Interviews – Page 11

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    Transport equipment: On the road to improvement


    Transporter manufacturers face rising demand and complexity, with a need to balance regulations with load factors and growing concerns over driver ergonomics Growth in vehicle production in many markets has increased demand for car-haul equipment. But while there is demand for trailer manufacturers to produce more equipment, the sector ...

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    Audi special report: Vorsprung durch Logistik


    Audi is a major profit and innovation centre for the entire Volkswagen Group – and that includes its logistics processes, systems and infrastructure. The company’s in-plant and inbound logistics in Europe have helped to maintain high volumes and product variety despite space constraints in factories and have set the standard for global expansion in China, Mexico and elsewhere.

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    With solid financials, Gefco looks to acquisition and growth


    The Gefco Group has announced positive results for 2013, including higher revenue and net profits, although difficult automotive markets in Europe and costs weighed on its operating profit and margin. While Gefco is facing risks over the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the company has charted an aggressive growth plan, which is likely ...

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    It brings together in one place all the content from our print magazines, our worldwide conferences, our e-news service, our video interviews and webinars, and our directory of logistics providers. It displays our Twitter feed and provides connections to our Linked-in groups. Its overall objective is to provide you with ...

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    Krathwohl leaves GM amid reshuffle


    Christine Krathwohl has left her role as the executive director for global logistics and supplier diversity at General Motors as the company made changes to its senior executive staff. Edgard Pezzo, who was previously GM South America’s vice-president of global purchasing and supply chain, has already taken over as ...

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    Alliance consolidates in port of Tyne


    The Renault Nissan Alliance has now made the port of Tyne in the Northeast of England its common entry point for vehicle imports to the UK, including Nissan, Infiniti and Dacia models. The carmaker has been using the port since 1995, whereas Renault had been using the nearby port ...

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    Editor's Note: VW North America and Fiat Latin America


    This issue features our first double bill cover, with interviews across Volkswagen in North America (p16), and Fiat in Latin America (p26). Each of these stories, carved into their smaller halves, warrants its own cover. Volkswagen s return to US production is historic, while its Mexican growth ...

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    Supply chain barriers matter more than trade tariffs


    A report published this week reveals that the reduction of certain supply chain and logistics barriers could have the potential to increase GDP and world trade significantly more than would eliminating all import tariffs on their own. The report, ‘Enabling Trade: Valuing Growth Opportunities’, suggests that governments, together with ...

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    Industry mourns loss of John McLaughlin


    The shipping and logistics industry, and its press, are mourning the death of John McLaughlin, a veteran journalist and press advisor, who died on Christmas Day 2012 following a short and sudden illness. He was 54 years old. McLaughlin wrote for more than two decades on the shipping ...

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    Gateway to a new era for GAZ


    Bo Andersson has been leading a remarkable turnaround and a tough restructuring at Russia’s GAZ Group, with a significant focus on improving supply chain management and logistics. Christopher Ludwig presents a pertinent example of how logistics can provide a competitive advantage in Russia.

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    VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Why is India's infrastructure lagging?


    Why is India s infrastructure lagging behind growth? Dr Manoj Singh, transport adviser for the Indian government s Planning Commission, talks to Automotive Logistics Editor Christopher Ludwig about the role that the government is seeking to play in improving the logistics for India s automotive production and exports, as well ...

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    In Profile: Evelyn Chiang, Tesla


    Evelyn Chiang’s first taste of logistics was when she was 13, virtually penniless, and supporting her family. Today she is the vice president of supply chain and IT at EV-maker Tesla Motors.

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    Investment drain from vehicle logistics in Europe


    Despite rising profits among many carmakers, Europe’s finished vehicle logistics industry is threatened by a lack of investment coupled by rising costs and stagnant rates, a scenario already causing capacity bottlenecks, according to the president of the European Association of Vehicle Logistics (ECG), Costantino Baldissara (pictured). Speaking to Automotive ...

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    Growing deeper roots


    Different strategies, similar networks Low volumes encourage good supplier relations The capacity situation Scheduling around capacity shortages Transplant brands in the US are facing pressure from currency fluctuations and resurgent domestic OEMs, putting more pressure on the bottom line, including maintaining lower inventories and meeting stricter delivery times, writes Christopher ...

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    Odette consortium seeks SME integration


    At this week’s Odette25 conference held in Munich, Germany, Odette International’s managing director John Canvin (pictured) revealed the progress being made on a project initiated by the EU Commission to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) communicate more effectively in the global automotive supply chain through digital integration and standardisation ...

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    Searching for the silver lining


    Last year was a devastating one for European ports that depend on car handling. But while recovery is uncertain, Piotr Switalski uncovers the collaborative strategies towards which both ports and policymakers must work (Christopher Ludwig contributed reporting).

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    Logistics is holding back South Africa’s industry


    With sales and exports hit hard, South Africa’s seven OEMs are scrambling to revamp their production to become more efficient, and pushing for the country’s rail and port operator to smarten up. If that doesn’t happen, carmakers may go elsewhere A lot going on at the bottom of the world ...

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    Harley takes over at crucial time for Ford MP&L


    Ford’s Stephen Harley officially assumes his new post this week as the OEM’s Executive Director for Global Material Planning and Logistics (MP&L) and for North American Parts Supply and Logistics (PS&L). It is an interesting time for Ford and a particularly crucial period for the MP&L organisation, as the ...