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    VW outsources more large sub-assemblies for EVs

    2020-09-29T14:43:00Z

    In switching its Zwickau and Dresden plants in Germany to the production of exclusively electric vehicles based on the MEB platform, Volkswagen is outsourcing a higher share of the assembly of large parts of the vehicle to nearby suppliers than it previously had with ICE-based platforms.

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    Xiaopeng Motors begins electric SUV exports to Europe

    2020-09-28T09:25:00Z

    Chinese start-up carmaker Xiaopeng Motors (XPeng) has started exports of its G3i electric SUV to Europe, with the first models expected on the roads in November this year. The vehicle went on sale in the country in June. The vehicles were loaded at Xinsha Port in Guangzhou on September 24.

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    Tesla plans deep vertical integration of battery supply

    2020-09-24T15:18:00Z

    Tesla has revealed a host of production innovations to make lithium-ion battery manufacturing more efficient and reduce costs, including in-house battery cell production, which could cut the miles travelled for the battery production by 80%, and the reduction of the cobalt content of the cathode, which would bring further supply chain savings

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    Ford and Toyota talk about the benefits of returning to sender

    2020-09-24T08:30:00Z

    Carmakers used last week’s ALSC Live online conference to reveal a range of sustainable packaging strategies they were employing in an effort to cut waste along with cost.

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    Rivian outlines sustainable packaging initiative

    2020-09-22T16:32:00Z

    Electric vehicle start-up Rivian has revealed details of a plastic recycling initiative that aims by 2024 to collect 500,000kg (1.1m lbs) of single-use plastic annually and stop it from floating out to sea. Rivian will instead turn it into the containers it uses to move parts inbound to its production line.

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    Fully automated microfactories mean more resilient manufacturing says Arrival

    2020-09-19T14:21:00Z

    Electric commercial vehicle maker Arrival could have as many as 1,000 automated microfactories operating by 2026, with the first now under construction. Localised supply is a priority and the manufacturing and logistics will be supported by industry 4.0 technology

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    VW to use sustainable electricity for all shipments by rail in Germany

    2020-09-14T10:25:00Z

    Volkswagen Group aims to switch all of the material, parts and vehicles it moves in Germany with state-run rail provider Deutsche Bahn to ‘green electricity’ by 2021 and also wants to increase the number of vehicles it moves by rail in Germany to 60% by 2022, an 8% increase on the number currently moved 

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    Daimler automates inbound communications at Wörth plant

    2020-09-07T10:55:00Z

    Trucks carrying inbound parts to the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle plant in Wörth, Germany are now sending out automated arrival announcements thanks to a new IT system set up by parent company Daimler and software development partners Inform and Fleetboard Logistics.

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    Gefco secures contract with RNM Alliance in France and Netherlands

    2020-09-03T15:50:00Z

    The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has signed a new three-year contract with French logistics provider Gefco for the multimodal movement of finished vehicles in France and the Netherlands

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    Schwartz to take over from Dederichs as supply chain head at Ford Europe

    2020-09-01T13:00:00Z

    Michael Schwartz will take over from Franz Dederichs as manager of material logistics and supply chain at Ford of Europe when the latter retires from the carmaker in November this year

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    Kandi Technologies looks to make EVs in the US

    2020-08-24T14:39:00Z

    Kandi Technologies is the latest Chinese carmaker interested in opening a manufacturing plant in the US for its electric and off-road vehicles. The company, which also develops lithium-ion batteries and parts, said it could improve competitive pricing by eliminating shipping costs and tariffs associated with imports to the region.

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    Consortium to develop autonomous inbound services for Nissan UK

    2020-08-24T13:02:00Z

    Autonomous vehicle technology developer StreetDrone has secured funding as part of a wider consortium looking into the use 5G connected autonomous trucks for inbound shipments to Nissan’s assembly plant in Sunderland, UK

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    Changes in export operations, sales and technology leadership at Navistar

    2020-08-17T12:47:00Z

    Navistar has appointed Friedrich Baumann and Robert Walsh to new roles in sales and technology planning respectively, and expanded the responsibilities undertaken by Phil Christman, president of operations, to include global exports

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    Nissan postpones closure of Barcelona plant and confirms parts distribution

    2020-08-17T08:30:00Z

    Nissan has delayed the closure of its vehicle and parts plants in the Catalonia region of Spain until December 2021 following strike action taken by workers. It has also confirmed it will maintain parts warehouse operations in Barcelona and is in discussions over the future of purchasing and logistics there

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    VW will stay with Amports at Jaxport

    2020-08-10T11:20:00Z

    Volkswagen has extended its vehicle handling contract with the US east coast port of Jacksonville (Jaxport) for three years and will continue to work with terminal operator Amports…

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    RNM Alliance extends contract with Groupe Cat in France and Belgium

    2020-08-10T11:07:00Z

    The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (RNM) Alliance has extended its contract with Groupe Cat for the distribution of vehicles in France and Belgium. The new three-year contract will see around 350,000 vehicles delivered per year, including across international borders…

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    VW Poznań will start full production in September with improved logistics

    2020-08-03T10:41:00Z

    Following two years of expansion work worth €400m ($463m), Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle (LCV) plant in Poznań, Poland is almost ready to start full production of the new mark 5 Caddy van…

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    Audi using drone to locate vehicles at Neckarsulm

    2020-08-03T10:24:00Z

    In the latest example of Industry 4.0 technology being used across the VW Group for logistics applications, Audi is conducting a drone pilot project to more efficiently locate vehicles for dispatch at its Neckarsulm assembly plant in Germany…

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    Mexico rail blockade impacting Ford operations

    2020-07-27T14:20:00Z

    A rail blockade in the Mexican border state of Sonora is affecting operations at Ford’s Hermosillo stamping and assembly plant, as well as hitting imports and exports to and from the United States, according to the carmaker. Members of the local Yaqui indigenous community, who are demanding th

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    INEOS in discussions with Daimler to produce Grenadier in Hambach

    2020-07-27T13:01:00Z

    British start-up INEOS Automotive may be making its new 4x4 vehicle in France instead of South Wales after German OEM Daimler announced it wanted to sell its Hambach factory in France. Head of supply chain management at INEOS, Marko Weisshaar (pictured), spoke about the possibility of a French connection during last week’s Livestream Hour