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  • 2015 Supplier of the Year Award

    Logistics providers recognised in GM supplier awards


    General Motors recently announced the winners of its 23rd supplier awards for services provided in 2014 and there were a number of logistics providers amongst the 78 companies receiving recognition “for going above and beyond GM’s requirements”.“These companies are the best-of-the-best suppliers, and deserving of special recognition for their outstanding ...

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    GM to close Indonesian plant citing logistics complexity and material cost


    General Motors has said it will close its Bekasi plant in Indonesia by the end of June this year citing high material costs and limitations on its ability to fully utilise the local supplier base. The company’s executive vice president and president for GM International, Stefan Jacoby, also said that ...

  • GM_MASC_Brazil

    GM opens MASC logistics facility as it reaches 90 years in Brazil


    General Motors has opened a 30,000 sq.m logistics centre at its Brazilian industrial complex in Sao Caetano do Sul for the sequenced delivery of parts to its nearby assembly plant. The inauguration of the facility, which saw an investment of R$100m ($35m), coincided with celebrations for the 90th anniversary of ...

  • IAP+Brunswick_+Hyundai+Genesis

    IAP reaches 5m milestone for vehicle handling at Brunswick port


    International Auto Processing (IAP), which provides vehicle processing services at the US port of Brunswick, has handled its 5 millionth vehicle at the Colonel's Island terminal. The milestone vehicle was a silver Hyundai Genesis and was delivered to the port aboard the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics vessel, Isolde . As well ...

  • KiaStPetes

    Kia looks to export from Russia as profit collapses in domestic market


    Kia Motors has said it will begin to export vehicles from its Russian facility in St Petersburg to surrounding states, in an effort to offset falling sales and the effects of the depreciated Russian currency on the domestic market.The Korean carmaker is targeting Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States, Trans-Caucasus and ...

  • Robert_Strain_Goodpack

    Strain becomes head of global automotive at Goodpack


    Robert Strain has left his role as vice-president of the automotive sector for Asia Pacific at Ceva Logistics to take up a new position at Goodpack as head of global automotive. Goodpack provides steel intermediate bulk containers to global markets. “Robert will be responsible for all aspects of the automotive ...

  • Zavala, WWL

    Mexico conference: a sea change needed for short sea


    The use of short-sea shipping to move vehicles within North America still tends to be more of a fallback option for carmakers when there are capacity issues on the other modes such as rail, rather than as a regular service. But before shipping lines can offer more frequent sailings, investments ...

  • Roberts Cummins

    Mexico conference: Supply base set to grow and deepen


    The automotive supply base in Mexico looks set to enjoy further growth and localisation as carmakers and tier suppliers increase production and sourcing in the country to take advantage of favourable labour costs, falling energy prices, as well as lower logistics and distribution costs for key markets in North America, ...

  • Yakunin

    RZD expects dividend from Gefco amid falling Russian market


    Despite a turbulent Russian market, along with slow growth with its main automotive customer, the Gefco Group is expected to remain profitable in 2015 and to yield a dividend to its major shareholder, Russian Railways (RZD). The logistics provider also expects to continue to grow in Russia and former ...

  • First panel

    Connecting the many Mexicos – conference report


    The first Automotive Logistics Mexico conference saw more than 350 delegates discussing how best to manage the country’s vehicle production and export growth. Officials from the economy and transport ministries, the US ambassador, and senior executives pointed to economic and supply chain strengths, as well as weaknesses in infrastructure and ...

  • Ferromex

    Mexico conference: Ferromex predicts investments will meet rail demand


    While carmakers in Mexico continue to voice their concerns over the adequate provision of rail services, the country’s biggest rail provider, Ferromex, has said it will have the capacity to support the demands of increased production in the country, which is forecast to hit 5m by 2020. Since the ...

  • Maersk

    DB Schenker Logistics and Maersk Line promise CO2 reduction


    Global logistics provider DB Schenker Logistics and global shipping company Maersk Line have recently signed a six-year strategic agreement to reduce CO2 emissions from ocean freight. Between now and 2020, Maersk Line has committed to reducing the CO2 emissions of every container it ships for DB Schenker Logistics by 20%, ...

  • Comprehensive BIG

    Job losses at Comprehensive Logistics


    Comprehensive Logistics, US-based third-party logistics provider that manages the delivery of automotive parts and handles sub-manufacturing for OEMs, has announced it will make 66 employees redundant at its Lansing plant in Michigan. On a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification document that was filed with the state of Michigan, Comprehensive Logistics ...

  • Kalpesh Pathak II(new)

    Pathak takes on purchasing responsibilities at Fiat India; Chikhle moves to North America


    Kalpesh Pathak, assistant vice-president of supply chain management at Fiat India Automobiles (left), has taken on purchasing responsibilities for the carmaker, which were previously handled by Sudhir Chikhle. “I am now responsible for FCA [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles] group purchasing activities in India along with supply chain management,” confirmed Pathak. “I ...

  • Thai_auto_cluster

    Thai rail link to benefit automotive shipments in region


    China has signed an agreement with Thailand to build a double track rail link stretching more than 870km between Nong Khai on the Laos border with Thailand, to the Thai industrial zone in the east of the country. According to industry analysts in the region, the development bodes well for ...

  • Russia-2

    Carmakers halt sales and deliveries in Russia because of depreciating rouble


    [Story updated on 7 January 2015] Audi, General Motors and Jaguar Land Rover temporarily suspended deliveries of vehicles in Russia in December because of the current economic situation. Poor sales have led to a build up of inventory. The announcement follows last November’s news that Spanish vehicle maker Seat had ...

  • mv Spes loading rally cars

    Shipping focus: Capacity in the balance


    Ocean carriers face increasing trade and regulatory complexity to go with a volatile global market. However, many are investing in larger, more efficient vessels The balance of supply and demand for capacity is a tricky objective for ocean car carriers to achieve. For the most part, the leading carriers succeed ...

  • General Motors announces senior leadership changes Thursday, Nov

    通用高管大洗牌,Grace Lieblei职务有变动


    在通用汽车高管层进行了一系列职务变动。公司又宣布,目前任职全球采购与供应链部副总裁的Grace Lieblein,将调到全球质量部担任副总裁。目前任职全球动力系统副总裁的Steve Keifer,将调到Grace之前的职位上。  2012年末,Lieblein从Bob Socia处接管全球采购与供应量副总裁一职。她是与1978年加入通用汽车,那时她是通用洛杉矶装配分公司的工读生。从那以后,她在工程、产品开发和制造等部门,担任过各种领导职务。其中包括,通用集团巴西、墨西哥的总裁兼常务董事。  通用汽车在一次声明中说,在Lieblein的领导下,公司已经建立更多的生产供应业务联系,以其大力合作,以及对质量和相互成功的关注,获得供应商团体的认可,成为行业的模范。“  公司称,“Lieblein拥有多种专业知识,以客户的角度思考问题,并在加速通用公司在汽车质量方面的进程中发挥力量。”  在Lieblein的领导下,通用已经在物流上制定了宏伟的削减成本的目标,包括到2016年为止减少10亿美元左右的成本,在此之前要进行供应商拉到工厂附近,并投资建设物流中心的举措。( 点击获取详情 ) 通用汽车全球物流执行董事Edgard Pezzo在今年秋天的特别采访中,透露了有关规划的进一步细节。  Lieblein将直接接受通用首席执行官Mary Barra的领导。  公司称,Steve Kiefer将在Lieblein打下的基础上,继续前行。  通用公司称,“Kiefer拥有在供应商联盟领导的经历,他强大的专业知识将是通用持续构建公司业绩、与供应商合作共赢、为客户送递更多价值的关键所在。”  目前任职动力系统嵌入式控制部门执行董事的Dan Nicholson将接替Kiefer的职位。  上个星期公布的人事变动还有,目前任职全球质量与客户体验部高级副总裁Alicia Boler-Davis,将任职全球连网客户体验部高级副总裁。除此客户体验的职位之外,她还将负责全球连网客户机构,其中包括OnStar及其呼叫中心。   

  • General Motors announces senior leadership changes Thursday, Nov

    Grace Lieblein moves roles amidst top level GM shake up


    As part of a number of high level management changes at General Motors, it has been announced that Grace Lieblein, currently vice-president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, is moving to the position of vice-president, Global Quality. Steve Kiefer, currently vice-president, Global Powertrain, is moving into her previous role. Lieblein has ...

  • GM_SA

    South America: Where logistics can hurt you


    The 2014 South America conference proved that inefficient logistics can not only disrupt production, but can hurt long-term growth. OEMs in Brazil are looking for ways to improve the supply chain and avoid falling further behind other countries. During previous Automotive Logistics South America conferences, executives worried about Brazil’s logistics ...