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How Audi wants to use its supply chain as a force for good

2022-08-08T07:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Marco Philippi is adapting Audi’s supply chain to meet environmental standards and withstand global crises

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US rail legislation aims to tackle freight delays

2022-08-04T16:05:00+01:00By Hazel Southwell

In response to congestion and delays on the US rail freight network the government is proposing legislation that will give the Surface Transportation Board greater powers of control


Strike action at Felixstowe threatens UK automotive supply chain

2022-08-02T12:05:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Port workers at the he UK’s biggest container port at Felixstowe have voted to take strike action this month, which could worsen disruption to the inbound logistics supporting vehicle production in the country


Matt Pohlman replaces J Scot Sharland as head of AIAG

2022-08-02T11:52:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Matt Pohlman is taking over from J Scot Sharland has head of the the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and will continue his work to help drive out cost and complexity from the automotive supply chain 


Supply chains made visible as part of US tax credit legislation on EVs

2022-08-02T11:26:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

A new ruling on tax credits for EVs, which is ruled by strict parts localisation targets, means vehicle makers will have to make their material sourcing more transparent 

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UK car output falls in H1 but EVs offer promise

2022-07-29T13:32:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The shortage in the supply of key components, including semiconductors, along with other supply chain disruption has hit UK passenger car production in the first half of 2022

Finished Logistics Vehicles survey release livestream RPM

Register: Finished Vehicle Logistics survey results – what’s next for global outbound logistics?

2022-07-26T10:57:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Join this livestream to discuss results from the latest vehicle logistics survey with experts at RPM and Automotive Logistics. September 9th at 9.30 EST/15.30 CEST.

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Russia looks to ban entry of European trucks

2022-07-19T09:50:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Russia could ban the entry of European trucks from October this year in response to a ban imposed on Russian entry to the EU since April that has badly hit the finances of Russia car carriers


Bosch to invest €3 billion to increase semiconductor supply

2022-07-18T12:06:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

The EU and German government will part-fund expansion of semiconductor manufacturing which the bloc has identified as an area of strategic importance.

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EU Mobility Package falls short on costs and recruitment

2022-07-11T16:04:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

The latest EU Mobility Package could hit the availability of drivers across Europe at a time when the finished vehicle sector is struggling with recruitment and capacity


VW pulling out of production at Nizhny Novgorod

2022-07-11T12:17:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

VW Group has decided to permanently withdraw contract production from the Nizhny Novgorod plant in Russia because of the continued high level of uncertainty and disruption to the supply of components


Crisis in Europe could breed greater cooperation in outbound logistics

2022-07-04T15:17:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As ECG celebrates 25 years, carmakers may be more open to the idea of volume guarantees, while the EU is more supportive of harmonised truck lengths.


Europe scrambles for palladium as Russia threatens supply

2022-07-01T12:04:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

European carmakers have increased the amount of palladium they import from Russia amidst threats that supplies could be further restricted and that the metal will only be sold in roubles


Slowing down for sustainability means sacrificing capacity

2022-06-29T10:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Carmakers already struggling to find outbound capacity could face further cuts because of stringent sustainability regulations affecting road and ocean transport, as discussed at this years FVL North America conference


Russia struggles to revive Soviet brands because of parts shortages

2022-06-27T09:05:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Russia has said it will revive production of the Pobeda, Volga and Moskvitch brands but is facing problems sourcing the required number of parts, with Chinese carmakers hesitating on their commitment to the market


Tackling the great resignation in vehicle haulage

2022-06-21T09:55:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The shortage of haulway drivers in the US got worse during Covid focusing minds at Ford, United Road and RPM on strategies to make deliveries more efficient

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Watch FVL highlights: ETA, capacity, driver shortages and collaboration

2022-06-20T21:25:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Christopher Ludwig summarises key takeaways from FVL North America, where vehicle ETA, capacity and costs were major concerns, but so were finding practical ways to work together.

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Watch: Outbound in torrid times

2022-06-16T13:40:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Eaton analyst Brandon Mason and RPM’s Sergio Gutierrez discuss how disruptions across the global supply chain are impacting vehicle logistics in North America.

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UECC acquires second multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid PCTC as decarbonisation drive ramps up

2022-06-14T09:08:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Norwegian shipping line UECC has expanded its sustainable fleet of pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) with a second multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid newbuild.


Logistics in another dimension for SAIC VW in China

2022-06-06T21:00:00+01:00By Marcus Williams, Christopher Ludwig

Susanne Lehmann, who leads logistics at SAIC Volkswagen, reveals how the JV has managed lockdowns in China and is advancing digitalisation and supply partnerships