Ceva Logistics has landed an inbound contract with Ford for its Kentucky truck plant in the US and at the same time has expanded its contract with General Motors in Brazil to include two new operations.
At Ford’s Kentucky truck plant in Louisville (pictured) the company has launched a new inbound support facility that will provide small lot replenishment, container management, as well as just-in-time transport of all material.
Following a $200m retooling of the Kentucky plant completed in April, this material will supply production of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, as well as the Ford F-Series and Super Duty pickups it makes there. The retooling included the installation of a flexible body shop allowing the plant to produce more fuel efficient 2009 model Expedition and Navigator SUVs.
In Brazil, meanwhile, Ceva is providing transport management services and overseeing aftermarket parts distribution from General Motors' warehouses to all of the company's dealers in the country.
It is organising the destination of each shipment and assigning one of four companies working for GM to deliver the goods. Once dispatched, Ceva will monitor deliveries and manage the performance of the transport companies.
CEVA will also co-ordinate reverse logistics from the dealers through its own system, ensuring higher visibility for the deliveries.
For the second operation, Ceva will manage the milk run movements of raw materials from suppliers across the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais, and other locations in south region of Brazil to the carmaker’s manufacturing plants.