Ceva extends contract with Iveco in Turkey
Ceva Logistics has extended its contract with commercial vehicle maker Iveco for three more years covering the warehousing and distribution of spare parts throughout Turkey. Ceva supplies 27,000 different Iveco parts from its ?ekerp?nar? warehouse, ranging from the smallest components to complete engine blocks.

Maurizio Manera, general manager, Iveco said: “Our cooperation with Ceva is very important in view of carrying customer satisfaction to new heights. With the support of Ceva we will maintain our competitive position in the field of spare parts.”

“As market leader in Turkey, our large national distribution network and supply chain expertise places us in the right position to deliver to Iveco’s customers and service stations with timely and accurate service,” said Fuat Adoran, Ceva’s managing director for Turkey and the Balkan states. “We have been working with Iveco since 2007 and have enjoyed a successful partnership over the past six years and delivered significant improvements to their supply chain.”

GM ships Ecotec engines to China
General Motors’ US engine plant in Tonawanda, New York will start supplying engines to its joint venture in China with SAIC Motor – Shanghai GM – in the second quarter of this year.

Tonawanda makes the Ecotec 2-litre and 2.5-litre Turbo engines for use on the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and Cadillac ATS models. Next year’s Cadillac CTS will also feature the 2-litre engine.

It also makes a range of EcoTec3 engines for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, Corvette and GMC Pickup. In 2012 it made more than 270,000 engines.
GM invested $425m in Ecotec engine development at Tonawanda in 2010 as well as a separate $400m investment in the same year for V8 engine production. Production of the latest 2-litre engines began in June last year.

This month the company also announced it would invest almost $332m in four sites to produce more fuel-efficient engines including the Ecotec and a new V6 engine. Two facilities in Michigan – Flint and Bay City – will receive funding, as well as GM’s engine facility in Toledo, Ohio and Bedford, Indiana.

GM is also increasing previously announced powertrain investment in plants in Romulus and Saginaw, Michigan to $646m – to support production of the new V6 engine.

Shanghai GM currently has four vehicle manufacturing plants at three locations: Shanghai GM – Jinqiao in Shanghai, Shanghai GM Dong Yue Motors in Yantai, and Shanghai GM (Shenyang) Norsom Motors in Shenyang. Last year it also won regulatory approval to build a new plant in  Hubei Province.

Current expansion projects at the Shenyang and Yantai plants are due to be complete by next year and the plants will be able to produce almost double their current capacity. Under the current production schedules the plant in Shenyang produces around 300,000 units per year while the plant in Yantai produces just over 300,000 units per year. In 2014, the Shenyang plant will produce over 400,000 units while the Yantai plant will produce over 500,000 units.

GM’s CEO Dan Akerson has said that the carmaker aims to increase production in China by 760,000 units as it expands into interior China under the government's "Go West" strategy.

Adrian Steel supports Ford
Commercial vehicle equipment provider Adrian Steel is leasing a new logistics facility in Kansas City to supply parts to Ford’s plant there. The company is investing $4.7m in the facility, which includes a new 3,000 square-metre warehouse and 32,000 square metre logistics centre, sited at the Hunt Midwest Business Center. The centre is expected to be operational by September this year.

Adrian Steel is supplying trade packages, shelving, partitions and other cargo management parts to the new Ford Transit van which is scheduled to go into production there this year. The production of the van is part of a $1.1 billion investment in the plant.