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    South America Summit: High logistics costs put Brazil behind Mexico


    Brazil’s poor logistics infrastructure and tax bureaucracy are contributing to higher costs and declining competitiveness for the automotive industry, with the country losing out on investment in production and the supply chain, notably to Mexico. “Brazil is facing economic uncertainty, but it also needs to address high labour costs, ...

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    GM increases supply localisation for Chevy Volt


    General Motors’ chief executive officer Mary Barra has confirmed that the carmaker is further localising the supply chain for Chevrolet Volt in the US amid new investment in its home state of Michigan. Among the key components coming to the state, GM’s Warren Transmission Plant will be the manufacturing location ...

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    Recalls: whose responsibility is it anyway?


    With voluntary automotive recalls on the rise, it begs the question of who should handle what across the supply chain, including logistics The automotive industry has a higher percentage of voluntary recalls and product notifications than any other industry. In the second quarter of 2014 it was 100% and every ...

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    Sino-German tier supplier JV in push for new locations


    German car parts maker, KSPG, and China’s Huayu Automotive Systems (HASCO) are to set up a joint venture, which was approved at the end of last month. KSPG belongs to the Rheinmetall Group, and HASCO’s majority shareholder is the SAIC Group, one of the China’s largest, state-owned OEMs and a ...

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    GM’s Lieblein receives Hispanic achievement award for engineering


    Grace Lieblein, GM’s vice president of global purchasing and supply chain, has been recognised with the 2014 Engineer of the Year award at the 26th Annual HENAAC Conference. The award was given by gateway organisation Great Minds in STEM, a non-profit organisation that promotes opportunities for the academic and career ...

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    Cutting logistics costs key to GM profit targets


    General Motors has revealed details about how it plans to increase its margin to 10% in 2016, with cuts in material and logistics costs making up a large part of the company’s savings in regions including North America and South America. During an investor meetings last week in Michigan, the ...

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    Delivering a new world of order


    Carlos Lahoz (left) reveals how Kia is honing its forecasting and supply chain process across Europe, including improving vehicle allocation and material forecasting. Glovis Europe also discusses its ambitions for Hyundai-Kia’s logistics and beyond A company selling more cars than it has capacity to build can be a ‘good ...

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    Comprehensive Logistics opens $30m GM support facility


    Comprehensive Logistics, a third party logistics provider, will be opening a new $30m automotive manufacturing support facility just a mile from the General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The facility will house the manufacturing and light assembly of automotive components for the OEM. The Spring Hill facility is ...

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    Editor's note: looking for smart guesswork


    The Russian market has often confounded this magazine. Sales can change drastically between print and distribution. We’ve written about customs only for governments to reset policy. Today, amid escalating sanctions and shaky ceasefires, no one can guess the outcome for automotive (some are already forecasting plant closures, read more here ...

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    Last mile: the end will be a start


    Industries rise and fall, but logistics tends to remain. The Broening Highway moves in two lanes on either side, the road surface cracked into an asphalt web in parts, while elsewhere it is being expanded and resurfaced. It traces a landscape dotted with water towers, small factories, warehouses, empty yards ...

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    General Motors: waste not, want not


    GM’s executive director of global logistics, Edgard Pezzo, left, talks to Christopher Ludwig about cutting waste and cost in a multi-billion dollar supply chain.When Edgard Pezzo took over as executive director of global logistics and containerisation at General Motors, in May 2013, the top logistics purchasing management job came with ...

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    US trucking survey: loaded up for growth


    Rising sales and rail disruption may have added to the challenges posed by driver and capacity shortages, but investment, better planning and increased collaboration are laying a solid base for further expansion in the sector The continued growth in new vehicle sales in the US has ushered in new opportunities ...

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    More sparks are set to fly


    Despite being on somewhat familiar ground, Russia’s political climate and the status of the Lada brand call for Bo Andersson (pictured) to tread carefully while better aligning supply and demand at Avtovaz. Roger Stansfield reports Since leaving General Motors as its global purchasing and supply chain chief, Bo Andersson has ...

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    Is there still a place for leaders?


    The ‘lead logistics provider’ concept may be undergoing its biggest ever changes. The question is whether or not it is still working for today’s automotive industry. Co-ordinated from a ‘control tower’ based on the customer's site in Solihull, England, an extensive European supply chain feeds the three British vehicle assembly ...

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    When supply is a close run thing


    Carmakers are showing a renewed interest in local supply networks, but do the benefits of supplier proximity balance the costs for both sides, or is there a middle distance to be found for a win-win? The evolution of automotive manufacturing has mostly been a story of dis-integration. Today’s car factories ...

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    Dressing for a hot market in a cold network


    The 15th annual Automotive Logistics Global conference, held at the MGM Grand in downtown Detroit, brought senior OEM, tier supplier and logistics provider executives to discuss ways of coping with the current growth and changes across the North American network. Most anticipated growing complexity, an increasingly important Mexico, and the ...

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    Global conference: Ford is buying more boxes ‘off the shelf’


    Ford Motor Company is making a global push to reduce the amount of specialised, bespoke racking and packaging that it uses to move components and parts, in favour of more ‘off the shelf’, standard equipment. The carmaker is also looking to take more ownership of containers and racks, rather than ...

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    Global conference: lessons from the polar vortex


    During the Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit, executives in finished vehicle logistics looked back at the impact of the ‘polar vortex’, which hit North America last winter, leading to wide-scale transport disruptions. Some tough lessons were learned, not least by the rail sector, about how to avoid the same ...

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    Webber takes over as head of GM Russia


    General Motors has announced that Susanna Webber, vice-president of global purchasing and supply chain Europe for the last four years, is being appointed president and managing director of GM Russia with immediate effect. Her appointment is part of a restructuring of GM’s Russian operations that will include reduced production and ...

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    Russian bans may not keep down imports for long


    Some experts suggest that the fallout in the Russian market could eventually lead carmakers to close smaller factories, leading to a rise in imported vehicles. However, the government is launching support for sales and the supply chain The continuing Ukrainian crisis and subsequent economic sanctions and retaliations have already contributed ...