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Logistics providers call for fairness in calculating shipping emissions

2021-04-19T11:02:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

Clarity is needed on measuring emissions in shipping but a poorly judged methodology could disadvantage finished vehicle logistics and disrupt the supply chain

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Battery makers settle legal dispute over supply to US

2021-04-12T14:22:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation are settling their legal dispute relating to EV battery supply in the US and South Korea.

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AL FVL Spring 2021 Digital Edition – Coping strategies for a global crisis

2021-04-08T08:13:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The spring digital edition of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics is out now, featuring comprehensive overviews of the main vehicle ports in continental Europe and the UK, as well as the maritime transport sector. Plus, we look at the latest packaging initiative supporting VW’s lithium-ion battery deliveries to VW Zwickau, Vijay Ratnaparkhe’s IT revolution at Bosch and talk to carmakers about supply chain lessons ten years on from the Fukushima earthquake disaster

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Biden signs order to secure US supply chain network

2021-03-01T11:58:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

President Biden has signed an executive order designed to fortify US supply chains, including those supporting the production of EV batteries and semiconductors.

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Sustainable as standard: Transforming automotive supply chains with BSI

2021-03-01T08:56:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this podcast, BSI’s Robert Brown and Martin Townsend discuss how Covid, digitalisation and the circular economy are reshaping processes and business models across automotive supply chains with Automotive Logistics editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen reveals wind-powered ro-ro vessel

2021-02-22T11:45:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Wallenius Wilhelmsen has presented Orcelle Wind, a concept for a primarily wind-powered pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessel that the finished vehicle logistics provider is confident could be on the water in 2025. In normal operation, it is expected to bring a 90% reduction in emissions.

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Decarbonising the supply chain will be a gradual effort

2021-02-11T09:24:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

With the range of electric vehicles (EVs) available on the market it is possible to buy a car that does not have any tailpipe emissions. The realities of energy generation mean that true zero-emission motoring is still some way off but at least there is a clear first step. Decarbonising the supply chain, however, is a complex issue with many hurdles still to overcome.

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North American vehicle makers steer a course through Covid

2021-02-08T14:38:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

This year’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain North America Live conference revealed how a strong rebound in North American vehicle sales has taken the supply chain by surprise and exacerbated the misalignment in inbound supply and capacity caused by the Covid-19 shutdowns.

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USMCA: The milk in the coconut of North American trade

2021-02-08T11:55:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The renegotiated rules on free trade in North America, known as USMCA, have been in effect six months but are coming under stricter enforcement. Trade experts from Toyota and Canada’s automotive supplier association point to risks around compliance and a lack of clarity in some rules, especially around ’alternative staging regimes’ on localisation – with the risk that some suppliers could lose significant business. 

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Watch: A surprisingly bright outlook for North American vehicle sales and production

2021-02-07T19:08:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Despite the pandemic and supply chain disruptions, IHS-Markit is forecasting a stronger-than-anticipated rebound for the North American automotive sector, however there are many headwinds, including for production and exports out of Mexico.

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Watch: The race to build a North American lithium-ion battery supply chain

2021-02-07T19:07:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Investing in regional battery supply will be critical for OEMs in North America to compete on electric vehicles, but can battery cell capacity keep up? Analyst Daniel Harrison details the evolving battery production footprint in the region.

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Watch: How Volkswagen and Kuehne + Nagel are making supply chains greener

2021-02-07T18:54:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

In this virtual event, leaders from Volkswagen and Kuehne+Nagel discussed how production and supply chains can be made greener by using renewable energy in plants, switching deep-sea shipping vessels to LNG, reducing air freight and more.

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Watch: North American automotive recovery is underway, but for how long?

2021-02-07T18:54:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

The North American automotive market is on pace to return to growth this year despite slow vaccine roll-outs, however there are risks in the supply chain and the longer-term economic outlook, according to Eaton’s top automotive analyst, Brandon Mason. 

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Watch Think Tank: Starting up electric vehicle supply chains

2021-02-07T18:51:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

With new OEMs like Lucid about to launch electric vehicle production, supply chain experts from OEMs, suppliers, tech players and logistics companies discuss the investment, data and technology opportunities – and difficulties – that come with starting up new EV and battery supply chains.

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Localised battery production key to EV penetration in North America

2021-02-03T08:26:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Electric vehicle sales in North America have lagged other regions, but changing US policy and new technology is set to change that – as long as the region can develop a local lithium-ion battery value chain

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Carmakers ramp up plans for North American BEV manufacturing

2021-02-01T11:24:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

As Europe develops an appetite for battery electric vehicles (BEVs), with Volkswagen’s ID.3 even becoming the second-best selling car overall in December, North America continues to lag behind. Although it is unlikely to catch up to Europe any time soon, things are beginning to move when it comes to local manufacturing, with some major OEMs and some credible start-ups announcing big investments for new models.

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GM plans to be globally carbon neutral in 20 years

2021-02-01T09:55:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

General Motors has said it plans to be carbon neutral across its global operations and products by 2040. It has signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5°C, a global initiative driven by UN agencies, business and industry leaders that provides companies with science-based targets to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change

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Brexit means business as usual, but with more work for Volvo and Gefco

2021-01-19T11:07:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

At last week’s Livestream Hour from Ultima Media, panellists from Volvo Cars and Gefco discussed how their daily business had changed with nearly two weeks of Brexit under their belts. Volvo had yet to experience severe disruption but both companies are seeing an increased workload to comply with the eleventh-hour regulations

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Analysis: Middle East and Africa recovery will depend on better trade relations, logistics and investment

2020-12-09T17:17:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

The wider Middle East and North Africa region is set for vehicle sales and production declines of 25% year-on-year in 2020, but there are prospects for recovery in automotive markets and in trade, if OEMs and suppliers can overcome supply chain barriers. Download our latest analysis. 

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Watch: Middle East and North Africa supply chains – the route to recovery (EP.3)

2020-12-09T15:44:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Watch this Livestream for the latest insight on vehicle demand, production and trade across Middle East and North Africa automotive supply chains, plus insights with General Motors’ head of purchasing and supply chain for the Middle East, Sulaiman Pallak.