotive industry is facing its third consecutive year of shrinking vehicle sales in China. For foreign vehicle-makers operating in the country, this is a challenging situation, and while most will be planning to tough it out, some could be forced to exit the market – requiring a shift in patterns of production and logistics.