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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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Mexico rail blockade impacting Ford operations

2020-07-27T14:20:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

A rail blockade in the Mexican border state of Sonora is affecting operations at Ford’s Hermosillo stamping and assembly plant, as well as hitting imports and exports to and from the United States, according to the carmaker. Members of the local Yaqui indigenous community, who are demanding th

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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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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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Port of Vancouver USA: Watch this space

2020-07-20T12:14:00+01:00

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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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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Honda global operations hit by ransomware attack

2020-06-11T16:14:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Honda has confirmed that its IT network was subject to a cyber-attack on Monday last week (June 8) that hit production, sales and development activities, including customer and financial service operations…

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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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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…

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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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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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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…