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Surgere joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

2019-06-24T16:08:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Digital supply chain and packaging specialist Surgere has become a member of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (Bita), a US-based organisation aimed at helping to educate, advocate and establish standards for blockchain applications in the transport industry.

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Russia confirms Khrabrovo as location for BMW plant in Kaliningrad

2019-06-24T12:44:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Following February’s news that BMW planned to build a vehicle assembly plant in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, which lies between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic coast, the government’s official news source, Russian Gazette, has reported it will be in the Khrabrovo Industrial Park.

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Kasai UK looks for new customers amid changing markets

2019-06-19T12:58:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

The British arm of Japanese component manufacturer Kasai is seeking to expand its client base to reduce reliance on two key customers, Honda and Nissan. Honda plans to stop producing cars in Britain in 2021.

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Gallega opens supply chain hub in UAE industrial zone

2019-06-19T12:46:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Third-party logistics (3PL) provider Gallega Global Logistics has expanded in its home country of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by opening a hub to meet growing regional demand for automotive supply chain services.

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US Trade Representative rejects Volvo and GM requests for tariff exemptions

2019-06-12T14:05:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has turned down separate applications from Volvo and GM to be excluded from a 25% import duty on their Chinese-made SUVs.

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Changan Ford fined for anti-competitive practice in China

2019-06-12T13:50:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

China’s anti-trust regulator has ordered Changan Ford Automobile, the US carmaker’s 50:50 joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile, to pay a penalty of 162.8m yuan ($23.5m) for having restricted prices since 2013.

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Volkswagen signs joint venture for assembly in Uzbekistan

2019-06-12T13:14:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Volkswagen Group’s division in Russia – Volkswagen Group Rus – has entered into a joint venture with the Uzbek state-owned corporation Uzavtosanoat to assemble cars in Uzbekistan.

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Brazilian vehicle sales help to offset export decline to Argentina

2019-06-12T11:11:00+01:00By Barry Cross

Domestic demand for vehicles in Brazil is helping to offset a decline in export sales because of the economic slowdown in neighbouring Argentina, which is Brazil’s main automotive export market. However, according to research commissioned by the national association of automotive vehicle manufacturers in Brazil – Anfavea – it is ...

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MMK to build steel production and logistics facility in Togliatti

2019-06-12T08:46:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Russian materials supplier, Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK), is building a 1.2 billion rouble ($18.4m) production and logistics facility in Togliatti following a deal signed with local government. The company said it was building the new plant because of high demand by the automotive industry for its metal products ...

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Auto industry welcomes suspension of Mexico tariffs

2019-06-10T14:28:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

President Donald Trump has suspended a threatened 5% tariff on US imports of Mexican goods, including vehicles and automotive parts, which was to be imposed on Monday (June 10). Trump initially said at the beginning of June that the US would start with a 5% tariff and escalate the levies ...

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Ford announces closure of UK engine plant

2019-06-10T10:02:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Ford plans to shut its 1,700-employee engine factory in Bridgend, South Wales, and shift production to Mexico. Declining demand and excess capacity lie behind the decision.

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Gaz Group rolls towards bankruptcy

2019-06-05T09:46:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian carmaker is desperately urging the US government to abandon sanctions against it before the company falls into bankruptcy. Oleg Deripaska, owner of Gaz, warned that July 4, when the existing sanctions are due to come into full effect, could be the last functional day of its production operations.

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SMMT warns of ‘no deal’ cost after Brexit blow

2019-06-05T09:03:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

A sustained production decline in the UK’s car industry could be expected to ease by year-end as new models arrive and output balances out over the third quarter, provided the country leaves the European Union (EU) with a favourable deal, a substantial transition period and all other things remain equal, said Mike Hawes, CEO of the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Toyota to build Hilux pickups in Myanmar from SKD imports

2019-06-04T15:15:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Toyota plans to start assembling the Hilux pickup truck in Myanmar from semi-knockdown (SKD) kits imported from Thailand starting in February 2021.

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Russian carmakers boost exports to help plant capacity

2019-06-03T11:33:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In the first quarter of 2019 Russia exported 22,700 finished vehicles, an increase of 43.3% compared to the same period last year and equal to $307m, according to the Russian Federal Customs Service.

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Trump threatens escalating tariffs on Mexican imports

2019-06-03T10:30:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The US administration is threatening to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico as early as June 10, in a surprise move aimed at curtailing illegal immigration. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that the US would start with a 5% tariff on all goods, including vehicles and parts, and would ...

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AL Global Munich Awards – finalists revealed

2019-05-29T14:58:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

The finalists in the second Automotive Logistics Global Munich Awards have been announced following a tough judging process by a panel of independent industry experts…

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DHL tackles hurricane season with Resilience360 initiatives

2019-05-29T13:39:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

As global hurricane and typhoon seasons kick in, DHL has updated its weather tracking service to notify users of where storms are occurring and how they could impact supply chains. At the same time, the logistics giant has published a report on the potential of these storms in 2019…

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Russian Railways poised to sell stake in Gefco if market improves

2019-05-29T10:32:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

State-owned Russian Railways (RZD) has secured government approval to sell a stake in French logistics provider Gefco…

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Mosolf to ship cars by rail between Poland and China

2019-05-29T09:35:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Mosolf Group is planning to transport containerised finished vehicles between the Polish city of Łódź and Chengdu in China as part of a project to extend the services currently provided by Chengdu-Euro Express Railway…