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    VW transports car volumes to North America on Siem LNG vessel

    2020-06-22T11:56:00Z

    Volkswagen is sending 4,800 vehicles from Germany to North America on board a ro-ro vessel powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). The Siem Confuciuswhich was delivered to Siem Car Carriers in March this year, is headed for Mexico but will be making stops in Canada and the US..

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    Audi confirms it will restart operations in Puebla on June 15

    2020-06-08T16:00:00Z

    German carmaker Audi will return to making the Q5 SUV in Puebla next week following the Mexican state’s move to open up manufacturing under strict health and safety protocols. It follows more than two months of shutdown because of disruptions to the supply chain caused by the coronavirus

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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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    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…

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Opel opens the doors to Japan

    2020-02-25T09:47:00Z

    German brand Opel is to start exporting vehicles to Japan after a break of more than a decade as part of a wider effort to sell to more markets. The recent return to Russia and planned entry into Columbia and Ecuador are other examples of the ongoing export offensive.

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    Toyota begins exports of Tacoma from Guanajuato

    2020-02-06T13:32:00Z

    Following the start of production at its new $700m Mexican assembly plant in Guanajuato, Toyota has outlined its distribution strategy for the new model-year Tacoma pick-up trucks it is making there. The majority of the output from Guanajuato will be exported to the US on short-sea routes through the ports of Veracruz on the east coast and Lazaro Cardenas on the west. The remaining volume to the US will be shipped via rail through the border town of Laredo in Texas

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    Procurement a priority in Mercedes’ sustainability plan

    2020-02-04T15:28:00Z

    Mercedes-Benz Cars has launched a pilot project to improve transparency on how much CO2 is emitted in the transport of source materials, starting with recycled cobalt. It will extend the company’s existing use of blockchain technology by tracking climate-relevant gases and other material along battery cell manufacturers’ supply chains

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    Decline in UK car production a grave concern, says SMMT

    2020-01-31T11:46:00Z

    On the point of the UK leaving the EU, British car manufacturing was revealed to be at its lowest level since 2010, falling for a third consecutive year to 1.3m units in 2019 (-14.2%), according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Wednesday..

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    Russia to tie vehicle utilisation fee to local production

    2020-01-24T15:23:00Z

    The Russian government is changing the rules of its utilisation scheme, through which it allocates state aid for the reimbursement of fees paid by carmakers that are intended to cover eventual vehicle recycling charges. Carmakers in the country are divided over whether linking the utilisation scheme to the localisation programme is fair.

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    DRS and STVA UK to support Ford finished vehicle shipments

    2020-01-22T09:38:00Z

    Ford has awarded a contract to Direct Rail Services (DRS) for the transport of finished vehicles from its UK factory in Dagenham to DRS’ rail terminal at Garston, near Liverpool. Services are to begin mid-2020. DRS will work with transport provider STVA UK, now owned by France’s ...

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    Daimler Buses to start 3D printing of spare parts

    2020-01-08T10:35:00Z

    German OEM Daimler Buses enters the new year looking to develop a new business model: directly producing spare parts in-house for customers via 3D printing…