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    Volkswagen earmarks €22.8 billion for modular and electric vehicle future

    2017-11-22T14:57:05Z

    Volkswagen has announced a major €22.8 billion ($26.7 billion) investment programme in its plants around the world to prepare them for modular production and for an electric vehicle offensive in the coming years. The main focus will be on Germany, which will account for investments totalling €14 billion. A big ...

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    Skiaker steps down as CEO of Höegh Autoliners following US fines

    2017-11-22T11:54:39Z

    Ingar Skiaker (pictured) has decided to step down after six years as CEO of Höegh Autoliners, following the company’s recent settlement with US authorities in a price-fixing investigation. Ivar Myklebust, chief financial officer since 2014, will take on the CEO role from December 1st, while Skiaker, a 30-year company veteran, ...

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    Russian carmakers to export vehicles to Latin America

    2017-11-20T12:50:40Z

    Russian carmakers UAZ and GAZ will begin exporting vehicles to Latin America early next year. Andrey Dorofeev, director of UAZ’s export department, said the carmaker planned to export several trial batches of its Patriot SUV model to Mexico in the coming two months and would also make some trial shipments ...

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    GM starts exporting Chevrolet Sail from China to Mexico and Caribbean

    2017-11-08T10:23:54Z

    GM has started exporting the Chevrolet Sail from its joint venture plant with SAIC in China to Mexico and the Caribbean. The carmaker has confirmed to Automotive Logistics that as of late October, the models being sold in those markets are being built in Yantai, the port city in ...

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    Production & logistics part 2: Questioning the future

    2017-10-25T09:44:00Z

    Executives we spoke to… Audi Dr Michael Hauf, head of brand logistics, leads the carmaker’s cross-plant logistics across inbound, outbound, programme planning, pre-series and international logistics. He joined Audi in 1984 in logistics planning, later leading central logistics planning from Ingolstadt. Twenty years ...

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

    2017-10-23T15:08:04Z

    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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    AMP Capital buys ITS ConGlobal from Carlyle Group

    2017-10-11T11:43:12Z

    AMP Capital, an Australian investment firm with over $137 billion in funds under management, has completed its largest ever North American deal, buying logistics company ITS ConGlobal (ITSC) from the Carlyle Group for an undisclosed sum. A Reuters report suggested the deal was worth more than $500m, citing unnamed ...

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    Mexico rail vs sea: No easy route for exports

    2017-10-06T11:25:07Z

    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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    Live poll results from Detroit

    2017-09-27T11:05:24Z

    Live polling conducted at the Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit showed a recognition that environmental sustainability will play a bigger part in future supply chains, and that total supply chain comprehension will be the most important skill to have over the next decade. Delegates at the 2017 Automotive ...

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    Union Pacific combines intermodal and automotive, creates new logistics entity

    2017-09-20T11:55:59Z

    US railroad company, Union Pacific, has consolidated four of its subsidiaries into one logistics entity as part of a reorganisation of marketing and sales that also sees six of its business units reduced to four. As part of the change, the company's automotive and intermodal business units have been combined ...

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    Top level changes at Nissan North America

    2017-09-19T21:19:24Z

    John Martin (pictured) is moving from his role at Nissan North America as senior vice president of manufacturing, supply chain management and purchasing to take up a new role as executive vice president, Alliance Manufacturing Engineering and Supply Chain Management at Renault-Nissan Alliance. From the beginning of October Martin will ...

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    Trump suggests Nafta renegotiation is likely to lead to US withdrawal

    2017-08-23T16:15:01Z

    Just a week after the formal renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) began, US president Donald Trump has suggested the US is likely to pull out of the arrangement. Speaking after the first round of talks about the two-decade-plus accord that many carmakers’ supply chains currently rely ...

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    KCS Laredo facility will speed secure rail shipments between Mexico and US

    2017-08-22T09:58:50Z

    A new cargo processing facility that should improve security for shipments heading northbound from Mexico was launched at the Laredo rail border crossing in the US state of Texas last week, as negotiations in North American on the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) got underway. The Unified Cargo Processing ...

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    Pasha secures Grays Harbor deal to process FCA imports from Mexico

    2017-08-16T14:12:09Z

    Pasha Automotive Services has secured a contract starting this summer to process Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) finished vehicles imported into Grays Harbor, on the US west coast, from the port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico. John Pasha, senior vice-president of Pasha Automotive Services, said: “FCA US has been a long-time ...

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    Embracing change to drive velocity in North American ports

    2017-08-15T19:06:42Z

    This year’s Finished Vehicle Logistics Import Export summit in Baltimore revealed an industry embracing the latest digital technology to deal with some familiar challenges around port capacity, infrastructure and security, but facing changing dynamics in the movement of vehicles around North America, not least the renegotiation of the Nafta trade ...

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    FVL Import Export summit 2017: Live poll results

    2017-08-15T14:05:59Z

    Live polling conducted at the Finished Vehicle Logistics Import Export summit in Baltimore showed many are optimistic about how the Nafta negotiations will affect their business, while the investment outlook for port-related infrastructure was very positive for the next three-year period. Delegates at the 2017 Finished Vehicle Logistics Import ...

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    Toyota delays new Mexico plant to allow for switch to Tacoma

    2017-08-14T15:09:45Z

    Toyota has confirmed a report that its new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico will be delayed to prepare it for production of the Tacoma pick-up truck, rather than the Corolla as originally planned. The switch to the different model at the plant formed part of the Japanese carmaker’s recent announcement that ...

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    US carmakers need production discipline to avoid another crisis

    2017-08-11T11:30:55Z

    US carmakers need to keep production levels in check if another crisis is to be avoided, delegates at this week’s Finished Vehicle Logistics Import Export summit in Baltimore were told. With the US new vehicle market headed towards its first decline since 2009 this year, there are worrying signs of ...

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    Gentry-Stuenkel to lead supply chain at FCA US; Brazeau takes on combined logistics role

    2017-07-24T15:25:45Z

    Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel (pictured) is now head of supply chain management at FCA – North America, assuming the company’s top supply chain role in the region with responsibilities for volume planning and logistics as well as a number of other cross-functional tasks. She replaced Steve Beahm with effect from June 30 ...

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    Nafta document shows US wants to retain tariff-free trade

    2017-07-19T10:13:43Z

    A summary of the US’s objectives in upcoming negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) has highlighted a clear desire to retain tariff-free trade arrangements with Canada and Mexico. Though the summary highlights a reduction of the country’s two large trade deficits with its North American partners as ...