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Latest demand forecast: Vehicle sales will drop up to 40%, with second dip expected this year

2020-08-03T13:34:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The recovery in new vehicle sales in the wake of the coronavirus crisis will not only be varied in speed across major automotive markets, but it will also be uneven. Further pullbacks in sales are likely later in 2020 and into 2021 for many countries, according to a new report and forecast by Automotive from Ultima Media, the business intelligence arm of Automotive Logistics.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 11 – Rebuilding greener supply chains

2020-07-08T16:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we look at the how the automotive industry is using new technology to design and execute greener, more sustainable supply chains including reduced emissions and responding to changing legislation. With insight from Kuehne + Nagel, University of Applied Science Stuttgart and CSR Europe.

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Pirelli gets green tick for carbon initiative

2020-07-06T11:38:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli has received recognition from the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) for its commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions. The approval corroborates Pirelli’s goal of achieving group carbon neutrality by 2030, which is focused around its target of using 100% renewable electric energy by 2025 as announced in its recent industrial and sustainability plan.

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Watch: Automotive Supply Chain June Update with Volkswagen Group and Visteon – Leadership in a Crisis

2020-06-25T10:11:00+01:00

Our coronavirus series provide critical information and strategic insight to help design more resilient automotive supply chains. In our June update, key decision makers, including from Volkswagen Group and Visteon, share insight on the challenges of leadership in a crisis and how to respond to build stronger supply chains.

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Why there needs to be a holistic approach to EV battery supply

2020-06-22T11:44:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

EVs are often portrayed as a mainstay of the fight against climate change, but when the supply of battery materials and processing of used batteries are taken into consideration, they are much less green than they look. Automotive Logistics investigates the idea of a holistic approach to EV batteries, as ...

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 9 – Automotive Supply Chain in Focus – Europe

2020-06-18T00:31:00+01:00

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss key challenges facing Europe’s automotive manufacturers and suppliers with electronics and wiring harness supplier LEONI and with PWC, covering the strategies required to continue to restart and recover, as well as the structural changes that may change the shape of the supply chain. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig. Register or login to watch.

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Russian logistics providers to benefit from state support says Gefco

2020-06-08T08:38:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s automotive supply chain continues to suffer from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic but, while the future is uncertain, the country’s government is considering different ways to support logistics providers, according to Valeria Seledkova, general director of logistics provider, Gefco Russia. Specific measures are expected to be approved by the end of June.

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Coronavirus and beyond: Europe vehicle demand and finished vehicle logistics outlook 2020-2030

2020-06-04T17:49:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Download this report for a forecast of European new vehicle demand from 2020-2030 across the region and the top five markets, and analysis of impacts and changes for the European finished vehicle logistics sector. 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 7 - Finished Vehicle Logistics: Restarting the network

2020-06-03T15:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This special livestream episode focuses on the finished vehicle logistics network and how it is preparing to restart for the new normal, with insights from Hyundai Glovis, ProAct and more. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig and featuring updates and insights from the crisis and beyond for automotive supply chain and manufacturing.

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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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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.