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Analysis

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In the waiting room: how the chip crunch is now hitting dealer sales

2021-09-13T06:00:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

Most OEMs have met demand through existing vehicle inventory, but worsening chip shortages are now choking off new vehicle registrations, with impacts likely across the supply chain for years.

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Clarity drives focus in the battery supply chain

2021-09-06T15:00:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The increasing demand from the automotive industry for lithium battery materials could be the next big disruption unless OEMs adopt better risk and contingency analysis says Rekha Menon-Varma, co-founder and managing partner at Vertaeon

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Gartner lays out how OEMs can navigate the global chip shortage

2021-09-06T13:31:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Carmakers need to get better connected with the semiconductor manufacturers supplying them if they are to avoid the sort of disruption they are currently experiencing, including through investment in joint production

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GM changes strategy in the scramble for secure battery and chip supply

2021-08-26T16:51:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

GM is looking for supplier partnerships to secure the supply of semiconductors and lithium-ion batteries as the automotive industry battles post-pandemic supply shortages and prepares for its electric future

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Electrifying Europe: EU ‘Fit for 55’ legislation will transform the automotive supply chain

2021-08-23T21:46:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The EU’s latest salvo to mitigate against climate change will eliminate ICEs and transform automotive supply chains across Europe and beyond

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Material shortages are forcing a supply chain rethink in automotive

2021-08-19T10:57:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

In the face of material shortages across the board, carmakers and their suppliers are looking a range of radical alternatives as part of drive toward more sustainable closed-loop supply chains

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Taking charge of battery supply at Ford

2021-08-09T23:36:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ford has some very ambitious targets for pure battery electric vehicle production in the US through to 2030 and that includes a more vertically integrated battery supply chain.

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Driving home the reality of global market changes: Honda Swindon factory closure makes way for logistics site

2021-08-03T09:17:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Honda has closed its Swindon, UK plant, as it ends European production. The carmaker is focusing electric vehicle investment and scale in Asia, and is a sign of how electrification could reshape manufacturing footprints.

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AL FVL Summer 2021 Digital Edition – Gearing up the supply chain for sustainable growth

2021-07-23T16:23:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The summer digital edition of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics magazine is out now features interviews with Ford and VW, as well as an overview of activity at the North American vehicle handling ports

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North American vehicle production outlook – keeping up with disruption

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The US automotive market is bouncing back but faces further constraints in the supply chain, while OEMs are investing in an increasingly diverse powertrain and model mix. AutoForecast Solutions’s Joe McCabe analyses the risks and opportunities.

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US dealers are holding a winning hand – but must pivot in a fast-changing market

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Patrick Manzi, chief economist at the National Automobile Dealers Association, predicts heady growth for vehicle retailers. But they will need support from OEMs and vehicle logistics experts to manage disruption and prepare for changes in the market.

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Carmakers in North America worst hit by semiconductor shortage

2021-06-23T10:45:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Joe McCabe, president and CEO, AutoForecast Solutions, told delegates at this week’s FVL North America Live conference that the North American automotive industry has taken the biggest hit globally from the semiconductor shortage, with the crossover segment particularly disrupted

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Vehicle electrification shakes up export and import flows

2021-06-11T15:00:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

There are regional differences in the sales and manufacture of electric vehicles that are affecting finished vehicle logistics flows, with some countries with relatively small automotive output becoming the bigger EV exporters. That has consequences for finished vehicle logistics, as a new report from Ultima Media’s business intelligence unit, Automotive, makes clear

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EV battery supply chains on the move

2021-06-08T11:30:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet, Daniel Harrison

As electric vehicles become serious business for OEMs, they are reassessing their battery supply and manufacturing bases, putting their eggs in multiple baskets and taking more control of the process.

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Electric vehicle battery supply chain analysis 2021: How lithium-ion battery demand and production are reshaping the automotive industry

2021-06-03T17:30:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Download this report for forecasts of lithium-ion battery demand, analysis of battery cell factories and insight on EV battery manufacturing and sourcing. 

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How the European automotive industry aims to build back semiconductor and chip supply

2021-05-04T10:24:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

OEMs, suppliers and EU officials are considering how best to develop Europe’s semiconductor supply bases to mitigate current and future shortages, but the broad gaps at many levels – including for older, larger chips – mean there will be no magic bullet

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Watch: A permanent change in container shipping for automotive

2021-04-23T15:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Capacity, lead time and cost issues in container shipping have disrupted automotive shippers, and long-term structural changes in the sector will lead to new supplier relationships, according to Drewry.

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Watch: Europe goes giga on the battery supply chain

2021-04-23T15:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Europe has lagged Asia in the race to produce lithium-ion batteries, but automotive and battery players are investing heavily to scale up production. A new forecast by Automotive from Ultima Media reveals the opportunities.

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Watch: Building a viable and sustainable European battery supply base

2021-04-23T15:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The huge demand for lithium-ion batteries is requiring massive investments and new supply sources across Europe, and experts from BMW Group, EV battery startup Britishvolt and packaging supplier ORBIS Europe reveal the supply chain opportunities and changes ahead.

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The way we buy cars has changed forever

2021-04-16T08:18:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated a latent online sales trend, with more than 50% of vehicles across Europe currently sold across some form of online channel, according to new research. This has solidified automakers’ roll out plans for new sales structures across the continent and beyond.

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