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    Fighting back against fake parts

    2020-01-28T11:46:00Z

    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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    Mena aftermarket: Playing a bigger part

    2020-01-13T09:21:00Z

    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

    2020-01-10T15:32:00Z

    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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    Shifting gears: How Skoda automated Vrchlabí

    2020-01-09T12:11:00Z

    The smallest of Skoda’s production plants, the Vrchlabí site in the Czech Republic has been producing direct shift transmissions for the Volkswagen Group since 2012..

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    In the zone at Jebel Ali port

    2020-01-08T12:16:00Z

    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.

  • Electromobility
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    Suppliers set CEE on firm foundations

    2020-01-08T10:52:00Z

    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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    Damage control: How technology can assist vehicle inspection

    2019-12-19T10:36:00Z

    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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    Room for manoeuvre with Glovis at Philaport

    2019-12-16T18:23:00Z

    Glovis America is now operating a new $110m vehicle terminal at the port of Philadelphia on the US east coast, providing much-needed capacity at a time when larger car-carrying vessels are loading and discharging greater volumes

  • Audi E-tron electric SUV facility in Brussels, Belgium
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    Galvanising the aftermarket for an electric future

    2019-11-19T17:15:00Z

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

    2019-10-28T12:30:00Z

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

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    Slovakia stays strong in straightened times

    2019-10-24T09:28:00Z

    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

    2019-10-22T10:16:00Z

    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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    Tangible progress: Morocco boosts automotive production and logistics

    2019-09-30T14:08:00Z

    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

    2019-09-30T13:25:00Z

    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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    Harmonising the supply chain

    2019-09-17T16:01:00Z

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

    2019-08-07T11:05:00Z

    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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    Centre of the world: How the Middle East is growing in importance for automotive

    2019-06-21T08:59:00Z

    With vehicle sales on the rise and multiple free trade zones under development, the Middle East is attracting greater attention from the automotive industry than ever before

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    Autonomy ahoy: Shipping industry moves toward crewless vessels

    2019-06-10T13:46:00Z

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

    2019-06-03T14:23:00Z

    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