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    VW gets the green light to reopen in Puebla on June 15

    2020-05-28T10:30:00Z

    Olivia Salomón, economic secretary of the Mexican state of Puebla, has just announced that German carmaker Volkswagen can reopen its plant there from June 15. However, it can only use 30% of its workforce in staggered shifts…

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    Mexico parts shortage hits production at Mercedes-Benz in Vance

    2020-05-19T10:43:00Z

    Parts supply shortages from Mexico mean that Mercedes-Benz will temporarily suspend production at its US plant in Alabama – Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) next week…

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    BMW now working with NVIDIA to advance AI in logistics

    2020-05-18T13:24:00Z

    BMW is prioritising intelligent logistics robots in its stated objective of using higher performance computer technology across vehicle making operations..

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    USMCA will go ahead in July but automotive approval could take 18 months

    2020-05-18T11:25:00Z

    The new free trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico automotive sector will not have full consensus from the automotive industry by July 1 according to Al Zapanta, CEO, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, because agreement on labour and vehicle content still need approval

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    Kia UK opens online sales and provides maintenance services

    2020-05-11T10:13:00Z

    Kia dealers in the UK have been given the go-ahead to take remote orders from customers (though dealer showrooms remain closed) and some are reopening workshops to carry out aftermarket services, including repairs and MOTs…

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    Battery consortiums and regional supply lie ahead for EV production

    2020-05-08T12:45:00Z

    Fisker is working on the release of the fully electric Fisker Ocean SUV for release in 2022. The development of battery supply chain since the company was founded, including the emergence of consortiums for battery purchasing, has put the company is a strong competitive position to challenge the bigger players. Volume forecasts have been too unreliable for lithium-ion battery supply chains to develop outside China and Korea so far, and cumulative sales will have to pass 10m before they do so, something Henrik Fisker believes will happen between 2022 and 2023

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    Coronavirus pandemic could force supplier consolidation

    2020-05-04T11:14:00Z

    The Covid-19 pandemic will exact a heavy toll on automotive manufacturers and suppliers, who will face mounting financial losses and growing debt. Some may not survive, at least in their current form or without further government bailouts. Such financial fallout, and the need for companies to reduce costs and consolidate investments, could prompt more consolidation at all levels of the automotive industry in the coming years.

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    Start-stop production part of the new normal for OEMs

    2020-05-04T09:36:00Z

    Carmakers are potentially hostage to a halting series of restarts as the automotive industry tries to gradually restart production across Europe in regions seeing a lowering of coronavirus infections. During last week’s Livestream event from Ultima Media Matteo Fini, executive director, automotive supply chain and technology, at market analyst IHS Markit said start and stop operations, such as Kia has recently experienced, are definitely part of the new normal

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    Seat to restart production this week

    2020-04-27T09:18:00Z

    Spanish carmaker Seat has announced it will restart production gradually from April 27 after agreeing testing procedures on employees with union representatives. Seat aims to use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on its employees to screen for the coronavirus…

  • Kia Slovakia plant shutdown
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    Kia suspends production in Slovakia on supply shortages

    2020-04-21T21:38:00Z

    Kia has had to halt the assembly lines two weeks after restarting them, demonstrating the challenges that OEMs face in restarting vehicle production during the ongoing lockdown and coronavirus crisis.

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    Skoda’s Mladá Boleslav parts centre supporting global aftermarket

    2020-04-21T11:49:00Z

    Czech carmaker Skoda is ensuring the global delivery of service parts from its genuine parts centre in Mladá Boleslav, which is now once again operating on three shifts. The 180,000 sq.m parts centre, which is the biggest such facility in the Czech Republic, is one of three European master depots in the VW Group, of which Skoda is a subsidiary….

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    Volvo Cars transforms supply chain and logistics organisation

    2020-04-21T10:53:00Z

    Following the news that Chris Godfrey had moved to a new role at Volvo Cars as head of global outbound to logistics operations, the company has revealed further details of its new supply chain logistics (SCL) reorganisation, which became effective at the beginning of April…

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    Marelli and BMW light the way with blockchain

    2020-04-21T10:20:00Z

    Marelli Automotive Lighting is working with the BMW Group on the introduction of blockchain technology to connect suppliers’ and carmakers’ plants to improve the management of automotive supply chains. Together, the companies have designed and developed the PartChain application, which is being used initially as a pilot focused on the traceability of headlamps, rear lamps and lighting modules supplied by Marelli Automotive Lighting to a number of BMW Group vehicles

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    Germany allows car dealerships to reopen as assembly restarts

    2020-04-21T10:08:00Z

     German car dealerships have been given the go-ahead to reopen by the federal government as carmakers across the country restart production. The actual timing for reopening of the dealerships will be determined by individual states…

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    VW Group continues global aftermarket supply from Germany

    2020-04-14T15:32:00Z

     Volkswagen Group is maintaining the supply of genuine aftermarket parts from its original parts centre (OPC) in Kassel, Germany despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic…

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    Production could resume at end of April, says Seat

    2020-04-14T14:05:00Z

    Spanish carmaker Seat could restart operations at its Martorell and Componentes plants near Barcelona by the end of April, in view of the latest government announcements and the negotiations the carmaker has had with its union representatives…

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    Ford extends European plant closures until May

    2020-04-08T10:01:00Z

    Ford has confirmed that the temporary closure of most of its European plants will be extended until May 4, following an announcement on March 17 that it would be for a number of weeks…

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    VW and Faurecia collaborate to combat coronavirus

    2020-04-08T09:29:00Z

    In the latest example of how car manufacturers and their suppliers are turning their operations over to fight the coronavirus pandemic,Volkswagen is collaborating with Faurecia to produce medical gowns and facemasks at the latter’s Puebla facility in Mexico…

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    Ford brings in ‘no touch’ servicing during coronavirus outbreak

    2020-03-31T14:09:00Z

    Cars and vans are now being thoroughly sanitised before being returned to customers in Europe after repairs and servicing, says Ford…

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    VW Autoeuropa to import gearboxes through port of Sines

    2020-03-25T09:59:00Z

    Volkswagen is to start shipping gearboxes made at its components plant in Córdoba, Argentina, to its Autoeuropa assembly plant in Portugal. Containers are being shipped from the Argentine port of Buenos Aries to the Portuguese port of Sines for onward shipment by road to the plant in Palmela