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    Logistics and outsourced labour


    Thousands of outsourced logistics workers will stage a symbolic mini-strike against DHL and Jaguar Land Rover in a protest against pay and the use of contracted labour. Is it a sign of greater risks in the supply chain? The dispute that has simmer ed this summer in the UK between ...

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    GM to cut costs with supplier locations, rail and logistics centres


    General Motors’ top purchasing executive, Grace Lieblein, has revealed specific plans to reduce logistics costs for its plants in North America, including bringing suppliers and stamping operations closer to plants, extending rail lines and investing in logistics centres. The plans are part of a company objective of reducing material and ...

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    GM pulls Opel out of Australia


    General Motors has announced it will stop Opel distribution in Australia, less than a year since it introduced the brand to the market, stating that business is “not financially viable”. The company said that the decision was taken by Opel in Germany and that it is winding down its sales ...

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    Mike Valentine, former auto exec, to lead Americas sales for UTi


    Global supply chain providers UTi Worldwide has announced the appointment of Mike Valentine as its new regional sales vice-president for the Americas. Valentine will lead an integrated sales force across freight forwarding, contract logistics and distribution. According to Ed Feitzinger, executive vice-president, Valentine will be responsible for meeting all ...

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    ​Ryder sees profit growth in first half of 2013


    Ryder System has reported higher revenue and profits for the second quarter and first half of this year. The rises were aided in part by growth and new business in the company’s Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) division, which includes contract logistics for the automotive industry. Across all its divisions, the ...

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    Schnellecke expands services in Spain and India


    The Schnellecke Group is expanding services in Spain, including an extended contract with Audi in Barcelona, and a new assembly project in Pamplona. It has also ramped up automotive activity outside Europe, including in North America and in India, where it has added further complete-knockdown kit (CKD) handling services. Schnellecke’s ...

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    Swap at the top: GM’s Morrison and Swiss exchange logistics and purchasing roles


    General Motors has made another change to its logistics management team, with Elliot Swiss to replace Jeff Morrison as director of inbound logistics for North America. 

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    Growth at GAZ drives logistics improvements


    Daimler’s Russian subsidiary, Mercedes-Benz Rus, has started full production of the Sprinter Classic van with GAZ at the Russian vehicle maker’s plant in Nizhny Novgorod. Production is for the domestic market in Russia. The production is in addition to knockdown kit production of Chevrolet and Volkswagen Group vehicles at the ...

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    Update: Gefco Group to use Mexico as global automotive hub


    *This story has been updated on July 30th from its original version following comment from the company The Gefco group has announced plans to expand its Mexican operations, including taking over an international platform that will supply automotive parts to the Latin American region. ...

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    Toyota's total supply chain vision


    Toyota’s North American Logistics Control division is taking a more centralised approach to managing its inbound logistics network in an effort to influence the carmaker’s purchasing decisionsThe Toyota Production System (TPS) demands similar processes for logistics wherever they may take place in the world. The emphasis on heijunka – the ...

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    Gefco changes organisation and strategy


    The changes at Gefco over the past year have been among the most closely watched in the automotive logistics sector, notably with RZD Russian Railways buying 75% of the company from PSA Peugeot Citroën, and General Motors outsourcing its logistics management in Europe to Gefco as a fourth party logistics ...

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    Supply chain risk and reward for Malaysia


    Global carmakers and suppliers are investing more in Southeast Asia, eyeing a growing middle class in Indonesia, a developed production hub in Thailand, and low-cost opportunities in countries such as Vietnam. Toyota, Honda and General Motors have increased production across the region, particularly in Thailand, while GM will open a ...

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    Spanish dealers raided in anti-trust action


    The Spanish government’s anti-trust authority, the National Competition Commission (CNC), has opened up investigations into a number of automotive dealers and distributors across the country that are suspected of being involved in a price-fixing cartel affecting vehicles and services, as well as the exchange of commercially sensitive information. The investigation ...

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    North American vehicle ports - riding the waves


    Import and export growth trends; North American ports survey; Mapping out old and new shipping routes; Growth in the south and Mexico; Infrastructure developments; Future risks and rewards. Significant growth for both vehicle imports and exports continues throughout North American ports. T he numbers and trends are in ...

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    Brazil's search for savings and investment


    As Brazil grapples with an uncertain economy and government-supported vehicle sales, logistics providers and automotive manufacturers are facing cost and infrastructure pressures that must be overcome Brazil’s automotive market has remained relatively buoyant despite the snag in its economy. However, as costs rise faster than growth in many parts of ...

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    India ports – shaping up to ship out


    India must add services and new port infrastructure to keep up with growing exports Keeping up with exports OEM port preferences NYK: how to improve Indian ports Chennai holds strong Making the perfect port Although the Indian market has seen domestic sales decline this year, growth has remained stronger for ...

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    Clear advantages for Russia localisation


    Localisation of the automotive supply chain in Russia is critical to being a major player in the market according to speakers at this week’s Automotive Logistics Russia conference in Moscow. Speakers from General Motors and Russia’s Gaz Group said such localisation would be necessary not just because of the ...

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    GM changes production disclosure


    General Motors has said it will stop reporting its monthly production figures from its North American plants and provide only the number of wholesale deliveries it makes on a quarterly basis. A spokesman for the carmaker told Automotive Logistics News that it will continue to provide forecasts to ...

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    UN supports logistics development in Ukraine


    The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has been in Ukraine to look at the creation of an automotive cluster in Zaporozhye Oblast and the possibility of a further four clusters designed to improve transport links and logistics between automotive component suppliers. According to UNIDO, which had been invited ...

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    Global round up: Rates dispute halts Renault Nissan; GM invests in Lansing; Metcash buys in Australia; Barcelona grows; Honda builds at logistics facility; Nissan van for GM


    Rates dispute halts Renault-Nissan deliveries in India All outbound movements of Renault Nissan Alliance vehicles from the Orangadam plant near Chennai in India are reported to have been suspended this week because of a dispute over freight handling rates. The automotive joint venture is reported to be demanding a ...