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How IoT is the next step in tracking components

2019-02-26T14:22:00+00:00

As vehicles incorporate more new technologies and highly sophisticated components, it has become increasingly complicated and expensive to ship these parts. Consequently, the risks for OEM shipments have increased proportionately. A sea container packed with $20,000 worth of car engines may take six weeks, or even longer, to travel from ...

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Calling on OEMs, LSPs and carriers to help fight people trafficking

2019-02-12T16:52:00+00:00

Every day, victims of human trafficking are forced to sell sex at truck stops, rest areas, hotels/motels and other locations within the transportation network. Every day, members of the trucking industry are in these same places – and in a position to make a difference. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is ...

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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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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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Stockpiling strategies to survive Brexit

2018-10-29T15:49:41+00:00By Peter Ward

The prospect of Brexit in just a few months, deal or no deal, has focused minds on the inevitable consequence of supply chain interruption. The British media have begun to report the likelihood of stockpiling goods and even panic buying of certain products such as pharmaceuticals and food – although ...

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Favouring freight rate recovery over fleet expansion

2018-10-26T12:28:12+01:00By Niklas Carlen

Following a four-year splurge in newbuilding contracting that culminated in more than 300,000 Car Equivalent Units (CEU) being ordered in 2015 alone, less than 20,000 CEU were ordered during 2016 and 2017.

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Bordering on Brexit – why it pays to be prepared

2018-10-18T17:08:43+01:00By Nick Turner

The Eurotunnel has carried more than 26 million trucks and more than 340 million tonnes of freight goods since 1994. A total of 25% of trade in goods between the UK and continental Europe goes through the Channel Tunnel, representing a total value of around 115 billion euros per year. ...

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EU workers are key: don't close the UK's door

2018-10-08T15:12:55+01:00By Olivia Bridge

According to the Department for Transport’s official statistics, more goods were imported by road into the UK than exported last year, with 10,000 lorries making their way through Dover Strait per day alone. Up to 86% of cargo exported from the UK went to the Irish Republic (23%), France (22%), ...

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Blockchain can disrupt the auto industry

2018-10-01T15:11:37+01:00By Ben Riley

Blockchain has built its reputation as a distributed ledger platform, which provides a framework for securely using and trading cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. However, its potential extends far beyond financial services.

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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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Deal or no deal – LSPs should prepare for Brexit now

2018-09-12T09:29:28+01:00By Mohit Paul

Logistics providers reading the headlines about Brexit may well feel uncertain about how their business needs to transform. A range of potential outcomes, from a soft Brexit to no deal, makes it difficult to know what the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU will look like. Although much is ...

Brad Brennan

WLTP: lower emissions, greater challenges

2018-09-06T15:35:44+01:00By BradBrennan

Emissions targets for OEMs are tighter and the method for testing efficiency is more stringent than ever before. As of the start of this month (September), all new vehicles must adhere to New Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) standards, which provide ‘real world’ fuel consumption figures and, therefore, ...

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SMMT pede o fim da incerteza em relação ao Brexit

2018-06-28T09:10:50+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Lewis

SMMT solicita que se termine la incertidumbre del Brexit

2018-06-28T07:02:45+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Lewis

La Sociedad de Fabricantes y Comerciantes de Vehículos (SMMT) se ha aliado a los principales fabricantes en su solicitud al gobierno británico para terminar con la incertidumbre sobre la relación comercial del Reino Unido con la Unión Europea luego del Brexit, y para asegurar la buena circulación de partes y ...

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Brexit’s unaccustomed burdens

2018-06-27T11:50:56+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Lewis

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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SMMT calls for end to Brexit uncertainty

2018-06-27T10:40:54+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Lewis

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has joined major manufacturers in calling for the British government to end uncertainty over the UK’s trading relationship with the European Union after Brexit, and to ensure the frictionless flow of parts and vehicles.

SMMT呼吁结束脱欧的不确定性

2018-06-27T10:40:54+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Lewis

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Digitalising the automotive supply chain

2018-06-22T10:55:12+01:00By Nick Parker

Digitalisation of the automotive industry is a topic that has been high up on most OEM and tier one supplier agendas for some time. However, the digital age is transforming at such breakneck speed that there is the continual fear of being left behind, or even worse, of deciding on ...

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EV battery supply chains need a recharge

2018-06-20T15:18:25+01:00By Matt Grimwade

Recent research from JLT Specialty revealed eight out of the 11 key countries which supply the main raw materials used in EV batteries, such as cobalt and lithium, are in territories designated as having a high or very high risk of disruption.

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