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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


Cross the plains and rugged mountains

2021-06-29T06:12:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Canadian Pacific has been increasing its investment in compound and track infrastructure to support growing automotive business despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus and looks set to continue its reach across the US and Canada


Making the best of it at Mazatlán

2021-06-18T11:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Terminal Marítima Mazatlán (TMAZ) runs the finished vehicle terminal at the Mexican port of Mazatlán and over the last decade the company has invested $20m in infrastructure and technology to increase volumes. While Covid has hit throughput Nissan remains committed and TMAZ is gearing up for a return in trade 

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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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Logistics providers call for fairness in calculating shipping emissions

2021-04-19T11:02:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

Clarity is needed on measuring emissions in shipping but a poorly judged methodology could disadvantage finished vehicle logistics and disrupt the supply chain

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Inside Volkswagen’s battery logistics

2021-04-14T09:46:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen Group Components has developed a standardised, returnable container for the safe delivery of lithium battery cells and assembled modules in support of its ambitious electric vehicle goals leading up to 2030

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Shipping lines and OEMs invest to decarbonise shipping

2021-04-08T10:04:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

Despite being a relatively efficient way to transport cars and parts, shipping still produces a lot of pollution. Positive steps being made to clean up the process with advances in fuels and technologies, even if a true solution remains elusive.

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AL FVL Spring 2021 Digital Edition – Coping strategies for a global crisis

2021-04-08T08:13:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The spring digital edition of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics is out now, featuring comprehensive overviews of the main vehicle ports in continental Europe and the UK, as well as the maritime transport sector. Plus, we look at the latest packaging initiative supporting VW’s lithium-ion battery deliveries to VW Zwickau, Vijay Ratnaparkhe’s IT revolution at Bosch and talk to carmakers about supply chain lessons ten years on from the Fukushima earthquake disaster


How Bosch is connecting its business for the AIoT era

2021-03-23T11:16:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Ralf Bretting

Robert Bosch CIO Vijay Ratnaparkhe is continuing a revolution in the company’s corporate IT division as it takes a starring role in connecting Bosch operating units and products – expanding the possibility for data-driven services and AI across the business and supply chain. 


Cédric Chacon drives integration and talent at Gefco UK

2021-03-08T11:15:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Gefco UK appointed a new managing director at the start of this year. Despite taking the helm during a stormy period, Cédric Chacon, a Gefco veteran, has ambitious plans to get the different divisions working together more closely and culture the sort of brand loyalty amongst customers that Apple is used to. Illya Verpraet reports

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German carmakers race to secure European battery cell production

2021-02-15T12:41:00+00:00By Werner Beutnagel, Illya Verpraet

The millions of electric vehicles being produced also need millions of batteries. But where do the German manufacturers source their cells from?


Good things come in sustainable packages

2021-01-27T09:09:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) is an association of vehicle makers and suppliers that works with US government bodies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on projects designed to advance environmental sustainability while providing economic value to the automotive supply chain. At the end of 2020, the SP published guidance on sustainable packaging aimed at reducing waste in the automotive sector and increasing the amount of packaging that could be recycled


Credit where credit is due

2021-01-26T18:19:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The coronavirus pandemic meant 2020 was a tough year for everyone in the automotive sector. GM was no exception. While the carmaker’s sales for the calendar year reached 2.5m units, total deliveries were down 12% and retail deliveries down 6% for the year. However, toward the end of 2020 retail sales recovered to pre-pandemic levels. According to the carmaker’s executive vice-president, Steve Carlisle, that was down to the efforts made by GM’s workforce. They kept launches on track and each other safe.


Bridge over troubled waters

2021-01-12T10:29:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Kuehne + Nagel is supporting its automotive customers’ transition to an electrified future with the provision of battery chain services. At an event the company held in December, mobility and materials experts discussed the challenges facing the industry.

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AL FVL Winter 2020 Digital Edition


The winter digital edition of Automotive Logistics is out now, featuring an overview of how automotive supply chains have adapted during the crisis, and how digitalisation will reshape logistics. Plus insight on battery supply chains, used car logistics, vehicle logistics quality systems at Daimler and much more!

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GM Middle East to import more vehicles from China

2020-12-14T10:26:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

GM will be importing more vehicles from China to supply the Middle East following a re-evaluation of its sourcing strategy triggered by Covid-19, according to Sulaiman Pallak, head of purchasing and supply chain for GM Africa and Middle East.

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More than one way to buy a car – subscription models and FVL

2020-11-16T10:19:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

The Covid-19 crisis has forced dealers faced with closure to adopt online sales and subscription models. We take a look at what it means for the logistics sector and how start-up Lynk & Co is going all-in on it.

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A capacity crisis in container shipping

2020-11-09T12:32:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet, Christopher Ludwig

The awakening of global manufacturing from a Covid-induced coma has coincided with the usual holiday season rush and a move away from the just-in-time delivery model to produce a nightmare peak season that’s making replenishing stock in the automotive industry a Herculean task. Illya Verpraet and Christopher Ludwig report.

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Watch: How Volkswagen is charging an electric revolution in its supply chain

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

As Volkswagen Group gears up to manufacture 1.5m EVs per year by 2025, it is transforming its supply chain. Danny Auerswald, who leads the carmaker’s all-electric factory in Dresden, explains how Volkswagen is transforming plants and logistics to meet its electric and sustainability targets during Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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Watch: Increasing automotive logistics automation

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Manufacturers are looking for opportunities to automate more logistics processes and operations, with significant opportunities to be found in packaging equipment. In this panel from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, hear how Ford India and Macro Plastics are exploring new systems and equipment.

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Watch: Setting a new standard for vehicle logistics communication

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

An industry-wide initiative in Europe aims to set a standard for digital communication across all outbound delivery processes from factory to dealer. In this excluive panel at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, leaders from key stakeholders explain the systems and benefits, including from Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, ECG, Odette and VDA.

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Watch: How Daimler digitalised its damage claims process for vehicle logistics

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

In a case study presentation at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, Dr Monica Schmickler explains Mercedes-Benz’s new global quality management system, Q.DOME, and how the carmaker is gaining more visibility and data over vehicle transport damage in its global distribution network.

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Watch: The rise of Industry 4.0 in automotive packaging

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Location and tracking technology can help firms manage returnable automotive packaging more effectively than ever. At this special session of Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, IT experts from Alps Alpine and Sigfox detail exciting new systems.

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Watch: The arsenal of health – how GM and Ceva Logistics shifted the supply chain to support the relief effort

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

In this special session at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, General Motors’ Miguel Tavara and CEVA’s Dave Dudek detail how GM pivoted its manufacturing and logistics to produce ventilators and supply equipment, and what lessons were learned.

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Watch: Believe the hype! What Hyperloop technology means for the (near) future of logistics

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Hyperloop technology sounds futuristics but Hyperloop TT is already implementing a number of projects in logistics, including infrastructure in Dubai to port operations at the port of Hamburg. Chief strategy officer Juan Quintana details the company’s plans at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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Watch: Moving ahead of the pack in container management

2020-09-28T17:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Manufacturers are turning to new technology, data and sustainable materials to revolutionise returnable packaging and container management. Learn the strategies being used at Rivian, Ford Europe, Toyota North America and by returnable specialist CHEP.

ALSC Live Overview

Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live Overview


The first Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live virtual conference is here, with more than 70 speakers and 30 sessions. Read this overview for insight into the key topics and theme, including electric vehicle and battery supply chains, sustainable supply chains, digital transformation and supply chain resilience. Featuring interviews and keynotes from leading carmakers, tier suppliers, logistics providers and supply chain and trade experts. 


AL FVL Summer 2020


Collaboration between the automotive, logistics and the tech sectors is growing by the day, with the coronavirus crisis accelerating digitalisation across the supply chain. Our latest digital edition explores systems standards and tech innovations, including new communication protocols for vehicle logistics in Europe, and a range of new supply chain technology at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Audi México, VW Zwickau, Seat Martorell and Renault F-1. 

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The logistics driving Renault Formula 1

2020-08-13T11:48:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

The world’s F1 series evokes an image of speed, precision and prestigious podium finishes. However, behind the scenes is a labyrinthine logistics effort. Victoria Johns finds out more from the team keeping Renault on track

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Why there needs to be a holistic approach to EV battery supply

2020-06-22T11:44:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

EVs are often portrayed as a mainstay of the fight against climate change, but when the supply of battery materials and processing of used batteries are taken into consideration, they are much less green than they look. Automotive Logistics investigates the idea of a holistic approach to EV batteries, as ...


How ‘self-healing’ cars could change the aftermarket

2020-05-20T16:40:00+01:00By Richard Brown

As OEMs adopt over-the-air vehicle diagnostics and maintenance, what effect will this developing technology will have on inventory and the surrounding logistics network?

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Trucking North America: in it for the long haul

2020-04-30T08:31:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

With a changing model mix and the perennial problem of driver shortages, the US car hauling industry is battling challenges on multiple fronts. But companies are now investing in technology and capacity to future-proof their fleets


Q&A: Mike Riggs, CEO, Jack Cooper

2020-04-07T11:12:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

US finished vehicle haulier Jack Cooper reorganised its business under Chapter 11 proceedings last year and exited the court process on November 1. In an exclusive interview Victoria Johns talks to CEO Mike Riggs about the company’s ‘picture-perfect bankruptcy’ and why Jack is definitely back

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Reaching for the stars: how Galileo’s satellites could help automotive logistics

2020-03-16T10:27:00+00:00By Malcolm Ramsay

Since launching its first test navigation satellite in 2005, the European Space Agency (ESA) has steadily built up the Galileo global positioning network and today operates 22 satellites. With four further launches due in 2020, the Galileo network is set to become the first fully operational high-accuracy global navigation satellite system (GNSS) – heralding a new era of precision navigation and, for the automotive industry, bringing opportunities for improved vehicle logistics.

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Russia: still supporting exports

2020-03-09T17:46:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

As its domestic market stagnates, Russia is continuing to seek growth abroad and is subsidising the export of vehicles and parts – at a cost of more than $60m a year. The  government is seemingly succeeding in its ambition of turning the country into a fully fledged automotive exporter, as its official target is to establish exports of at least 240,000 vehicles per year by 2025 – ideally up to 400,000 – and recent growth in this segment suggests that these figures could be within reach.


Exclusive report: Inside BMW’s new Mexican plant at San Luis Potosí

2020-03-07T17:27:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

Automotive Logistics hears from Karl Friedrich Koch, vice-president, production control, BMW Mexico, about the vehicle-maker’s new plant in the country – which has a logistics operation that leads the way in terms of Internet of Things tracking technology 


US rail: tracking in the right direction

2020-03-04T10:51:00+00:00By Karen McCandless

Rail transportation offers an efficient, reliable option for the distribution of finished vehicles, and in an age of increased concern over sustainability, it is also relatively environmentally friendly. This helps to explain why it remains a popular mode for moving vehicles, despite drawbacks such as limited flexibility.

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Water woes: how European river transport projects have ground to a halt

2020-02-10T16:48:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland the authorities are embarking on big projects aimed at boosting cargo flows along key rivers. Potentially, this could provide more opportunities for the European finished vehicle logistics industry, but for a number of reasons it is not clear that river transport in the region will become more popular.

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Al-air: a better battery for EVs?

2020-02-03T10:04:00+00:00By Richard Brown

A long-range, lightweight, cost-efficient, recyclable and ethically sourced battery is, arguably, the Holy Grail of the EV market. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are currently the main focus of multibillion-dollar investments by OEMs and tier suppliers, but there are other contenders that could offer a breakthrough with alternative technology. One of them is the aluminium-air (Al-air) battery.

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Fighting back against fake parts

2020-01-28T11:46:00+00:00By Richard Brown

Counterfeit parts in the automotive industry will soon be worth more than the annual gross domestic product of Canada, Brazil or Italy. According to World Trademark Review, the estimated global economic cost of counterfeiting in the automotive industry could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022. In Europe, it is estimated that €2.2 billion ($2.4 billion) is lost annually to counterfeit tyre sales alone, while counterfeit battery sales effectively steal €180m ($198m) from OEMs. Furthermore, the rise of e-commerce is making it ever easier for consumers to knowingly or unknowingly access counterfeit, possibly dangerous vehicle parts.


BMW’s balance of power

2020-01-14T13:12:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

BMW already has a 6% share of the market for new registered battery electric and photovoltaic electric vehicles but to meet the increase in demand in the coming years it has plans to have 1m fully electric and hybrid vehicles on the road by the end of 2021. In preparation it is moving battery production closer to its main areas of global assembly 


Taking the assault out of the battery

2020-01-14T13:12:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

The traceability of raw materials used in the production of lithium-ion batteries, such as lithium and cobalt, is one of the main sustainability challenges faced by carmakers who are investing to meet the consumer demand and regulatory pressures behind the electric vehicle revolution


The rules of the battery game

2020-01-14T13:10:00+00:00By Andrew Williams

Logistics providers charged with the transport of lithium-ion batteries to the assembly lines and services centres have some very complex regulatory standards to which they have to adhere – it is a legislative jungle out there

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Weighing the cost of the EV revolution

2020-01-14T13:10:00+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley

The rise in the number of electric vehicles being transported in Europe is bringing with it some significant challenges for those carriers tasked with volume shipments. They are having to deal with heavier and higher voltage vehicles that need charging on routes that cross countries with differing regulations on load dimensions

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Mena aftermarket: Playing a bigger part

2020-01-13T09:21:00+00:00By Richard Brown

Overall economic growth may be lacklustre, but automotive aftermarket sales are on the increase in the Middle East and North Africa…

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Pairing up for progress: The advance of digital twins

2020-01-10T15:32:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

A computer-based tool for process planning, quality checking, monitoring systems and a wide range of other uses, digital twinning is increasingly making its presence felt across the automotive industry. In essence, this is a version of something in real life, such as a piece of machinery, a production line or a supply chain operation, which is recreated on a desktop computer or a tablet. Digital twins are now used across manufacturing and warehouse operations to manage material flow, complete the order-to-delivery process and make efficiency and quality improvements in vehicle production.

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Q&A: Pascal Trummer, Magna International

2020-01-10T12:49:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The tier supplier’s vice-president of sales and marketing in Europe discusses major trends in the automotive industry, plus the state of the market in Central and Eastern Europe

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Keeping calm: RNM Alliance’s Mark Sutcliffe on how to handle supply chain volatility

2020-01-08T14:39:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

The automotive industry is undergoing a technological transformation and facing upheavals in key markets, but the OEM’s senior vice-president of industrial strategy and supply chain management believes there are ways to successfully tackle these changes


In the zone at Jebel Ali port

2020-01-08T12:16:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

With a multi-tier parking facility holding around 27,000 car equivalent units (CEU), Jebel Ali is the biggest port in the Middle East and the 11th largest worldwide. The port has four terminals connecting to more than 150 other ports through 80 weekly services, and its activity accounts for 26.1% of Dubai’s GDP. In 2018, 82% of Dubai’s automotive trade passed through Jebel Ali, worth $31.6 billion in vehicles, tyres, parts and accessories.


Suppliers set CEE on firm foundations

2020-01-08T10:52:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In the decades since the end of the Cold War, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has been attracting automotive components suppliers by virtue of its cheap labour, low taxes and convenient geographical location. Now, the region is aiming to maintain or even build on its gains in the face of vehicle electrification, rising global competition and other challenges.

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Running short: US trucking sector battles driver deficit

2019-12-19T16:39:00+00:00By Andrew Williams

Car transporters across the US are feeling the effects of a significant shortage of drivers across the finished vehicle logistics sector – and are searching for the best solutions to tackle the continuing difficulties it poses to operations…

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Damage control: How technology can assist vehicle inspection

2019-12-19T10:36:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

With approximately 80m new cars being produced globally each year, the automotive industry has a big job to do when it comes to checking the condition of finished vehicles, something that has long relied on human labour…

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Fresh floes: What does the Northern Sea Route mean for automotive logistics?

2019-11-29T10:14:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Northern Sea Route (NSR), a growing shipping lane linking South-East Asia with Northern Europe through Arctic waters, is set to become a competitor to the Suez Channel for cargo delivery between these two regions. Russian authorities believe that the NSR would could be used for all types of cargo – and automotive product, both parts and vehicles, would be no exception.


Middle East and North Africa: Leading the way in innovation

2019-11-27T15:55:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Despite a sustained period of decline over the last few years affected by a fall in oil prices and geopolitical strife, the Middle East and Africa is fast becoming a region of automotive and supply chain opportunity…

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Galvanising the aftermarket for an electric future

2019-11-19T17:15:00+00:00By Karen McCandless

The rise in EVs in Europe will have an impact on the aftermarket and the logistics supporting it, not least in the management of replacement lithium batteries

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A program of change for Volkswagen Group IT

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Over the past two years, Volkswagen’s central Group IT division, led by CIO Martin Hofmann, has been expanding staff numbers, investment and digital projects across the group’s business processes, and working more closely with brands like Audi, Porsche and Skoda. In the first of a multi-part article special on Group IT, we explain the evolving shape of the organisation.

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Map: Volkswagen’s growing network of IT expertise

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen Group IT has opened or expanded global IT and software centers, with growing significance across the company’s IT research and operations. Check out a map of their key locations and functions.

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Building Volkswagen’s Industrial Cloud

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen Group’s landmark project with Amazon Web Services will help to connect all its global factories, and eventually the supply chain as well. At the core of the project is a drive to establish a standard software stack that will transform the way production IT is developed and implemented across Volkswagen locations.

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At the centre of change for Volkswagen Group

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Martin Hofmann, chief information office of the Volkswagen Group (pictured, right), explains how the carmaker is transforming its IT system backbone and legacy infrastructure across manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain and engineering – and how Volkswagen is now able to attract top software talent.

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Oh so simple? US start-up confident of delivering autonomous trucks

2019-10-28T12:30:00+00:00By Andrew Williams

As the global logistics industry continues moving towards the introduction and use of autonomous vehicles, a growing number of companies are competing for a slice of this burgeoning market. One such firm is Californian start-up TuSimple, which is developing a range of innovative self-driving truck technologies.

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Slovakia stays strong in straightened times

2019-10-24T09:28:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The news announced earlier this year that Volkswagen (VW) was going to scrap 3,000 of the 15,000 jobs at its Slovakian plant came virtually out of the blue and sparked off speculation that the country’s authorities might have been so absorbed with labour reform during the ongoing election campaign that they have unintentionally made the domestic automotive sector less attractive for foreign investors.

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Safe and secure: How new warehouses will support African supply chains

2019-10-22T10:16:00+01:00By Gavin du Venage

Operating in Africa can be a big challenge, and the establishment of a new supply chain there even more so. The acquisition or construction of decent storage facilities, the recruitment of suitable staff and the need to contend with local laws are all potential barriers to setting up business. However, Agility Africa, aims to change this by providing a series of well-managed logistics facilities across the continent.

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CEE: At the heart of Europe’s electric future

2019-10-16T13:54:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

OEMs and tier suppliers are investing in Central and Eastern Europe with a particular focus on electric, connected and autonomous mobility. Delegates at the Automotive Logistics CEE Summit in Budapest heard about the latest challenges and opportunities.

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Tangible progress: Morocco boosts automotive production and logistics

2019-09-30T14:08:00+01:00By Herve Deiss

There is no doubt that shipping professionals are familiar with the Moroccan city of Tangier, as it is ranked 50th among container ports worldwide. The first container terminal opened in 2007 and has since been joined by three others; two at Tanger Med port 1 and two at Tanger Med port 2.


Hail, Caesar: How ECG’s template is giving power to distribution planning

2019-09-30T13:25:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Inadequate forecasting is one of the biggest causes of inefficiency in finished vehicle logistics, but ECG’s Project Caesar is setting new standards for distribution planning.


Harmonising the supply chain

2019-09-17T16:01:00+01:00By Andrew Williams

As supply chains grow more complex, automotive companies need a reliable way to keep track of parts movements and alert them to any delays. Andrew Williams investigates a ‘visibility platform’ from German start-up Synfioo

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Challenges (and opportunities) for US automotive industry

2019-09-17T14:25:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

As overall US vehicle sales slow down and EV sales remain stagnant, there are concerns that some OEMs are chasing new-generation technologies at the expense of their existing business – potentially setting up a ‘make or break’ scenario in the near future.

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Easing off the gas: Is the shipping industry ready for Sulphur 2020?

2019-09-11T11:22:00+01:00By Gavin du Venage

The IMO’s new regulation to cut sulphur emissions, which is coming into force next year, will require operational changes by ports and shipping lines. But some parts of the world are far from prepared.

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A rake’s progress in India: How one 3PL is growing rail services for finished vehicles

2019-09-10T14:25:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

APLL Vascor started providing dedicated finished vehicle rail transport in India in 2014. On its fifth anniversary, the company talks to Automotive Logistics about the journey so far – and how the country’s regulatory climate is increasingly supportive of rail transport.

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Mena: Infrastructure, policy and regulatory developments

2019-08-28T14:25:00+01:00By Gavin du Venage

Much of the focus on China’s Belt and Road programme has been on trade routes between Europe and Asia, but Chinese organisations are also investing in African infrastructure.


Shifting sands of time: The changing nature of Saudi Arabia’s automotive industry

2019-08-21T15:18:00+01:00By Richard Brown

Changes to social and economic conditions, including the recent removal of a ban on female drivers, could give a welcome boost to the automotive industry in Saudi Arabia.

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Can Central Asia be transformed into an automotive hub?

2019-08-14T11:32:00+01:00By Ian Henry

Two of the largest former soviet republics, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, have set their sights on growing an automotive sector as they industrialise and modernise their economies. These Cental Asian nations are now focusing on strengthening their supply bases to boost local production.

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FVL Import Export: Sizing up growth opportunities in a changing market

2019-08-13T15:21:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

US ports and logistics providers are being challenged by a consumer shift towards bigger vehicles, while OEMs are operating under the shadow of global trade wars. Speakers at the 2019 FVL Import Export in Baltimore discussed the obstacles and the opportunities


Russia takes a slice of the new Silk Road

2019-08-07T15:14:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

As vehicle shipments increase on overland routes between Europe and China, Russian companies such as state-owned RZD are aiming to capitalise on the new business

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Used but not confused: How battery diagnostics can help EV resales

2019-08-07T11:05:00+01:00By Karen McCandless

Resales of EVs are currently complicated by lack of clarity on the health of their batteries. Austrian start-up Aviloo has developed a diagnostic tool that can be used at dealerships 


Indian automotive sector feels the heat

2019-08-06T14:36:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Slumping vehicle sales and production cuts are generating a sense of crisis for automotive part producers and their carmaker customers in India

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Distribution Down Under: How AIVs are smartening up Toyota’s new parts centre

2019-08-02T11:34:00+01:00By Mike Farish

Japanese carmaker Toyota has now commissioned what it describes as “the most advanced automotive distribution centre in Australia” as part of its strategy of transitioning from manufacturing to purely logistical operations in the country. Intelligent robots and sophisticated design are helping the carmaker to achieve new levels of warehousing efficiency…

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Iran’s automotive industry left to rust

2019-07-17T13:14:00+01:00By Ian Henry

US-led sanctions have devastated Iran’s automotive industry, disrupting its supply of components and causing production to fall. Automotive Logistics assesses the damage

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Data and the digitisation of the supply chain

2019-07-16T15:17:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The automotive industry is being transformed by new vehicle technology, but operational processes are also undergoing profound changes driven by unprecedented levels of data

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Wood you believe it? Materials handling with a difference

2019-07-16T13:55:00+01:00By Mike Farish

A new company based in Chemnitz is seeking to overturn conventional wisdom when it comes to material handling equipment – by using wood as a construction material

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Tariffs, trade and technology: A new era for European automotive industry

2019-07-10T11:34:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

The European logistics sector is undergoing unprecedented change. Britain’s exit from the EU and the red tape of regulation are among its biggest challenges, delegates heard at the Automotive Logistics Global Munich conference last week.


Running out of juice – will demand for battery materials outstrip supply?

2019-07-09T10:47:00+01:00By Gavin du Venage

As OEMs accelerate their EV programmes, there is growing concern that demand for battery materials will outstrip supply. Gavin du Venage considers the risks


North American ports go in search of the promised land

2019-07-08T14:56:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

US east coast ports have been grabbing land to handle increased volumes while some on the west coast deal with dramatic volume fluctuations. In Mexico, meanwhile, private investment is helping to deal with congestion. Marcus Williams reports on the performance of North American vehicle handling ports in 2018


Blockchain: Potential unlocked?

2019-07-04T11:30:00+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley

Vehicle-makers, tier supplies and logistics providers are progressing with ‘digital ledger’ technology that provides greater visibility and control over complex supply chains

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Logistics 4.0: how smart technologies are lifting logistics to another level

2019-07-04T11:12:00+01:00By Andrew Williams

After a period of exploration, OEMs, tier suppliers and logistics providers are getting serious about making their operations smarter and more connected – Logistics 4.0 is here

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Stronger ties: Growth of a new Silk Road

2019-07-03T14:49:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Increased investment in rail services across Eurasia is contributing to rising volumes of automotive shipments via this mode – not only components but finished vehicles as well


Nissan North America: On track to cut container pool shrinkage

2019-06-25T15:20:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

Container pool shrinkage is an issue that has a costly impact on OEMs and tier suppliers across the automotive industry. At various points in the extended supply chains which support today’s vehicle manufacturing operations, containers go missing, are misused or are even stolen to be resold and used elsewhere

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Autonomy ahoy: Shipping industry moves toward crewless vessels

2019-06-10T13:46:00+01:00By Malcolm Ramsay

Autonomous vehicles have been attracting a lot of attention as the automotive industry pushes towards future mobility. But what is the potential for autonomous ships?

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South Africa's dream of an EV supply base

2019-06-03T16:35:00+01:00By Gavin du Venage

Despite negligible EV sales at home, South Africa is looking to become an exporter of their components and is putting an incentives scheme into place. But can it succeed?


All mixed up: the impact of the SUV trend on European car carriers

2019-06-03T14:23:00+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley

Volumes of finished vehicles may have recovered from the recession, but users and manufacturers of car transporters are now having to handle a very different array of vehicles, including larger and heavier models – with implications for capacity utilisation

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Why all eyes are on Israel for AI

2019-05-17T15:59:00+01:00By Jonathan Ward

In the race to perfect autonomous driving, Israel has proven to be a hotspot of technological innovation – driven, in part, by its military expertise and surveillance tools


Delivering a smarter factory

2019-05-14T14:23:00+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley

Magna Steyr’s vehicle assembly plant in the Austrian city of Graz is not a typical automotive factory; the site, which in 2018 brought its cumulative total production tally to 3.5m vehicles, produces vehicles under contract for OEMs such as Daimler, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover. Efficiency is important in any ...

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Flight club: Why more logistics operations are signing up to drone technology

2019-05-03T11:06:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Impressive advancements have been made in drone technology over the last few years and many believe that drones will play a key role in the logistics of the future, for internal business functions as well as deliveries to consumers. In fact, NASA estimates that there will be 7m drones in ...


Challenging times for US car carriers

2019-05-02T12:28:00+01:00By Greg Thompson

Despite some recent legislative wins on permissible overhangs, rig length and adaptable trailers, the US car-carrier sector continues to face a number of operational challenges, including a capacity squeeze, more demanding customers and downward price pressure


Working together to drive out disruption

2019-05-01T16:02:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

In the context of testing trade relations and new technology in supply chains, finished vehicle logistics providers need to work out how to position themselves for the future, delegates heard at April’s FVL North America conference in Huntington Beach, California


Toyota North America: Breaking down supply chain barriers

2019-04-30T15:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams, Christopher Ludwig

Toyota is realigning its production and service parts organisation by integrating its inbound and aftermarket supply chain departments into a new division called PDAD. Group vice-president of the new division, Alok Vaish, explains the thinking behind it


A transformation for China's automotive landscape

2019-04-29T18:45:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Carmakers, logistics providers and tier suppliers joined the heads of China’s leading trade associations in Shanghai this year to assess the sweeping changes taking place in the country’s automotive market. As regulators seek to support business during the slowdown, trade upheaval continues but so does the growth in digitalisation and ...


US car market stable as trade and tech change

2019-04-25T10:25:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

The US economy is in good health, consumer confidence is high and vehicle sales are expected to total 16.6m this year, delegates were told at this week’s Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference. The bad news is that the market is saturated, there is limited room for growth and the ...


Express rail deliveries increase along Silk Road

2019-04-23T09:16:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Since it was first announced by China’s president Xi Jinping in 2013, the comprehensive international trade and infrastructure plan now known as the Belt and Road Initiative has quickly crossed a number of milestones in its development of services by land and sea. Currently around 65 countries are involved (152 ...

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Reality check: How AR can improve efficiency in logistics

2019-04-15T16:58:00+01:00By Andrew Williams

A growing number of companies in the automotive industry are embracing the use of augmented and virtual reality technology for tasks such as part picking and inventory management, as well as for training. We look at some of the latest applications


Still got it: How reuse and recycling can give EV batteries a new lease of life

2019-04-15T11:40:00+01:00By Karen McCandless

As the EV trend continues, it raises the question of what to do with their hazardous lithium-ion batteries once they have reached the end of their useful life. Options include reuse and recycling, but both of these require special expertise in reverse logistics


Ford Europe packaging: Heading to the pool

2019-04-12T13:00:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ford’s Kuly Malka has overseen a transformation in the carmaker’s European packaging and container management


Trust in Turkey: How exports are carrying the country through its economic crisis

2019-04-11T12:01:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

Turkey faces some difficult economic headwinds that have already impacted on its automotive industry. But there are still several reasons for optimism, especially the country’s strength as a vehicle export hub with easy access to the European market


Government support vital to UK leading connected vehicles

2019-04-09T12:26:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

A new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and industry analyst Frost & Sullivan has revealed that the UK is the top location worldwide for the development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). Government and industry have committed £500m to CAV research and development, a ...

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Containerisation: Why finished vehicle logistics needs to think inside the box

2019-04-05T16:02:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

While ro-ro is the traditional method of shipping finished vehicles, containerisation is becoming increasingly viable as the automotive industry decentralises and introduces more EVs. Growth in China and South East Asia offers particularly good opportunities

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Docking defections

2019-04-05T14:16:42+01:00By Gavin du Venage

Nigeria has lost its claim to being home to the busiest port in West Africa as a consequence of chronic traffic congestion, corruption and inefficiency. The crown has passed from Apapa, in the state of Lagos, to the port of Lomé, in Togo. 

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Nationwide: First port of call for damage repair

2019-04-05T10:38:00+01:00By Nationwide Auto Services

The shift in demand from sedans to SUVs is adding to outbound pressures, including when it comes to damage repair. Here, Jim and Eric Gerencser explain how Nationwide Auto Services’ rapid response team ensures that vehicles are shipped out on schedule

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In the service of free trade

2019-04-04T15:59:00+01:00By DP World

Free trade zones offer many tax and logistics benefits to the automotive supply chain. DP World, with its flagship facility in Dubai, UAE, wants to expand these services in markets in the Middle East and Africa, the UK and the US

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Introducing the European Transport Logistics Alliance

2019-04-02T12:23:00+01:00By Fracht SIA

In an industry that could benefit substantially from streamlined processes, Renatas Slenderis, CEO of Fracht, believes his company’s new alliance offers both collaboration and control for all members. Here, he explains how the ALCS platform works


Technology drives massive change in the supply chain

2019-03-21T17:58:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The rise of EVs and higher customer expectations are putting pressure on inbound supply chains and forcing structural changes. Marcus Williams reports from The Supply Chain Conference in Atlanta


Smarter about spot loads

2019-03-21T16:53:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

Logistics technology company Loadsmart promises to automate full truckload shipments to the benefit of both shippers and carriers

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A clean answer to complex reverse logistics packaging

2019-02-11T12:47:00+00:00By Comopack

Returnable packaging provider Comopack is introducing a global KLT container and dunnage solution to cover the entire reusuable packaging process

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Coming up with a strategy for transformation

2019-02-08T17:17:00+00:00By CHEP

CHEP has launched a strategy to support the digital transformation of its offerings and of the automotive supply chain, including vehicle electrification and tracking packaging assets

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Q&A: Marcelo Turri, Alpargatas

2019-02-08T15:03:39+00:00By Joanne Perry

Could you give an overview of the logistical operation which supports Havaianas?We have different models in different regions, so in Brazil, we operate our warehouses but we have third parties that do the transportation for us. In the US, Europe and Asia, we have third parties that operate our warehouses ...

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Q&A: Scott Krebs, Orbis

2019-02-08T11:02:13+00:00By Marcus Williams

What does Orbis see as the main problem in providing accurate data on where a container is, whether empty or full, and what is it doing to solve some of these problems for its automotive customers?In the automotive industry, one of the biggest obstacles is standardisation. Toyota puts identification on ...

Standing up to risk

2019-02-06T16:00:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

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Q&A: Olivier Thouard, customs and tax director, Gefco

2019-02-06T09:08:12+00:00By Marcus Williams

Automotive companies and their logistics providers have largely been kept in the dark over the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and how they will continue to trade vehicles and parts with the continent. The UK exports more than 80% of the vehicles it makes but more than ...


VW sets up new components division to drive efficiency

2019-01-28T15:23:04+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Volkswagen has established a new division – Volkswagen Group Components – tasked with reducing costs by €2 billion ($2.27 billion) while improving efficiency and taking on board the increasing importance of electric vehicles. Thomas Schmall (right), chairman of VW’s new Group Components division, with Stefan Sommer, VW Group board member ...


The long way home

2019-01-22T12:24:00+00:00By Jonathan Ward

For inbound automotive supply chains, returnable packaging just makes sense. No carmaker wants to spend money on wood, paper and cardboard again and again, only to have to fork out straight away for costly waste disposal.

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Stocker takes on strategic role at DHL Supply Chain

2019-01-22T11:16:44+00:00By Marcus Williams

John Stocker (pictured) has moved to DHL Supply Chain as director of strategic development. He was previously commercial director at Gefco’s UK division and had been with the company for more than six years. DHL Supply Chain provides contract logistics services for a range of sectors, including automotive.

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Hanging in the balance

2019-01-21T16:55:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Lower production output, slower growth in export markets and several regulatory and operational issues are threatening to unbalance Poland’s finished vehicle market


Stepping up the quality

2019-01-21T12:13:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

There are several advantages of shipping vehicles in kits rather than as completely built units, including lower costs for transport, better customs import conditions and the support of local government in exchange for providing employment to the workforce.

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The quest for greater unity

2019-01-18T12:37:00+00:00By Chris Lewis

One of the main priorities for inbound supply chain managers from a packaging perspective is the proper management of returnable containers and packages so they are delivered as quickly, efficiently and economically as possible.

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Q&A: Iain Lindsay

2019-01-17T16:37:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

What do you say to potential investors who are concerned about what Brexit may mean for trade, particularly with the flow of goods and material being so essential to the automotive industry?Brexit is an issue that is at the heart of business concerns: what will it mean in terms of ...

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Tracking made easy

2019-01-17T11:47:00+00:00By Mark Venables, ams_Markvenables

Just over 18 months after Slough, UK-based Movolytics was formed, the vehicle tracking company announced an ambitious expansion. Following its initial foray into providing fleet management services in the UK, the company decided to branch out into Europe’s second largest fleet market – Spain.

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Packing a punch

2019-01-16T11:13:00+00:00By Karen McCandless

Electric cars could revolutionise transport by providing a cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly way to travel. The International Energy Agency forecasts that there will be 13m electric vehicles (EVs) on the road globally by 2020, while PwC Autofacts predicts that 55% of all new vehicle sales will be fully ...

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Innovation and smart tech: Why BMW is driving both

2019-01-11T16:52:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Handling 31m parts and producing almost 10,000 vehicles each day, BMW is increasingly looking to digitalisation and Industry 4.0 innovations to help it organise its logistics more flexibly…

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Q&A: Florian Huettl

2019-01-07T12:08:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

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Progress for all to CEE

2019-01-07T11:35:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In past decades, international investment has flowed into the automotive industry in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) primarily due to it being a low-cost production centre. However, these days the region has much more to attract such investment, including a well-trained workforce, a wide-ranging supplier base and improving logistics infrastructure, ...

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Q&A: Neuton Karassawa

2019-01-04T15:12:00+00:00By Tony Danby

Can you give an overview of GM’s logistics activities in Brazil, and your own responsibilities?The scope of my function in the region is to handle the inbound pieces and materials, such as local inbound flows from overseas to South America. I [also] manage outbound flows from the factories to customers ...


Stepping up the pace

2019-01-02T17:30:02+00:00By Marcus Williams

When Groupe PSA bought Opel/Vauxhall from GM in 2017 for €2.2 billion ($2.33 billion), Gefco was already providing logistics services for it. Then, when Opel/Vauxhall renewed its contract for fourth-party logistics (4PL) services with Gefco in October 2018 for a further four years, Gefco was tasked with finding further cost ...


A look back down the road

2019-01-02T14:31:00+00:00By Greg Thompson

This time last year, the trucking industry and its customers were just settling into compliance with a mandate from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that required electronic logging devices (ELDs) on commercial vehicles with a gross weight of over 10,000 pounds (4,500kg).


BMW ups the pace on industry 4.0 technology

2018-12-11T17:49:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

BMW Group is to expand its use of industry 4.0 innovations in its production logistics, it has revealed.

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Brazil needs investment and talent to flip the recession

2018-12-04T09:00:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

While the automotive sector in Brazil waits for political reform under its new president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, including investment in transport and infrastructure, logistics providers need to be creative in overcoming the existing poor state of the roads and ports. That is if the country is to exploit returning growth, including ...


GM to close seven plants next year

2018-11-28T10:51:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

GM has announced it will close three of its North American assembly plants next year along with two transmission plants, resulting in the loss of over 14,000 jobs. It also has plans to shut two additional plants outside North America by the end of 2019, following this year’s closure of ...

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How industry 4.0 will disrupt automotive supply chains

2018-11-27T11:42:44+00:00By George Whittier

From Henry Ford’s assembly line to the emergence of electric cars decades later, the automotive industry has always been defined by change and industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution – is poised to bring the next big wave.

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Shifting gear

2018-11-26T09:26:49+00:00By Tony Danby

Brazilian vehicle sales have been gathering pace recently, as the country tentatively recovers from its long recession. Light vehicle sales have shown some growth, while bus and truck sales have positively motored ahead. Vehicle sales this year, however, have been tarnished somewhat by stalling exports – especially to Argentina, which ...


Competing on a global stage – report from AL Central and Eastern Europe summit

2018-11-21T17:09:21+00:00By Victoria Johns

Over the last 15 years, the centre of investment in the European automotive industry has been shifting east. Delegates at the Automotive Logistics Central and Eastern Europe (ALCEE) summit in Budapest last week learned that the region now has a strong network of assembly and supplier plants, along with logistics ...


Economic nationalism to force a lane-change

2018-11-20T14:38:46+00:00By Carlos Valderrama

Typically, the world experiences waves of economic nationalism every three decades but these are often limited to one region each time. Today we’re experiencing a global wave of economic disruption across multiple regions simultaneously. In reaction, automotive manufacturers are having to increase the flexibility and agility of their supply chains ...

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Freight expectations

2018-11-20T11:28:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Ask a range of logistics managers what their main pain points are, and you will soon hear a common theme – wasting time waiting for freight agents to get back to them. Delays occur, paperwork piles up and costs are often not clear.

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Mapping for Mercedes

2018-11-19T15:58:00+00:00By Lem Bingley

In June this year, Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) announced the outcome of its inaugural Innovation Challenge, a competition for start-ups which promised $50,000 in prize money as well as the alluring prospect of a contract with Mercedes-Benz in the US, and perhaps also its global parent, Daimler AG. 


Chugging or changing?

2018-11-19T11:50:18+00:00By Andrew Williams

Demand for rail transport is growing faster than service providers can keep up with, according to Siegfried Jung, head of planning and steering vehicle dispatch and transport at BMW Group.

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Rewriting the rules

2018-11-05T12:11:23+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry wants OEMs to make huge investments in new production capacity in Russia over the coming decade, in order to continue qualifying for state aid. A bill laying down the basis of a new national localisation strategy was published in August that is designed to replace ...


Bigger vehicles, bigger challenges

2018-11-02T16:56:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Last year, GM sold around 3m vehicles in the US, with roughly 775,000 imported from Canada and Mexico and the rest coming from around the world, mainly from South Korea, China and Europe. Combining deep-sea and short-sea volumes, the carmaker used seaports to receive close to 200,000 vehicles into the ...


Energising the synergising

2018-10-26T17:02:49+01:00By Ian Henry

Renault and Nissan began their wide-ranging alliance and set up cross-shareholdings in each other back in 1999, and since then Daimler, Avtovaz and most recently Mitsubishi have also become part of this evolving structure. Numerous shared vehicle platforms, manufacturing and logistics operations and back-office functions have been developed. Furthermore, impressive ...

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Q&A: Srini Muthusrinivasan

2018-10-26T12:20:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

What is meant by this term ‘the autonomous supply chain’?The word autonomous has got very prevalent today in the industry. [To understand] the idea of the autonomous supply chain, you’ve got to go back to the history of how we went all the way from the industrial revolution to the ...

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Peacing together new logistics

2018-10-25T14:38:19+01:00By Gavin du Venage

The end of a longstanding conflict in the Horn of Africa is set to create new pathways into one of the potentially richest automotive markets in the continent; after two decades, Eritrea and Ethiopia have concluded a conflict that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives. The catalyst for peace ...

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Moving on to terra firma

2018-10-19T11:12:00+01:00By Malcolm Ramsay

Following sustained pressure on margins in recent years, the global shipping industry has witnessed some radical changes, with consolidation and technology combining to reconfigure the way many shipping lines approach new business. 


Brazilian auto association adjusts forecast

2018-10-16T15:15:43+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Brazil’s National Association of Automotive Vehicle Manufacturers (Anfavea), has adjusted predictions for how the year will end for the finished vehicle sector in the country – upwards for domestic registrations and production, downwards for exports.

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Testing times

2018-10-16T13:11:19+01:00By Marcus Williams

The start of September this year marked the point at which all new car registrations in the EU had to comply with the new CO2 emissions test – the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). This laboratory test is designed to introduce more realistic and stricter criteria when assessing ...


Pressing a point

2018-10-15T10:31:14+01:00By Mike Farish, ams_mikefarish

Slightly to the north of Wolverhampton in the UK’s industrial Midlands – and perhaps more crucially just a few miles off a key transport route, the M6 motorway – lies one of the latest additions to the worldwide roster of production facilities for stamped automotive metal parts. In mid-September, Spanish-owned ...


Gefco adapta o fornecimento de peças para a Audi

2018-10-11T10:43:59+01:00By Steve Garnsey

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Taking the ‘E’ out of ETA

2018-10-02T12:19:44+01:00By Karen McCandless

Traditionally, OEMs and vehicle-carriers have never been able to be 100% accurate about vehicle delivery times in the information they provide to dealerships, and dealers have often disregarded the information as a result. 


The future of logistics?

2018-10-01T15:31:00+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley

A manufacturing plant in Pittsburgh with an urgent requirement to send a pallet of freight to Chicago has few attractive options, as there is currently no direct highway route between the two. But if the visionaries at Virgin Hyperloop One have their way, that will soon change.

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A crisis in human capital

2018-09-26T16:52:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

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Mexico hopes for a smoother road ahead

2018-09-26T14:48:18+01:00By Tony Danby

After much uncertainty around trade talks between Mexico and the US and the former’s presidential election, Mexico’s economic and political conditions now seem clearer, leaving OEMs and LSPs in the country more optimistic about the future.


Legacy of a moderniser: Sergio Marchionne

2018-09-14T14:27:25+01:00By Marcus Williams

Already known for turning around the Fiat Group in under two years, Sergio Marchionne was instrumental in Fiat forming an alliance with US carmaker Chrysler when it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. The Italian carmaker took a 20% controlling stake in Chrysler in June that year and Marchionne ...


Driving predictive maintenance 

2018-08-30T17:27:00+01:00By GEFCO

Gefco’s SYNCHRO hub is using connected technology and AI to optimise service parts inventory and distribution, writes Karen McCandless


Standoff between the US and Turkey raises questions for OEMs

2018-08-22T14:36:37+01:00By Ian Henry

The collapse in the value of the Turkish lira and the political stand-off between Turkey and the US have some potentially serious consequences for the continued growth of the automotive sector in the country.


Anu Goel: the highs and lows

2018-08-20T16:54:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

What have been some of the high points in logistics in your career?One is the swing toward providing a level of service that customers expect, as opposed to providing a level of service that we either think they need or that the system can provide. Those are two different things.


Battling a perfect storm

2018-08-14T15:08:51+01:00By Marcus Williams

The finished vehicle sector in North America is dealing with a lot of challenges at the moment. There is a basic imbalance in the number of vehicles that the US imports and exports with its global trading partners, which contributes to ongoing problems involving congestion and limited capacity on hinterland ...


Port Canaveral on a roll

2018-08-07T11:59:02+01:00By Marcus Williams

Port Canaveral is now able to handle more finished vehicles thanks to a draft deepening project that allows post-Panamax ro-ro vessels to berth at the port. Late last month, the Floridian port accommodated vessels from Höegh Autoliners and NYK Line simultaneously, a first for the facility, which only started handling ...


After Marchionne, what next for Fiat Chrysler?

2018-08-06T16:41:57+01:00By Ian Henry

Sergio Marchionne (pictured), former CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), was a remarkable man. He frequently dominated the automotive industry’s headlines and news agenda over the last decade or so and his recent passing away robs the industry of one of its few stars. In an age when corporate suits ...


A rising tide – with political undercurrents

2018-07-17T12:17:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Mexican production and exports continued to grow through 2017, both to the US and globally. At the same time, US sales remained strong and were fed by an increase in imports from established and emerging markets. It is only in Canada that both sales and assembly are showing a decline. ...


Pasha sees positive drivers at the ports

2018-07-17T12:16:18+01:00By Marcus Williams

Pasha Automotive Services (PAS) processed a total of more than 448,600 vehicle units across its four port terminal facilities in the US through 2017 for around 17 customers. The company, which is part of the wider Pasha Group, has operations on the US west coast at the ports of Grays ...

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Finding the first point of rest

2018-07-17T12:15:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Luke Doremus, director of sales for auto/ro-ro at stevedore and terminal operating company Ports America, talks about efficiency gains and losses and how the company is working with port authorities to improve berth productivity


Seeking to harmonise supply and demand

2018-07-13T11:55:18+01:00By Lem Bingley

In May, supply chain specialist Kinaxis announced that Volvo Cars had chosen its software for work on volume forecasting and production planning. According to Kinaxis, the Swedish carmaker will use its RapidResponse software to model the impact of rising production volumes, as well as other ‘what-if?’ scenarios. 


Transforming inbound flows

2018-07-10T15:03:05+01:00By Marcus Williams

Daimler Trucks’ division in Brazil – Mercedes-Benz do Brasil – has invested 500m reais ($150.6m) in its 1m sq.m plant in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo state, to establish a new truck assembly line and transform its supporting inbound logistics structure. The comprehensive overhaul of operations is part of ...

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When will services be back on track?

2018-07-09T14:12:23+01:00By Greg Thompson

The state of the rail freight service in the US has been a leading topic of conversation for several months within vehicle supply chains, with discussions still ongoing between OEMs and rail providers. Questions around the availability of capacity and transit delays that have disrupted the timing of finished vehicle ...


Africa awakes

2018-07-05T17:24:00+01:00By Gavin du Venage

Africa’s vehicle production and distribution sector still trails much of the rest of the world, but the signs are that this is beginning to change

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Russia's fresh focus on exports

2018-07-05T14:23:40+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

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A match made in heaven?

2018-06-28T10:46:58+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay


Brexit’s unaccustomed burdens

2018-06-27T11:50:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Nine months before the UK’s planned departure from the European Union, uncertainty over customs arrangements is emerging as one of the major concerns of manufacturers – perhaps just as much, if not more so, than the prospect of tariffs and taxes.


Trump stamps on Iran’s automotive revival

2018-06-20T12:42:54+01:00By Ian Henry

When Iran reached agreement with the global community in 2015 regarding denuclearisation, resulting in the lifting of sanctions in early 2016, almost immediately Renault and PSA announced their return to the country. Prior to Iran being ostracised, both companies had been active there via joint venture (JV) manufacturing operations, mostly ...


Twinning talent with technology

2018-06-19T16:03:52+01:00By Marcus Williams

The rate at which emerging digital technologies are transforming the automotive logistics supply chain is hard to keep up with. As both an enabler of everything from platform design to procurement, finance and planning, and a disruptor of traditional supply chain operations, digital technology associated with industry 4.0 is driving ...


Driving value into the supply chain

2018-05-30T14:54:04+01:00By Marcus Williams

Better communication is needed in the automotive supply chain, including between OEMs, suppliers, logistics providers and IT experts providing digital supply chain services. Digital technology has a lot of answers for an industry that is making strides in addressing the needs of modern manufacturing and the changing face of mobility, ...


A hard look at software risks

2018-05-24T15:24:16+01:00By Lem Bingley

Few people realise how much software runs today’s cars, observes Les Hatton, emeritus professor of forensic software engineering at Kingston University, UK. “We sit at home and can’t work out why the printer isn’t working, and then we’ll get in a car where there’s probably more software underneath,” he says. ...

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Sweet home Alabama

2018-05-21T08:00:59+01:00By Greg Thompson

One of the most popular songs about the US state of Alabama, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, opens with the line “Big wheels keep on turning” – and indeed the number doing so is set to grow after the January announcement that a $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda joint-venture manufacturing plant is scheduled to ...


MBUSI: In a state of contentment

2018-05-21T08:00:02+01:00By Greg Thompson

Why has Alabama become such a mecca for automotive manufacturing?I think there are a number of reasons. You have seen the automotive industry continue to push further south into areas where there is a good workforce available. You have infrastructure that is available. The supplier network has continued to migrate ...

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A global freight audit and payment solution

2018-05-17T14:48:00+01:00By nVision Global

Amidst the growing efforts of enterprises to expand, the logistics sector has been at the forefront of helping them attain a truly global status. But some hurdles remain, including the accurate and timely payment of freight invoices – nVision Global’s iMpact TMS can help

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About ready to drop

2018-05-17T11:49:42+01:00By Andrew Williams

DropCar’s mission is to “make driving fun again”, says Spencer Richardson, co-founder and CEO of the US-based start-up, which launched in New York City in 2015. The company decided to begin by offering an app-based service for car owners who live in urban areas where parking, car maintenance and even ...


Clark seeks to reassure automotive sector on Brexit

2018-05-16T17:15:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

British business minister Greg Clark (pictured) has suggested the UK government wants to avoid any new trade friction over the processing and transporting of automotive products with the European Union after Brexit, despite open disagreement among cabinet ministers over what sort of customs arrangement should be put in place.

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Gefco: Full of get up and go

2018-05-15T17:13:49+01:00By Marcus Williams

French transport and logistics provider Gefco started 2018 with an announcement in Paris that it was looking to cooperate more closely with its partners and customers. At the same time, the company said it was looking for international growth and new business as it continued to move beyond the traditional ...

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Russia: Recovery still down the road

2018-05-14T16:22:02+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Sales of finished vehicles in Russia rose 11.9% in 2017 over the previous year to reach 1.59m units, according to estimates in early January by the Association of European Businesses (AEB). Russia’s long-awaited recovery began in March and gained momentum throughout the year, peaking in December with monthly sales of ...

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Making sense from the noise for the future of logistics

2018-05-11T11:09:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Convergence between the automotive and high-tech sectors isn’t a theory or prediction any more. Vehicles are as connected as smartphones, programmed with millions more lines of code than any computer, and increasingly powered by the same electric components and batteries – just on a much larger scale.

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Real-time tracking: Is it Here yet?

2018-05-10T14:45:00+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

Real-time cargo tracking has always had its appeal. The problem has been finding a technology that could actually deliver on the aspiration


Audi México: Risk and reward

2018-05-03T16:52:30+01:00By Marcus Williams

When Audi opened its assembly plant in Mexico in September 2016, it was a milestone achievement on a number of levels. It was the first factory the German carmaker had set up outside Europe and the first that it was exclusively managing overseas (the two factories in China are joint ...

Grimaldi añade seis naves híbridas a su flota

2018-05-03T15:54:26+01:00By ams_Markvenables

Shipper Grimaldi Group adquirirá seis naves ro-ro híbridas para aumentar y modernizar su flota. El pedido valorado en $400m ha sido adjudicado astillero chino Jinling.La entrega de las naves está prevista para comenzar en 2020, y tendrán capacidad para transportar 7,800 metros lineales de unidades rodantes, el equivalente a 500 ...


Being Pragmatic about tracking

2018-04-30T16:05:37+01:00By Mike Farish, ams_mikefarish

Assigning materials and components an individual identity that can be tracked easily and reliably from the goods-inward stage through production to delivery to the customer, and even throughout their lifespan, is a fundamental element of effective logistics. In a high-volume environment such as mainstream automotive manufacturing, this will mean that ...

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Waking up to a new dawn

2018-04-27T15:51:03+01:00By tony, Tony Danby

Brazilian vehicle manufacturers are increasingly optimistic that the country can claw its way out of a deep recession. The country is experiencing a period of low inflation, low interest rates, light GDP growth and a tentative recovery in employment, reflected in improving purchasing power and consumer confidence. Moreover, consumers with ...


Trusting the market will stay afloat

2018-04-26T09:42:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

European vehicle-handling ports saw growth in vehicle vehicle volumes in 2017, however geo-political worries – not least Brexit – is causing concerns. Ports continue to invest but there are worries over future volumes and capacity levels. 


Navigating uncharted waters

2018-04-17T02:01:46+01:00By Jonathan Ward

The real-world impact on Maersk’s business was immediate. A number of port terminals operated by the group’s APM Terminals division were forced to close, and when they reopened, staff had to do their best to manage operations the old-fashioned way: using pens and paper.

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Mercedes-Benz: Taking an end-to-end approach

2018-04-12T17:23:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

It may have taken Mercedes-Benz around 120 years to reach 1m cars per year, breaching the mark around the turn of the 21stcentury. However, the recent surge in growth of the brand has seen it rise by around 1m units in sales and production in just five years, with passenger ...

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Jack Cooper: The wheels of revolution

2018-04-05T17:14:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

At the FVL North America conference, you said we were experiencing a technological revolution rather than an evolution. What do you think are the biggest changes happening now?I think we’ve got to look at it in our business from both sides: what’s happening in the actual vehicles and with the ...

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Volvo Cars: Leaning towards greater stability

2018-04-03T09:57:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Since Geely Holdings acquired it from Ford Motor Company in 2010, Volvo Cars has been reinventing itself, from product development through to its industrial base and supply chain. Today, with a refreshed model line-up and amidst several new launches, sales have grown to record levels, with further expansion still to ...


Navigating an uncertain future

2018-03-20T15:53:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The finished vehicle logistics industry may be facing a shortage of drivers and rail cars but it has plenty of platforms on which to communicate… and one of the main messages at this year’s FVL North America conference in Huntington Beach, California, was that people in this sector need to ...

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Vollmer takes production and logistics role at Seat

2018-03-07T13:24:51+00:00By Steve Garnsey

From July 1st, Christian Vollmer will be the OEM’s new vice-president for production and logistics, leading the management of its three factories at Martorell, El Prat de Llobregat and Barcelona in Spain. He will also promote strategies relating to environmental sustainability and the challenges of future mobility, as part of ...


Schick to lead Schaeffler's production, logistics and purchasing from next month

2018-03-07T01:26:55+00:00By Marcus Williams

Andreas Schick is to become chief operating officer (COO) at the supplier of components and systems for engines, transmissions and chassis. From April 1st, Schick will replace Oliver Jung, who has decided to leave the company after ten years.

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Chanje charges to an electrifying lead

2018-02-06T11:19:04+00:00By Gareth Tredway

Commercial electric vehicle start-up Chanje has stolen a march on some of the more established players in the US, revealing the V8070 all-electric panel van, which can carry a payload of 6,000lbs (2.72 tonnes), several months before Tesla unveiled its much-anticipated electric truck.


What3words: Innovative addressing solution

2018-02-06T10:29:00+00:00By Gareth Tredway

‘Innovative addressing solution’ aptly summarises the product the founders of a start-up came up with over three years ago. It also happens to be the co-ordinates of an exact 3m x 3m location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.


China car transporters: Axle position looks set to move centre stage

2018-02-05T11:37:38+00:00By Marcus Williams

The era of the overloaded car transporter in China – the ‘aircraft carriers’, as some have referred to them – is entering its final stages this year. After more than a decade of growing lengths and dangerous loads, the country’s highways are set to see improvements in safety and standards, ...

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Mexico conference: Uncertainty well-balanced with optimism

2018-01-31T15:55:30+00:00By Marcus Williams

While a degree of uncertainty over the future of free trade between Mexico and its Nafta neighbours to the north once again hung over discussions at this year’s Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, it was more than matched by confidence in the future of the automotive sector. That confidence is being ...


Mexico conference: Uncertainty well-balanced with optimism

2018-01-31T15:55:30+00:00By Marcus Williams

While a degree of uncertainty over the future of free trade between Mexico and its Nafta neighbours to the north once again hung over discussions at this year’s Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, it was more than matched by confidence in the future of the automotive sector. That confidence is being ...

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Outbound TMS: The search for a system that can't be beat

2018-01-29T17:02:50+00:00By Andrew Williams

In recent years, growing computer power, advanced software and algorithms for logistics planning have led to a rise in the use of the transport management system (TMS), which enables companies, among other things, to receive, plan, monitor and report on collections and deliveries. Some manufacturers and logistics providers have implemented ...


Logistics IT: Is there an app for that?

2018-01-26T12:18:25+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

At US finished vehicle logistics specialist Jack Cooper Logistics, recounts president Andrea Amico, as part of a contract for carrying out the collection and inspection of ex-fleet vehicles on behalf of a US carmaker, the need to supply seven images of each inspected vehicle was suddenly upped to a requirement ...

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Automation: Paving the way for progress

2018-01-25T17:26:00+00:00By Chris Lewis

Ask automotive manufacturers what their primary concerns are today within warehouses and factories and they will probably allude to one of three key things – productivity, safety and waste. Although various solutions are available to help alleviate problems in these areas, one of the most important is materials handling technology.

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Joanne Perry takes over as editor of Automotive Logistics

2018-01-19T10:22:40+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Joanne Perry (pictured) has taken over from Christopher Ludwig as the editor of the Automotive Logistics group, becoming responsible for the print and digital content of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics.

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Emergency response: Weathering the storms

2018-01-18T15:40:00+00:00By Greg Thompson


Disaster recovery: Prepared for the worst?

2018-01-18T15:39:36+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay


Rising inventory: Stock lots

2018-01-16T15:25:23+00:00By Jonathan Ward

In any retail business, inventory management is a delicate balancing act. Hold too little and frustrated customers will be forced to shop elsewhere; but piling stock on your shelves puts a strain on working capital and if what you bought isn’t what customers want, you have little choice but to ...


Road transport in Mexico: no time for reflection

2018-01-11T14:12:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

About three years ago, trucking capacity for the movement of finished vehicles in Mexico was a big concern. Trucks are used for the delivery of all finished vehicles for the domestic market there, as well as supporting rail in moving vehicles to and from ports, and there were simply not ...

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Russian regulation: Get local or get going

2018-01-10T11:33:04+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The industrial assembly policy that Russia’s government has been pursuing since 2008 initially looked to have played out quite well, encouraging the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to build assembly plants in the country. But after several economic crises, including a sharp devaluation of the rouble in 2014 and subsequent market ...

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Twists and turns in the road ahead

2018-01-05T12:36:01+00:00By Marcus Williams

The European new vehicle market has showed strength in recent years, following a long decline after the global financial and subsequent Eurozone crises; sales have mostly recovered to pre-crisis levels and continued to rise in most major EU markets throughout 2017, with the exception of the UK.

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Seat: Delivering improvement

2018-01-05T12:35:40+00:00By Marcus Williams

After reinventing much of its vehicle logistics following a severe reduction in output in the wake of the financial crisis, Volkswagen Group’s Spain-based Seat has since seen strong growth in production, exports and sales. That has put even more pressure on space and capacity at its main assembly location in ...

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Audi’s logistics part 2: Pursuing practical progression

2018-01-04T12:41:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

There is little question that finished vehicle logistics has been among the least automated segments of the overall automotive production and supply chain process. From loading and unloading vehicles to and from trucks, ships and rail wagons to inspection and parking, as well as scanning vehicles into inventory and tracking systems, outbound logistics has remained, by and large, a manual, labour-intensive operation

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Renault Nissan Automotive India part 2: Ensuring all brands are ready to go

2017-12-21T15:43:46+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Renault Nissan Automotive India, the joint venture division of the Renault Nissan Alliance that oversees production and distribution activities in the country, was established with a number of logistics advantages in mind. Its plant in Oragadam, close to the southern city of Chennai, is a manufacturing hub located within a ...


A stormy year of negotiations, electric plans and cyber-attacks

2017-12-20T15:03:48+00:00By Gareth Tredway


Noatum sets up automotive division to integrate Spanish port operations

2017-12-06T11:54:15+00:00By Barry Cross

Noatum Maritime has consolidated its position in Spain’s finished vehicle and ro-ro market with the integration of its vehicle handling businesses at the ports of Barcelona, Sagunto, Málaga and Santander with those in Pasajes and Tarragona.

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The building blocks of demand

2017-12-04T14:57:26+00:00By Anthony Coia

China and Europe are far apart, not just in terms of distance, but also culturally, economically and politically. Yet they occupy the same Eurasian land mass and trade between the two regions has been growing strongly. That includes automotive freight, with parts and vehicles moving in greater numbers in both ...

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No more second-hand innovation

2017-11-24T16:57:15+00:00By Greg Thompson

The conservation of time and the acceleration of goods in the supply chain have long been valued by OEMs and their partners in bringing new cars from production to market. Those principles are increasingly being brought to bear in the used car market, too, with tighter logistics chains and greater ...

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Moving with market currents

2017-11-24T11:06:03+00:00By Andrew Williams

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New awards celebrate excellence and innovation in automotive supply chains

2017-11-17T15:31:38+00:00By Automotive Logistics

The Automotive Logistics Group, which publishes the highly respected Automotive Logistics magazine as well as organising a series of global logistics conferences, has today announced the launch of an exciting new awards scheme for the automotive supply chain management sector.


Seat looks to digital supply chain and connected cars with Telefónica deal

2017-11-15T12:04:31+00:00By Marcus Williams

Spanish telecommunications provider Telefónica is to become an IT supplier to carmaker Seat, following an agreement signed in the first week of November designed to develop connected car technology, as well as digitalise the supply chain and manufacturing process.


Summit report: Indian industry must turn reforms into progress

2017-11-14T18:49:30+00:00By Gareth Tredway

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IT implementation: Touching the cutting edge

2017-11-10T14:45:00+00:00By Greg Thompson

Twenty years ago, parts of today’s automotive supply chain would have seemed like science fiction – plants keeping just a few hours’ worth of highly traceable inventory, unmanned drones being used to monitor site activity, glasses with computer chips in them, self-driving vehicles, and management systems that predict the future, ...

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BMW tracking: Prevention is better than a cure

2017-11-10T11:14:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Few manufacturing operations have expanded as much over the past two decades as BMW’s Plant Spartanburg in Greer, South Carolina. After producing 411,000 X-series SUV models in 2016, it is now the carmaker’s largest global facility by assembly volume, and is headed towards its maximum capacity of 450,000 units per year, including the launch this year of the new X3.


Mines of information

2017-11-09T17:08:00+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley

Having invested over the past 20 years in data acquisition technology, the automotive industry is now casting around for ways to make sense of that data.

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Brunswick increases vehicle handling capacity by 50% in a year

2017-11-08T11:36:08+00:00By Marcus Williams

Brunswick port, in the US state of Georgia, has reported an increase in its vehicle handling capacity at the Colonel’s Island terminal of 50% during the last 12 months.


One box still does not fit all

2017-11-07T15:23:00+00:00By Chris Lewis

A look at automotive packaging developments over the past 20 years

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The twilight of global trade?

2017-11-06T14:16:00+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

Globalisation and free trade may be reversing towards regional supply chains for a mix of policy and economic reasons

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Plugged in for progress

2017-10-31T16:11:00+00:00By Andrew Williams

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Service parts part 3: Aftermarket operations and network

2017-10-27T14:50:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

20 years of change in automotive service parts logistics

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Service parts part 4: Skills and service providers

2017-10-27T14:50:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Have you changed your outsourcing strategy for service parts operations?


Service parts part 2: Next-generation service

2017-10-27T14:49:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

BMW GroupWolfgang Baumann, vice-president of parts logistics management, has been with the company since 1985 and spent most of his career in sales planning and commercial operations in Germany, before moving into his current role in service parts logistics in 2010. While he claims not to be a logistics guy, ...


Service parts part 1: Moving fast towards the customer

2017-10-27T14:48:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Twenty years of automotive service parts logistics


Digital revolutions in political turmoil

2017-10-25T15:14:09+01:00By Marcus Williams

Whether it has been politics, the economy, ‘Dieselgate’, collapsing German rail tunnels or adverse weather, the European transport sector has its fair share to deal with this year – at a time which also appears to mark the end to a recent cyclical high in new vehicle registrations, at least ...

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Production & logistics part 4: Logistics organisations and skills

2017-10-25T09:45:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

How has your company’s supply chain and logistics management organisation changed over the past 20 years?


Production & logistics part 2: Questioning the future

2017-10-25T09:44:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This article is one of a series of pieces celebrating Automotive Logistics’ 20th anniversary issue that together take an extended look at the way top executives feel automotive production and logistics have changed in the last two decades – and where they see them heading in the future.


Production & logistics part 3: Operations, packaging and IT

2017-10-25T09:44:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

How have supply chain operations for logistics changed over the past 20 years?

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Production & logistics part 1: Where are we now?

2017-10-25T09:43:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This article kicks off a series of pieces celebrating Automotive Logistics’ 20th anniversary issue that together take an extended look at the way top executives feel automotive production and logistics have changed in the last two decades – and where they see them heading in the future

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Wehner sustituirá a Oevermann en Hellmann Automotive Logistics

2017-10-19T09:08:02+01:00By Gareth Tredway

Martin Wehner (en la imagen, a la izquierda) ha sido designado director de Hellmann Automotive Logistics después de la retirada de Bernd Oevermann (derecha), un veterano con más de 30 años en la empresa y fundador de Hellmann Automotive Logistics.


Third-party logistics: An ever-evolving partnership

2017-10-17T16:06:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

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This changing world…

2017-10-17T10:36:00+01:00By Gareth Tredway


Beijing Changjiu Logistics: Independence, investment and internationalisation

2017-10-16T15:42:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Beijing Changjiu Logistics has grown to become one of the largest third-party providers serving the automotive sector in China, both for handling parts and especially for finished vehicles, of which last year it moved 3.08m. The company began its life in 1992 as Jilin Changjiu Logistics but registered as Beijing ...


KBRW providing aftermarket OMS support for PSA Group across Europe

2017-10-11T16:15:17+01:00By Marcus Williams

French carmaker PSA Group has chosen an order management system (OMS) provided by supply chain management expert KBRW to support aftermarket deliveries of out-of-stock parts to its Distrigo distribution hubs in Europe.


A supplier renaissance

2017-10-10T19:33:00+01:00By Jonathan Ward

At the tail end of the 20th century, the automotive supply sector was a tough business to be in. The world’s carmakers had long since decided that the sprawling, vertically integrated manufacturing models of the past should be abandoned. Major OEMs spun out their component divisions as separate entities, narrowing ...


Living in interesting times

2017-10-10T13:14:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

With the shadow of a hard Brexit hanging over the UK, the question of how it will maintain a competitive automotive sector into the next decade is harder to answer than ever…


Volkswagen Group part 2: Talking ‘then and now’ with head of group logistics, Thomas Zernechel

2017-10-10T13:09:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The group’s head of group logistics talks about the major changes seen over the past two decades – and why he is optimistic about the future of logistics

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Volkswagen Group part 1: Present and prepared for the future

2017-10-10T13:09:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen Konzernlogistik (group logistics), the carmaker’s central logistics steering and purchasing organisation, has taken on new dimensions in managing the group’s complex and expanding supply chain


Changes are the only certainty at Ford of Europe

2017-10-09T17:46:07+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Ford of Europe: A system of strength and complexity

2017-10-09T16:53:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Dirk Willmann’s 25-year career with Ford has made him witness to the changing arc of the company’s supply chain in Europe and further afield, including more complicated material flows, new locations and footprint changes, as well as advances in technology.


Live poll results from the UK: present and future disruption

2017-10-09T12:26:04+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Live polling conducted at this year's Automotive Logistics UK summit revealed that delegates are anticipating major changes to the automotive supply chain as it relates to the UK and the wider sector. While most executives participating in the survey are optimistic about the industry's prospects in the short term, including ...

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Mini plant, huge complexity

2017-10-06T12:32:19+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

BMW’s Mini factory in Cowley, near Oxford in southern England, is a striking example of managing high levels of supply chain and production complexity, set against space constraints and long lead times for inbound parts delivery and exports of vehicles.


Mexico rail vs sea: No easy route for exports

2017-10-06T11:25:07+01:00By Marcus Williams

Figures from the Mexican Automotive Industry Association (AMIA) show that between January and June this year, more than 85% of the passenger cars and light trucks made in the country were exported to the US and Canada – equal to almost 1.3m units out of a production total of nearly ...


US car carriers: Driven to deliver

2017-10-05T16:13:56+01:00By Marcus Williams

The US car market is forecast to contract slightly over the next two to three years, with sales set to fall from a high of 17.8m this year to around 16.3m in 2019, according to figures from industry analyst PwC. As OEMs cope with swelling inventory, the car carrier sector ...


An aftermarket network rebuilt for rapid response at BMW

2017-10-03T11:57:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

An interview with Wolfgang Baumann, vice-president of parts logistics management and responsible for the global supply of service parts for the BMW Group

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Conference report: Attracting a talent for disruption

2017-09-26T13:44:55+01:00By Marcus Williams

What was clear from this year's conference in Detroit, however, was that the industry desperately needed a new generation of talented people to handle the disruption ahead and the developments in logistics. Tech savvy engineers looking for jobs at the Silicon Valley giants needed to be encouraged to see the ...


A digital platform for changing the outbound sector

2017-09-19T17:47:00+01:00By Fracht SIA

Fracht SIA’s transport management software is able to handle everything from purchasing, transport scheduling to route data services, accounting and more


Embracing change to drive velocity in North American ports

2017-08-15T19:06:42+01:00By Marcus Williams

The North American finished vehicle sector remains largely in robust health. Vehicle sales remain strong in the US, despite a levelling off after seven years of consecutive growth, and are growing in Mexico. Import and export activity, both within the region and with international markets, looks dynamic over the next ...

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Vehicle protection: Trying to cover all bases

2017-08-09T12:44:13+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

In June this year, upmarket Volvo S90 sedans built at Volvo Cars’ plant in Daqing, northern China, began arriving at a car terminal at the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium for European distribution. Travelling not by sea, but by rail, they are transported in containers across Russia along the China-Europe rail ...

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Ukraine’s automotive industry on its way to a revival

2017-08-08T17:31:10+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Ukraine’s automotive market is building on the recovery that started at the end of last year, when the three-year slump in the passenger car market levelled off and a rebound began. Latest figures show that in the first half of 2017, the number of cars sold there rose 36% to ...

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Online vehicle sales: ACES high as dealers face a new game

2017-08-07T09:28:12+01:00By Jonathan Ward

Once upon a time, interaction between carmakers and their customers happened in one place: the dealership. Dealer showrooms were where customers learned about products, chose a car and parted with their cash. Once a customer took possession of the vehicle, he was likely to return to the dealer for service ...


BLG and Fenix commit to expansion of services at Bronka

2017-08-04T16:52:36+01:00By Marcus Williams

German logistics provider BLG Logistics and LLC Fenix, the owner and operator of the Russian port of Bronka, have signed an official letter of intent for joint future development of finished vehicle handling at the port.

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Brazil: Exports are chasing away the clouds

2017-08-03T17:42:15+01:00By tony, Tony Danby

Brazilian vehicle sales, which have fallen every year since 2013, continue to be hampered by a deep recession, a stubborn, double-digit unemployment rate, increasingly tight credit and haemorrhaging consumer confidence. Seemingly unending political crises have also hit the country. So, to combat the stalling economy and venal political climate, carmakers, ...

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Outbound deliveries: Blocking in the truth

2017-08-01T15:00:51+01:00By Andrew Williams

Will bitcoin prove to be one of the most valuable innovations in changing the finished vehicle supply chain? If so, it is not because carmakers and logistics providers are moving their contracts from dollars, euros or yuan to the virtual currency (although given its recent escalation in value, some may ...


Shift in powertrains drives strong growth in battery production

2017-07-25T15:38:33+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Accelerating growth in electric and hybrid vehicle production is opening up a range of new supply chains across all areas of the automotive industry – not least in battery cell production.


Mexican ports report boom in vehicle traffic

2017-07-19T10:10:51+01:00By Barry Cross

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Different digital paces

2017-07-18T14:58:15+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Smart packaging: The quest for greater precision

2017-07-17T12:33:15+01:00By Anthony Coia

Packaging is one area in the automotive supply chain in which greater connectivity and ‘internet of things’ (IoT) devices have the potential to make significant improvements. Many of the chronic issues that accompany the management and flow of equipment, including missing or incorrect containers, damage to parts, as well as ...


Project cargo: Achieving mission impossible

2017-07-14T17:22:25+01:00By Andrew Williams

Project cargo logistics is a term that covers a wide range of activities, from the movement of unusually large or heavy loads to the management of time-critical ones. In basic terms, it can be defined as the coordination, planning and management of particularly challenging logistics projects.

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Middle East and Africa: Ford opens up the highways

2017-07-14T12:23:53+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

An army marches on its stomach, Napoleon is reputed to have said, in perhaps one of history’s earliest endorsements of the wisdom of sound logistics infrastructure. These days, as those in the automotive industry know, good logistics in the marketplace is often the key to winning business and meeting the ...

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Suzuki gets its delivery priorities in order

2017-07-14T10:40:49+01:00By Gareth Tredway

A prolonged period of strong sales growth in the UK means Suzuki now imports more than double the number of vehicles it did five years ago into the country. This expansion has put pressure on the company’s finished vehicle supply chain. It has also come at a time when customer ...


Indian regulations: A rainbow of solutions

2017-07-13T12:22:27+01:00By Rohan Gunasekera

The Indian vehicle logistics market is in the midst of major change and disruption, much of it in the name of modernisation and improvement. New dimension and safety requirements for car carriers came into force in April, with carmakers and logistics providers scrambling to make their fleets compliant and secure ...

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Russia summit: Dealing with the reality of a slow recovery

2017-07-11T15:51:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

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North American ports: Slowdown after growth tests capacity to cope

2017-07-05T17:20:21+01:00By Marcus Williams

While seven years of consecutive sales growth in the North American automotive industry have put vehicle handling ports to the test in terms of throughput, many of them are now being tested further by the slowdown in sales in the US, with inventory build-ups in some ports, and slower throughput.

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Private equity group EQT buys into terminal at Port of LA

2017-07-05T12:00:15+01:00By Gareth Tredway

EQT Partners, the Swedish private equity group, has acquired a 90% interest in the Global Gateway South (GGS) terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for $817m.

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BMW Group: Thinking big about outbound

2017-07-03T11:44:47+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Alongside pictures of her family, Anita Pieper’s office is full of visual charts and signposts: value-stream maps, PDA circles for scheduling and a 3PS board outlining various projects and targets her teams are working on, from quality statistics to network studies or a plant launch years ahead.

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Volvo Cars China: A system built for growth

2017-06-29T03:34:22+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Volkswagen OTC: Sea king of the Kassel

2017-06-29T02:16:53+01:00By Anthony Coia

[sta_anchor id="1"]In many ways, the heart of Volkswagen Group After Sales – the OEM’s service parts and aftermarket division – is its massive Original Teile (Parts) Centre (OTC) in Baunatal, near Kassel, central Germany. This impressive storage and shipping centre serves destinations across the world, including European dealerships as well ...


Volkswagen Group Logistics: Come together, right now

2017-06-29T01:53:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

All carmakers are [sta_anchor id=”1”]grappling with how to plan and respond to the technological, social and economic changes that are expected to affect their products and businesses. Manufacturers must simultaneously manage rising demand for both traditional and alternative fuels, while exploring new models for mobility that might, in future, change ...

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Russia: Ready for a recovery?

2017-06-28T11:44:08+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Vehicle sales in Russia have shown modest rises in recent months, raising hopes that this year will finally return to growth and kick off a longer-term recovery. Following several months of increases, sales of new light vehicles in the first five months of the year had risen by 5.1% compared ...

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Momentum builds for post-Brexit transition period to avoid ‘cliff-edge’

2017-06-21T15:26:50+01:00By Gareth Tredway

A prominent UK government minister and the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) were among those that this week called for interim arrangements to be put in place after the two-year Brexit negotiation deadline, as the chances of a new trade deal being in place by then seemed unlikely ...


Europe conference: No easy way to the digital supply chain

2017-06-13T18:15:09+01:00By Automotive Logistics

When it comes to planning and managing the automotive supply chain in Europe these days, nobody said it was going to be easy.

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Europe conference: Data sharing could ease port constraints for finished vehicles

2017-06-13T11:56:05+01:00By Gareth Tredway

According to the recent Finished Vehicle Logistics survey, European ports handled well over 21m new light vehicles in 2016 – the highest number since the global economic downturn.


Europe conference: Using logistics to compete across a digitalised aftermarket

2017-06-13T10:00:28+01:00By Marcus Williams

Many of the developments are being driven by a shift in the market structure in Europe. For example, the traditional line for suppliers selling parts supplied to carmakers versus independent retail channels is blurring. Suppliers, carmakers and wholesale distributors are also increasingly using so-called Omni-channel distribution strategies, which might include ...

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Analysis: Hung parliament casts doubt and hope over Brexit

2017-06-12T12:22:20+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

This article is being updated regularly.


Plant yards & systems: Allowing space to grow

2017-05-18T17:05:59+01:00By Andrew Williams

The effective management of plant yards is an important component of finished vehicle supply chains because of the constant flow and high volume of products such manufacturing plants typically handle. As a number of OEMs re-examine the balance between in-house labour and outsourced providers, many have begun to devote more ...


Supply Chain Conference: The future is already here

2017-05-16T17:04:51+01:00By Automotive Logistics

That the automotive industry will see [sta_anchor id="1"]exponential change is something that many, if not all, experts and executives predict – even if they disagree about the pace and scale of change. Technology developments such as autonomous vehicles, the rise of the ‘internet of things’ with more connected devices, and ...

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Russian imports: Forecasting a fragile recovery

2017-05-15T11:44:09+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

[in_this_story align="right" border="yes"]In August last year, imports of finished vehicles in Russia rose 5.3% year-on-year, bringing an end to a decline that had lasted for 35 consecutive months. Meanwhile, during the course of 2016, several carmakers, including SsangYong and Honda, unveiled plans to start importing finished vehicles into the country ...

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Supply Chain Conference: Service parts logistics try to keep up with e-commerce

2017-05-12T19:45:33+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The service parts sector is among the first distribution channels in the automotive market to feel disruption from the digital economy, as consumers increasingly buy goods and services online.

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Education and training: The hard line on soft skills

2017-05-12T15:25:28+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

[in_this_story align="right" border="yes"]General Motors’ executive director for global supply chain, Todd Scott, meets frequently with the faculties of several universities. At Cranfield University School of Management – ranked number one outside the United States in Supply Chain World’s annual Top 100 Universities survey – senior supply chain executives from industry, ...

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DHL in the UK: staying ahead of automotive change

2017-05-11T12:20:48+01:00By Gareth Tredway

Despite uncertainty surrounding the UK’s departure from the EU, planned investments in new models and manufacturing should keep the country’s vehicle production networks competitive and growing.

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Materials handling: Machines on the move

2017-05-08T16:08:36+01:00By Andrew Williams

[in_this_story align="right" border="yes"] Advances in automated technology and robotics have already transformed many aspects of automotive manufacturing, with the sector taking a lead in plant technology and automation investment, from stamping equipment to precision welding robots. In the context of increasing digitalisation, manufacturers are looking to go much further, ...


The end of the line?

2017-05-03T13:04:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As the vehicle industry and market moves towards higher levels of electrification and connectivity, production experts anticipate a change from the traditional assembly line layout that has dominated the industry for nearly a century. Instead, OEMs are expected to increasingly orientate their plants and supply chains around more flexible, digitally ...


Looking for the human-machine touch

2017-05-03T11:26:37+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Digital technology is fast changing the way vehicles are built, with labour, data and engineering management set for new levels of automation, according to experts speaking at the recent automotiveIT Forum Production and Logistics.


EV supply chains: Shifting currents

2017-04-28T16:32:55+01:00By Jonathan Ward

Mass-market electric vehicles are coming. Global plug-in sales grew 42% in 2016, reaching to 773,600 units.

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A new look (but it’s what’s inside that counts)

2017-04-26T10:25:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Whether you’re a regular or new visitor to Automotive Logistics, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to some changes and new features on our website that we hope you’ll enjoy. We think that they both improve our layout and will help you better access and choose from ...

Reinventing itself to keep abreast of changing demand

2017-04-25T14:10:31+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Despite uncertainty surrounding the UK’s departure from the European Union, carmakers in the country have announced a number of investments in the past 12 months that should, in the medium term at least, keep the country’s vehicle production networks competitive and growing.


Evolution Time Critical opens new office in Atlanta

2017-04-19T23:40:19+01:00By Marcus Williams

Emergency logistics services provider, Evolution Time Critical, has opened a US office in Atlanta, Georgia. The company said it had decided to put an office there in response to increasing demand from the automotive industry for its services and cited North America’s high vehicle production levels, which are expected to ...


China conference: Fast lane to the future

2017-04-18T23:20:37+01:00By Automotive Logistics

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China trucking: From overloaded to under capacity

2017-04-10T17:16:26+01:00By Anthony Coia

China’s new road transport rules are prompting an evolution in the country’s vehicle logistics as suppliers redefine their networks to cope with changing truck limits – but investment is likely to be slow


Changan Ford: The long and short of it

2017-04-07T17:07:25+01:00By Anthony Coia

With new regulations leading to price rises and capacity shortages in road transport, Changan Ford is seeking rail and water alternatives where it can, as well as investment by its 3PL


European ports: Sailing into a tide of protectionism?

2017-04-04T22:43:43+01:00By Anthony Coia

The repercussions of last year’s political eruptions have yet to be felt in Europe’s ports and growth is expected to continue this year, bringing with it much-needed investment. But port operators and shipping companies remain on alert for any shift in trading patterns

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Groupe PSA report: A partnership of choice for Gefco and PSA

2017-03-31T22:15:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Having signed an €8 billion contract with its former owner PSA, Gefco is keen to emphasise its growing independence both within and outside the automotive sector


Groupe PSA special report: Refait à neuf

2017-03-31T21:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

A five-part feature assays the recent fortunes of Groupe PSA – and the effects on its logistics functions across PSA and its newly acquired Opel and Vauxhall brands – under the leadership of Carlos Tavares and senior vice-president of supply chain, Francesca Gamboni.


Groupe PSA report: Chef d’orchestre prepares to begin a new movement

2017-03-31T20:59:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

PSA’s vice-president of supply chain, Francesca Gamboni, is bringing a new vision of supply chain management inspired by the kind of cross-departmental responsibility found in the FMCG sector. She reveals how this could improve PSA’s supply versus demand balance

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Groupe PSA report: Connecting a supply chain par excellence

2017-03-31T20:58:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

PSA’s vision of end-to-end supply chain planning will help support its global expansion and acquisition of Opel, as the combined operations roll out some 59 new model launches by 2021


Groupe PSA report: Engineering logistics partnerships

2017-03-31T20:57:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

PSA’s partnership of choice with Gefco aims to reap benefits in purchasing, pooling and packaging innovation, as well as bringing further intermodal options


Groupe PSA report: Full throttle towards pole position

2017-03-31T20:56:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

A look ahead to the technological developments and personnel requirements that will drive PSA’s analysis of supply and demand


Seat: A megatruckload of progress

2017-03-30T21:32:54+01:00By Marcus Williams

Seat’s supply chain leaders open up about rail infrastructure, the carmaker’s use of automation and its service parts network

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FVL conference: Will big outbound visions ever happen in real-time?

2017-03-14T18:13:54+00:00By Marcus Williams

The eighth annual Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference discussed lots of potential for connected car and in-vehicle technology to transform transport and tracking. However, uncertainties over which technology to focus on, as well as regulatory and economic questions, may hold back important software and hardware updates. Marcus Williams reports ...


New wave of protectionism threatens the automotive sector

2017-03-02T16:29:32+00:00By Steve Garnsey

India, Japan, the US and the UK are among those that seem to be adopting more protectionist measures in their international relations, and even the EU appears to be getting in on the act now… all of which seems likely to have some serious implications for international vehicle and parts ...


E-commerce automation: Ocado bags a revolution

2017-02-23T13:55:36+00:00By ams_davidthomas

Many in automotive logistics like to think they’re at the cutting edge of automation and information technology. But as grocery e-retailer Ocado demonstrates, those in the car sector could learn a lot from the way other products are being handled and distributed


Mexico conference report: Seeking to build bridges, not walls

2017-02-07T14:25:00+00:00By Marcus Williams


ZF establishes world’s second largest supplier of aftermarket parts

2017-01-25T10:56:38+00:00By Marcus Williams

Germany’s ZF has established a dedicated new aftermarket division – ZF Aftermarket – which it says is the second largest supplier of premium aftermarket parts in the world.

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US car hauliers: Keeping all eyes on the road

2017-01-24T15:45:04+00:00By Anthony Coia

Despite a levelling off in US vehicle sales, car carriers hope to carry on expanding as new technology makes them more efficient. But there are potholes to negotiate, as Automotive Logistics finds out...


Cars in containers: Boxing above their weight

2017-01-17T12:25:51+00:00By Anthony Coia

Suppliers of car container equipment are gaining ground by providing fast, flexible shipping options in specific global markets

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Advanced analytics: Boiling down the benefits of big data

2017-01-13T16:54:53+00:00By Jonathan Ward

In a data-rich world, could advanced analytical techniques be the key to higher performance in the automotive supply chain?


Ocean container packaging: Hammering out a waste of space

2017-01-13T14:50:51+00:00By Anthony Coia

More efforts are taking place to improve efficiency, cost and quality through the better use and construction of packaging within container transport 

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FCA invests in US Jeep output; warns over withdrawal from Mexico 

2017-01-11T17:20:31+00:00By Gareth Tredway

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed plans to invest $1 billion in its Michigan and Ohio plants, generating 2,000 jobs in the US.

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Latin America: The good, the bad & the uncertainty

2017-01-10T18:02:54+00:00By tony, Tony Danby

Governments, carmakers, processors and carriers will all have their roles to play in establishing greater economic and logistical integration across Latin America, as Automotive Logistics finds out.


Robert Bosch 4.0: Keeping a close eye on technology

2017-01-09T12:02:41+00:00By Anthony Coia

Tier one supplier Robert Bosch is broadening the role of IT and automation in its operations to boost supply chain efficiency

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Cross-Channel freight: Trucks, tariffs and tunnel vision

2017-01-06T17:24:24+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

Automotive Logistics reports on vehicle and component movements between the UK and the rest of Europe in the post-Brexit climate


Trump turns on Toyota over vehicle imports from Mexico 

2017-01-06T12:43:42+00:00By Marcus Williams

Following recent attacks on Ford and GM for existing and planned imports of vehicles into the US from Mexico, US president-elect Donald Trump has now turned his attention to Toyota.

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ETA accuracy: Going up in the customer’s estimation

2017-01-06T11:57:43+00:00By Greg Thompson

Carmakers and logistics providers are now starting to bring ‘Uber-like’ tracking and delivery forecasts to the finished vehicle sector...

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Russian component exports: Shaping up to ship out

2017-01-04T17:25:24+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

OEMs and tier suppliers in Russia have plans to support their flagging domestic business with more components exports 


Ford cancels plans for plant in Mexico as GM defends its position

2017-01-04T15:55:26+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Ford has confirmed it is cancelling plans to build a $1.6 billion assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, in north-central Mexico, citing slowing demand for the smaller vehicles intended for the plant for the move, rather than recent criticism from president-elect Donald Trump over production in Mexico for export to ...

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Hail damage: Make do and mend or shelter from the storm?

2017-01-04T11:20:17+00:00By Andrew Williams

Hail poses obvious risks for finished vehicles left out unprotected but there are various steps that can be taken to address the problem – some of them based on prevention and others based on cure


Honda Cars India: ‘Delivery is the key to success’

2017-01-03T16:42:45+00:00By Marcus Williams

Honda Cars India’s head of supply chain management, PR Ramakrishnan (pictured), outlines his approach to meeting higher customer expectations in a changing regulatory landscape

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General Motors: The new law of supply & demand

2016-12-29T12:46:38+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

GM has restructured its order fulfilment, supply chain and logistics to share more common objectives, grouping them together in a department reporting to James Bovenzi

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General Motors: The new law of supply & demand

2016-12-29T12:46:38+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

GM has restructured its order fulfilment, supply chain and logistics to share more common objectives, grouping them together in a department reporting to James Bovenzi


BLG move to Bronka is a vote of confidence in Russia

2016-12-22T12:33:17+00:00By Marcus Williams

German logistics provider BLG Logistics and LLC Fenix, the owner and operator of the Russian port of Bronka, have signed an open-ended agreement for the handling of finished vehicles through the port.


BMW's 'connected' logistics part 2: Towards a sustainable supply chain

2016-12-22T10:14:59+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

BMW is looking to reduce its use of air freight while increasing its use of rail freight to ensure its future vision of a 'Connected Supply Chain' is truly sustainable


BMW's 'connected' logistics: Shaping a self-steering supply chain

2016-12-22T10:01:47+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

BMW’s senior vice-president of logistics, Jürgen Maidl, and other executives talk to Automotive Logistics about the carmaker’s drive towards a decentralised and fully connected logistics flow


American Honda: Looking for smart, sustainable solutions

2016-12-19T14:23:09+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

American Honda’s head of sales planning and logistics, Chuck Kendig, reveals the philosophy behind his approach to managing the carmaker’s outbound flows and describes how the department operates to cope with changing model demand 

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Parts materials: Metal manoeuvres

2016-12-15T16:41:46+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Aluminium has been threatening to edge steel out as a material for automotive components thanks to its weight advantages. But while aluminium’s role in components is growing, modern steels still dominate the supply chain – and the future requires the best of both

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BMW and logistics automation: from prototype to (augmented) reality

2016-11-18T17:01:05+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The premium carmaker is taking a step-by-step approach to bringing smarter automation and digital technology into its day-to-day operations, with big plans for the future. 

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BMW and logistics automation: from prototype to (augmented) reality

2016-11-18T17:01:05+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The premium carmaker is taking a step-by-step approach to bringing smarter automation and digital technology into its day-to-day operations, with big plans for the future. 


Freight audit & pay systems: Better ways to pay the bills

2016-11-17T17:41:23+00:00By Andrew Williams

Concluding our two-part look at freight audit & pay (FA&P) systems (see part one), Automotive Logistics investigates the variety of ways in which they can be used throughout the supply chain, weighs up the challenges of doing so and assesses some likely future trends... 

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Changing trade agreements in the spotlight after US election

2016-11-16T15:09:27+00:00By Gareth Tredway

A week after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election, automotive manufacturers and experts are still piecing together what his new administration could mean for vehicle production, trade and investment across North America and beyond.


India conference report: Looking for the next leap forward

2016-11-14T19:07:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

India’s automotive industry is set to become the third biggest in the world but its growth is testing the infrastructure to the limit and bringing a high level of complexity to the supply chain. There are also big changes ahead related to tax policy and equipment legislation, which bring their ...

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Ten years in India part 3: going back on the Indian highways

2016-11-02T12:43:05+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Continuing our celebrations ahead of the 10th Automotive Logistics India conference on November 8th-10th, we look back at a journalist's adventures and activism aboard the nation's car carriers.

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Service parts distribution: Less distance, more speed

2016-10-27T10:15:41+01:00By Charlie Fiveash

Aftersales service is critical to a car buyer’s satisfaction and brand perception. We find out how OEMs are dealing with the growing pressures on North American parts distribution networks

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Ten years in India part 2: MM Singh from Maruti Suzuki

2016-10-26T12:17:54+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Continuing our celebrations ahead of the 10th Automotive Logistics India conference on November 8th-10th, we look back at our past decade of exclusive interviews and coverage of the Indian automotive supply chain. 


European vehicle logistics could get left behind in the digital dust

2016-10-24T20:16:59+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Damage limitation: Reducing damage drawn by design

2016-10-24T10:30:23+01:00By Anthony Coia

Trends in vehicle evolution can add to the likelihood of damage in transit. While this can be partly mitigated by routing and planning, the vehicle logistics industry can struggle to adapt fast enough...

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Damage limitation: Reducing damage drawn by design

2016-10-24T10:30:23+01:00By Anthony Coia

Trends in vehicle evolution can add to the likelihood of damage in transit. While this can be partly mitigated by routing and planning, the vehicle logistics industry can struggle to adapt fast enough...

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BMW outlines new plans to transform logistics efficiency

2016-10-21T13:07:05+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Oliver Zipse, the carmaker's board member for production, reveals how it intends to sharply increase the level of automation involved in its production and logistics activities

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Ten years in India: a look back at Tata Motors

2016-10-18T15:59:42+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

(Read the full article here.)

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Industry 4.0: Chipping away at the future

2016-10-18T14:00:06+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

Automotive Logistics reports on the Fraunhofer Institute’s research into autonomous warehouse decision-making and how it is working to deliver practical advantages from Industry 4.0 concepts


UK summit report: Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

2016-10-10T17:33:04+01:00By Marcus Williams

Given the UK’s vote to leave the European Union in June this year, discussions of ‘Brexit’ were bound to recur at the inaugural Automotive Logistics UK summit, which took place last week at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, just outside London

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Indian export logistics: Waiting for an upgrade

2016-10-10T15:59:24+01:00By Rohan Gunasekera


Kia West Point: Midnight freight trains to Georgia

2016-10-05T16:21:39+01:00By Anthony Coia


Alternative logistics in Africa: The sky's the limit

2016-10-03T17:14:12+01:00By Gavin du Venage

Africa’s underdeveloped infrastructure and dangerous conditions are leading it to leapfrog other countries in adopting alternative freight technologies which might one day serve automotive logistics


Rail transport in Russia: Tracking the downturn

2016-10-03T12:31:35+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Rail transport of finished vehicles in Russia is dropping fast under the combined pressure of rising charges, falling state subsidies and dwindling demand for new vehicles


Yard management: Tricks of the terminal trade

2016-10-03T10:26:32+01:00By Marcus Williams

Balancing the demands of high volumes and diverse products with the need for efficiency and security calls for investment and flexibility in both staffing and IT


JLR part 2: The big cat is hunting for outbound efficiencies

2016-09-30T15:54:06+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Jaguar Land Rover has taken a lead in using in-vehicle technology and connectivity to improve outbound visibility, part of a recent programme of change and investment across the carmaker’s logistics[sta_anchor id="1"]


JLR part 1: Ensuring logistics is not a victim of success

2016-09-30T15:53:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

With so much expansion, change and inevitable risk still ahead of the carmaker, JLR’s director of global material planning and logistics, David Dyke, is pushing his department’s influence across the company and the supply chain to gain efficiency and further strength


Brexit and shipping: Playing a game of wait and sea

2016-09-30T14:23:14+01:00By Jonathan Ward

A country’s ports and the shipping lines that serve them are at the front line of fluctuations in international trade. So is the UK sector bracing itself for a Brexit-induced storm? 


BMW and Greer: A port far from any storms

2016-09-30T10:55:55+01:00By Greg Thompson

No ocean-going vessel ever docks there but an inland port at Greer, South Carolina, has proved a perfect solution for BMW’s import and export parts shipping needs


Global conference: Keeping up with technology’s potential and risks

2016-09-26T21:36:26+01:00By Marcus Williams

The Automotive Logistics Global conference offered examples of technological change, advantages and dangers. The question is whether manufacturers and logistics providers are investing enough attention and capital in keeping up with them.

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Global conference: Know your supply chain better

2016-09-24T15:58:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Manufacturers and logistics providers at the Automotive Logistics Global conference are doing more to integrate their supply chains from end to end, and are keen to use data and analytics to anticipate problems before they arise.


Opel/Vauxhall: Stable & ready to launch

2016-09-23T16:06:17+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Following a period of transformation and improvements in production planning, Opel is on a product offensive. Director of logistics Andreas Graffe and outbound logistics manager Michael Gorny discuss the importance of ‘frontloading’ logistics to support it.


Brexit: Who’s in the driving seat... and where are we going?

2016-09-20T15:07:31+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

With the dust far from settled after a shock UK referendum result in favour of leaving the European Union, we assess the country’s future trade possibilities and their implications for the automotive logistics industry


Indian carriers fight penalties and OEM indifference

2016-09-16T16:27:23+01:00By ramesh

Just when you thought the question of car transporter lengths in India was sorted out, it may be time to think again.

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Box of delights

2016-08-25T16:53:58+01:00By Rachael Hogg

A box is a box is a box, right? Well no, actually. Returnable container manufacturer Schoeller Allibert reveals that there is far more to returnable containers than four walls and a lid, if the sector is to keep up with its customers’ needs

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Freight audit & pay systems: Making payment less painful

2016-08-18T15:35:35+01:00By Andrew Williams

Freight audit and pay systems can provide great control over auditing and paying for logistics-related services


FVL Import Export summit: Making sure bigger is also better in ports

2016-08-12T20:16:20+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The third Finished Vehicle Logistics Import Export summit revealed the need among vehicle-handling ports for more investment in space, berths and inland transport, at the same time that OEMs and logistics partners need to work together to improve the uneven flow of vehicles that 'vessel bunching' and larger ships are ...

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Truck platooning: a future benefit for automotive logistics

2016-08-03T12:27:17+01:00By Rachael Hogg

A recent test of truck platooning has successfully demonstrated the technology’s considerable potential for commercial vehicle fleets...

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Volvo Trucks: High, heavy and smart

2016-07-31T16:11:50+01:00By Anthony Coia

[sta_anchor id="1"]Volvo Trucks North America is improving its complex delivery network across the US, including investments in new technology and in supporting its carriers

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2015 North American port survey: Ports get an extra lift from a rise in imports

2016-07-29T12:47:56+01:00By Anthony Coia

[sta_anchor id="1"]Our annual survey found most ports are seeing strong imports across North America, leading (in some cases) to parking constraints and vessel bunching. The future may look different, but operators and OEMs need to get smart about space

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South Africa: Flagging but still fighting

2016-07-28T12:36:08+01:00By Gavin du Venage

[sta_anchor id="1"]South Africa’s economy is battling problems, but its vehicle exports and role in global vehicle programmes mean it continues to attract investment

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Deliveries are feeling the crunch

2016-07-27T15:07:04+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

If you can’t get your product to market, every other competitive advantage is lost – a problem Europe’s OEMs could face as transport capacity tightens for moving finished vehicles

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China: Cutting costs and creating efficiency

2016-07-26T16:55:26+01:00By ellen


Tesla’s supply chain set for a surge

2016-07-26T15:54:33+01:00By Rachael Hogg

Tesla has captured the car industry’s collective imagination in many ways since its start-up in 2008, including how it builds and sells its electric vehicles.

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BMW: Flexing up for the fourth revolution

2016-07-25T16:49:32+01:00By Rachael Hogg

BMW’s partnership with Fraunhofer has produced innovations in materials handling to support its global parts exports, but these are only a first step towards wider digitalisation and automation in logistics

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Brazil: Life in the narrow margins

2016-07-25T16:31:19+01:00By tony, Tony Danby

[sta_anchor id="1"]OEMs and their LSPs are grappling with collapsing sales in Brazil even as new plants come online. As a result, they are looking for new ways to slash costs and boost exports

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Inventory inversed

2016-07-22T11:37:20+01:00By Jonathan Ward

Changes in technology, economics and attitudes are driving a resurgence of interest in vendor managed inventory programmes among automotive manufacturers

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JLR gets real about recycled aluminium loops

2016-07-22T11:04:26+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Jaguar Land Rover is taking steps to increase the amount of recycled aluminium it uses. Automotive Logistics finds out more…

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Russia: Too little, too late?

2016-07-21T17:26:35+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

[sta_anchor id="1"]Russia’s softening of localisation requirements for carmakers is a welcome step forward but it may not help the country’s flagging automotive sector as much the government would like

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Is the digital future now history?

2016-07-20T16:49:01+01:00By Andrew Williams

[sta_anchor id="1"]Electronic consignment notes were given the green light by the EU in 2011 but their implementation across European countries remains patchy. Has their time finally come… or gone? 

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Packaging: Thinking smarter outside the box

2016-07-20T16:34:52+01:00By Anthony Coia

[sta_anchor id="1"]Tracking technology is playing an ever greater role in the effectiveness of returnable packaging, but still has some way to go before it becomes ubiquitous


C4 Logistics wins Europe-wide contract with Cooper Standard

2016-07-20T10:41:22+01:00By Marcus Williams

Time critical logistics provider C4 Logistics has signed a contract with automotive parts supplier Cooper Standard for expedited services across Europe. Operations began at the beginning of this month and cover Cooper Standard’s 22 factories in Europe, which include sites in Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Poland, France, Serbia ...

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Volkswagen & Audi in Mexico part 3: Building in an extra level of efficiency

2016-07-19T16:37:42+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Volkswagen & Audi in Mexico part 2: Everything in its right place

2016-07-19T12:25:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Volkswagen & Audi in Mexico part 1: Sharing logistics in a state of expansion

2016-07-14T11:39:14+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Puebla and Volkswagen have long gone together and are vitally important to one another. Now that Audi is joining the Mexican fray, the group has established new organisations and networks across North America. Automotive Logistics finds out more about this multi-brand, multi-country approach to purchasing and logistics

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No longer outlaws

2016-07-11T17:02:18+01:00By ramesh

New rules governing Indian car carrier sizes are set to standardise a sector that has been confusing and contradictory for over a decade

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Video interview with Bill Kerrigan, vice-president, logistics, SSA Marine

2016-07-11T12:16:56+01:00By Rachael Hogg

At this year's Finished Vehicle Logistics conference in Newport Beach, California, Bill Kerrigan, vice-president of logistics at SSA Marine Auto, talks to Rachael Hogg, assistant editor, Automotive Logistics, about trade with Mexico, the growth of short-sea shipping, and new business.

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Video interview with Dennis Manns, chief commercial officer, Road and Rail Services

2016-07-11T12:13:08+01:00By Rachael Hogg

At this year's Finished Vehicle Logistics conference in Newport Beach, California, Dennis Manns, chief commercial officer at Road and Rail Services, talks to Rachael Hogg, assistant editor, Automotive Logistics, about making the move from OEM to logistics service provider.

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Video interview with Sarah Amico, executive chairman, Jack Cooper Holdings

2016-07-11T12:06:44+01:00By Rachael Hogg

At this year's Finished Vehicle Logistics conference in Newport Beach, California, Sarah Amico, executive chairman at Jack Cooper Holdings, talks to Rachael Hogg, assistant editor at Automotive Logistics, about investment, technology, and good times for growth.

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Video interview with Achim Glass, head, global automotive vertical, Kuehne + Nagel

2016-07-11T11:52:07+01:00By Rachael Hogg

At this year's Automotive Logistics China conference, Achim Glass, head of the global automotive vertical at Kuehne + Nagel, talks to Rachael Hogg, assistant editor, Automotive Logistics, about the company's plans for expansion, and whether or not the slowdown in China's economy has affected business.

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Ford Mexico part 2: Accelerating the pace of vehicle logistics

2016-07-08T10:34:02+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig


Niedersachsen Ports upgrades ro-ro facility at Cuxport

2016-07-04T16:36:57+01:00By Marcus Williams

Work has begun on a new heavy lift ramp at Cuxport in Germany that will support high and heavy shipments weighing more than 1,000 tonnes.

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Russia conference: Light at the end of a long tunnel

2016-07-01T16:38:27+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

We've seen a lot of changes at the Automotive Logistics Russia conferences over the years. Currently, it's less a case of 'winter is coming', more 'winter is here'. However, despite the bleak outlook, if automotive companies can weather the storm, the country is eventually expected to recover, write Christopher Ludwig ...

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Ford Mexico part 1: A landmark investment gradually coming into focus

2016-07-01T12:12:02+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Aiming to double its engine and transmission capacity by 2018 and with ground to be broken on a $1.6 billion assembly plant, Ford Mexico is counting on a localised supply chain, closer logistics and reduced currency exposure to smooth its explosive growth plan

Russia conference: The long road to recovery

2016-06-29T15:53:32+01:00By Rachael Hogg

For the past several years, Russia’s economy and automotive industry have been facing a 'perfect storm'. Practically everything that could happen to hurt the sector and its consumers has done so, whether it be the decrease in energy prices (upon which the Russian economy is highly dependent), a significant currency ...

Faltering government exacerbates uncertainty in UK auto industry

2016-06-29T14:43:31+01:00By Marcus Williams

[Updated July 5th] The UK government is dithering in the political direction it will take following last week’s controversial vote to leave the European Union. That dithering is doing nothing to alleviate the uncertainty that has spread across the country’s automotive sector, from the OEMs and suppliers to the transport ...

A foul stench for vehicle logistics

2016-06-28T16:14:22+01:00By Andrew Williams

The fallout from the diesel emissions test scandals at Volkswagen and Mitsubishi may soon find something of a resolution – at least officially, when a fix is agreed with the US government, for example. Winning the trust of customers will be another issue. And the furore could have an even ...

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Mercedes-Benz USA: ‘One way or another, we always get the job done’

2016-06-27T16:53:18+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig


Kobelco goes local to remain global

2016-06-27T12:16:06+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Japanese metal products manufacturer Kobelco is adopting a new strategy as it seeks to keep its automotive parts supply chain as quick and slick as possible... 


Panama canal: Open locks free up trade

2016-06-24T16:40:23+01:00By Charlie Fiveash

After nine years of anticipation, the newly expanded Panama Canal is set to open to commercial traffic. Charlie Fiveash considers the implications for vehicle shipping 


Brexit shockwaves go through the supply chain

2016-06-24T12:11:08+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

For the automotive logistics sector, there was a cruel but telling irony in where the strength of the British vote to leave the EU on June 23rd first emerged. Around midnight, in one of the first areas to announce its results, the north-east city of Sunderland revealed that 61% of ...

EU Referendum: crunch time for the car sector

2016-06-22T14:03:42+01:00By Marcus Williams

On Thursday (June 23rd) this week the UK will vote on whether it is staying in the European Union (EU) or not. As the clock ticks down on the deadline, more carmakers have been voicing their concerns about what an exit could mean for their businesses and for the automotive ...

FVL North America conference: Beyond the year of the fat cow

2016-06-15T17:37:12+01:00By Luis Cuerdo

All seven annual Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conferences have taken place during periods of recovery and growth for the industry. At the latest event, many thought sales were at their peak, and warned that OEMs and providers would need to be efficient even as the market changes. Marcus Williams ...


FVL North America conference: Crossfire panel. Talking until the fat cows come home

2016-06-14T14:36:21+01:00By Rachael Hogg

As declared by Sarah Amico, executive chairman of Jack Cooper, 2016 is a “fat cow year” for vehicle logistics. US sales are expected to reach a peak this year, rail and road capacity has been improved, while carmaker and logistics provider executives appear more ready than ever before to collaborate.

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FVL North America conference: Beyond the year of the fat cow

2016-06-13T23:58:30+01:00By Automotive Logistics

All seven annual Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conferences have taken place during periods of recovery and growth for the industry. At the latest event, many thought sales were at their peak, and warned that OEMs and providers would need to be efficient even as the market changes. Marcus Williams ...

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Plant locations: Right place, right time

2016-06-10T02:30:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Considerations such as market demand, time to market, regulations, supplier and infrastructure issues are essential in choosing new manufacturing locations.

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Seating analysis: Not sitting pretty for long

2016-05-31T14:43:37+01:00By Ian Henry

The modern vehicle seat is a sophisticated item and suppliers require very specific supply chain strategies of their own to stay competitive. Automotive Logistics provides an overview of this fast-changing sector

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Brexit would hurt wider European automotive logistics sector

2016-05-30T16:09:46+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

If the United Kingdom were to leave the EU, forecasts suggests that UK vehicle sales and trade would be hit, and the effects would be felt across European plants, ports and logistics providers


The Supply Chain Conference: Debating what North American automotive supply chains need to be faster, smarter and tougher

2016-05-25T13:58:43+01:00By Marcus Williams

At the end of the first Supply Chain Conference in Atlanta, OEM and logistics decision makers discussed complexity, the supply chain mindset, environmental standards and the culture of change required to stimulate innovationAs the recent years of rapid growth begin to ease off, carmakers, tier suppliers and logistics providers operating ...

Anu Goel, VW

Supply Chain Conference executive report: A connection worth more than the sum of its parts

2016-05-24T16:54:50+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The first Automotive Logistics Supply Chain conference explored the extreme complexity of production and service parts logistics across North America. Amid rising global and regional flows, opportunities for freight consolidation and new ways of collaborating across the industry emerged. Christopher Ludwig reports from Atlanta, Georgia.[sta_anchor id="1"]The growth in the automotive ...

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Supply Chain Conference: Mexican and intermodal shockwaves

2016-05-24T13:50:51+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The rise in Mexican parts and production output is sending more material back and forth over the border, creating opportunities and challenges for intermodal services. However, Christopher Ludwig writes that manufacturers and 3PLs may need to change their organisations and approach to supplier relations to manage the growth


Supply Chain conference: No less global than ever

2016-05-24T11:12:04+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

While investment in regional supply in North America is real, supplier and platform consolidation means that the continent is not cut off from global logistics links across inbound and service parts supply chains, writes Christopher Ludwig in Atlanta


Supply Chain Conference: Getting the parts there next day, or sooner

2016-05-23T23:44:18+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The new Supply Chain Conference revealed the pressure on OEMs to deliver parts to dealers next day, as standard, and to consider options for even more frequency, write Marcus Williams and Christopher LudwigFor carmakers, aftermarket service parts are a lucrative part of the business, contributing significantly to OEM and dealership ...

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Supply Chain Conference: Only the data and technology you can handle

2016-05-23T23:30:04+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Speakers at the Automotive Logistics Supply Chain Conference in Atlanta were optimistic about the potential for data analysis and new digital technology to improve the supply chain. But Marcus Williams and Christopher Ludwig find most companies are cautious about too much change too fast[sta_anchor id="1"]


Supply Chain Conference: Increasing recalls are a heavy burden for logistics

2016-05-20T20:47:55+01:00By Marcus Williams

The increase in vehicle recalls, from safety to emissions issues, is putting more pressure on OEM supply chains to find parts, store more inventory and manage expectations, write Marcus Williams and Christopher Ludwig in Atlanta


DPH buys Liberty Terminals

2016-05-18T12:47:43+01:00By Marcus Williams

Diversified Port Holdings (DPH) has bought Liberty Terminals, which provides breakbulk and bulk stevedore services at the ports of Savannah and Charleston in the US. Liberty Terminals will now operate as Seaonus Stevedoring-Savannah.


FCA realigns output in North America as Jeep heads south

2016-04-29T11:58:13+01:00By Marcus Williams

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is making changes to its production pattern in North America as part of efforts to focus its plants on larger, more profitable vehicles. The changes, which include the shifting of some Jeep production from the US to Mexico, have some substantial implications for its supply base ...

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China conference: local logistics providers go global… to survive

2016-04-27T15:33:03+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

As Chinese growth slows, and the government encourages more market reforms, Chinese automotive logistics providers are increasingly looking beyond their own borders to offer international freight services and capture new clients, writes Christopher Ludwig. Contribution by Rachael Hogg.


China conference: Debating which way to go from here

2016-04-26T15:53:16+01:00By Rachael Hogg

At the end of Automotive Logistics China 2016, held in Chengdu, industry decisions makers and experts discussed the importance of better logistics planning and engineering, reducing costs to stay competitive, and adapting to new technology.


Chep names new director for European accounts

2016-04-26T14:18:21+01:00By Marcus Williams

Container pooling provider Chep Automotive and Industrial Solutions has named Richard Campbell (pictured) as director of European key accounts. Campbell, who is also a member of the Automotive Executive Team, replaces Stephen Smith, who left the company last year, and moves from his role as global sales manager at automotive ...


Stubborn EU member states holding back digitalisation in logistics

2016-04-26T12:08:25+01:00By Marcus Williams

The majority of EU member states are still dragging their heels when it comes to the adoption of digital freight transport documents, despite the signing of a protocol back in 2011 that paved the way for their adoption, attendees at a dinner debate on digitalisation in logistics were told last ...

Al Cardona, BMW

China conference: preparing for the new and the old, for growth and decline

2016-04-25T20:26:37+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The 11th annual Automotive Logistics China conference was held for the first time in the south-western city of Chengdu, a symbol of the automotive industry’s westward development and the centre of the revival of the old ‘Silk Road’ trade routes emphasised by the government’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ policy. Christopher ...

Analysis: PSA ‘product blitz’ will put the focus on its supply chain

2016-04-13T15:31:40+01:00By Rachael Hogg

PSA Peugeot-Citroën has announced some big organisational changes recently, both in terms of its group divisions and its approach to customer trends, with some big consequences for its supply chain.

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China-Europe rail: The road less travelled

2016-04-12T16:48:52+01:00By Andrew Williams

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China-Europe rail: The road less travelled

2016-04-12T16:48:52+01:00By Andrew Williams


More than a name to change...

2016-04-12T09:11:46+01:00By Jonathan Ward

What do automotive companies mean by ‘logistics’ and ‘supply chain’? Automotive Logistics looks at whether OEM and supplier organisations reflect the sector’s changing demands and technology

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Online marketplace: Control-alt-compete

2016-04-11T16:56:27+01:00By Jonathan Ward

Online marketplaces have transformed the way consumers find, choose and buy many products and services. Could they realistically do the same for automotive logistics?

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Two wheels good?

2016-04-08T14:09:45+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

From sales drops to shifting uses in different markets, the outbound demands for two-wheelers are changing

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US car carriers: Driving an open highway

2016-04-07T12:18:43+01:00By Charlie Fiveash

High sales and low fuel costs are favouring US car carriers, with many investing in equipment, infrastructure and technology

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In-depth analysis: strong logistics and supply base central to Ford’s new Mexico plant

2016-04-06T16:34:40+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Ford is the latest carmaker to plan a new assembly plant in Mexico with the announcement that it will invest $1.6 billion in a factory in San Luis Potosi to produce compact cars from 2018.

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Russia: Buried under the rouble

2016-04-05T10:31:08+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

With a bad situation in Russia expected to get even worse this year, Russian logistics providers are doing all they can to hold on to business

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All change for Aussie rules

2016-04-05T08:00:27+01:00By Rachael Hogg

After manufacturing comes to a close next year, will the finished vehicle logistics industry in Oz come good – or cark it?

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Consolidation in logistics: Big fish eat the little fish...

2016-04-04T08:00:06+01:00By Andrew Williams

The big players in automotive logistics are getting bigger after a record year for mergers and acquisitions, with middle players at particular risk of being subsumed. So will this trend continue?


Unpacking conventional wisdom

2016-04-01T09:00:31+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

Whether one-way or returnable, owned by OEMs and tier suppliers or rented from specialist providers, current packaging models are being re-evaluated in the search for efficiency and cost-savings. 

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Mahle Behr: Experiencing a Thermal change

2016-03-31T09:00:58+01:00By Anthony Coia

Mahle Behr’s takeover of Delphi Thermal Systems in 2015 sparked a process of systems integration, freight consolidation and supply chain redesign that is set to last a further three years.

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European ports survey: Rising volume and risky conditions

2016-03-30T12:00:07+01:00By Anthony Coia

Our 2015 survey finds that, with imports in particular on the rise, some ports have experienced capacity issues despite investments in connectivity, capacity and information technology. Meanwhile, others are suffering as a result of geopolitical and broader economic instability. Contribution by Christopher Ludwig


North American rail: One door closes, another opens

2016-03-29T13:00:37+01:00By Marcus Williams

North American railways have seen big falls in revenue as a result of drops in energy commodities, but the rise in automotive presents an opportunity to capture more business and better serve customers


Ford part 1: Always looking ahead

2016-03-29T12:08:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In the first of a four-part feature, Christopher Ludwig talks to Ford Customer Service Division president Frederiek Toney (pictured) about changing times for logistics and providing global customer service

Ford part 2: Global strategies

2016-03-29T12:08:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Ford intends to support dealers through its Professional Service Network, a proliferation of Quick Lane stores and extended parts retention.

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Ford part 3: Supply chain upgrades

2016-03-29T12:08:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Ford is rolling out advanced global inventory and demand management tools in pursuit of greater efficiency in logistics and service

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Ford part 4: The future of service

2016-03-29T12:08:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

From engaging customers through FordPass to predicting their maintenance needs via Service Excellence 2.0, Ford is evolving its approach to the aftermarket

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FCA: Making hay while the sun shines

2016-03-29T11:29:19+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

After six years basking in the glow of rising US sales, and now enjoying low fuel prices, Fiat Chrysler needs to improve productivity today before things change again, says Marc Brazeau, head of outbound and Mexico logistics in North America

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Binding ambition at Toyota Manufacturing UK

2016-03-25T12:12:43+00:00By Ian Henry

TMUK is developing its logistics efficiency even more closely in line with the Toyota Production System and proving it can manage complex supply chain changes, writes Ian Henry

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Europe conference panel discussion: A time for optimism

2016-03-22T17:04:47+00:00By Rachael Hogg

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The progress and possibilities of ePOD

2016-03-22T12:11:17+00:00By Anthony Coia

Though it has been around for a while, the vehicle logistics world is only just beginning to catch on to the potential of ePOD, especially in North America, where mandates and standards are setting the course

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Europe Conference: Planning for more than the Zeitgeist in the supply chain

2016-03-21T23:04:35+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The Automotive Logistics Europe conference set out to capture the Zeitgeist of logistics in terms of technology and skills – and it found that now may be a perfect time to invest in equipment, transport engineering and smart systems. Christopher Ludwig reports from in Bonn, Germany

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Europe conference: Can outbound tackle familiar problems with new technology?

2016-03-21T09:32:47+00:00By Marcus Williams

Speakers at this year’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference suggested that the vehicle logistics industry is in sore need of investment as vehicle production grows and capacity across modes gets tighter, especially on roads and at ports. That investment needs to cover equipment, infrastructure and technology, while also addressing the demand ...

XPO rejects unlawful labour allegations

2016-03-15T14:42:15+00:00By Marcus Williams

XPO Logistics has said it is “confident” its practices are in full compliance with EU transport regulations and national employment law, after reports suggesting that six of its managers are facing legal action over alleged labour-related infractions.

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Video interview: Volker Vossler, vice-president, operations, Mexico, Seglo Logistics

2016-02-15T14:26:51+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

At the 2016 Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, Volker Vossler, vice-president of operations, Mexico, Seglo Logistics, talks to Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group, about how business is developing for Seglo in Mexico.

Steve Tripp ICL Systems

Video interview: Steve Tripp, vice-president, global strategy and execution, ICL Systems

2016-02-14T11:38:26+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

At the 2016 Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, Steve Tripp, vice-president of global strategy and execution, ICL Systems, talks to Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group, about the possibility of developing short sea from Mexico, and any potential barriers or challenges.

Peter Koltai Audi Mexico

Video interview: Peter Koltai, director of production control and logistics, Audi Mexico

2016-02-13T11:27:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

At the 2016 Automotive Logistics Mexico conference in Mexico City, Peter Koltai, director of production control and logistics for Audi Mexico, talks to Christopher Ludwig, editor of the Automotive Logistics Group, about Audi's upcoming plant in San José Chiapa, which will begin production this year.

Chris Styles Nissan

Video interview: Chris Styles, senior director of logistics, Nissan North America

2016-02-12T11:02:02+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

At the 2016 Automotive Logistics Mexico conference in Mexico City, Chris Styles, senior director of logistics, Nissan North America, talks to Christopher Ludwig, editor of the Automotive Logistics Group, about Nissan's logistics plans in Mexico.

Karl Friedrich-Koch BMW

Video interview: Karl-Friedrich Koch, vice-president, production control, logistics for BMW

2016-02-09T16:55:39+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

At this year’s Automotive Logistics Mexico conference in Mexico City, Karl-Friedrich Koch, vice-president of production control and logistics for BMW’s planned plant in San Luis Potosi, talks to Christopher Ludwig, editor of the Automotive Logistics Group, about planning logistics and production at the OEM's new Mexico plant, opening in 2019.

Mexico conference: Rail and truck capacity challenges

2016-02-02T17:29:14+00:00By Rachael Hogg

If Mexico’s automotive production figures reach more than 5m in 2020, as they are forecast to do, it will put a significant strain on Mexico’s rail and truck infrastructure. It is no secret that more trucks and railcars will be needed to cope, and infrastructure projects will need to be ...

Mexico Conference report: On the borderline of change

2016-02-01T01:23:47+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The second Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, held in Mexico City, saw hundreds of executives and officials discuss how best to ensure that the country’s fast-growing automotive production and supply chain will be fit for purpose by 2020 and beyond. Christopher Ludwig reports on plenty of progress, as well as reasons ...


Mexico conference: Swapping customs agents, cross-border trucking and other happenings on the border

2016-01-31T23:04:04+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Efforts and projects to improve US-Mexico customs and border operations are the most promising they have been in decades, according to William Duncan (pictured), the chargé d’affaires for the US Embassy to Mexico. Important trials are underway for pre-clearance inspections, while there is work to increase capacity on both sides ...

Mexico conference: Audi adapts logistics for San José Chiapa

2016-01-30T00:48:43+00:00By Automotive Logistics

When Audi starts series production later this year of the Q5 SUV crossover at its new plant in San José Chiapa, in the state of Puebla, Mexico, it will begin one of the most complex operations for parts handling and logistics in the country, with tremendous variety and customisation in ...

Mexico conference: BMW’s global plans for San Luis Potosi

2016-01-29T18:25:03+00:00By Rachael Hogg

BMW has mapped out its logistics plans so far for its upcoming plant in San Luis Potosi, in central Mexico, revealing a global supply chain, streamlined internal logistics and ambitions for a highly diverse outbound distribution. The plant is scheduled to come online in 2019 with an initial capacity for ...

Trying to tie down demand

2016-01-22T10:06:19+00:00By Jonathan Ward

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Telematics: The simple solution?

2016-01-21T15:04:50+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

As a technology, it’s far from ideal. Reading a barcode requires proximity to a human with a handheld barcode reader, and, when battered by rain, snow, hail or wind, it can quickly become unreadable. It possesses no geolocation capabilities, which is a significant drawback in a compound containing thousands of ...


Taking ownership of the supply chain

2016-01-20T16:41:24+00:00By Marcus Williams

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No one size fits all

2016-01-15T17:17:15+00:00By Anthony Coia

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BMW NA chooses Neovia Logistics for PDC labour services

2016-01-13T16:05:40+00:00By Rachael Hogg

Neovia Logistics, a US-based 3PL and supply chain management company, has announced that it has entered into a five-year agreement with BMW of North America.

Russia’s Bronka port signs container deal with CMA CGM

2016-01-13T12:29:41+00:00By Marcus Williams

There have been a number of recent developments at the new Russian deep-water port of Bronka, which opened in October last year. Last month the port’s owner, Fenix, signed a long-term agreement for the handling and storage of container cargo with CMA CGM. CMA CGM ranks as the world’s third ...

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Japan: The ripple effects of a global sea change

2016-01-12T14:59:41+00:00By Anthony Coia

While it remains the top exporter of finished vehicles, Japan has shifted from its central role in the global vehicle trade, with shipping companies adjusting their strategies accordingly

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Canada: Changing with the scenery

2016-01-12T11:42:12+00:00By Anthony Coia

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Russia: Struggling not to walk away

2016-01-11T09:54:04+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

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Magna: One for all, and all for one

2016-01-08T11:14:50+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Mexico short sea: Services evolve as volume increases

2015-12-24T08:00:32+00:00By Rachael Hogg

Although rail continues to be the dominant mode to move vehicles from Mexico to the US, short-sea shipping is becoming ever more viable.

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A bridge to better business

2015-12-23T08:00:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Christopher Ludwig talks to Höegh Autoliners CEO Ingar Skiaker about the carrier’s change of strategy to focus on expanding its logistics, terminal services and short-sea shipping.


Focus on Spain part 4: Making the rail in Spain move faster in the chain

2015-12-22T08:03:27+00:00By Anthony Coia

General Motors has been increasing the amount of rail that it uses to move vehicles built in Spain to ports and to European markets, with ambitions to use the mode even more.


Focus on Spain part 3: Closely controlled growth

2015-12-22T08:02:40+00:00By Anthony Coia

GM and Gefco are managing a global supply chain to produce the Mokka in Zaragoza, while the OEM is trying to cope with a shortage of transport assets in Spain.

Focus on Spain part 2: A platform for reorganisation

2015-12-22T08:01:35+00:00By RogerStansfield

Renault has integrated the Alliance's CMF architecture in Palencia, and is ramping up kitting to handle an increased number of parts.


Focus on Spain part 1: The bull is back

2015-12-22T08:00:19+00:00By Anthony Coia

Spain’s production and sales are recovering from a long period of decline, with growth also in the country’s supplier base. Our four-part report looks at how manufacturers are responding.

A new train of thought

2015-12-21T16:11:19+00:00By Rachael Hogg

Illustration copyright DB Schenker Rail Automotive GmbHVehicles are increasingly moving towards connected cars and trucks. Now may be the time for the connected rail wagon. DB Schenker is currently trialling what it calls 'asset intelligence', and other rail providers are considering their options tooConnected cars are increasingly the norm ...


Ford: The resources to wrap up a region

2015-12-21T07:00:22+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Bob Laurila, director of material planning and logistics in Asia Pacific, discusses how Ford is adapting its organisation and its systems to manage the region’s changing vehicle flows.

Nissan North America part 5: Carrying the weight of expectation

2015-12-18T11:04:24+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Christopher Ludwig highlights global supply and production coordination within the Renault Nissan Alliance, and how Mexican efficiency helps keep US operations lean and keen.

Nissan North America part 4: No outsourcing on the cheap

2015-12-18T11:03:01+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Logistics providers play important roles across Nissan’s supply chain in North America through different outsourcing strategies. For inbound logistics, the carmaker has a strong in-house team to manage transport lanes, working with a large mix of carriers and some third party providers. For in-plant logistics, Nissan also handles most operations ...

Nissan North America part 3: The search for southern comfort

2015-12-18T11:02:27+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Nissan has been trying to draw suppliers from the Midwest closer to its US operations since as far back as 1983. Today, the carmaker’s huge volume, together with its new Integrated Logistics Centres at plants, could make it a more attractive proposition.

Nissan North America part 2: Building on global experience

2015-12-18T11:01:59+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

When John Martin (left) declares Nissan’s North American operations and supply chain as the most competitive, he speaks as a global citizen for Nissan. After holding production and supply chain leadership roles across the UK, Europe, North America and at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, Martin has seen many sides ...


Nissan North America part 1: A super-size supply chain with sales to match

2015-12-18T11:00:52+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

John Martin, Nissan North America's senior vice-president for manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain is presiding over high times in the carmaker's top global market

Volkswagen Depot Kassel part 3 : Saving space to grow

2015-12-17T12:45:37+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Dr Claus Wriebe tells Christopher Ludwig about inventory reduction strategies that will keep Kassel at the centre of Volkswagen’s parts supply chain for years to come

Volkswagen Depot Kassel part 2: Mitten in Europa

2015-12-17T12:16:52+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

As reflected in its main location, Depot Kassel plays a central role in the Volkswagen Group’s global service parts strategy, requiring flexibility as well as a high level of automation.


Volkswagen Depot Kassel part 1 : The beating heart of service parts

2015-12-17T12:15:04+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

In a three-part report Automotive Logistics explores the scale and importance of the Volkswagen Group's colossal parts operations, centred around Kassel, Germany

China to confirm new trailer standard for car carriers

2015-12-16T11:20:05+00:00By ellen

A strange era in China’s vehicle logistics industry may finally be on the verge of ending. In a country where 80% or more of passenger cars move by truck, and around which an industry of 30,000 or more car-carrier trucks has developed, the vast majority of equipment in use is ...

Ready to re-emerge

2015-12-10T15:10:06+00:00By Automotive Logistics

The Automotive Logistics India conference presented positive signs that India may be on the right path to improving economic performance and development in critical areas of logistics, including multimodal. But as ever, the pace is slower than many would like. Marcus Williams and Christopher Ludwig report from Delhi 


Video interview with Paulo Sarti, managing director, South America, Penske Logistics

2015-11-17T16:02:46+00:00By Rachael Hogg

Paulo Sarti, managing director of South America for Penske Logistics, spoke with Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group about the increasing need to share information, investment in new technology, and thinking differently. 

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BMW: Getting connected for a new era of distribution

2015-11-17T12:22:42+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Video interview with Orlando Moral, operations director, Chery Brazil

2015-11-11T16:43:54+00:00By Rachael Hogg

After his presentation at the recent Automotive Logistics South America conference in Brazil on how Chery is currently hibernating in order to come back stronger, Orlando Moral, operations director at Chery Brazil spoke with Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group about the difficulties, challenges and opportunities for the OEM in the Brazilian ...

Video interview with Ana Quaresma, head of commercial, Latin America, WWL

2015-11-11T16:38:16+00:00By Rachael Hogg

At this year’s Automotive Logistics South America conference in Brazil, Ana Quaresma, head of commercial, Latin America, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, spoke with Rachael Hogg, assistant editor, Automotive Logistics Group about the prospects for WWL over the coming years, and the challenges of operating in the current market.

South America: holding out for better times

2015-11-10T13:50:03+00:00By Rachael Hogg

Renault: A new direction for parts supply

2015-11-10T12:21:29+00:00By Anthony Coia

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South America conference: Taking control in a crisis

2015-11-05T19:25:29+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The 7th Automotive Logistics South America conference, held in São Paulo, Brazil, may have brought together delegates experiencing recession, and suffering from declining volumes, but the Brazilians showed their resilience and creativity. Companies emphasised how to reshape supply chains in a crisis, and how they could move forward together stronger, ...

Faurecia: The power of four into one

2015-10-30T14:14:16+00:00By Anthony Coia

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North America: Staying flexible in a challenging landscape

2015-10-29T12:40:28+00:00By Automotive Logistics

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India: Chasing away the railroad blues

2015-10-28T12:53:50+00:00By Anthony Coia

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Europe: Trains without frontiers

2015-10-27T12:13:36+00:00By Marcus Williams

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Charleston port’s harbour plans get final approval

2015-10-27T09:53:51+00:00By Marcus Williams

The US port of Charleston has received the final approval necessary to proceed with a $300m harbour-deepening project, a move that will allow larger Post-Panamax vessels access on a 24-hour basis.

C4 Logistics providing Bolloré with inbound tracking

2015-10-26T16:02:34+00:00By Marcus Williams


The race to deliver

2015-10-23T13:35:21+01:00By Rachael Hogg

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WWL: Setting a new course

2015-10-22T13:28:36+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Ro-ro by numbers: Through the storm but never far from the rock

2015-10-22T13:26:41+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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ECG Panel discussion: Talk is cheap, what is needed is action

2015-10-20T15:02:42+01:00By Rachael Hogg

A panel of OEMs and vehicle logistics experts discussed the present and future of Europe's vehicle logistics industry at the end of the ECG Conference in Vienna. Most expressed a desire to work more closely together – and perhaps they have even found a way to do it. 

Lanka Harness Executive Chairman Rohan Pallewatta on the production floor

Lanka Harness: Out of Asia

2015-10-19T13:22:30+01:00By Rohan Gunasekera

Rohan Gunasekera reports on Sri Lankan supplier Lanka Harness’s global success and expansion in Mexico, and the local supply chain its executive chairman, Rohan Pallewatta, hopes to build for the company at homeLanka Harness, a Sri Lankan company that supplies impact sensors for airbags and seatbelts, has recently been making ...

Are European vehicle logistics going back to the past or the future?

2015-10-18T18:56:14+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Video interview with Bill Pawluk, CEO, CTM

2015-10-06T10:55:59+01:00By Rachael Hogg

At this year’s Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit, Bill Pawluk, CEO, Convertible Trailer Manufacturing spoke with Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group, about the difficulties of getting a new product to market, the future outlook for CTM, and collaboration. 

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Video interview with Antonio Fondevilla, Ceva Logistics

2015-10-05T12:30:55+01:00By Rachael Hogg

At this year's Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit, Antonio Fondevilla, head of the global Automotive sector at Ceva Logistics, spoke with Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group, about the company's 2016 outlook, growth, and technology. 

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Video interview with Brad Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, XPO Logistics

2015-10-01T17:40:30+01:00By Rachael Hogg

At this year's Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit, Brad Jacobs, chairman and CEO, XPO Logistics spoke with Christopher Ludwig, editor, Automotive Logistics Group, about growth in the US, technology, and upcoming challenges and opportunities. 


Panel discussion: where is the industry heading?

2015-09-30T15:22:45+01:00By Rachael Hogg

The automotive logistics industry is well known for being evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Change doesn’t happen overnight and this is not likely to change any time soon. However, technology is moving fast and although adoption throughout the supply chain has been slow so far, OEMs and LSPs are confident that ...


Coming to an automotive supply chain near you

2015-09-25T14:12:27+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The 16th Automotive Logistics Global conference, at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, brought together an industry growing and with positive outlooks. However, the potential changes heralded by the digital economy could upend business as usual. The question is when? 

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Coming to an automotive supply chain near you

2015-09-25T14:12:27+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The 16th Automotive Logistics Global conference, at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, brought together an industry growing and with positive outlooks. However, the potential changes heralded by the digital economy could upend business as usual. The question is when? 


Kaufmann adds North Asia CEO role at DHL Global Forwarding

2015-09-14T11:59:26+01:00By Marcus Williams

Freight services provider, DHL Global Forwarding, has appointed Charles Kaufmann as CEO for North Asia. Kaufmann (pictured) was most recently senior vice president, operations and value added services for Asia Pacific and he will continue to head this part of the business alongside his duties as CEO.


Ekol continues to branch out in Europe

2015-09-07T13:45:29+01:00By Marcus Williams

When Turkish logistics provider Ekol started operations in Poland in May this year, it brought the number of countries in which it provides services to the automotive industry to 11.

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Panel discussion: working out the efficiency equation

2015-08-19T17:44:53+01:00By Rachael Hogg

This year’s Import Export North American conference covered a lot of territory, from managing changes in export and import patterns, new flows from Mexico, capacity limits and increasing safety and quality holds. To close the conference, a panel of vehicle logistics executives from Ford, BMW, Nissan and Honda discussed their ...

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Panel discussion: working out the efficiency equation

2015-08-19T17:44:53+01:00By Rachael Hogg

This year’s Import Export North American conference covered a lot of territory, from managing changes in export and import patterns, new flows from Mexico, capacity limits and increasing safety and quality holds. To close the conference, a panel of vehicle logistics executives from Ford, BMW, Nissan and Honda discussed their ...


AV Dawson managing quality steel supply to Nissan Sunderland

2015-08-19T13:53:35+01:00By Sam Tulip

The flow of steel coil into Nissan’s UK plant in Sunderland (NMUK) is under tighter quality and service level control than ever, thanks to a new automotive steel warehouse opened this year by multimodal logistics contractor AV Dawson of Middlesbrough.

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The 'X' factors of port efficiency

2015-08-14T18:18:33+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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American hauliers: Adding up the miles

2015-07-28T08:00:44+01:00By Rachael Hogg

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Software quality assurance and the supply chain

2015-07-27T11:47:54+01:00By Rachael Hogg

Everyone in the logistics industry is aware that supply chains are becoming more complex. On top of this increasing complexity, technology is playing a bigger role, as cars become more and more like drivable computers or smartphones.

Audi Ray robots

Hands-free handling

2015-07-20T08:00:39+01:00By Andrew Williams

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Keeping a yard ahead of the game

2015-07-20T07:59:53+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

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All-new 2012 Civic Natural Gas

Honda part 6: Nurturing a rich harvest

2015-07-16T08:02:41+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Honda factory floor

Honda part 5: Working better, together

2015-07-16T08:01:12+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

An emphasis on collaboration is helping the carmaker maximise efficiency, minimise cost and possibly avoid capacity and driver shortagesWhile part of the Honda North America logistics strategy has been to increase consolidation between all its plants, there has also been a move towards wider collaboration in the supply chain, whether ...

Honda warehouse

Honda part 4: At the centre of change

2015-07-16T08:00:42+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Breaking supply chain taboos in South Korea

2015-07-15T08:02:16+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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South Korea port cars

South Korea part 5: Complexity made simple at Pyeongtaek

2015-07-15T08:01:18+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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South Korea part 4: Full steam ahead

2015-07-15T08:00:10+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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China modes: No single way forward

2015-07-14T08:00:48+01:00By Anthony Coia

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ZF’s truck technology to benefit logistics

2015-07-13T16:04:46+01:00By Rachael Hogg

Driver shortage is one of the biggest concerns facing the logistics and supply chain industry. The reasons for the shortage include fewer younger drivers entering the profession, the baby boomer generation retiring, lifestyle, and stricter regulations on safety records and hours of service. It is estimated now that 35,000-40,000 drivers ...

Truck carrier US

Transport equipment: On the road to improvement

2015-07-10T08:00:54+01:00By Anthony Coia

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North American ports: Ebbs and northbound flows

2015-07-09T11:00:47+01:00By Anthony Coia

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Honda part 3: A history of integration

2015-07-09T08:02:48+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Honda part 2: Getting the lay of the land

2015-07-09T08:01:30+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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Honda part 1: Field of dreams

2015-07-09T08:00:33+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Since Honda took root in a cornfield in Marysville, Ohio, the carmaker has created a supply chain of stunning complexity, length and scale


Honda special reports: A highly cultivated logistics ecosystem

2015-07-09T07:59:05+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Honda’s North American logistics team, led by Dana McBrien (pictured right), oversees a network that has grown from an empty cornfield into a truly global and ever-expanding organism. Along with senior staff administrator Kevin Wade ( left), who leads the transportation team, McBrien allows Christopher Ludwig an insight into the ...

Uwe Coßmann ZF chassis

TRW to benefit from ZF's flexible logistics following takeover

2015-07-08T14:25:27+01:00By Rachael Hogg

On May 15th this year, ZF completed the acquisition of TRW in one of the biggest supplier takeovers for years. TRW is now managed as the fifth division within ZF, maintaining its brand name. The deal makes the automotive supplier the second largest in the world and the combined company ...

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South Korea part 3: From export champions to masters of logistics

2015-07-08T13:02:47+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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South Korea Port

South Korea part 2: Widening the lens

2015-07-08T13:01:15+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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South Korea part 1: A history of transformation

2015-07-08T13:00:10+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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South Korea special reports: Miracles and vehicles on the Han

2015-07-08T12:59:46+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

As the world’s third largest exporter of vehicles, South Korea – and especially Hyundai Motor Group – makes a big splash when it comes to vehicle shipping and logistics. But as the industry changes, with growing regional production, fewer exports of some vehicles, and more competition at home, the supply ...

Yusen Logistics warehouse

Yusen Logistics: Always automotive

2015-07-08T08:00:04+01:00By Rachael Hogg

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Radek Vosta TPCA

Yusen and TPCA: Perfecting a partnership

2015-07-08T07:59:58+01:00By Rachael Hogg

Rachael Hogg talks to Michal Peter, managing director of Yusen Logistics (Czech), and Radek Vosta, general manager, production control at TPCA about the two companies’ long-standing partnershipHas the relationship between Yusen and TPCA changed over the years?Michal Peter (MP): We’ve worked together over ten years. After a decade of cost ...

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Skoda: Simply Clever logistics

2015-07-06T08:00:29+01:00By Rachael Hogg

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Maintaining traction through efficiency in Brazil

2015-07-03T13:00:40+01:00By tony, Tony Danby

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Brazil: FCA goes the distance

2015-07-03T12:59:24+01:00By tony, Tony Danby

Fiat Chrysler has increased investment in Brazil, opening a plant in the north-east even as the market declines. Industrial director Mauro Pino talks about logistics strategies for managing both near and long distance supply chainsFiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), which has a market share of around 20% in Latin America, has ...

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Clouding the future

2015-07-02T19:21:18+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

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Chep Mexico packaging

Cutting out the paper trail

2015-07-02T19:17:16+01:00By Jonathan Ward

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Russia conference: learning to grin and bear it

2015-06-26T19:51:18+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The Russian market has fallen to its lowest level since the global economic crisis, and manufacturers and logistics providers may face a long road to recovery. However, more than 150 delegates at the Automotive Logistics Russia conference made it clear that they remain committed to the market. Christopher Ludwig and ...

Ford spare parts warehouse

Ford: Always returning to the drawing board

2015-06-25T15:09:32+01:00By Anthony Coia

Anthony Coia looks at how consolidation and frequent reviews are helping Ford improve efficiency and keep costs low while dealing with the unpredictable challenges of global spare parts movement

Mercedes ship Africa

Closing the gap in Africa

2015-06-24T12:58:59+01:00By Gavin du Venage

South Africa’s vehicle exports to the rest of the African continent, particularly on the west coast, continue to grow, presenting an opportunity for a variety of carriers who service the country’s main export hubs. However, despite the relative proximity of these markets to South African manufacturers, the logistics gap is ...

Volvo manufacturing plant Daqing, China

Volvo: Extending a 'second home' advantage

2015-06-22T11:27:14+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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FVL conference: discussing the economics of collaboration

2015-06-06T21:51:58+01:00By Rachael Hogg

Gerald Lee, vice president, vehicle planning and logistics, Subaru of America, and Glenn Clift, president and chief executive officer at Glovis America, joined editor Christopher Ludwig and publisher Louis Yiakoumi, together audience members from United Road, Fiat Chrysler, Jack Cooper, Tesla and others in discussing some of the big themes ...


EC launches infringement proceedings against Germany over wage legislation

2015-06-02T23:22:21+01:00By Marcus Williams

The European Commission (EC) has launched an infringement procedure against Germany in response to its extension of minimum wage legislation to international transport operators entering German territory.

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Ford rings the changes at Valencia

2015-05-27T15:38:13+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ford’s plant in Valencia, Spain has been transformed into one of its busiest and most complex supply chains globally, with five models across two assembly lines, and a global export distribution. Marcus Williams considers why Ford chose it


Speed and complexity is the name of the game for Gefco UK

2015-05-14T16:44:09+01:00By Marcus Williams

Economic growth in the UK and the success of the automotive sector over the last few years has brought some welcome challenges to the logistics providers operating there, few more so than Gefco UK. According to its managing director, Tristan Balayn (pictured), the country’s fast and sustained growth has required ...


Packing a punch in Mexico

2015-05-14T15:55:47+01:00By Anthony Coia

Mexico’s rise is bringing growth in packaging supply and solutions, but a lack of standards could put supply chain efficiency at risk.


Packing a punch in Mexico

2015-05-14T15:55:47+01:00By Anthony Coia

Mexico’s rise is bringing growth in packaging supply and solutions, but a lack of standards could put supply chain efficiency at risk.


Toyota’s fuel cell future rolls on

2015-05-13T12:43:51+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

In launching its new, hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai (left), Toyota had to work carefully with a number of chemical organisations, right through to the United Nations, to make sure the vehicles could be shipped in the most efficient way possible.


Panel discussion: China needs innovation in logistics

2015-04-20T17:53:02+01:00By Rachael Hogg

Reaching the end of the Automotive Logistics conference in Shanghai, a senior executive panel joined editor Christopher Ludwig and publisher Louis Yiakoumi in a lively debate about some of the recurring themes from the event. Topics discussed included the impact the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative would have on the ...

Cai Jin, CFLP

China conference: the big come to get stronger

2015-04-17T07:40:51+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Speakers at the 12th annual Automotive Logistics China conference pointed to efforts at both the government and industry level to improve services, become more efficient, market orientated, and international, particularly with growth slowing down. Christopher Ludwig and Rachael Hogg report from Shanghai

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Ford launches fleet telematics system in UK with Telogis

2015-04-14T13:50:49+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ford is launching a real-time fleet telematics system in the UK with its technology provider Telogis for the carmaker’s commercial customers. Ford Telematics uses real-time information from Ford vehicles to give businesses insight into vehicle location, driver behaviour and fuel consumption, amongst more comprehensive data.

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Toyota part 5: take me to the water

2015-04-10T12:01:20+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

In the conclusion to this five part series on Toyota's North American service parts distribution, the company reveals how applying the Japanese principle of Genchi Genbutsu helped the carmaker to manage through recent labour disputes at the port of Long Beach


Part 5: More than just words

2015-04-10T12:00:40+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The implementation of the Toyota Production System at NAPO means terms such as ‘lean’, heijunka and kaizen are applied to every aspect of logistics, warehousing, order and corporate strategy

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Toyota part 4: Looking for the ‘holy grail’ of predictability

2015-04-07T12:00:15+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Toyota’s visibility across its parts and distribution centres works to the great benefit of dealers, but the carmaker’s challenge is ultimately to try and distinguish real demand from stock replenishment requests


To protect and serve

2015-04-07T12:00:07+01:00By Jonathan Ward

The conflicting demands of part protection, transport efficiency and line-side access often require innovative solutions from packaging designers

Cars on hydraulic lifts at auto repair shop

3PLs in China are raising the bar

2015-04-05T12:00:21+01:00By Anthony Coia

Maintaining logistics leadership in China is becoming more about demonstrating the ability to implement innovative and sustainable solutions than it is about moving pure volume

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Packed with promise

2015-03-31T12:00:46+01:00By ramesh

A case study on the ambition and limitations shaping returnable packaging provider Goodpack’s growth in India


Toyota part 3: On time, any time, all of the time

2015-03-30T12:02:45+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Run with the precision of its famed production system, transport management forms the backbone of Toyota’s service parts distribution, with daily, multimodal services, and strong controls over expedited freight


Toyota part 3: On time, any time, all of the time

2015-03-30T12:02:45+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Run with the precision of its famed production system, transport management forms the backbone of Toyota’s service parts distribution, with daily, multimodal services, and strong controls over expedited freight


Toyota part 3: Reverse opportunities

2015-03-30T12:01:10+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Toyota is exploring options for integrating remanufactured and recycled parts into its logistics network.

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Toyota part 3: In-house quality applications

2015-03-30T12:00:01+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Toyota is using its in-house truck fleet for service parts distribution as a competitive advantage, while also trialling innovations including a new smartphone app for drivers

Light tunnel Audi

Maintaining the flow

2015-03-30T11:23:50+01:00By Anthony Coia

Despite the best efforts of carmakers and their logistics providers, and despite vehicles arriving in perfect condition most of the time – up to 99.75% for some OEMs – there will always be incidents of damage between factories and dealerships. How one handles damaged vehicles is a prime example of ...

Ashok Leyland trucks car carrier

On board for progress

2015-03-27T12:36:18+00:00By Anthony Coia

Unpaved and congested roads; long queues of vehicles waiting at state borders to pay various tolls and taxes; limited handling and storage at ports; burdensome and varying regulations across the country; high damage rates and inefficient routes with too many empty backhauls. The challenges facing many carmakers in India are ...

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Planning from first to last mile

2015-03-26T12:35:39+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

At Torrance, California-headquartered Toyota Logistics Services – the outbound logistics and vehicle processing arm of Toyota Motor Sales USA – a recently-implemented Oracle transport management system (TMS) is helping to optimise the routing of both imported and North America-built vehicles to dealerships right across the US and Canada.

Jon Kuiper Koopman

Analysis: European discord for logistics

2015-03-25T14:47:31+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Although Europe is considered to be a single market, differing laws and regulations surrounding wages, truck dimensions and weights are making it increasingly difficult for finished vehicle logistics providers. 


Apps and logistics: Taking it all in hand

2015-03-25T12:01:17+00:00By Andrew Williams

Smartphone apps are increasingly being used in areas such as track-and-trace, damage reporting and claims, as well as compliance issues

Albert Gallagoes

E-commerce: Online and on the road

2015-03-25T12:00:16+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley, Malcolm Ramsay

E-commerce in automotive is starting to penetrate spare parts and vehicle purchases, with implications for OEMs, dealers, LSPs and customers


Toyota part 2: A complex stock-in-trade

2015-03-24T12:00:25+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig


Pushing Europe's boundaries

2015-03-24T10:43:27+00:00By Rachael Hogg

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NYK and APM bet on Gujarati ro-ro hub

2015-03-23T20:29:59+00:00By ramesh

A new, dedicated ro-ro terminal at Pipavev could become a major west coast export hub for India - but it depends on a number of factors, not least what will happen at the port of MumbaiWhile not without its hiccups, India’s vehicle exports have been on the rise, with some ...

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Bridges over troubled water

2015-03-23T11:00:45+00:00By Andrew Williams

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Faster forwarding

2015-03-23T09:00:42+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

CEO Ed Feitzinger reveals how UTi’s recent decentralisation aims to offer a personalised, five-star service to customers in both forwarding and contract logistics


Toyota part 1: NAPO organisation and 'One Toyota'

2015-03-20T13:02:33+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Understanding how Toyota's service parts division in the US is organised, and looking to the implication of the carmaker's consolidation in Texas

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Toyota part 1: Cornerstone of a strong supply chain

2015-03-20T13:01:45+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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American vistas of the Toyota way: A report in five parts

2015-03-20T13:01:20+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

As Toyota’s largest global market, maintaining a fast, reliable supply of service parts and accessories across North America is critical to the carmaker’s business model. Spare parts sales add incremental profit to dealers and to Toyota alike, while their availability is essential to the company’s brand promise, from supporting vehicle ...


Growth and agreement in South-east Asia

2015-03-19T12:31:08+00:00By Anthony Coia

With the imminent introduction of a new regional trade agreement, the logistics challenges posed by difficult border crossings and the ASEAN region’s island geography could ease as investments in services increase

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The big freeze thaws

2015-03-19T12:00:22+00:00By Marcus Williams

For the North American finished vehicle rail logistics industry, 2014 was both a bumper year and a bumpy ride. A number of class I railways saw double-digit increases in automotive revenue compared to 2013, driven by exports out of Mexico and another year of strong, rising US sales.


Russia: Running on empty?

2015-03-18T17:45:28+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Rising prices and weak spending power, combined with a devalued currency, the low cost of oil and government cuts, add up to bleak forecasts for the Russian automotive sector


Gefco Russia: Big plans, but little certainty

2015-03-18T17:45:15+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

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Europe conference: Are logistics companies ready for the future?

2015-03-18T10:48:05+00:00By Rachael Hogg

At the end of a busy conference in Bonn, senior executives from Adam Opel, Volvo Car, PSA Peugeot Citroen, and Kia Motors joined a panel discussion with editor Christopher Ludwig and publisher Louis Yiakoumi to discuss how ready the logistics industry is for new technologies, whether that is driverless vehicles ...

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Mazda's key to unlocking a continent

2015-03-17T13:00:55+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Michael Beyer (right), group manager of vehicle logistics at Mazda North American Operations, reveals how logistics for the OEM’s new Mexican plant will be crucial to its success in the US and in global markets


European ports: Surviving SECAs and instability

2015-03-16T16:32:29+00:00By Anthony Coia

Our 2014 survey shows growth across vehicle-handling ports, helped by sales recovery and exports. However, some countries and operators are struggling in the face of declining trade and new regulations.


Future visions of European automotive logistics

2015-03-13T19:22:03+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Delegates gathered in Bonn, Germany for the annual Automotive Logistics Europe conference, where senior executives discussed the role of technology, e-commerce and globalisation in the automotive supply chain. Some of the forecasts were scary, although many foresee increasing complexity and opportunity – if logistics companies can keep up with the ...


Europe conference: Overcapacity is driving down logistics pricing

2015-03-12T12:13:38+00:00By Marcus Williams

An industry used to discussing the shortage of capacity was told at this week’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference held in Bonn, Germany, that while demand was growing, albeit at a single digit pace, there was, if anything, too much capacity in most markets, which was leading to falling prices for ...


Too much capacity in the logistics sector is driving down pricing

2015-03-12T09:12:25+00:00By Marcus Williams

An industry used to discussing the shortage of capacity was told at this week’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference held in Bonn, Germany, that while demand was growing, albeit at a single digit pace, there was, if anything too much capacity in most markets, which was leading to falling prices for ...

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​Volvo's logistics processes contain some pearls of wisdom

2015-02-09T11:44:12+00:00By Rachael Hogg

Back in 2010, China's Geely Cars bought Volvo Cars from Ford, leading to a huge period of change. Chinese billionaire Li Shufu, who now controls the OEM, wanted to globalise Volvo cars, move into China and learn what he could from the carmaker. Volvo didn't have a global footprint but ...


Certainty in sight for Indian carrier lengths?

2015-02-06T14:54:01+00:00By ramesh

Most of the Indian passenger vehicle and two-wheeler carrier fleet is technically illegal, thanks to out-dated regulations, conflicting state laws, and a growing gap between industry practice and the law. However, the government may be close to deciding a new standard. 


Hauling a heavy heart

2015-02-06T14:52:28+00:00By ramesh

It has not been an easy couple of years for India’s trailer fabricators, with poor volume and stiff competition. Even as the country seems to be moving towards a standard length, the industry is in need of more focus on quality, as well as efficient and safe designs.


KCS rides on automotive gains for fourth quarter

2015-02-03T11:46:45+00:00By Marcus Williams

North American rail provider, Kansas City Southern (KCS), has reported a revenue growth of 4% to $643m in the fourth quarter, led by a 13% increase in revenue from automotive shipments, which accounted for $60.6m. The number of automotive units moved in the fourth quarter rose by 11% to 32,500.

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Connecting the many Mexicos – conference report

2015-02-01T18:11:45+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig


The cross-border crawl

2014-12-23T12:00:07+00:00By tony, Tony Danby

With the number of vehicles and parts moving between the US and Mexico set to increase even further, there are efforts to speed up the import and export processes. Are they enough?

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Packaging case study: An intercontinental shift

2014-12-22T06:30:49+00:00By Anthony Coia

One prominent example of a tier one supplier using reusable containers for its overseas shipments is Linde + Wiemann, a supplier of body frame parts, seats, and instrument panels based in Dillenburg, Germany

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Planes, trains and slow boats to China

2014-12-22T06:30:38+00:00By Anthony Coia

With increased local production still relying heavily on imported material, supply chain efficiency in planning, customs, shipping and packing is crucial to succeeding in China

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Premium plant logistics

2014-12-22T06:30:23+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

Six months after Chery JLR’s Rui Zhu and Alex Holland gave an exclusive preview of their logistics plan to Christopher Ludwig, they invited him back into the plant shortly after launch to reveal the latest innovations for its complex material flows

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Aiming to go the distance

2014-12-22T06:30:05+00:00By Anthony Coia

Reusable packaging is on the rise in international supply chains for tier ones. Executives are also interested in returnable pools, though they remain difficult over long distances

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Assembling a stable supply structure

2014-12-17T14:05:04+00:00By ramesh

Fiat India’s assistant vice-president of corporate purchasing, Sudhir Chikhle, talks to Ramesh Kumar about supplier standards, the obstacles to JIT delivery and greater localised sourcing near its Pune factory


Analysis: Mahindra Logistics invests in hope as much as assets

2014-12-17T12:49:40+00:00By Rachael Hogg

Mahindra Logistics recent acquisition in assets and freight forwarding are moves to secure capacity ahead of an expected upturn in automotive and vehicle logistics

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Shipping focus

2014-12-17T12:19:21+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Our special global ro-ro focus reveals changes in capacity, regulations and technology that will influence global shipping and trade for finished vehicles.

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Shipping focus: Capacity in the balance

2014-12-17T12:19:05+00:00By Anthony Coia

Ocean carriers face increasing trade and regulatory complexity to go with a volatile global market. However, many are investing in larger, more efficient vessels

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Shipping focus: Capacity in the balance

2014-12-17T12:19:05+00:00By Anthony Coia

Ocean carriers face increasing trade and regulatory complexity to go with a volatile global market. However, many are investing in larger, more efficient vessels

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Shipping focus: Global complexity in the dock

2014-12-17T12:18:52+00:00By Anthony Coia

The lack of a standard worldwide trading system has resulted in many and varied trade agreements between countries that make for complicated import and export scenarios. However, progress is being made by way of broader negotiations and smarter customs procedures

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Shipping focus: The unexpected rise of Hambantota port

2014-12-17T12:18:35+00:00By Rohan Gunasekera

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Shipping focus: The ghosts of future shipping

2014-12-17T12:18:26+00:00By Rachael Hogg


Shipping focus case study: A crow’s nest view of the supply chain

2014-12-17T12:17:42+00:00By Jonathan Ward

Complex, multimodal, multi-activity supply chains call for smart management systems. For WWL, that has meant a decade-long partnership with UK software specialist ProAct International