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A vantage point on power supply

2020-05-13T12:11:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Marcus Williams

As part of Allison Transmission, UK battery manufacturer Vantage Power has a particular focus on battery technology development, including for electric hybrid propulsion, and is competing strongly on performance in the commercial vehicle sector

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Marelli and BMW light the way with blockchain

2020-04-21T10:20:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Marelli Automotive Lighting is working with the BMW Group on the introduction of blockchain technology to connect suppliers’ and carmakers’ plants to improve the management of automotive supply chains. Together, the companies have designed and developed the PartChain application, which is being used initially as a pilot focused on the traceability of headlamps, rear lamps and lighting modules supplied by Marelli Automotive Lighting to a number of BMW Group vehicles

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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

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Stronger connections for a competitive future

2020-04-01T07:13:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

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

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Watch: Susanne Lehmann outlines VW’s goals for stable production in Mexico

2020-03-06T16:58:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Susanne Lehmann, Volkswagen’s senior director of production for North America, is in charge of pulling production and supply chain together in the region, including in areas such as programme planning, production steering, design for manufacturing and digitalisation. VW is already seeing results in productivity and supplier management but, as she ...

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Watch: Lars Bäumann outlines VW’s project to digitalise global production and supply chain

2020-03-06T16:10:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Lars Bäumann, director of information management and digitalisation for production and logistics across VW brands, tells Christopher Ludwig about his problem-solving mission to synthesise the various production and supply chain processes at VW’s plants across the world into one digitalised system. Together with its global partner Amazon Web Services (AWS), ...

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Watch: Summing up the situation in Mexico

2020-02-28T12:00:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Christopher Ludwig wraps up the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 conference with an overview of the key topics discussed, including the impact of USMCA localisation rules and certification, both which raise questions but also opportunities for logistics providers to manage complexity. The increase in the use of connected supply chain technology ...

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Audi exploring paperless possibilities with smart logistics

2020-02-18T10:00:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Logistics workers at Audi car assembly plant in Győr, Hungary are trialling digital shelf labelling…

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Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

2020-02-16T18:58:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing supply chain processes

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Auto Transport Service to use Inform for vehicle imports

2020-02-11T15:05:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Norwegian finished vehicle logistics provider, Auto Transport Service (ATS), is now using an IT system from German logistics software export Inform for compound and transport management at its two vehicle logistics facilities at the port of Drammen…

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Dana goes to Transplace for intelligent transport management

2020-02-11T13:17:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Tier one driveline component supplier Dana has turned to Transplace for AI-supported transport management of its shipments to customers in North America 

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Part and parcel of the problem: why tier 1 supplier logistics will face a squeeze

2020-01-22T19:05:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As OEMs and automotive parts suppliers see their margins decline, cost pressures are going to increase on logistics operations and service providers further down the supply chain 

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Uber Freight: will it get the gig?

2019-12-23T10:15:00+00:00By Richard Gane, Julien Brunel,

Novel freight-on-demand services such as Uber Freight are helping to connect shippers and hauliers, promising to help transport operators to optimise the capacity of their vehicles and increase profit margins…

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A new dawn of maintenance for the EV aftermarket

2019-12-11T10:05:00+00:00By Gary Brooks

The EV revolution is great for the planet but problematic for many dealerships that must now reconcile the unique technical complexities of a variety of engines all at the same time

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Haah announces cloud platform to enhance vehicle sales and distribution

2019-11-19T16:22:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Haah Automotive Holdings is using a cloud-based platform powered by Oracle Netsuite to manage sales and distribution of Zoyte vehicles and parts in the US

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Hyundai successfully trials truck platooning in South Korea

2019-11-19T15:06:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Hyundai Motor has successfully conducted its first platooning of trucks on the Yeoju Smart Highway in South Korea to replicate real-world traffic conditions

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Groupe Cat joins Vinturas blockchain platform

2019-10-21T15:22:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Groupe Cat, one of Europe’s biggest finished vehicle services company, has signed up to the Vinturas consortium, which is developing a blockchain-based platform providing digital services to OEMs, fleet owners and dealers.

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Acertus to streamline shipping with latest TMS

2019-10-16T10:14:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

US finished vehicle logistics provider, Acertus, has launched a transport management system (TMS) for its automotive customers.

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Volvo Trucks opts for Geotab to comply with safety regulations

2019-10-16T08:44:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Volvo Trucks’ US division has turned to Geotab for an integrated electronic logging device (ELD) to be coupled to the truck manufacturer’s own factory-fit telematics. Geotab provides global positioning system fleet management and vehicle tracking technology.

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AutoMap appoints Mark Sargeant as CEO

2019-10-09T11:50:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Mark Sargeant has been promoted to CEO of AutoMap after nine years with the company, most recently moving from his role as vice-president of business development and marketing

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