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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. 

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The supply and demand of power

2020-05-19T14:05:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was set up in 2013 to support research and development (R&D) projects into low-carbon emission powertrain technologies. It is headquartered at the University of Warwick in Coventry and sits at the heart of a £1 billion programme that is funded 50% by industry and 50% by the UK government. Jon Beasley, director of technology and projects at the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre talks to Daniel Harrison about the technology pushing the sector forward

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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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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

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Russia spending billions to bolster car market

2020-05-15T12:31:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian government has said it will spend Rub20 billion ($240m) to support vehicle purchases across the country this year. The bailout package is focused on providing soft loans by state-owned banks for Russian citizens willing to purchase new vehicles by the end of 2020.

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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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Powerful alternatives for the automotive sector

2020-05-13T08:33:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Marcus Williams

Battery manufacturer AMTE Power acquired AGM Batteries in 2013 to advance its development and provision of battery cell technology for specialist applications in the automotive sector looking for premium performance. Daniel Harrison talks to the company’s director Kevin Brundish

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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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Coronavirus policy complicates Mexican automotive recovery

2020-05-12T09:03:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

After significant declines in production and sales through March and April this year, Mexico is restarting its automotive manufacturing, but the country’s states are setting different rules regarding ramp up, which is restricting the movement of parts across borders. What could further complicate the situation in the near-term is the US-Canada-Mexico trade agreement (USMCA), which comes into effect on July 1, enforcing complex changes in trade, parts sourcing and labour rules.

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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.

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Listen: Presentation by Jesús Seade Kuri, Federal Government of Mexico

2020-03-16T20:15:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

Jesús Seade Kuri, who serves as Undersecretary for North America at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has played a major role in negotiations for the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal which is due to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Here is the update he provided at the ...

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