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

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

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

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Clarity drives focus in the battery supply chain

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

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

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Gartner lays out how OEMs can navigate the global chip shortage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Material shortages are forcing a supply chain rethink in automotive

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

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

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Taking charge of battery supply at Ford

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

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

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

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

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

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Carbon-neutral supply chain a priority for Volkswagen

2021-07-30T16:06:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen is making a concerted effort to make the way it moves its vehicles as sustainable as the electric vehicles it is moving.  A good example is seen in the export of ID.4 from Germany to the US, as Marcus Williams finds out

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North American vehicle ports: Versatile through the year of the virus

2021-07-27T15:25:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Regional closures and varying rates of recovery have seen a slight shift in the records of throughput at North America’s main vehicle handling ports, most notably with the Mexican port of Veracruz losing ground to Baltimore for the first time in six years.

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

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

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

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North American vehicle production outlook – keeping up with disruption

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

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

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Dealing in low inventory: why dealers need maximum pipeline visibility

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

Brion Stapp explains how his Toyota dealership is adapting through Covid and supply chain disruption, and why vehicle logistics visibility will be so important to changing customer expectations and online sales strategies. 

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Delivering electric vehicles in America: charging ahead with a heavy load

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

EV sales are on the rise in the US, and with that new logistics considerations for vehicle weight, charging infrastructure and services. Experts from Lucid, Glovis and the American Trucking Association discuss how best to prepare.

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Carbon reduction emerges as an important KPI for vehicle logistics

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

As OEMs like Volkswagen Group pursue ambitious emission reduction targets, vehicle logistics managers and logistics providers must balance lower emissions with other KPIs including lead time and cost. 

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Now is the time to invest in sustainable port infrastructure

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

Ports are the gateway to supply chain recovery and growth for the North American automotive industry, and officials from the US Maritime Administration, Kuehne + Nagel and the American Association of Port Authorities see opportunity to strong returns on investment in capacity, transport links and digitalisation.

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OEMs accelerate use of existing digital tools to manage vehicle logistics disruption

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

Nissan vehicle logistics manager Ryan Purman explains how the OEM is changing paradigms for vehicle logistics in the US, and Inform’s Dan Gosson points to opportunities in telematics and artificial intelligence.

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US used vehicle demand brings innovation and opportunity to vehicle logistics

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

Strong demand for used vehicles, low inventory and rising prices are putting more importance on innovative vehicle logistics and distribution, with remarketing and auction retailers looking to carriers for solutions. Experts from Manheim Logistics, Glovis and ACERTUS share insights on succeeding in a hot market.

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Can North American vehicle logistics ports get past Industry 3.0?

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

There are growing capacity demands on ports but many OEMs, processors and logistics carriers depend on manual processes. Volkswagen’s Michael D’Angelo doesn’t think it needs to be that way.

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Getting North American rail back on track for vehicle logistics

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

North American rail is critical to lead time and sustainability objectives for vehicle logistics, but the sector is in need of further investment for flexibility, electrification and network management.

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

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

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

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How Renault and Horizon Auto Logistics made lead and cost savings in the Mexican logistics network

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

Alfredo Riquelme from Renault explains how the OEM worked with Horizon to join up data across vehicle distribution and helped improve performance and increase market share in Mexico.

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The path to predictive analytics for vehicle logistics: Nissan’s data-driven transformation

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

Nissan’s Steve Jernigan, along with IT experts from Proact and ICL, explain best practice for developing truly data-driven vehicle logistics across North America and beyond.

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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

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Data key to collaboration in an era of disruption

2021-06-28T12:25:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Nissan is already out in front when it comes to the digital transformation of the outbound supply chain and improving communication with logistics partners to make the delivery of vehicle more efficient in the face of increasingly frequent disruption

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Nissan working with Georgia Tech on improving vehicle deliveries and truck driver routes

2021-06-25T14:47:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Nissan is working on a project to improve the delivery of its vehicles to dealerships by road both in terms of time and capacity by breaking down the stages involved in the process

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Finished vehicle logistics needs a sustainable rethink in the EV era

2021-06-23T14:00:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

VW Group of America is trying to make its vehicle logistics more sustainable through operational procedure and supply chain design but there are load-capacity headwinds related to road haulage in the US

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Carmakers in North America worst hit by semiconductor shortage

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

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

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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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Vehicle electrification shakes up export and import flows

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

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

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EV battery supply chains on the move

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why just-in-time will remain the way forward for Toyota

2021-04-27T10:54:00+01:00By Marcus Williams, Christopher Ludwig

Leon van der Merwe is leading inbound, outbound and service parts logistics for Toyota Motor Europe. At this year’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe Live conference he told Christopher Ludwig about the carmaker’s strategy to modernise just-in-time and make Toyota’s logistics more sustainable

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Think Tank: How Covid has accelerated digitalisation for finished vehicle logistics

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

More OEMs and logistics providers in Europe are adapting and investing in digital tools and services than ever before, according to technology experts at INFORM, Proact and Fracht

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Think Tank: Future-proofing aftermarket and service parts logistics

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

As automotive service parts demand and requirements evolve, logistics experts from Jaguar Land Rover, Bosch, Kuehne+Nagel and the European parts association, CLEPA, look to the capacity, technology and network changes necessary to maintain service levels.

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Think Tank: Pack to the future

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

Experts from packaging suppliers DS Smith and ORBIS share new ideas, innovations and new opportunities in automotive packaging and container management that will play key roles in supply chain sustainability and eliminating cost in the European supply chain.

How automation and data analytics can elevate performance with Einride, CNH and Blue Yonder

Watch: How automation and data analytics can elevate supply chain performance

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

Digital supply chain experts from CNH Industrial, IT and software specialist Blue Yonder and freight automation startup Einride discuss how digitalisation can boost reliability, control and end-to-end visibility in logistics.

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Watch: Building a viable and sustainable European battery supply base

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

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

Decarbonising airfreight – A case study

Watch: Decarbonising airfreight – A case study in sustainable air freight

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

Marcel Fujike of Kuehne+Nagel and Gabriël Koetsier of Neste Components discuss practical steps to reduce CO2 from logistics networks including the innovative use of sustainable aviation fuel.

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Watch: Dealing with continuous disruption in finished vehicle logistics

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

Christopher Godfrey of Volvo Cars and Ruud Vossebeld of INFORM discuss how the pandemic, remote working and digitalisation are changing vehicle logistics, requiring ever more focus on people.

Partnerships to supply chain change with Volvo and Toyota

Watch: Partnerships the only path for real logistics change at Toyota and Volvo Cars

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

Volvo’s head of supply chain management Martin Corner and Hans Cremers, Toyota Motor Europe’s leader for logistics purchasing, want to achieve sustainability targets and support digital supply chains – and agree that long-term partners will be paramount

Sustainability as a KPI with ZF, Scania and IPL Macro

Watch: Why sustainability will be a major KPI in logistics

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

Manufacturers including Scania and ZF are already starting to factor emissions reduction and sustainability goals into logistics decisions and purchasing, leaading to changes in transport and returnable packaging operations.

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Watch: Europe goes giga on the battery supply chain

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

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

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Watch: Transforming the European supply chain the Toyota way

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

Toyota Motor Europe’s VP of supply chain, Leon van der Merve, explains how the carmaker plans to reduce logistics emissions and how he wants to modernise just-in-time to be even leaner wherever possible.

Preparing for a 99% chance of disruption with Hella, CNW, Wakeo

Watch: Preparing for a 99.99% chance of supply chain disruption

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

Disruptions in the automotive supply chain are a near certainty but nonetheless near impossible to pinpoint. Supply chain experts from automotive supplier Hella, tracking provider Wakeo and emergency freight provider CNW discuss the best ways to minimise risk.

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Watch: Spinning the wheel of supply chain innovation

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

Leaders from INEOS Automotive and GEFCO see AI and real-time visibility as game changes for logistics, but point out that innovation is not just about implementing new systems or digitalising processes, but also adapting working culture and working with the right partners. 

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Watch: Collaborate to decarbonise European automotive logistics

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

As European manufacturers set tight emission reduction targets in logistics, experts at Volvo Trucks, DFDS and CHEP reveal just how important collaboration will be for their sustainability roadmaps.

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Watch: European supply chain needs change in skills and culture to remain global automotive powerhouse

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

The European automotive industry has faced a year of crises, but if it invests in the right digital tools, adapts sustainable processes and an agile working culture, it can achieve long-term sustainability targets and recovery, according to experts from Volkswagen and CSR Europe.

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Watch: How today’s chip shortage could help the automotive supply chain flourish in the long run

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

The semiconductor crisis has caused millions of units in lost production but is also pointing the way towards a more fruitful relationship between OEMs, tier-1 suppliers, foundries and chip producers globally, especially as more electronics are added to future vehicles.

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Watch: Digital drivers for Europe’s finished vehicle logistics

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

OEMs and carriers are turning to more digital tools to optimise vehicle logistics networks, improve visibility and reduce empty miles, but the industry can still work together to fill in gaps.

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Watch: A permanent change in container shipping for automotive

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

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

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Watch: The (r)evolution at Volkswagen Group’s logistics

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

Electrification, digital tools and sustainability goals are transforming Volkswagen Group Logistics processes across the carmaker’s global footprint. Matthias Braun outlines how the group is adapting its systems and relationships.

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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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The way we buy cars has changed forever

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

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

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Supply chain’s radio star: Positive signals for real-time visibility

2021-04-16T08:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Cognosos’ Adrian Jennings talks about enhanced asset tracking, managing production surges and how automotive supply chains compare to rocket science

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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

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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. 

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VW strengthens ties with Northvolt to expand battery capacity in Europe

2021-03-16T11:19:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen Group plans to significantly increase battery cell production capacity and reshape the EV battery supply chain in Europe, with plans to add six ‘gigafactories’ by the end of the decade – including an expansion of its partnership with Sweden’s Northvolt. 

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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?

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SK Innovation banned from the US for 10 years following LG lawsuit

2021-02-12T15:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

The US International Trade Commission has imposed a 10-year ban on SK Innovation for the importation, domestic production and sale of electric vehicle batteries within the US because of intellectual property theft from rival LG Chem. It is a tough sentence, but perhaps unsurprising given the context of the global push to electrification.

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North American vehicle makers steer a course through Covid

2021-02-08T14:38:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

This year’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain North America Live conference revealed how a strong rebound in North American vehicle sales has taken the supply chain by surprise and exacerbated the misalignment in inbound supply and capacity caused by the Covid-19 shutdowns.

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USMCA: The milk in the coconut of North American trade

2021-02-08T11:55:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The renegotiated rules on free trade in North America, known as USMCA, have been in effect six months but are coming under stricter enforcement. Trade experts from Toyota and Canada’s automotive supplier association point to risks around compliance and a lack of clarity in some rules, especially around ’alternative staging regimes’ on localisation – with the risk that some suppliers could lose significant business. 

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Watch: Welcome to the future of North American automotive supply chains

2021-02-07T19:15:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Kicking off the on-demand content for Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain North America Live, our hosts set out the trends impacting the industry today and how they will reshape processes, service and partnerships.

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Watch: A surprisingly bright outlook for North American vehicle sales and production

2021-02-07T19:08:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Despite the pandemic and supply chain disruptions, IHS-Markit is forecasting a stronger-than-anticipated rebound for the North American automotive sector, however there are many headwinds, including for production and exports out of Mexico.

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Watch: The race to build a North American lithium-ion battery supply chain

2021-02-07T19:07:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Investing in regional battery supply will be critical for OEMs in North America to compete on electric vehicles, but can battery cell capacity keep up? Analyst Daniel Harrison details the evolving battery production footprint in the region.

Maintaining Mexico’s Competitive Edge in supply chain with Nissan and Jack Cooper

Watch: Maintaining Mexico’s competitive edge in supply chain

2021-02-07T19:06:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

OEMs in Mexico are facing logistics bottlenecks and expect more to come, which is why Nissan and providers like Jack Cooper are strengthening processes and digital tools in logistics to improve resiliency and flexibility.  

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Watch: North America automotive suppliers must keep up with USMCA and changing trade policy

2021-02-07T19:05:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Policy experts from Toyota and Canada’s automotive supplier association unpick complex sourcing and compliance rules under USMCA, and look ahead to what the Biden administration could mean for automotive trade.

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Watch Think Tank: A 360 view of finished vehicle logistics in North America

2021-02-07T19:02:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Key operators  from all corners of the vehicle logistics space discuss the major trends in the sector for 2021 as part of an interactive think tank, including representatives from road, rail, ports, IT and integrated services.

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Watch: Managing global supply chains in times of disruption

2021-02-07T19:01:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

As the automotive industry faces logistics capacity and semiconductor shortages in the supply chain, experts from Volkswagen Group, emergency freight provider CNW and packaging specialist CHEP discuss systems and strategies to improve resilience.

Sharon Choi Glovis America, Jethro J. Felton Cognosos, David Paquin Locus Robotics, Ian Slaven DSV

Watch Think Tank: Top tips on transforming aftersales logistics in North America

2021-02-07T19:00:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

In a special think tank workshop, leaders from key players in service parts and aftersales logistics discuss how the industry should respond to the current disruptions and get ready for major changes ahead.

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Watch: Can OEMs design more flexible and predictive supply chains networks?

2021-02-07T18:57:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Logistics executives from Toyota North America and agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO discuss their strategies, processes and technologies for advanced logistics and supply chain planning.

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Watch: Capturing supply chain data and change in real time – day one in review

2021-02-07T18:56:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Our team unwraps the top themes from the first day of the event on North American automotive logistics, including managing organisational transformation and an urgent need for data transparency.

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Watch: Top priorities for the North American supply chain in 2021 – intro to day two

2021-02-07T18:55:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Christopher Ludwig reveals top priorities for the region’s automotive logistics and supply chain sector at the start of day two of ALSC North America Live.

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Watch: North American automotive recovery is underway, but for how long?

2021-02-07T18:54:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

The North American automotive market is on pace to return to growth this year despite slow vaccine roll-outs, however there are risks in the supply chain and the longer-term economic outlook, according to Eaton’s top automotive analyst, Brandon Mason. 

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Watch: How Volkswagen and Kuehne + Nagel are making supply chains greener

2021-02-07T18:54:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

In this virtual event, leaders from Volkswagen and Kuehne+Nagel discussed how production and supply chains can be made greener by using renewable energy in plants, switching deep-sea shipping vessels to LNG, reducing air freight and more.

Soeren Striepe Magna, Scott McKenzie Toyota Canada, Frantz Saintellemy LeddarTech, Colin Dhillon APMA

Watch: Canada’s Silicon Valley of the North

2021-02-07T18:52:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Leaders from Magna, Toyota and LeddarTech discuss how Canada’s supply chain can realise its potential for innovation as the Silicon Valley of the North, thanks to the local expertise and electric vehicle initiatives like Project Arrow.

Stephen Grant Lucid Motors, Achim Glass Kuehne + Nagel, Carolynne Hunter St. Clair Technologies, Warren Ali APMA, Sean Mario Hazaray Haze Automotive, Sanjiv Takyar CHEP, Tony Han Havelaar Canada

Watch Think Tank: Starting up electric vehicle supply chains

2021-02-07T18:51:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

With new OEMs like Lucid about to launch electric vehicle production, supply chain experts from OEMs, suppliers, tech players and logistics companies discuss the investment, data and technology opportunities – and difficulties – that come with starting up new EV and battery supply chains.

Howard Chang Porsche North America, Brian Hook ICL Systems, Patrick McGinn Glovis America

Watch: Ensuring finished vehicle logistics keeps pace with demand

2021-02-07T18:50:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Senior managers from Porsche, Glovis and ICL Systems talk about how they have been keeping dealer lots stocked as consumer demand has returned since the end of stay-at-home orders across America.

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Watch: Exceptional finished vehicle logistics

2021-02-07T18:48:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

If vehicle logistics providers are to keep ahead of disruption and better serve customers, they will need to improve exception management and inventory visibility across plants, yards and transport according to executives from Hyundai Glovis, Jack Cooper and Cognosos.

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Watch: Rise of the robots

2021-02-07T18:47:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

What can automotive logistics learn from other industries when it comes to automation and robotics? Experts from Locus Robotics, GE Appliances and i9 Sports compare notes on how robotics can help efficiency as well as those working in logistics.

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Watch: Covid could accelerate outsourcing and new partnerships in the supply chain

2021-02-07T18:46:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Experts from Mahindra, Hyundai Glovis and the tier supply chain say that the crisis highlights opportunities for new logistics services and a re-evaluation of partnerships across automotive logistics in North America and beyond.

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Watch: That’s a wrap (until next time)!

2021-02-07T18:45:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

At the end of a two-day journey across the supply chain in the US, Canada and Mexico, our hosts share the most urgent action points and takeaways from the event, including how logistics providers can help manufacturers recover and transform.

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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

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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.

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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

2020-12-21T16:48:00+00:00

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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Analysis: Middle East and Africa recovery will depend on better trade relations, logistics and investment

2020-12-09T17:17:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

The wider Middle East and North Africa region is set for vehicle sales and production declines of 25% year-on-year in 2020, but there are prospects for recovery in automotive markets and in trade, if OEMs and suppliers can overcome supply chain barriers. Download our latest analysis. 

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Can the UK supply chain keep up with a 2030 ban on new ICE vehicle sales?

2020-11-20T14:31:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

The UK government has announced it is bringing forward its plans to phase out the sale of new cars and vans powered by internal combustion engines. Daniel Harrison, automotive analyst at Ultima Media, examines how realistic that is and whether supply chains are ready to produce enough electric vehicles and batteries.

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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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Can Tesla shift the balance of EV battery and cell supply chains away from China?

2020-10-12T13:12:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

At Tesla’s recent Battery Day presentation, the company promised to shake up its battery supply chains by moving into cell production and even the mining of raw material, but how realistic are these targets?

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Watch: Launching start-up automotive supply chains

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

As new entrants, tech firms and EV start-up companies jump into the supply chain, this panel at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live explored the logistics requirements with insight from startups Rivian and Ineos Automotive, and supply chain specialist Kuehne + Nagel.

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Watch: Building Lucid’s electric vehicle logistics network

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

Electric vehicle startup Lucid is launching its first production model with support from Glovis America in finished vehicle logistics. Head of logistics Greg Henninger shares details together with partners from Glovis on the unique challenge for EV outbound logistics.

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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.

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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: 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: Q&A with Arrival-Elements Tracy Yi

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

Tracey Yi, who is leading Arrival’s new component and procurement division, Elements, takes audience questions on Arrival’s supply chain strategy, including its localisation targets, sustainability and the future public transport.

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Watch: A brand new Element at commercial EV startup Arrival

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

Tracey Yi, who is leading Arrival’s new component and procurement division, Elements, talks to Christopher Ludwig about the electric bus manufacturer’s unique supply chain and manufacturing localisation strategy.

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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: Rethinking supply chain resilience

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

The crisis has underlined how vulnerable the supply chain is to shocks and is leading some manufacturers to reconsider inventory and planning strategies to mitigate disruption and instability. In this session at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, experts debate whether this means a rethink in lean and just-in-time.

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Watch: Real world supply chain dynamics with DSV

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

During Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, DSV’s automotive logistics experts set out a path to navigate a turbulent year ahead with an overview of supply chain stability, trends, insights, and strategies that will impact on logistics operations and pricing across transport modes.

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Watch: What Europe’s Green Deal means for automotive supply chains

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

The EU is regulating and investing in decarbonisation with significant cost and technology implications for the automotive sector. Stefan Crets from CSR Europe and PwC’s Christoph Stürmer unpick the implications for the supply chain and what companies.

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Watch: How Yazaki’s Bo Andersson wants to shape up and shake up the supply chain

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

In an exclusive fireside chat at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, Bo Andersson details Yazaki’s objectives in reducing lineside disruptions at its plants, improving supply visibility and moving away from ‘build-to-print’ models as the tier 1 aims to capture more value-added production and services.

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Watch: Spotlight on a changing North American automotive supply chain

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

In a panel discussion held during Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, leading experts and decision makers unpick the immense operational, market and trade changes happening across North America and how companies like Honda and Carter Logistics are adapting their processes and networks.

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Watch: Carmakers preparing for supply chain and logistics reinvention

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

The pandemic isn’t over, but senior logistics leaders at General Motors, Nissan, Volvo Cars and Glovis America are looking beyond the crisis to new technology, electrification, capacity planning and the skills needed to succeed in supply chain management in the 2020s. Watch this in-depth panel discussion from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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Watch: Delivering innovation at Volkswagen and Toyota’s service parts logistics

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

As service parts demand in the US recovers, OEMs like Volkswagen Group and Toyota are carefully monitoring shortages in parts supply and inventory, while accelerating new delivery channels, including ecommerce sales and direct customer deliveries. VW’s Anu Goel and Toyota’s Mike Schober share their views during Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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Watch: Rethinking vehicle logistics network design and optimisation in North America

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

OEMs like Nissan and Volkswagen are working with logistics specialists like Jack Cooper and Inform to deliver the recovery amidst low vehicle inventory, uncertainty from Covid-19 and driver shortages, while looking at how to use technology to optimise networks over the long term. Check out this lively discussion from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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Watch: Localisation and technology transform supply chains across industries

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

Advanced technology, changing consumer patterns, trade regulations and the coronavirus crisis have led firms like GE Appliances to revaluate their supply chains and logistics. Watch GE Appliance’s Harry Chase and Tata Consultancy’s Deepak Mavatoor share their expert views.

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Watch: North America automotive market resilient but faces long recovery

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

The North American market has recovered faster than some expected, but Eaton analyst Brandon Mason predicts uncertain times ahead for the supply chain, with restrained sales in the coming years and ongoing localisation of vehicle production in the region. Watch this in-depth presentation from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live. 

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Watch: Supply chain leadership in a time of adversity

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

Hear how senior executives from Volkswagen Group, FCA, Visteon and Gefco have adapted strategies, processes and communication to support manufacturing and logistics operations and teams during the crisis.

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Watch: How to improve agility and flexibility in finished vehicle logistics

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

While vehicle logistics faces ongoing challenges in managing capacity utilisation and visibility, this panel from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live points to key strategies from FCA North America, Hyundai Glovis and CFR Rinkens for improving load factors and responding to customer needs.

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Watch: Keeping the metal moving in Europe

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

As the European vehicle logistics sector faces huge challenges and changes, senior logistics leaders from Daimler, Volvo Cars and Hyundai Glovis discuss capacity requirements, digitalisation and requirements from their logistics partners during a panel at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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Watch: Accelerating digital transformation

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

The coronavirus crisis has in many cases forced companies to speed up the use of digital tools and processes across their operations, while also exposing digital gaps. In this session, supply chain leaders from agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO, and start-up EV OEM Nio, share insight into how their companies are already using enhanced connectivity, big data and even artificial intelligence to improve the supply chain.

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Watch: Optimising supply chain demand and capacity planning

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

Manufacturers are facing recovering but uncertain automotive demand, while limits in ocean and air freight capacity risk disruption and cost increeses. In this session at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, experts from Toyota North America, Adient and CNW discuss strategies for improving demand forecasting and network planning across transport modes.

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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: How to drive supply chain innovation

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

Innovation is key to driving automotive supply chains and logistics forward, whether it be adapting existing processes, developing new ideas or implementing new technology. In this unique exchange at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, supply chain strategist Wolfang Lehmacher and INEOS Automotive’s Marko Weisshaar share their vision for innovation and creativity in automotive logistics.

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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: 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: China automotive production to rise but trade wars and coronavirus crisis will have lasting impact

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

Chinese vehicle sales and production are set to continue to recover, but IHS Markit Automotive forecasts that the crisis will still hit demand, while exporting vehicles from China to the US especially will remain a difficult prospect

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Watch: PwC study shows how electrification will transform European vehicle product portfolio and value chain

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

Electrification is powering ahead in Europe, with manufacturers set to launch a large array of lower cost and more premium vehicles this decade that will increasingly compete on price and total cost of ownership with ICE vehicles. Christoph Stürmer presents a PwC study that reveals opportunities in product types as well as where Europe can make gains in its supply chain.  

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Watch: Commercial vehicle supply chains with Scania and MAN

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

The supply chain and logistics requirements for commercial vehicles, including trucks and buses, can vary significantly. During a panel at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, supply chain leaders from MAN and Scania explain how they are optimising networks and responding to the crisis.

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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: Spotlight on the Indian supply chain

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

Watch this panel discussion from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live on key challenges from the crisis, digitalisation developments and opportunities for the automotive supply chain in India featuring logistics experts from FCA, JCB and Smart Links Technology.

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Watch: India supply chain insights and automotive market forecast

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

The Indian automotive industry is facing a significant economic crisis as the country faces the coronavirus crisis. In a presentation at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, Puneet Gupta from IHS Markit Automotive shares insights into the demand patterns, production outlook and government measures that will impact the Indian automotive supply chain over the next decade. 

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Watch: Managing the battery supply chain will be a strategic advantage

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

In this presentation, automotive analyst Daniel Harrison details growth, investment and bottlenecks in lithium-ion battery supply chains, and demonstrates the competitive advantages that manufacturers could gain or risk in taking more control over battery sourcing and production.

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Watch: Why Volvo’s Martin Corner thinks there has never been a more exciting time for automotive logistics

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

Volvo Cars’ head of global logistics thinks the supply chain has a long way to go to match the digital, visibility and flexibility requirements of the automotive sector, but he also tells the audience of Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live that electrification and new distribution models provide an opportunity for positive transformation. 

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Ford and Toyota talk about the benefits of returning to sender

2020-09-24T08:30:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Carmakers used last week’s ALSC Live online conference to reveal a range of sustainable packaging strategies they were employing in an effort to cut waste along with cost.

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Digital tools promise a more resilient supply chain post-Covid

2020-09-16T15:55:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

If Covid has taught the automotive sector anything it is about the importance of resilience in the supply chain. The investment needed to ensure that however, comes at a time of economic uncertainty when the industry as a whole is looking for cost reduction.

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Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live Overview

2020-09-15T05:37:00+01:00

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. 

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Meeting increasing demand for EVs in Europe depends on better battery supply

2020-09-07T12:39:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

Carmakers are investing colossal sums of money into low and zero-emission powertrain technologies. Even before the coronavirus crisis infected the finances of most manufacturers the survival of many of them hinged upon a return on investment and a successful transition to electrification over the coming years. 

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AL FVL Summer 2020

2020-08-25T18:55:00+01:00

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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Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale | Part 2: Update from North America with Honda and Benteler

2020-07-29T19:56:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Don’t miss the last Livestream Hour episode this season as our guests provide insight on how the coronavirus crisis is currently affecting the supply chain in North America, featuring Hector Martinez from Honda de Mexico and Maxim Serov from global tier 1 Benteler.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale Part 1: Global logistics lessons with the Volkswagen Group

2020-07-23T22:54:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As part of our finale for this season’s Livestream Hour, watch this exclusive interview with our special guest Matthias Braun, who leads digitalisation and concept development for group logistics at the Volkswagen Group, on how the carmaker has managed its supply chain through all phases of the coronavirus crisis so far, and lessons for the future

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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 ...

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Watch: ‘Covid is accelerating digital supply chain and production’ | Your questions answered with EY’s Bart Huthwaite

2020-06-19T18:18:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Following our popular Livestream Hour edition focused on digitalisation in supply chain and logistics, Bart Huthwaite, principal for automotive and transportation at EY, rejoins Christopher Ludwig to address audience questions on topics including digital twins, industrial IOT, trade wars and changing production models.

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Coronavirus and beyond: Europe vehicle demand and finished vehicle logistics outlook 2020-2030

2020-06-04T17:49:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Download this report for a forecast of European new vehicle demand from 2020-2030 across the region and the top five markets, and analysis of impacts and changes for the European finished vehicle logistics sector. This report is the latest from ECG Business Intelligence, a collaboration between the Association of European Vehicle Logistics and Automotive from Ultima Media

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 7 - Finished Vehicle Logistics: Restarting the network

2020-06-03T15:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This special livestream episode focuses on the finished vehicle logistics network and how it is preparing to restart for the new normal, with insights from Hyundai Glovis, ProAct and more. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig and featuring updates and insights from the crisis and beyond for automotive supply chain and manufacturing.

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Watch: Livestream Coronavirus Series – Automotive Supply Chain May Update

2020-05-27T18:35:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Daniel Harrison

Our monthly supply chain updates provide critical information for automotive production, purchasing and logistics professionals in the current crisis, and strategic insight to help companies design more resilient supply chains for the future. Watch the May update for the latest market forecasts from our automotive analyst and insight on how supply chains could be made more resilient from automotive supply chain expert Peter Weiss from Gartner.

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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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CNW’s Ron Glowinsky on how coronavirus has affected expedited freight

2020-05-18T09:20:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

Coronavirus has had a dramatic impact on automotive production, supply chain and logistics across the world. Here, Ron Glowinsky, CNW’s vice-president of global sales, shares his insights on the disruptive effects seen in the expedited freight market – including changes to pricing and on-board courier services.

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Watch: Kia maintains investment, launches and stability in Europe

2020-05-12T11:17:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Kia Motors Europe chief operating officer, Emilio Herrera, and director of marketing, Carlos Lahoz, outline how the Korean brand is learning from supply chain and production disruptions, digitalising sales channels and maintaining investment in electrification to chart a route towards recovery in Europe.

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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

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Watch: Livestream Coronavirus Series – Automotive Supply Chain April Update

2020-04-30T00:47:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Part of our ongoing Livestream series, the monthly supply chain update provides insight on what the coronavirus crisis will mean for automotive manufacturing and logistics. In this episode, hear from Matteo Fini from IHS Markit; Fathi Tlatli from DHL together with host Christopher Ludwig.

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Preparing for the next phase of the Covid-19 crisis: European vehicle forecast and logistics changes

2020-04-17T11:58:00+01:00By ECG Business Intelligence

Download this report for monthly forecast of European vehicle registration and production, and an analysis of the manufacturing, supply chain and logistics changes required as OEMs begin restarting assembly plants. This report is the latest from ECG Business Intelligence, a collaboration between the Association of European Vehicle Logistics and Automotive from Ultima Media

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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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Watch: Your Questions Answered | The Coronavirus Series: Automotive Supply Chain March Update

2020-04-01T18:13:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Daniel Harrison

Following our first Livestream Coronavirus Automotive Supply Chain Update, our panellists reconvene to discuss audience questions that were not answered during the broadcast. Watch this exclusive video recording of the discussion covering the long-term impacts of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand, economic and environmental policy, logistics and manufacturing operations.

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Watch: Livestream | The Coronavirus Series – Automotive Supply Chain March Update

2020-03-27T15:14:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Daniel Harrison

Presented by Automotive from Ultima Media, hear from our analysts as they share insight on how the coronavirus crisis will impact global vehicle sales and what it will mean for automotive manufacturing and logistics.

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Global vehicle demand forecast 2020-2030: The drastic impact of the coronavirus crisis

2020-03-26T10:27:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Download our full report and analysis on the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand across major regions. Our forecast includes assessments according to best case, base case and worst case scenarios across North America, Europe, China, Japan, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

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Calling stop on automotive supply chains: how long can companies survive the Covid-19 crisis?

2020-03-20T13:48:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.

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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.

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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 

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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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Watch: A royal entry to Mexico’s competitive supply base

2020-03-02T21:52:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

Kevin Reed, vice-president of supply chain at tier two electronics and battery component supplier Royal Power, talks to Daniel Harrison about why the company recently built a new plant in Mexico, and the challenges facing its supply chain and logistics. In the context of declining margins among tier suppliers, Reed discusses the key advantages of moving to Mexico to better serve customers and compete, and why maximising efficiency in the supply chain is a crucial differentiator.

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Interview with Alfonso Gutierrez, Nissan Mexico

2020-03-02T10:51:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

At the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 conference, Nissan Mexico’s recently appointed deputy director of purchasing speaks to editor Joanne Perry about his ambitions in the role, the challenges of logistics purchasing in Mexico and why it’s crucial to empower personnel to “go and conquer”

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Interview with Hector Martinez, Honda Mexico

2020-02-28T23:09:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

At the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 conference, Hector Martinez, division manager export sales and CBU logistics at Honda Mexico, tells Joanne Perry about the OEM’s outbound logistics operation in the country, including key challenges such as security issues, congestion at ports and extreme weather events.

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Watch: Summing up the situation in Mexico

2020-02-28T12:00:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Christopher Ludwig wraps up the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 conference with an overview of the key topics discussed, including the impact of USMCA localisation rules and certification, both which raise questions but also opportunities for logistics providers to manage complexity. The increase in the use of connected supply chain technology ...

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Watch: Future of Mexican EV production depends on a dedicated supply chain

2020-02-28T11:49:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Daniel Harrison, automotive analyst at Ultima Media’s business intelligence unit, tells Christopher Ludwig about the regulatory impact on a steady Mexican automotive market and his outlook on production, which is built strongly on exports to the US.

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Watch: BMW prepares its logistics network for global export from Mexico

2020-02-27T13:09:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Karl-Friedrich Koch, vice-president of production control, logistics at BMW Group Mexico talks to Christopher Ludwig about the ramp up in production at the carmaker’s plant in San Luis Potosí

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Watch: Why Jesús Seade thinks the USMCA will increase supply chain investment into Mexico

2020-02-27T11:08:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

At this week’s AL Mexico conference Jesús Seade, undersecretary for North America at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, talked about the new USMCA trade deal (called T-Mec locally) and the increase in localisation brought about by the changes to rules of origin. Here Christopher Ludwig gives an overview of ...

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Watch: What you need to know about the USMCA agreement

2020-02-26T17:42:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Ahead of our keynote speech from Jesús Seade, Undersecretary for North America from the Mexican Ministry for Foreign Affairs, let’s briefly discuss the status of the USMCA agreement (T-MEC here in Mexico) and what it might mean for the industry. For more on Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 visit the event ...

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Telenovela Logística: Watch our exclusive video coverage of Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020

2020-02-26T11:46:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Buenos Dias y Bienvenidos a México! We look forward to welcoming you to the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020, where you can expect three days of intense networking, debate, informative sessions and practical case studies. This year we will be sharing reports, articles, videos and insights from our sessions. Make sure ...

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Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

2020-02-16T18:58:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing supply chain processes

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Watch: How to mitigate falling profits in the automotive supply base

2020-02-13T14:00:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Following our latest report: Automotive Tier Supplier Profit Analysis 2020, watch our webinar: How to mitigate falling profits in the automotive supply base, where our analysts provide in-depth insights into where Tier 1 supplier profit margins are heading and what the impact will be across the supply chain.

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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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Automotive suppliers buying and spinning their way into high tech segments

2020-02-04T18:37:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As BorgWarner’s acquisition of Delphi Technologies shows, tier one automotive suppliers are turning to acquisitions and restructuring their business to focus on advanced technology, helping to protect margins, avoid commodification and transition to electrified powertrains

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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.

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Electric vehicles could transform role of tier 1 suppliers in managing logistics

2020-01-23T06:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As OEMs look to reduce production costs and manage more complexity, automotive suppliers will face challenges. But with more EV models in the pipeline, many have the opportunity to grab a larger piece of the pie both for manufacturing and supply chain management.

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Part and parcel of the problem: why tier 1 supplier logistics will face a squeeze

2020-01-22T19:05:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As OEMs and automotive parts suppliers see their margins decline, cost pressures are going to increase on logistics operations and service providers further down the supply chain 

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Explaining EU vehicle emissions targets: can OEMs avoid heavy fines?

2020-01-16T06:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

The new average fleet targets that came into force in Europe on January 1st 2020 are having big impacts on the supply chain, pushing OEMs to produce and sell more hybrids and EVs. But the rules are complex and varied by brands, volume and sales. Here we provide a summary of the key rules and terminology.

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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

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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 

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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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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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Is Sony’s Vision S a scary sight, or a revelation for carmakers and suppliers?

2020-01-14T06:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

Should automotive manufacturers and the supply chain fear or embrace this surprise announcement from the consumer technology giant?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Suppliers will charge the change: opportunities in the EV value chain

2019-11-07T05:30:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

While much focus is put on OEM plans to launch more electric vehicles, a great deal of the technology, value, production and services will come from both existing and emerging suppliers across the value chain. We expect many new opportunities for these companies over the next decade.

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Groupe PSA and FCA merger has precedent for supply chain impact

2019-11-06T14:58:00+00:00By Marcus Williams, Christopher Ludwig

Discussions that seem to be moving quickly between Groupe PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on a possible merger have raised questions about how supply chain and logistics at the respective carmakers would be affected, including on consolidated vehicle platforms and suppliers, costs, as well as on major logistics providers, notably Gefco.

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FCA–PSA fusion: first of the electric shock waves?

2019-11-04T05:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

The merger attempt by FCA and PSA will be complicated but makes economic and operational sense, including for supply chain management and logistics. Whether or not it goes ahead, more consolidation is likely as the automotive industry gears up for electrification

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You gotta carry that weight: how bigger vehicles and EVs will challenge logistics

2019-10-30T19:27:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

With forecasts for strong growth in marketshare for electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle sales over the next decade, moving parts and vehicles will require new equipment, processes and standards across OEMs and logistics providers

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Global trade disputes could dim electric vehicle supply chain potential in key markets

2019-10-28T19:43:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Trade uncertainties such as those between the US and China, or the UK and the EU, could put the brakes on growth in the electric vehicle and battery supply chain for some OEMs and countries, despite bullish forecasts for alternative powertrains 

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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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Powertrain forecast to 2030: Navigating the road to electrification

2019-10-24T19:21:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Download this report for forecasts of eight different powertrains across regions, including all degrees of hybridisation, electrification and internal combustion engines, which reveal changes that will have huge implications for the future of the automotive supply chain. The latest insight by the business intelligence unit of Automotive from Ultima Media

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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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What took the air out of Dyson’s electric car project?

2019-10-16T13:27:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The iconic manufacturer of vacuum cleaners has cancelled plans to develop and build an EV. That was probably a smart decision, considering the huge costs, competition and struggling market that Dyson would have been entering.

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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.

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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.

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OEMs’ profit strategies today could hurt them tomorrow

2019-09-30T08:53:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Ahead of stringent EU emissions targets starting in 2020, some carmakers are pursuing strategies that actually go against what they will ultimately need to do to reduce hefty fines. This makes sense – but only for now

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EU fines and electric future not entirely in the hands of OEMs

2019-09-26T09:56:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

In the face of government and citizens’ rising concern over climate change, vehicle emission regulations around the world are tightening, especially in Europe. In our latest business intelligence report, we forecast that carmakers will face hefty fines under tightening vehicle emission targets, driven largely by factors outside their control.

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Opportunities ahead for automotive OEMs and tier suppliers

2019-09-25T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

The downturn in automotive sales volume creates many challenges, but the transitional state of the industry also provides many business opportunities, according to a forecast and report from Ultima Media.

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Greater expectations: brighter days will return for the automotive industry

2019-09-24T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Although automotive OEMs will face years of stagnant vehicle sales, a stronger recovery thereafter will bring growth back up to long run averages and herald a return to stronger profits. By then, however, the industry is likely to have undergone further consolidation.

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Pricier, technology-laden new vehicles are driving consumers to buy used vehicles

2019-09-24T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

OEMs’ own sales and technology strategies, combined with growing regulations, are leading more consumers to the second-hand vehicle market, a development that could reshape future automotive business models and distribution chains, according to a new report.

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Re-tooling of manufacturing plants and supply chain for EVs pose investment risk for OEMs

2019-09-23T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Tooling and conversion of automotive plants are significant costs for OEMs as they invest in electrification, which some may struggle to afford, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.  

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Electrification poses cost and technology risk for automotive supply chain

2019-09-19T07:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

The high R&D, production and supply chain costs of electric vehicles could mean that OEMs will be selling most at a loss for years to come, according to a report by Automotive from Ultma Media.

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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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Emissions regulations pose existential risk for OEMs

2019-09-17T08:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Escalating fines over CO2 and fuel standards, especially in Europe and China, are set to have significant impacts across the supply chain and OEM investment plans, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.

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Trade wars compound economic risks for automotive supply chain

2019-09-13T19:24:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

The impact on tariffs and especially of uncertainty in key trading regions including the US, China and Europe are having real impacts on the automotive supply chain, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media’s new business intelligence unit.

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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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Auto industry faces lengthy decline in sales

2019-09-10T21:42:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Global new vehicle sales could face years of falls or stagnation, hurting OEM profits and putting pressure on the supply chain, according to a forecast by Automotive from Ultima Media’s new business intelligence unit.

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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.

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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

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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 

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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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Q&A with Olga Stepanova, sales director of RZD Logistics

2019-08-05T14:21:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

As vehicle shipments increase on overland routes between Europe and China, Russian companies such as the state-owned RZD are aiming to capitalise on the new business. Automotive Logistics discusses the development of a new Silk Road with Olga Stepanova, sales director of RZD Logistics

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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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Baltimore and Jacksonville handling higher vehicle volumes

2019-07-24T13:15:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The busiest vehicle-handling ports in the US, Baltimore and Jacksonville, have reported gains in the first half of 2019, through higher import and export volumes. Baltimore has seen an increase of 8% compared with the same period last year, handling roughly 428,000 units between January and June. It reported record figures for March, with more than 59,000 vehicles processed, plus around 95,500 units of agricultural and construction equipment. The latest figures continue the growth the port has seen over the last eight years…

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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A special case: how Russia hopes to boost local production with investment contracts

2019-05-20T11:16:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is attempting to boost tier supplier capacity via contracts with OEMs and logistics subsidies for parts makers, but it is unclear how successful this will be

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Motoring on: Brazil’s heavyweight OEMs prepare for growth

2019-05-20T10:20:00+01:00By Tony Danby

Brazilian truck and bus sales picked up strongly last year following the country’s long recession, and now both OEMs and logistics providers are hoping the trend continues 

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Market sharing: New rental platform for underused trucks

2019-05-20T09:38:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Uber and Airbnb have led the way in the sharing economy, but Ryder has now launched an asset-sharing platform for commercial vehicles

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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

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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 ...

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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China's automotive market heads for change

2019-04-17T12:04:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

China’s economy is entering a new phase of steady rather than rapid expansion and the automotive industry may have to accept that the days of exponential growth could be at an end, delegates were told at this month’s (April) Automotive Logistics Global Shanghai conference.

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Drewry warns of Trump trade tariffs

2019-04-17T10:28:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Proposed US automotive tariffs would have a negative impact on east-west trade routes as American imports of finished vehicles and automotive parts would likely decrease in 2020 and 2021, according to a white paper published last week by Drewry. Specialist car carriers and leading container lines will suffer, along with ...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Toyota merges production and service parts logistics in North America

2019-01-28T12:09:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota is comprehensively realigning its production and service parts organisation in North America with an integrated supply chain division as part of its overall One Toyota initiative, designed to improve customer service and cost efficiency.

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John Begg moves to Johnson Controls

2019-01-23T14:31:31+00:00By Marcus Williams

John Begg has moved to tier supplier Johnson Controls as director of global supply chain and transportation for its Power Solutions division, which makes and distributes vehicle batteries.

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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

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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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Bysouth becomes logistics chief at IAC

2019-01-15T11:45:13+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Kelly Bysouth (pictured) has joined International Automotive Components (IAC) as chief supply chain officer, with global responsibility and operational control of procurement and logistics.She brings 25 years of related experience to the company, which is based in Luxembourg.[mpu_ad]Bysouth moves from Adient, where she held a variety of leadership positions in ...

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Mark Stanyer appointed MD at ProAct International

2019-01-11T17:30:01+00:00By Marcus Williams

Mark Stanyer has joined supply chain and logistics software expert, ProAct International, as MD. He moves from his role as IT director at the Office for Nuclear Regulation and brings 30 years’ experience in IT management, as well as expertise in logistics, distribution and supply chain.

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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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Storrs replaces Clarke at Ford of Europe

2019-01-11T10:27:56+00:00By Marcus Williams

Chris Storrs (pictured) has replaced Helen Clarke at Ford of Europe as finished vehicle logistics manager.

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FCA combines purchasing and supply chain in new roles

2019-01-09T11:28:14+00:00By Marcus Williams

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Gianclaudio Neri new MD of Ceva in Italy

2019-01-08T16:38:57+00:00By Marcus Williams

Gianclaudio Neri has been appointed managing director of Ceva Logistics business in Italy, succeeding Christophe Poitrineau, who is leaving the logistics provider to pursue other career opportunities.

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Gary Cardenas takes over as CEO of ProTrans

2019-01-08T10:06:16+00:00By Marcus Williams

Gary Cardenas (left) has taken over as CEO of North American third-party logistics (3PL) provider ProTrans International. He replaces owner and founder Craig Roeder in the role. Roeder remains on the board of directors at the company and will serve as strategic project manager.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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).

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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 ...

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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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Carlson adopts Effitrailer telematics system

2018-11-27T12:56:14+00:00By Marcus Williams

Carlson Vehicle Transfer has adopted Michelin's Effitrailer telematics system across its fleet of 150 finished vehicle carriers. Carlson, which is owned by Groupe Cat, transports finished vehicles across the UK and Europe.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. 

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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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Seguin takes over global freight forwarding at UPS

2018-11-12T14:31:09+00:00By Marcus Williams

Romaine Seguin (pictured) has become president of Global Freight Forwarding at packaging delivery and supply chain management company, UPS. She moves from her role as president of the UPS Americas Region, where she was responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Ford appoints Chen to tackle sales slump in China

2018-10-30T17:01:25+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Ford is turning its business in China into a stand-alone business unit, Ford China, headed by Anning Chen (pictured). The move is part of a general reorganisation of the OEM's Asia-Pacific operations designed to return the company to profitable growth.

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Vegard Synnes moves to Kar-Tainer

2018-10-30T11:06:44+00:00By Marcus Williams

Vegard Synnes has moved from his role as global key account manager at Changjiu International Logistics to take up a new position as director of marketing in Asia for Kar-Tainer International, a global provider of containerised vehicle transport systems.

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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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Apollo's Rivallant named European president

2018-10-24T09:54:39+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Apollo Tyres has promoted Benoit Rivallant to be president of its European operations.Rivallant has been with the tyre manufacturer since 2014, during which time, successfully introduced commercial vehicle tyres into Europe as group head, global product management for commercial vehicle tyres, the Indian company says.“It is our corporate philosophy to ...

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Gielen to become CEO at Schoeller Allibert

2018-10-23T15:48:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Copyright: Debby Termonia Former entrepreneur Ludo Gielen is to become the new CEO of Schoeller Allibert on 1 November, 14 years after selling them his company. Gielen joined the Dutch returnable transit packaging company when it bought BiPP Plastic Pallets from him in 2004. “Over the years ...

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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. 

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Sauzedde takes over as MD of Ceva’s CEE cluster

2018-10-16T16:47:34+01:00By Marcus Williams

Guillaume Sauzedde (pictured) has taken over from Piotr Zborowski as MD of Ceva Logistics’ business in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). He moves from his role as MD for Kuehne + Nagel’s division in Poland, and will take up the new position on November 5.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Gefco adapta o fornecimento de peças para a Audi

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

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Wendt takes on key supplier role at BMW

2018-10-08T16:11:48+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Andreas Wendt (pictured) has become BMW’s new management board member for purchasing and supplier network. He was previously director of the group’s largest car assembly plant in Germany at Dingolfing.Wendt was appointed to his new role on 1 October by the supervisory board, whose chairman Norbert Reithofer said: “The purchasing ...

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BMW and Toyota could leave UK after no-deal Brexit

2018-10-03T15:52:15+01:00By Marcus Williams

BMW and Toyota have said this week that they could withdraw from the UK if there is disruption to business caused by a no-deal Brexit.

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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. 

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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.

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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 ...

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Don't hope for a trade war truce

2018-09-14T11:47:04+01:00By Matt Grimwade

This is just the beginning. Unless an agreement can be reached, the ongoing trade war is likely to incur additional tariffs on Chinese products, and businesses at the lower end of the supply chain will face serious consequences.

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Anderson replaces McCann as CEO at United Road

2018-09-12T09:01:56+01:00By Marcus Williams

Marc Anderson (pictured) is taking over as CEO of US finished vehicle haulier, United Road Services. He replaces Kathleen McCann, who will move to the role of executive chairman in January.

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Russians drop US dollar for components purchases

2018-09-11T14:54:18+01:00By Barry Cross

Russian Trade and Industry minister Denis Manturov (pictured) has revealed that many Russian automotive manufacturers are increasingly using national currencies, rather than the US dollar, to pay for imported components. The move has been prompted by recent US sanctions on Russia.

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Harring becomes Bridgestone’s logistics chief in EMEA

2018-09-04T11:16:34+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Ulf Harring (pictured) has joined global tyre maker Bridgestone as chief operating officer (COO) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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Michael Druml takes on purchasing role at Magna

2018-09-04T09:58:59+01:00By Marcus Williams

Michael Druml (pictured) has taken over as vice-president of purchasing for Magna International Europe replacing Klaus Iffland, who has retired from the company.

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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

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Du Preez takes over from Hepner at MBUSA

2018-08-29T10:14:56+01:00By Marcus Williams

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Dana McBrien takes lead role at AutoSphere

2018-08-24T12:15:10+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Dana McBrien (pictured) has moved from his role as associate chief advisor at Honda North America to become ‘guiding architect’ for AutoSphere, a digital supply chain system (previously referred to as the Automotive Supply Chain Data Ecosystem) developed by US information technology and packaging specialist, Surgere.

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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.

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Victor Arabe leaves VW for Nationwide

2018-08-22T11:14:23+01:00By Marcus Williams

Victor Arabe (pictured), previously port manager for Volkswagen's business at the port of San Diego, in the US, has moved to Nationwide Auto Services (NAS) as director of business development. NAS provides paint and hail damage repair services but is widening the scope of its operations by working directly with ...

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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.

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Car sales drive growth in Latin America

2018-08-15T16:16:42+01:00By Barry Cross

The first two quarters of 2018 have seen a 7% increase in the Latin American automotive market, with sales of light commercial and passenger vehicles increasing from 2.64m to 2.83m.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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

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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. 

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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 ...

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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

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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.

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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 ...

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Russian VAT hike to hit domestic car industry

2018-06-20T11:38:49+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Plans to increase the VAT rate in Russia from 18% to 20% next year look set to hit the automotive and construction sectors hard, Russian economists have warned.

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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 ...

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Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe winners announced

2018-06-12T21:30:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The winners of the first ever Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe were revealed in Bonn, Germany, this week. During the event on June 12 – held on the eve of this year’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference – former Opel, Fiat and BMW vehicle designer Chris Bangle handed out a total ...

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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, ...

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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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Carmakers and suppliers collaborate on containers

2018-05-23T12:05:04+01:00By Marcus Williams

Honda, Toyota, GM, Nissan and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have joined forces with 12 medium to large tier suppliers, two logistics providers and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) on a data system providing accurate visibility over returnable containers at every stage of their movement between supplier and OEM.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Škoda develops logistics resource at Kvasiny

2018-05-14T16:56:27+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Škoda has added an up-to-date logistics base and logistics training centre in the latest round of modernisation at its Kvasiny assembly plant in the Czech Republic.

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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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Bringing the IoT to the automotive supply chain

2018-04-30T17:25:00+01:00By Dagny Dukach

Since Toyota first pioneered its innovative Lean production system in the 1930s, the automotive industry has been a trailblazer in developing data-driven strategies to optimise manufacturing processes

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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 ...

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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. 

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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 ...

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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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VW reveals details of new packaging centre

2018-03-13T12:17:39+00:00By Marcus Williams

Further details have been revealed this week about Volkswagen Group's plans for a packaging centre at Jade-Weser-Port in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, which is due to open in 2019.

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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 ...

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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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Ford invests to meet surging demand for SUVs

2018-02-13T11:36:52+00:00By Marcus Williams

Ford has invested a further $25m to increase line speed at its plant in Louisville, Kentucky to meet a 25% increase in output of the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUV models as retail sales surge in the US.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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Disaster recovery: Prepared for the worst?

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

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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 ...

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Brian Mason takes on business development role at PAS

2018-01-15T15:20:38+00:00By Marcus Williams

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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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Avoiding supply chain disruptions with effective legal planning

2017-12-22T12:00:08+00:00By samgrimes

Even the greatest logisticians at the world’s most prestigious automotive companies can’t predict the future. Economic downturns occur, suppliers falter and disputes occur that endanger just-in-time manufacturing. While these disruptions in the supply chain are inevitable, they do not have to be catastrophic.

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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 ...

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

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

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Facing digitalisation-driven disruption

2017-12-20T10:37:14+00:00By Vincent Bamberger

Historically, traditional logistics players such as DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, UPS and Nippon Express have operated in a stable world, where efficiency, standardisation and low cost have been the keys to success. Digitalisation, however, has begun to change this focus, transforming the market. New, digital-native entrants are better ...

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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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Nissan hits 20,000 exports from Brazil following project launch last year

2017-11-22T12:39:56+00:00By Marcus Williams

Nissan has exported 20,000 vehicles from its plant in Resende, Brazil, since its export project began in March 2016, it has reported this week. What is more, the carmaker expects to increase exports by 50% in 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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BMW to open assembly plant in Russia ahead of state procurement rule

2017-11-01T11:56:14+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

BMW has confirmed plans to build an assembly plant in Russia to produce vehicles for the domestic market with localised parts. The move has been made ahead of a new state procurement scheme that will oblige regional and federal authorities to purchase only vehicles manufactured in Russia for their own ...

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Getting better with age

2017-11-01T10:18:00+00:00By Louis Yiakoumi

It has been an incredible journey over these last 20 years working on Automotive Logistics, expanding both our publications and our conferences around the world.

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Plugged in for progress

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

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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?

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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 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, ...

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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

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Nissan halts production for local market in Japan after inspection issue

2017-10-25T15:52:55+01:00By Gareth Tredway

Nissan has halted production of cars in Japan destined for the local market after it found that unaccredited inspectors were still conducting final vehicle checks at its assembly plants – despite the company being notified a month earlier by authorities that its inspection process was non-compliant.

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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?

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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 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.

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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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Driver shortage the number one concern for road carriers in ATRI survey

2017-10-23T15:08:04+01:00By Marcus Williams

The shortage of truck drivers in North America has climbed six places to come top of the list of concerns in a survey into critical issues facing the sector, conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). The results were released at this week’s 2017 American Trucking Association (ATA) Management ...

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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.

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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

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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…

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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Indian vehicle sales bounce back post-GST but cess tax hike looms

2017-09-05T11:37:41+01:00By Gareth Tredway

India’s light vehicle sales have rebounded, following a big drop in June ahead of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on July 1st.

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RIO Box now comes as standard equipment in new MAN trucks

2017-08-31T16:55:56+01:00By Gareth Tredway

All new MAN Euro-6 trucks will now come with a RIO Box as standard equipment, according to the Volkswagen Truck & Bus Group company.

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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 ...

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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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Keeping taxes and duties in mind

2017-08-01T17:23:21+01:00By Jon Nicholas

For so many businesses, success can be attributed to how effectively the supply chain is managed and its impact on growth, costs and profitability. So many aspects including overall cost, supplier sourcing, manufacturing strategies and distribution network structure are impacted by the accelerating globalisation of business combined with taxes and ...

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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 ...

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Wen replaces Worthen at Opel/Vauxhall as PSA takeover is completed

2017-08-01T12:46:26+01:00By Gareth Tredway

Michelle Wen (pictured) will join Opel from September 1st as head of purchasing for the German-headquartered carmaker, as well as for its Vauxhall brand in the UK.

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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.

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Liberty House buys parts supplier Amtek UK out of administration

2017-07-24T12:41:46+01:00By Gareth Tredway

Liberty House has acquired the assets of manufacturer Amtek Aluminium Castings and King Automotive Systems (Amtek UK) from administrators PWC in a rescue deal for an undisclosed sum.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Air charter services for the automotive sector are flying high

2017-06-27T10:01:25+01:00By Daniel Johnson

IAG’s perspective is just one of many in a competitive automotive air cargo market but there are clear trade flows emerging that show how automotive manufacturers are currently using air cargo services. We have identified five: Germany to China; China to the US; China to Japan; Germany to the US; ...

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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 ...

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Keeping the heat on

2017-06-21T00:09:13+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

The summer of renegotiation is upon us. Officials and policy wonks in the UK and US have invited their counterparts out of the sun and into shaded rooms, red pens in hand, trade and multi-lateral agreements spread on the table. For their sake, we hope the rooms are all air-conditioned.

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UK cars now more British but local content still lags behind Europe

2017-06-20T08:52:21+01:00By Gareth Tredway

The percentage of local content in UK manufactured passenger cars continued to increase in 2016, but ‘anecdotal reports’ suggest the country has a way to go to reach levels achieved by other major European carmaking countries.

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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.

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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.

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How to make the most of the quiet times

2017-05-31T12:28:18+01:00By Stefano Pollotti

There is not much doubt that after five years of relatively solid growth in the Middle East, the automotive market has suffered over the past 18 months. This inevitably affects all aspects of the industry including traditional logistics, ultimately the key component in delivery and arguably the link which is ...

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BMW Brilliance puts technology first in China plant expansion

2017-05-24T15:14:25+01:00By Marcus Williams

New technology is at the centre of a €1 billion ($1.1 billion) expansion of BMW’s joint venture plant with Brilliance Automotive in Dadong, China. The expansion includes a networked production system based on industry 4.0 applications, as well as mobile smart devices and supporting ‘exoskeletons’ for workers.

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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 ...

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Congestion costs rising for US trucking industry

2017-05-17T11:51:27+01:00By Gareth Tredway

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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, ...

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Audi warns of spot-checks on suppliers as it introduces new sustainability ratings system

2017-05-03T16:29:17+01:00By Gareth Tredway

Audi has warned that it will only place orders in future with suppliers who achieve a positive score under its newly introduced sustainability ratings system – and that it intends to carry out spot-checks to audit them.

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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 ...

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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.

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Hellmann puts Magnor and de Vries in COO roles

2017-05-03T10:27:40+01:00By Marcus Williams

German logistics service provider, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, has made senior executive changes with the appointments of Matthias Magnor (pictured) as chief operating officer (COO) for its Road and Rail unit and Bart de Vries in the COO role for Air and Sea Freight.

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Ford reports surge in global Mustang exports

2017-05-02T17:24:36+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ford is doubling the number of Mustang sports cars it exports from the US every year with more than 98,000 cars shipped to customers outside the US since 2015, according to the latest data from the carmaker.

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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.

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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 ...

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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At 20 years old, ECG invests in a digital future 

2017-03-22T14:36:01+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Ludwig

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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 ...

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Intel shifts gear in driverless car market with Mobileye acquisition

2017-03-14T17:36:29+00:00By Robin Meczes, Michael Robinet

Chipmaker Intel has made a massive push into the autonomous car sector with an agreement to buy driverless vehicle technology firm Mobileye for just over $15 billion.

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Maersk and IBM to introduce blockchain into global shipping industry

2017-03-08T14:29:04+00:00By Gareth Tredway

Shipping giant Maersk and IBM have announced a blockchain initiative that they say will help transform the cross-border shipping industry globally.

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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 ...

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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

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Mexico conference report: Seeking to build bridges, not walls

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

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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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Ro-ro carriers given the right to jointly negotiate US tugboat prices

2017-01-24T16:10:33+00:00By Gareth Tredway

The US Federal Maritime Commission has decided to permit major ro-ro carriers to jointly negotiate the pricing of tug services at US ports from now on.

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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...

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US tariffs ‘of limited long-term impact’ on Mexico, says WWL

2017-01-24T15:12:29+00:00By Barry Cross

Export tariffs to the US will be of limited long-term impact on Mexico’s automotive sector despite some short- to medium-term concerns, the head of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) in Mexico has suggested.

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UK car industry needs to avoid ‘cliff-edge’ in hard Brexit

2017-01-18T15:45:48+00:00By Gareth Tredway

Fresh insights into prime minister Theresa May’s plans for the UK’s exit from the European Union have reignited concerns over just what deal can be struck and what terms of international trade will apply...

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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?

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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.

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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.

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

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