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Local battery production promises to re-industrialise Europe

2022-01-24T09:58:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Localising lithium-ion battery production in Europe through greater vertical integration does not just promise a more secure battery supply chain. It could play a major role in the industrial salvation of a market that has lost its competitive footing against stronger Asian rivals in the race to a more sustainable future of mobility. What is needed to make good on that promise is strong collaboration amongst the companies involved in securing the future of electric vehicle production.


Canada joins Mexico in trade spat with US over auto content

2022-01-18T09:12:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Canada says that the US interpretiation of the section in the USMCA trade deal covering rules of origin for automotive parts does not tally with what it signed in 2020


A more reliable rail network for North America

2021-12-14T10:16:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

At this year’s Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference KCS president and CEO, Patrick Ottensmeyer talked in detail about his company’s merger with Canadian Pacific


GM furthers efforts to make EV supply chain sustainable

2021-12-06T11:00:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

GM is building on its efforts to make the supply of materials for electric vehicle production more sustainable and has joined the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance, which was set up to set up to drive more socially and environmentally responsible mining


Auditel extends services into carbon management with BSI partnership

2021-11-29T23:25:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Auditel has expanded to help organisations achieve net zero in their operations, balancing the emissions produced through their businesses with those taken out of the atmosphere

Brandon Mason, Eaton

Automotive outlook: No going back to ‘normal’

2021-11-29T17:30:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Top Eaton analyst Brandon Mason discusses how inventory and supply chain issues are impacting North American sales and production, as well as how the industry might be seeing the start of permanent changes


Alternative propulsion, alternative thinking

2021-11-29T17:30:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

In this session, leaders from the National Automobile Dealers Association and the American Trucking Associations share the key considerations, changes and innovations required for scaling up electric vehicle sales and logistics in the US

Patrick Ottensmeyer, Kansas City Southern

A true North American railroad: what the Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern merger means for vehicle logistics

2021-11-29T17:30:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

KCS president Patrick Ottensmeyer joins vehicle logistics veteran Dennis Manns in conversation on how the upcoming merger with CP will improve capacity and border flows for vehicle logistics, and how the rail company is mitigating the supply chain crisis, including through investments south of the border


Transporting the electric future

2021-11-16T13:19:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Dave Dudek, executive vice-president and global automotive and tire sector lead for Ceva Logistics, explains key issues in the handling, storage and transportation of batteries

United Road President and CEO Mark Anderson (r.) with Tim Sandford, professional carhauler

United Road applies Guaranteed Pay scheme to all company drivers

2021-11-01T12:01:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

As the finished vehicle logistics sector battles with a severe driver shortage United Road is extending its new pay scheme to include all drivers, providing them with greater security 

Marcel Fujike (Keuhne and Nagel), Kevin Butt (Toyota North America), Fred Gersdorff (GM), Alissa Yakali (Honda of America), Neemish Ladwa (Automotive Logistics)

Accelerate to net zero in the supply chain

2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Sustainability leaders from General Motors, Toyota, Honda and Kuehne and Nagel discuss how they are working together on common standards, actions and performance to better measure and reduce emissions in the global supply chain, including through The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment.

Brandon Mason (Eaton), Richard Logan (Automotive Logistics)

Global automotive outlook: A rocky road, but better times are ahead

2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Top analyst Brandon Mason explains the depth of the semiconductor shortage and its impacts on vehicle production and sales, but also looks ahead to a fast-changing automotive and supply chain landscape across North America.

Colin Dhillon (APMA), Eva Ames (DSV), Edwin Huang (SEA Electric), Neemish Ladwa (Automotive Logistics)

Charge the new era of automotive supply chains

2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Executives from Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) of Canada, SEA Electric and DSV discuss how electrification and digitalisation are changing supply chain requirements, including new partnerships, innovations and technologies to future proof growth and ensure efficiency.


Data quality and collaboration key to sustainable future

2021-10-11T14:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Carmakers and their supplier partners are collaborating more closly through a number of initiatives designed to make the future of automotive production and logistics more sustainable


Daimler separates business into strategic management of cars and trucks

2021-10-06T12:51:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Daimler is realigning its business, spinning off the commercial vehicle divisions into a new company called Daimler Truck Holding and renaming the car and van business Mercedes-Benz Group


Germany signs up to e-CMR digital consignment note protocol

2021-10-04T09:06:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Germany has signed up to the e-CMR protocol, which is designed to digitalise consignment notices needed for the international transport of goods and make the process more efficient, while at the same time saving hundreds of tonnes of paper a year.

Ford Blue Oval City battery plant

Ford to build battery and assembly plants in Kentucky and Tennessee for massive acceleration of EV output

2021-09-28T12:12:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Together with South Korean battery maker SK Innovation (SKI), Ford is investing $11.4 billion on new plants, which aim to significantly increase regional battery supply and production capacity.


UK haulage industry in crisis as driver numbers haemorrhage

2021-09-28T11:38:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Fuel shortages in the UK are being blamed on a lack of drivers to deliver it but it is just the latest issue to afflict the haulage industry in the wake of Brexit and the Covid pandemic.

DTroy Sunset2

Watch: Moving better through the border, together

2021-09-28T00:45:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Agustin Sustaita, MD of Transportes Logisticos Especializados and D-Troy Logistics partner, discusses door-to-door solutions that can reduce lead times and cost at the US-Mexico border.

Renault bodies

Sustainable supply chains make for sustainable business models

2021-09-23T06:03:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Renault carbon reduction targets will be a challenge for logistics, but the carmaker is working on projects for alternative fuels, transport innovations and new partnerships in the circular economy.