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    European vehicle ports sail into the light


    After years of overall decline, this year’s survey reveals a sense that Europe’s ports are prepared to engage competitively as automotive trade recovers. In this story...Top ten port tablesBremerhaven still leadsGrowth at Zeebrugge Spanish exports on risePort figuresUK strong across the boardRouting and hub changes Volume by biggest regionsAlthough ...

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    Executive summary: Blue skies over Bonn as logistics returns to growth


    Vehicle sales and production are rising again in Europe, while supply chain complexity is driving more demand for logistics and better systems. But many risks remain both within the industry, and on Europe's periphery. Additional reporting by Marcus Williams and Zoë Apostolides[sam_ad id=6 codes='true']Although the Europe conference was held at ...

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    Audi wants better visibility on logistics cost, flows


    Audi has called for an open, common network of consolidation points, which could be managed by a cloud-based transport management system and control tower, to help break the ‘black box’ of transport costs and visibility. Jens Tilgner (pictured), head of material transportation at Audi, told the Automotive Logistics conference in ...

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    Healthier times ahead for Europe


    European vehicle production is heading towards higher capacity utilisation as factories close, models are localised and the new vehicle sales market finally starts to recover, according to PwC Autofacts. Continued growth in exports as well as complex material flows should also benefit automotive logistics providers, although the European market may ...

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    Jaguar Land Rover signs first contract with NYK for US exports


    NYK Group’s European division has secured a contract with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to transport vehicles from the port of Southampton in the UK to the US West Coast port of Hueneme. It is the first time JLR have used NYK for ocean services. Shipments began earlier this year in ...

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    A transformation loaded with ambition at Volvo


    The decision to bring logistics purchasing and operations in-house has resulted in dramatic changes in Volvo Car Group’s inbound and outbound supply chain.Four years after China’s Geely Cars bought Volvo Cars from Ford, the Swedish carmaker is undergoing the most significant ever change to its manufacturing and sales footprint. Since ...

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    Reasons for optimism at APL Vascor – Indian rail reforms


    Bill Villalon (pictured), senior vice-president of global automotive for APL Logistics, as well as chairman of the APL Logistics Vascor joint venture in India, talks about his companies strategy for success in introducing advanced rail services in India. Ramesh Kumar: What brought APL Logistics and Vascor together in India? Bill ...

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    Arriving at the moment of truth in North America


    In this story...Honda's multimodal exportsShort sea rises and flows Railroads respondVW's strategic savingsStretching capacity After years of anticipation about growth in North American production and potential logistics bottlenecks in Mexico, this is the year when hopes – and possibly fears – will become reality. Since the end of 2013, when ...

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    Covering all the bases in damage protection


    With quality expectations higher than ever, OEMs have to consider the cost and general effectiveness of damage avoidance solutions, including full body covers.In this story...Cost versus protectionWrapped up in filmOpting for full coverage Targeting risk If there is one thing that carmakers, logistics providers, dealers and final customers can all ...

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    Penske Logistics creates role for Sanchez in Mexico


    Penske Logistics’ division in Mexico has named Pedro Sanchez as its sales director. Based in Saltillo, Mexico, he is now responsible for strategic business development that extends into new sectors.“The role is newly created,” confirmed an executive spokesperson. “The auto sector is central to Penske’s business in Mexico as it ...

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    ACS reports auto contracts helping charter increase


    Aircraft charter provider, Air Charter Service, has reported a 22% year-on-year rise in the number of charter contracts its North American offices completed, and has partly attributed the rise to an increase in bookings from automotive customers.“As the auto industry as a whole has begun to pick up, we have ...

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    Auto industry pensive about Russian standoff in Ukraine


    There has been no let up in the political tension in the Crimea peninsula of southern Ukraine this week where thousands of Russian troops have occupied strategic locations, including the port of Sevastopol.Reports indicate that feeder and short sea operators are being hindered in their passage and navigation of the ...

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    Mexico vehicle exports dip in January


    The Mexican Automotive Industry Association (AMIA) has released figures that show finished vehicle exports in January declined by 0.4% to 177,928 units, compared to January 2013. The organisation's president, Eduardo Solís, noted that the decrease was due to a fall in the US market brought about by the current harsh ...

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    ePOD – Delivering the future of proof


    Chrysler’s decision to mandate the use of electronic proof of delivery systems from this year has brought the process to the fore, but an industry standard may be required before everyone follows suit.At the beginning of February 2014, a new transport management system went live at Mobile Services, a UK-based ...

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    ​Tesla to invest $5 billion in southern US electric battery plant


    Electric carmaker Tesla Motors has announced plans to invest $5 billion in a car battery plant in an as-yet undecided location in a southern US state.“In cooperation with strategic battery manufacturing partners, we’re planning to build a large scale factory that will allow us to achieve economies of scale and ...

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    Roadrunner announces acquisition of Rich Logistics


    US freight forwarder Roadrunner Transportation Systems has announced its acquisition of Rich Logistics, which provides trucking and expedited services. Roadrunner, which declared revenues of around $113m in 2013, managed to acquire the total purchase for an estimated $48m, with money reportedly borrowed under the logistics provider’s credit facility. It operates ...

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    Giving investors safe harbour in Brazil


    Brazil has passed legislation to loosen terminal concession rules and encourage more private investment. However, it looks unlikely to be plain sailing aheadBrazil is widely viewed as having insufficient port capacity, with bottlenecks often constraining imports and exports. The country’s major port of Santos, in São Paulo state, faces heavy ...

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    Spare parts to keep the wheels turning


    Rising competition has pushed OEMs to speed up spare parts delivery, but are they striking the right balance between service, inventory and cost? There is no such thing as a risk-proof spare parts operation. Despite supply systems that are more robust and reliable in dealer orders and delivery than a ...

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    This year’s Europe conference is streaming Live online!


    This year's Automotive Logistics Europe conference, being held in Bonn, Germany, is now live streaming debate and offering those in direct attendance, and those with an interest abroad, the ability to participate online.Once again the conference has filled the stylish and spacious Kameha Grand Hotel on the banks of the ...

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    ​Honda opens Celaya plant in Mexico


    This article has been amended since publication on 26th February to include additional comment from Dennis Manns, Honda’s vice president of logistics and sales planning. Honda unveiled the latest development in its expansion projects for Mexico last Friday (February 21st) with the opening of its new $800m plant in Celaya. ...