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    ​Harmonisation of loaded lengths remains “key priority” for ECG


    Members of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) met last week in Athens, to discuss the current climate in Europe and the challenges faced across the industry. The importance of continued lobbying for harmonised loading lengths in car carriers was a key point of discussion, as was the slowly ...

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    ​European sales not much to celebrate yet, says LMC’s Cox


    A number of recent reports have painted a rosy picture of returning sales to the European market, but the reality is less overwhelmingly positive than these would suggest. This was the opinion of LMC Automotive’s head of European production, Justin Cox, speaking at last week’s spring congress and general assembly ...

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    Thirsty for pressure


    Gefco’s chief executive, Luc Nadal (pictured), has ambitious plans for global expansion under Russian Railways ownership. But as an avid seaman, he knows it won’t always be smooth sailing. Few logistics providers have seen as much change as the Gefco Group in just two years. The major trigger was PSA ...

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    Chrysler will ship 800k transmissions from Tipton to global facilities


    Chrysler expects to be shipping 800,000 transmissions out of its new plant in Tipton, Indiana when it reaches full capacity. The facility is set to become a global hub for the nine-speed transmission made there and units will be sent to Toledo, Ohio, for use in the Jeep Cherokee and ...


    Höegh charters PCTCs from Ocean Yield


    Höegh Autoliners is chartering two pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) from ship owner Ocean Yield for an initial eight-year period. The vessels, which were built in 2010, have capacity for 4,900 car units each and will be delivered in the second quarter of this year. Ocean Yield has paid ...

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    Nissan begins assembly in Nigeria under auto development plan


    Nissan has become the first major carmaker to assemble passenger vehicles in Nigeria, following the start of production at the joint venture plant the Renault-Nissan Alliance has with West African conglomerate Stallion Group, in the capital Lagos. The first vehicle off the assembly line was a Nissan Patrol. The carmaker ...

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    Political unrest delays Honda plans in Thailand


    Honda is delaying the construction of its third car assembly plant in Thailand because of political unrest in the country. The decision will push back the carmaker’s plans for distribution to the local and wider Asean markets from the $530m plant by at least six months, according to reports by ...

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    Ewals Cargo Care increases trailer fleet


    Transport provider, Ewals Cargo Care, is in the process of adding 600 Mega Huckepack XLS trailers to its fleet this month, in addition to the 250 it added to its service last year. The curtained trailers, which are manufactured by Krone and Schmitz, have been developed and patented by Ewals. ...

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    Better profits in Europe help TNT


    TNT Express has reported improving operating profits for its core European region in the first quarter of 2014, despite a drop in revenues. While some international markets remain under pressure, the company also saw better results for its domestic Brazil operations, which broke even for the quarter. In total, TNT ...

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    Toyota move will unite supply chain management in Texas


    Toyota’s decision to build a new headquarters in Texas for its North American corporate functions will bring together for the first time much of the region’s top management for inbound, outbound and spare parts logistics. Toyota’s chief executive and logistics managers expect that this proximity will allow for better collaboration ...

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    WWL adds Novorossiysk to Asia-Europe service


    Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has added the Russian port of Novorossiysk, on the Black Sea, to its service from Asia to Europe, the first deep-sea ro-ro carrier to provide access to the port according to the company. The service has feeder operators from two of WWL’s Mediterranean ports on the ...

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    ‘End of an era’ as Steve Harley retires from Ford


    A renowned executive across the carmaker and the industry for more than four decades, Stephen Harley is moving on. He talks to Automotive Logistics about what has changed in logistics as well as his last project at Ford Europe. [This story was updated on 12 May 2014] Stephen ...

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    TNT appoints de Vries as CFO


    Maarten Jan de Vries (left) is moving to TNT Express as its chief financial officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Board at the beginning of July this year, pending shareholder approval. He replaces Bernard Bot, who is leaving the company after 20 years. Jan de Vries, who was most ...

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    China’s new growth comes with old stories


    Speakers at this year's conference in Beijing revealed that manufacturers and logistics providers are well on their way to further growth in China, but many are still struggling to shift towards higher-value services, as well as fix familiar problems. Additional reporting by Marcus Williams Full-length videos of the main sessions ...

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    ​Yusen focuses on Turkish hub


    Logistics and transport provider Yusen Logistics has announced a growth plan for Turkey, a market it has had a presence in since 2012. It said it now plans to increase its offices and facilities in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkish republics. Yusen Logistics Turkey has already achieved a ...

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    Positive outlook for Indonesia following Q1 results


    In important news for logistics providers and OEMs alike, recently released sales figures bode well for the Indonesian automotive market. Sales reached above 328,000 in the first quarter of 2014, a 17.8% increase from the first quarter last year, despite Indonesia’s high interest rates and rising production costs. The results ...

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    ​UK suppliers to benefit from Enscite development programme


    UK-based small and medium enterprise companies (SMEs) in the automotive industry have received a significant boost following the launch of a support initiative by a joint venture of universities and Derby City Council. Called the Enscite programme, the initiative is designed to offer expert opinion and support to SMEs providing ...

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    Ukraine considers hitting Russia with vehicle duties


    The Ukrainian government has proposed cancelling its intergovernmental agreement with Russia on a free trade of vehicles that eliminates basic customs duties. It is one of a number of developments that have recently hit the automotive industry in the country in the wake of political tensions between the Russia and ...

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    EML expands ro-ro service to Nordic countries


    Euro Marine Logistics (EML), the short sea carrier joint venture between Mitsui OSK Lines and Höegh Autoliners, has started a new weekly ro-ro service from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge to three ports in the Nordic region. The service links with EML’s existing one between Zeebrugge and the port of ...

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    Bosch aims at 15% auto aftermarket growth in Middle East


    German component supplier Robert Bosch has announced a 15% growth target in its automotive aftermarket division in the Middle East for 2014. The announcement follows double-digit growth in the region last year and a 14% growth in revenue. Speaking at the annual Bosch Customer Convention in March, Andreas Bodemer, vice ...