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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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How 'self-healing' cars could change the aftermarket

2020-05-20T16:40:00+01:00By Richard Brown

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

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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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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..

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Listen: CNW’s Ron Glowinsky on how coronavirus has affected expedited freight

2020-05-18T09:20:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

Coronavirus has had a dramatic impact on automotive production, supply chain and logistics across the world. Here, Ron Glowinsky, CNW’s vice-president of global sales, shares his insights on the disruptive effects seen in the expedited freight market – including changes to pricing and on-board courier services.

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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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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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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)…

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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…

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