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    Tacoma sees spike in vehicle imports


    Vehicle imports through the US port of Tacoma in Washington state increased 63% in January thanks, in part, to a year-end inventory push by Korean carmakers. A total of 15,203 vehicles were imported through the port for the month, compared to around 9,335 in January 2013. Total automotive imports in ...

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    ​Mazda officially opens Salamanca plant in Mexico


    Mazda’s new assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico, will open officially on Thursday this week, in a move that will significantly boost the OEM’s shipping capacities to the US market. The new facility will offer the company a low-cost production base from which the OEM can operate in Mexico, already one ...

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    Getting launches off to a flying start


    More frequent launches and longer supply chains are placing significant pressure on manufacturers and inbound and outbound providers. Having spent tens of millions of dollars promoting the autumn 2012 launch of its 2013 model year Lincoln MKZ, Ford had high hopes for the vehicle, which was the subject of a ...

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    Redrawing the line side


    Carmakers are looking carefully at ways to simplify inbound logistics to assembly lines, including kitting operations and, in some cases, insourcing.After a number of recent visits to automotive plants I have noticed changes to the ways that carmakers are thinking about final deliveries to the assembly line. Manufacturers as diverse ...

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    ​Fisker sale to Wanxiang Corporation confirmed


    After almost two years of bidding, Fisker Automotive has formally announced its acquisition by the Wanxiang American Coporation. The automotive parts manufacturer emerged as the highest bidder, investing $149.2m to secure the group, which declared bankruptcy in November of last year. The final decision was announced earlier this week, as ...

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    Keeping the supply chain afloat


    As extreme weather continues to disrupt production, Mark Morley (left) writes that manufacturers need to take a closer look at how they are protecting their supply chains both physically and digitally. The current flooding crisis gripping much of the UK highlights how vulnerable global supply chain and transport networks ...

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    Sulphur limits: cleaning up shipping or going overboard?


    With new limits on sulphur emissions coming into force for much of northern Europe and North America next year, shipping operators are trying to comply in ways as sustainable for costs as for the environment.Come January 1st 2015, parts of the shipping world will not be the same again. On ...

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    TNT expands management team


    As part of its reorganisation of domestic and international logistics management for later this year, TNT Express has announced a new top leadership team, which includes a number of former DHL executives. CEO Tex Gunning and CFO Bernard Bot will be joined by Marco van Kalleveen, who takes up the role ...

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    ​TNT announces improved Q4 results and reorganisation


    TNT Express has reported improvements to its business in the fourth quarter of last year, swinging back into profit for the quarter despite lower revenues. The company saw its profits fall for the full year 2013, but plans to accelerate its cost-cutting initiatives and reorganise its domestic and international logistics ...


    Outsourcing's thin grey line


    The boundary between outsourced supply chain and in-house manufacturing is moving all the time. Where should carmakers draw the line?Once, perhaps, it was easy to see where logistics management and labour stopped and where manufacturing started at assembly plants. Parts were taken from the trucks at the loading dock of ...

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    Weather hits inbound deliveries on both side of the Pacific


    BMW and Kia were forced to cancel shifts at their US plants last week due to adverse winter weather conditions in the Southeast.A storm warning was put in place on Thursday in the region, with snow and ice causing problems for parts deliveries and employees trying to get to work.BMW ...

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    Con-way Truckload appoints Joe Dagnese as president


    Joseph Dagnese (right) is replacing Saul Gonzalez as president of Con-way Truckload, the full truckload division of parent freight transport and logistics provider Con-way. Dagnese moves over from one of Con-way’s other divisions, Menlo Logistics, where he was most recently vice president – International. He will now be based in ...

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    Riki Howard moves to Jack Cooper


    Riki Howard has moved from his role as senior vice president of Land Based Operations for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) to take up a new role as chief operating officer (COO) at the logistics division of North American vehicle carrier Jack Cooper Transport.Howard's responsibilities cover Jack Cooper's growing portfolio of ...

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    UTi supports auto supply with integrated facility in Detroit


    Supply chain services provider UTi Worldwide has opened a 21,000-square-metre logistics facility in Romulus, near Detroit, Michigan that brings together contract logistics and freight forwarding services under one roof and serves both the automotive and high-tech industries.The company had previously been using two separate buildings that were 17km apart but ...

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    Uni-Select launches aftermarket tool for service network


    North American aftermarket parts distributor, Uni-Select, has introduced a telematics solution that it said aims to improve services to each of its 5,000 service and repair shops across the US and Canada. The company said it hopes the technology will increase inefficiency in the aftermarket supply chain. Using Delphi Automotive’s ...

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    Toyota begins Highlander exports from US to global markets


    Toyota has begun exporting Highlander SUVs from the US to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan – the first time the model has been exported from North America to those markets. Previously exports of the Highlander to those markets were supplied from Japan.The vehicles are manufactured at the carmaker’s ...

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    NYK not afraid to go local for logistics


    NYK Auto Logistics is that rarest of things: a finished vehicle logistics provider with a strategy scope and asset base that stretches into many different countries, including difficult emerging markets. But can it combine its myriad services effectively? An NYK ro-ro terminal in ShanghaiWith the exception of ro-ro shipping, ...

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    BNSF commits $5bn to network upgrades


    North American rail provider BNSF is planning to invest $5 billion in its network and services in 2014, around $1 billion more than last year’s spend. As part of its capital commitment programme for the year the company is spending $2.3 billion on core network and related assets and $1.6 ...


    Local logistics and engineering partnership at Nissan Europe


    Nissan Europe has benefited from closer collaboration between engineers, suppliers and logistics during vehicle development, especially for its Sunderland plant The UK automotive industry has been the darling of Britain’s nascent economic recovery, praised equally by politicians, economists and union leaders. Vehicle sales have bucked the euro-zone crisis; production has ...

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    Ryder appoints Gary Allen to supply chain engineering role


    Transport and supply chain management provider, Ryder System, has appointed Gary Allen as its vice president of Engineering. He will be responsible for overseeing the Supply Chain Engineering team and leading quality, programme management and engineering in support of the overall Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) organisation at Ryder.Allen will report ...