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    Marvin Cooke to oversee production and logistics at Toyota Motor Europe

    2021-01-06T11:07:00Z

    Marvin Cooke has moved to become executive vice president of manufacturing at Toyota Motor Europe (TME). He will oversee the operations of all Toyota plants across Europe, overseeing the Toyota Production System, including logistics, production control and production engineering.

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    Automotive sector welcomes EU-UK trade deal

    2021-01-06T10:55:00Z

    The UK car industry has welcomed the new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which was finally announced on December 24. The agreement avoids a no-deal Brexit that would have added tariff charges to the import and export of parts and vehicles, but there are still hurdles to overcome in terms of new customs procedures.

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    VW unveils EV charging robot with potential to support outbound logistics

    2021-01-05T16:06:00Z

    Volkswagen Group Components has presented a mobile robot that can autonomously charge electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids, offering a potential solution to keep EVs charged during storage in compounds.

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    Dorothea von Boxberg to take over as CEO of Lufthansa Cargo

    2021-01-04T17:08:00Z

    Dorothea von Boxberg will be taking over as CEO and chairwoman of Lufthansa Cargo on March 1 this year. She will move from her current role as chief commercial officer (COO) at the airfreight subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa and replace Peter Gerber, who is moving to become CEO of Brussels Airlines.

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    Nissan denies cuts in Europe while Alliance continues with synergies

    2021-01-04T15:55:00Z

    Nissan has refuted reports circulated this week that it is cutting direct distribution and sales of models for eastern regions of Europe and moving them to Alliance partner Renault’s network.

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    AI and automation need people and quality data to succeed

    2020-12-23T16:22:00Z

    Experts from BMW, Ford, Symbio Robotics and Cosmo Tech discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in automotive production need fast ramp-up times and adoption by employees to succeed. High-quality data and use of simulation are also key.

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    France and other EU countries close border with UK putting freight flows at risk

    2020-12-21T15:59:00Z

    A number of countries, including France, have closed their borders with the UK to passengers and accompanied freight following the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus in the UK which is suspected to be more infectious than previous types.

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    Continental develops autonomous AGV for parts handling

    2020-12-18T16:51:00Z

    Parts supplier Continental is developing its own automated guided vehicle (AGV) for the movement of heavy parts in its production facilities. Autonomous AGVs are currently being trialled at plants in Zvolen (Slovakia) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany), and moving material for brake production. They can carry loads of more than a ton. 

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    Gefco providing fleet pre-delivery and transport services for LEVC

    2020-12-18T14:34:00Z

    The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), formerly the London Taxi Company, has signed a contract with the UK division of transport and logistics provider Gefco for pre-delivery services and delivery to fleet customers.

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    JLR looks for supply chain transparency with Circulor investment

    2020-12-18T13:43:00Z

    The venture capital and mobility division of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) – InMotion Ventures – has invested an undisclosed sum in blockchain technology provider Circulor. 

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    Watch: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (Ep.4)

    2020-12-18T09:30:00Z

    This Livestream Hour episode discusses how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists.

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    ALSC Live North America event will focus on recovery and resilience

    2020-12-14T11:39:00Z

    The North American automotive market has shown resilience in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic but its recovery and future success depend on high-performing logistics and supply chains to avoid further disruption and better serve customers.

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    Hyundai Motor buys controlling stake in Boston Dynamics

    2020-12-14T11:28:00Z

    Hyundai Motor Group is buying an 80% stake in robotics provider Boston Dynamics, worth $880m to develop and commercialise robotics, with applications ranging from component manufacturing to smart logistics.

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    Daimler Kamaz Rus hits truck production milestone

    2020-12-14T11:23:00Z

    Daimler’s joint venture with Russian truck maker Kamaz celebrated the production of its 25,000th Mercedes-Benz truck at the Daimler Kamaz Rus (DK Rus) plant in Naberezhnye Chelny last week – a white Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 LS.

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    GM Middle East to import more vehicles from China

    2020-12-14T10:26:00Z

    GM will be importing more vehicles from China to supply the Middle East following a re-evaluation of its sourcing strategy triggered by Covid-19, according to Sulaiman Pallak, head of purchasing and supply chain for GM Africa and Middle East.

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    Bentley switches to renewable fuel for logistics at Crewe

    2020-12-13T19:00:00Z

    Prestige carmaker Bentley is now using vegetable oil to run the trucks it uses to transfer inbound parts to its assembly UK plant in Crewe from its storage depot in Winsford. The carmaker has installed a 34,000-litre hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) tank at the Crewe site to fuel ten trucks with the recycled oil. It is also using the facility to fuel more than 20 smaller on-site security vehicles and delivery vans.

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    Sustainable packaging a priority for the automotive sector

    2020-12-13T18:20:00Z

    Carmakers and tier suppliers affiliated under the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) have published guidance on sustainable packaging aimed at reducing waste in the automotive sector and increasing the amount of packaging that can be recycled. 

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    BMW to use AWS cloud computing software to improve supply chain visibility

    2020-12-11T16:22:00Z

    BMW and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have agreed to jointly develop applications to use AWS’ cloud computing platform to increase efficiency, performance and sustainability across the lifecycle of its vehicles, from design to aftersales services.

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    Christian Friedl takes over as director of Seat Martorell

    2020-12-08T11:52:00Z

    Christian Friedl is moving from Porsche to become director of Seat’s Martorell plant in Spain, starting from January 1. He replaces Rainer Fessel, who is moving to take over the management of the VW factory in Wolfsburg.

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    Mercedes-Benz demands carbon neutrality from supply base

    2020-12-07T13:30:00Z

    Mercedes-Benz is tasking its supply base with the supply of carbon-neutral battery cells and other parts as it strives toward a carbon-neutral vehicle fleet within the next 20 years, part of its Ambition 2039 environmental initiative.