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Credit where credit is due

2021-01-26T18:19:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The coronavirus pandemic meant 2020 was a tough year for everyone in the automotive sector. GM was no exception. While the carmaker’s sales for the calendar year reached 2.5m units, total deliveries were down 12% and retail deliveries down 6% for the year. However, toward the end of 2020 retail sales recovered to pre-pandemic levels. According to the carmaker’s executive vice-president, Steve Carlisle, that was down to the efforts made by GM’s workforce. They kept launches on track and each other safe.


Second-hand cars, first-rate opportunities

2021-01-26T10:44:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

The used car sector is hot, with high demand from consumers and rising prices. However, as the supply of used cars is ultimately limited by the number of new cars entering the market and consumers trading in their old cars, actual volumes have not been significantly higher this year. What has changed, on both sides of the Atlantic, is where that volume is going.

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VW reported to be seeking compensation from suppliers

2021-01-26T10:02:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen is reported to be in discussion with two of its top suppliers over possible compensation for losses caused to its output in Germany.

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Honda to import Cruise Origin AV to Japan this year

2021-01-25T11:30:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Honda will be importing test versions of the Cruise autonomous, electric vehicle from the US to Japan this year for use in its Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) business there. Meanwhile, Cruise and its owner GM have signed a deal with Microsoft to further commercialise autonomous vehicles through the computing giant’s Azure application.

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Semiconductor shortage will hit auto industry well into 2021

2021-01-19T11:23:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

An ongoing shortage in semiconductor supply is disrupting production of parts and vehicles around the world. The supply bottleneck, which is caused by a combination of factors, including the impact of Covid-19 on production in the first half of 2020 and on manufacturing investment, is affecting a number of major carmakers and their suppliers.


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.

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Watch Webinar Recording: Optimizing Supply Chain Resiliency Through Integrated Planning & Execution


Watch this webinar to hear from experts in the field from International Automotive Components (IAC) Group, Blue Yonder, KPMG and Microsoft for an informative, thought-provoking complimentary webinar on the challenges the Supply Chain has faced during Covid 19 and how to approach future crisis.

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Inform expands management team with four co-CEOs

2021-01-11T17:28:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Inform has announced changes to its management structure with the appointment of four co-CEOs to join Adrian Weiler, who has been CEO at the optimisation software specialist since 1986 and continues to lead the company.


A crystal ball for the supply chain

2021-01-06T10:55:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Disruption has become commonplace and there is no longer a ‘situation normal’ for the automotive supply chain, but there are digital tools to help evaluate supply chain risks and costs, as Marcus Williams finds out from recently coupled technology providers Llamasoft and Coupa Software

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VW unveils EV charging robot with potential to support outbound logistics

2021-01-05T16:06:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Volkswagen Group Components has presented a mobile robot that can autonomously charge electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids, offering a potential solution to keep EVs charged during storage in compounds.

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AI and automation need people and quality data to succeed

2020-12-23T16:22:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Experts from BMW, Ford, Symbio Robotics and Cosmo Tech discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in automotive production need fast ramp-up times and adoption by employees to succeed. High-quality data and use of simulation are also key.


Continental develops autonomous AGV for parts handling

2020-12-18T16:51:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Parts supplier Continental is developing its own automated guided vehicle (AGV) for the movement of heavy parts in its production facilities. Autonomous AGVs are currently being trialled at plants in Zvolen (Slovakia) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany), and moving material for brake production. They can carry loads of more than a ton. 


JLR looks for supply chain transparency with Circulor investment

2020-12-18T13:43:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The venture capital and mobility division of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) – InMotion Ventures – has invested an undisclosed sum in blockchain technology provider Circulor. 


Watch: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (Ep.4)


This Livestream Hour episode discusses how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists.

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Hyundai Motor buys controlling stake in Boston Dynamics

2020-12-14T11:28:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Hyundai Motor Group is buying an 80% stake in robotics provider Boston Dynamics, worth $880m to develop and commercialise robotics, with applications ranging from component manufacturing to smart logistics.


BMW to use AWS cloud computing software to improve supply chain visibility

2020-12-11T16:22:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

BMW and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have agreed to jointly develop applications to use AWS’ cloud computing platform to increase efficiency, performance and sustainability across the lifecycle of its vehicles, from design to aftersales services.

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Audi using augmented reality for logistics and production planning

2020-12-03T17:26:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Audi is using 3D holograms to better plan production logistics processes at its vehicle assembly plants. The use of augmented reality technology removes the need to produce prototypes of equipment or containers, making planning more cost and time efficient, according to the carmaker.


Marco Prueglmeier leaves BMW to found innovation consultancy

2020-11-30T14:53:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

BMW’s project leader for logistics innovations and industry 4.0, Marco Prueglmeier, has left the carmaker to found an innovation consultancy called i2Market. The aim of the company is to provide industry with software development, robotics, automated warehousing, artificial intelligence and simulation. 


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


Motter to replace Zernechel as head of VW Group Logistics

2020-11-26T17:21:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen’s Thomas Zernechel is retiring at the end of 2020 after 16 years as head of VW Group Logistics. He will be replaced on January 1 next year by Simon Motter, previously head of supply chain at Audi’s Ingolstadt plant, who joined VW Group Logistics at the beginning of November in preparation for the new role.