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DB Schenker explores use of exoskeletons for logistics

2019-08-21T12:33:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The company has been trialling the exoskeletons – structures worn on the body to electro-mechanically assist movement – at several logistics locations in Germany to help warehouse personnel during physically demanding tasks.

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Ford to import EcoSport to Canada via Vancouver

2019-08-21T11:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ford will start importing EcoSports through the Canadian port of Vancouver next month for the first time. The carmaker has previously only used the port of Halifax on the east coast and used rail to distribute the vehicles to rest of the country.

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Russian trade ministry proposes record-breaking state aid for parts suppliers

2019-08-20T11:03:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry is proposing to fund the country’s automotive parts suppliers with a bailout package worth $3 billion to secure supply in the face of US sanctions

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DPCA to close plant and cut workforce in China as market slows

2019-08-20T10:47:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

French carmaker Groupe PSA and Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor are reported to be making cuts at their Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobiles (DPCA) joint venture that include halving the workforce, closing a plant and selling another.

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VW takes electric Silk Road train to put ID.R at Heaven’s Gate

2019-08-20T10:39:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

German OEM Volkswagen (VW) has opted to use the new Silk Road rail route to China to transport its prototype electric ID.R car – and all the ancillary equipment – for a motoring challenge in Tianmen.

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Collaboration and communication needed for finished vehicle logistics

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

A vehicle distribution network is only as good as the lines of communication between the OEM and its logistics partners, and given the pressures the industry is currently under – ageing infrastructure, sub-optimised networks and uncertainty over trade – better communication and closer collaboration are more important than ever.

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Loadsmart and Starsky claim autonomous truck first

2019-08-14T11:25:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

The first dispatch by truck on public road without any human intervention has taken place in Texas, US, say digital freight broker Loadsmart  and autonomous truck startup Starsky Robotics.

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Unipart picks up contract extension at JLR

2019-08-14T10:00:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Unipart Logistics has signed a contract with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to continue providing packing services to the OEM for a further four years.

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Jack Cooper plans to renew fleet after bankruptcy protection

2019-08-13T15:47:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

US finished vehicle haulier Jack Cooper Ventures plans to run its business as usual while reorganising under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and then buy new vehicle transporters.

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Navistar to open PDC in Memphis

2019-08-13T11:00:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

US truck and bus manufacturer Navistar International is opening a new parts distribution centre (PDC) in Olive Branch, Memphis, on 26 August to cater to the demand for parts and quicker maintenance turnaround times.

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ABP to expand Grimsby auto terminal

2019-08-12T13:25:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Associated British Ports (ABP) has awarded a construction contract for the next phase of development at its Grimsby Automotive Terminal on England’s east coast.

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Manns launches logistics consultancy

2019-08-12T10:50:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Industry advisor Dennis Manns is leading a new automotive and logistics consulting company, North Motors Group.

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GM expands service parts distribution in Michigan

2019-08-07T13:02:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The vehicle-maker has officially opened a $65m service parts centre in Michigan that will pack 120m parts per year for the AC Delco and GM Genuine Parts brands. The new facility, which covers 102,000 sq.m in the suburb of Burton in Flint, is triple the size of the facility it is replacing and employs 800 people, according to GM.

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Mercedes-Benz truck trial reveals positive results

2019-08-07T11:16:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

A battery electric Mercedes-Benz eActros run by logistics provider Logistik Schmitt has become an established part of the German truck manufacturer’s supply chain

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Surgere sets it sights on Mexico

2019-08-07T10:09:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

US supply chain information provider Surgere of the US has set up a Mexican subsidiary, Technologias Avanzadas Surgere de Mexico, at Aguascalientes

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Nansha doubles direct sailings to Europe

2019-08-07T09:24:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

The port of Nansha in southern China now has four direct sailings to Europe, in response to rising demand

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Koper awards contract for vertical storage

2019-08-07T09:07:00+01:00By Barry Cross

The Slovenian port of Koper currently has two sites already under construction but will soon start work on a third in order to expand storage capacity. The extra site is to be a vertical storage facility developed by Gic Gradnje and business partner Pro-Concrete, which won the contract from the port authority, Luka Koper.

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South Korean trade body fines Japanese auto parts providers

2019-08-07T09:03:00+01:00By Barry Cross

Denso, Diamond Electric Mfg, Hitachi Automotive Systems and Mitsubishi Electric have been fined a total of $76m by South Korea’s fair trade commission..

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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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FCA stalwart Solomon joins AAM

2019-08-05T14:15:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Fred Solomon has been appointed vice-president global procurement and supplier quality engineering (SQE) at American Axle & Manufacturing (AMM), ending a 32-year association with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and predecessor companies… 

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SCH seals Neptune ro-ro deal in Southampton

2019-08-05T10:03:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Southampton-based terminal operator SCH has secured a contract to load and discharge all Neptune Lines ro-ro vessels calling at the English port…

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Contingency costs for Brexit exceed £330m while automotive investment plummets

2019-07-31T12:05:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

The UK automotive industry has already spent at least £330m ($401m) on contingency plans to cover the country’s departure from the EU, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). At the same time, investment has stalled as automotive manufacturers brace themselves for Brexit and big investors fear a no-deal scenario, said the SMMT’s CEO, Mike Hawes, at a press conference in London…

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Hyundai Glovis gets a foothold in Vietnam and targets South-East Asia

2019-07-31T09:53:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Hyundai Glovis has set up a division in Vietnam and will begin by transporting inbound automotive parts to its parent company Hyundai Motor, which has a joint venture assembly plant in the country with Vietnamese company Thanh Cong…

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Tri-Wall secures government funding to proceed with Libris project

2019-07-30T15:19:00+01:00By Barry Cross

Packaging specialist Tri-Wall Europe has secured funding of more than £700,000 ($874,000) from the UK government’s Faraday Battery Challenge scheme, aimed at driving research and innovation into the country’s industrial strategy and a crucial part of the UK’s efforts towards net zero emissions. The scheme brings business and academia together ...

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Groupe PSA results show significant losses in China and Iran

2019-07-30T13:41:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Groupe PSA has released worldwide sales results for the first half of the year that show a decline of 12.7% on the same period in 2018, down to 1.9m vehicles, principally caused by the suspension of the carmaker’s activity in Iran and losses in China…

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Chris Conner to take top job at AAPA

2019-07-30T10:35:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Chris Conner is replacing Kurt Nagle as CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). The former CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) will take on the new role in mid-October, though will start on September 23, working alongside Nagle during the transition…

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Gefco appoints Kumar to head business in India

2019-07-25T11:07:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Prasanna Kumar has been appointed CEO and managing director of Gefco’s division in India, replacing Arnaud Cauchy. Kumar moves from his role at the logistics and transport provider as project director for Groupe PSA and joint venture customers in the country…

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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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UK automotive on shaky ground amid ‘seismic’ trade shifts

2019-07-24T11:46:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

The UK’s automotive industry is in danger of being crushed by shifting trade relations across different regions of the world, as vehicle import tariffs change between it and the EU, the US and Japan.

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Nissan Sunderland exports new Leaf to Australia and South America

2019-07-24T10:13:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Nissan has started delivering volumes of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle (EV) to Australia and South America. The cars are being exported from the carmaker’s Sunderland plant in the UK…

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Samsung SDI to supply Volvo with truck batteries

2019-07-24T09:40:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

South Korea’s Samsung SDI has agreed to provide battery cells and modules to Volvo Group. The deal is part of an alliance the pair has signed to develop battery packs for Volvo’s electric-powered trucks…

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Ford to end passenger car production in Russia

2019-07-23T09:31:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Ford will end passenger car production at all three of the assembly plants it runs in Russia with Sollers by the end of this year

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Volvo on track from China to Belgium with ARS Altmann and ICL

2019-07-22T15:49:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

German vehicle transporter ARS Altmann and Intermodal Container Logistics (ICL) have transported Volvos by train between Xi’an in China and Gent, Belgium.

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Hödlmayr shipping Dacia vehicles to Germany

2019-07-18T13:55:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

German finished vehicle carrier Hödlmayr has taken over the contract to ship Dacia volumes from parent company Renault’s plant in Pitesti, Romania, to dealers in Germany.

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Automotive Logistics to hold first Middle East and North Africa conference in Dubai

2019-07-16T13:13:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Automotive Logistics is increasing its focus on the Middle East and Africa with a new conference and increased editorial coverage

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Gefco acquires Chronotruck to improve digital services

2019-07-16T09:59:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Logistics provider Gefco has purchased Chronotruck, which connects shippers and carriers through its digital platform…

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Ukraine introduces embargo on vehicle imports from Russia

2019-07-10T10:31:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Since the beginning of July Ukraine’s government has prohibited the import of any vehicles or parts made in Russia, regardless of from where the shipment is coming or whether it is staying in Ukraine. The move is part of wider retaliatory sanctions on a range of products from Russia.

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Maersk targets inland automotive logistics as part of service realignment

2019-07-10T09:21:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Global shipping operator, A.P. Moller-Maersk, is aiming to develop inland logistics services and is looking for rapid growth in automotive logistics and chemicals.

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VW commits suppliers to sustainability with worldwide rating system

2019-07-10T08:55:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

VW Group has introduced a worldwide sustainability rating for suppliers. They will be excluded from contracts if they breach the code.

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PSA Retail closes gap in Opel sales market

2019-07-10T08:44:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

The PSA Group’s distribution subsidiary, PSA Retail, is opening two new Opel dealerships in Cologne to fill a hole in the brand’s network.

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AIAG automotive supply chain 2025 online survey

2019-07-10T08:34:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is currently hosting an online automotive supply chain survey as part of its Supply Chain 2025 initiative, which is designed to identify, rank and explore the top trends affecting automotive supply chain strategies between now and 2025.

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GM boosts Cruze imports through Itajaí over first year

2019-07-09T17:10:00+01:00By Barry Cross

In one year of handling finished vehicles on behalf of GM, the Brazilian port of Itajaí reported throughput of almost 25,800 units by June 8, 2019. By the end of June, that figure had risen to more than 27,000 units.

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JLR announces EV assembly in UK and calls for giga-scale battery production

2019-07-09T16:50:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Along with announcing a commitment to make electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is urging the government and industry to work together to bring gigascale battery production to the country.

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China offers opportunities and risk for European carmakers

2019-07-09T16:28:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The Chinese market has become more complicated for many global OEMs over the past two years, with impacts for how logistics and exports are organised. But logistics experts are anticipating deeper manufacturing ties and trade growth between European and Chinese automotive manufacturers.

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Spate of violent attacks against trucks in South Africa threatens automotive industry

2019-07-09T15:44:00+01:00By Gavin du Venage

South African truckers will hold a ‘Black Friday’ protest on July 12 to highlight a series of attacks across the country that has destroyed hundreds of vehicles and left dozens dead and injured.

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Rise of smart cars heralds supply chain disruption, says Alliance’s Mark Sutcliffe

2019-07-09T14:56:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Despite the fact that global total industry volume (TIV) is likely to drop by 7% or 8% this year, longer term growth is forecast to be huge, said Mark Sutcliffe, senior vice president of industrial strategy and supply chain management (SCM) at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (RNM) Alliance…

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Deep-sea vehicle carriers sail further into troubled waters

2019-07-09T12:58:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

 

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Using the past to better predict the future of vehicle logistics

2019-07-09T11:53:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In finished vehicle logistics and distribution, disruptions and changes in the supply chain often lead to higher costs and bottlenecks, including stock pileups and imbalances in transport capacity. Last year’s implementation of WLTP in Europe was a case in point, as some OEMs faced delays in getting vehicles certified or ...

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APLL Vascor increases finished vehicle rail capacity

2019-07-09T09:20:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Indian logistics joint venture, APL Logistics Vascor Automotive (APLL Vascor), has increased its fleet of finished vehicle carrying rail wagons to 16 rakes, with an additional four rakes to be delivered this year. Each rake comprises 27 wagons and has capacity for up to 318 passenger vehicles, but can also ...

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Deal or no deal, the UK auto industry needs to invest now

2019-07-04T12:01:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

The best way for OEMs to prepare for Brexit is to act like it has already happened, delegates were told at the Automotive Logistics Global conference in Munich, this week.

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DHL examines potential of digital twins for logistics

2019-07-04T11:05:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

German logistics provider DHL has issued a trend report on how the growing use of digital twins – digital replicas of physical systems that allow data to be transmitted seamlessly – can be adopted by and add value to supply chains. Digital twinning is already used in automotive manufacturing.

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Ford sets up Import division for Europe

2019-07-04T10:47:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Ford has launched the reorganisation of its business in Europe under three new groups, each with its own dedicated management: Commercial Vehicles (CVs), Passenger Vehicles (PVs) and Imports. The move is designed to improve customer-centred decision making and part of a previously announced reorganisation.

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UK and China automotive bodies sign cooperation agreement

2019-07-04T10:33:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has signed a cooperation agreement with the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), designed to develop mutual understanding and cooperation between the automotive industries in each country, and to create new business opportunities…

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Revealed: AL Awards Europe winners 2019

2019-07-04T10:13:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The Automotive Logistics Europe Awards, now in their second year, were presented at the Kesselhaus at Motorworld, as part of this year’s AL Global Munich conference

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EU signs draft trade agreement with Mercosur bloc

2019-06-30T15:14:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The European Union has signed a draft trade deal with the Mercosur region – the South America trading bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. The deal, which still has to be ratified, has been under discussion for 20 years and has stalled multiple times, making the signing of a ...

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Equipment stolen from Avtovaz used to make parts for Russian market

2019-06-30T14:22:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian vehicle maker AvtoVaz has said the level of theft at its plant complex in Togliatti has reached an unprecedented scale, with employees now stealing not only automotive parts and finished vehicles, but also equipment.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen opens EPC at Zeebrugge

2019-06-30T11:35:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions (WW Solutions) has inaugurated an equipment processing centre (EPC) at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge specifically for construction equipment manufacturer Doosan.

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Honda turns to barge for container moves in Belgium

2019-06-26T13:00:00+01:00By Barry Cross

Honda Motor Europe Logistics (HMEL) has started using barges to transport containerised motorbikes, power products and replacement parts between the Belgian ports of Antwerp and Ghent. The goods are being imported to Antwerp from global markets, including Japan, USA, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico and Turkey, and they are being distributed from ...

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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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VW 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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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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