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GlobalFoundries to double semiconductor capacity in US

2021-07-20T09:07:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

GlobalFoundries is doubling semiconductor production in the US with the expansion of its existing Fab 8 facility in Malta (NY) and the building of a new fab plant alongside it

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Automotive partnership offers guidance on carbon reporting

2021-07-19T13:55:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

As part of the The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment, Ford, GM, Honda, Stellantis and Toyota have drawn up five KPIs for the industry to follow designed to cut carbon from the inbound supply chain

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Philaport benefits from grant for berth development at Southport terminal

2021-07-02T12:19:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The US port of Philadelphia is to benefit from a $49m grant that will help development of a new $130m multi-use berth at the Southport ro-ro terminal, which handles vehicle imports 

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North American vehicle production outlook – keeping up with disruption

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The US automotive market is bouncing back but faces further constraints in the supply chain, while OEMs are investing in an increasingly diverse powertrain and model mix. AutoForecast Solutions’s Joe McCabe analyses the risks and opportunities.

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Now is the time to invest in sustainable port infrastructure

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Ports are the gateway to supply chain recovery and growth for the North American automotive industry, and officials from the US Maritime Administration, Kuehne + Nagel and the American Association of Port Authorities see opportunity to strong returns on investment in capacity, transport links and digitalisation.

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Getting North American rail back on track for vehicle logistics

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

North American rail is critical to lead time and sustainability objectives for vehicle logistics, but the sector is in need of further investment for flexibility, electrification and network management.

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US dealers are holding a winning hand – but must pivot in a fast-changing market

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Patrick Manzi, chief economist at the National Automobile Dealers Association, predicts heady growth for vehicle retailers. But they will need support from OEMs and vehicle logistics experts to manage disruption and prepare for changes in the market.

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How Renault and Horizon Auto Logistics made lead and cost savings in the Mexican logistics network

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Alfredo Riquelme from Renault explains how the OEM worked with Horizon to join up data across vehicle distribution and helped improve performance and increase market share in Mexico.

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SMMT proposes 12-point plan to keep UK car industry competitive

2021-06-29T16:21:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

At its International Automotive Summit this week, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) outlined launched a policy proposal on what was needed to secure the UK’s future competitiveness as the automotive industry moved toward its electric and autonomous future

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Finished vehicle logistics needs a sustainable rethink in the EV era

2021-06-23T14:00:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

VW Group of America is trying to make its vehicle logistics more sustainable through operational procedure and supply chain design but there are load-capacity headwinds related to road haulage in the US

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Audi using AI to assess supply chain sustainability

2021-06-18T15:02:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Audi is using an AI tool from Prewave to monitor its supply chain for violations of its sustainability code of conduct. The tool uses automotive speech recognition in 50 languages to check for potential violations of Audi’s sustainability criteria and alerts the carmaker to them.

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Opinion: How you can avoid car shipping scams in 2021

2021-06-10T15:16:00+01:00By Joseph Giranda

Car shipping scams are on the rise, with fraudsters seeking to con customers out of their hard-earned cash. Information is key and careful research of your car shipping options can help you to avoid falling victim to a scam says CFR Rinkens’ Joseph Giranda

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Haropa completes merger of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris ports

2021-06-07T09:38:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

This month the French ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris officially merged under the banner of Haropa Port and the joint venture is planning to extend vehicle storage capacity at Le Havre from the current 56,000 vehicles to 80,000 by 2027 by reorganising the current storage, and taking 43 additional hectares around the existing terminal.

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Electric vehicle battery supply chain analysis 2021: How lithium-ion battery demand and production are reshaping the automotive industry

2021-06-03T17:30:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Download this report for forecasts of lithium-ion battery demand, analysis of battery cell factories and insight on EV battery manufacturing and sourcing. 

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Carmakers meet US secretary of commerce to solve semiconductor shortage

2021-05-25T08:41:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

US secretary of commerce, Gina Raimondo, has met with senior executives in the semiconductor supply chain, including carmakers Ford, GM and Stellantis, to find ways out of current shortage in the supply of the electronic components.

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How the European automotive industry aims to build back semiconductor and chip supply

2021-05-04T10:24:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

OEMs, suppliers and EU officials are considering how best to develop Europe’s semiconductor supply bases to mitigate current and future shortages, but the broad gaps at many levels – including for older, larger chips – mean there will be no magic bullet

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Watch: Collaborate to decarbonise European automotive logistics

2021-04-23T15:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

As European manufacturers set tight emission reduction targets in logistics, experts at Volvo Trucks, DFDS and CHEP reveal just how important collaboration will be for their sustainability roadmaps.

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Watch: Europe goes giga on the battery supply chain

2021-04-23T15:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Europe has lagged Asia in the race to produce lithium-ion batteries, but automotive and battery players are investing heavily to scale up production. A new forecast by Automotive from Ultima Media reveals the opportunities.

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Watch: Building a viable and sustainable European battery supply base

2021-04-23T15:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The huge demand for lithium-ion batteries is requiring massive investments and new supply sources across Europe, and experts from BMW Group, EV battery startup Britishvolt and packaging supplier ORBIS Europe reveal the supply chain opportunities and changes ahead.

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Automotive needs a better skill strategy to successfully transform

2021-04-21T13:40:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Production and logistics technology is changing dramatically as the automotive industry adopts electrification and new forms of mobility, but the skills of the workforce need to keep pace because without them no transition is possible.