OEMs – Page 18

  • F150CNG_2451
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    Meridian fire causes parts shortages in US

    2018-05-09T11:06:21Z

    [UPDATED] A fire last week at the Meridian Lightweight Technologies plant in Michigan has led to parts shortages at a number of carmakers’ plants in the US. The fire, followed by a number of explosions, ripped through the northern part of the Meridian plant in Eaton Rapids, which makes instrument ...

  • FordChina
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    Ford reorganises distribution in China

    2018-05-02T11:31:30Z

    Ford has created a single finished vehicle distribution channel for its Greater China region to replace a complex joint venture and dealer network and accelerate growth. The Ford National Distribution Services Division (NDSD) will be responsible for the marketing, sales and servicing of all cars the company sells in the ...

  • Brazil factfile
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    Waking up to a new dawn

    2018-04-27T15:51:03Z

    Brazilian vehicle manufacturers are increasingly optimistic that the country can claw its way out of a deep recession. The country is experiencing a period of low inflation, low interest rates, light GDP growth and a tentative recovery in employment, reflected in improving purchasing power and consumer confidence. Moreover, consumers with ...

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    Trusting the market will stay afloat

    2018-04-26T09:42:00Z

    European vehicle-handling ports saw growth in vehicle vehicle volumes in 2017, however geo-political worries – not least Brexit – is causing concerns. Ports continue to invest but there are worries over future volumes and capacity levels. 

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    Trump sanctions leave Gaz exports in doubt

    2018-04-25T13:02:29Z

    The production and export operations of Gaz Group in Russia remain up in the air, after the US first imposed and then delayed sanctions against its owner Oleg Deripaska this month. Deripaska was as one of seven Russian businessmen and 12 companies targeted by the US in early April in ...

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    Russia to halt parts imports during Fifa World Cup

    2018-04-25T12:11:08Z

    Russia is likely to cease importing almost all automotive components and spare parts for two months from May 25 to July 25, as the federal government seeks to impose unprecedented security measures in the country for the duration of the Fifa World Cup 2018 football tournament. The government is planning ...

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    Gefco reports gains in automotive beyond core PSA contracts

    2018-04-17T11:54:41Z

    Gefco has reported annual revenue gains of 5.1% in its full-year results for 2017, earning €4.4 billion ($5.4 billion). Sales were supported by a 8.1% growth in global automotive accounts outside of its traditional activity for former parent company Groupe PSA (which now includes GM's Opel/Vauxhall divisions). The company noted ...

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    Jaguar Land Rover to cut production jobs in UK

    2018-04-17T08:42:06Z

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed that it will shed 1,000 agency staff jobs at its Solihull plant in the UK Midlands over the next two years because of “continuing headwinds impacting the car industry”. The carmaker, which is the UK's biggest producer, confirmed that in March sales were down ...

  • maersk-line-7_web_copy
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    Navigating uncharted waters

    2018-04-17T02:01:46Z

    At 04.00 on June 26 last year, Jim Hagemann Snabe, chairman of AP Moller-Maersk, was woken by a phone call from his office. That’s when he learned that the global shipping giant had fallen victim to a cyber-attack . Over the next few hours, the true severity of the incident ...

  • 76379_Yves CARACATZANIS
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    Caracatzanis replacing Maure as CEO of Avtovaz

    2018-04-16T13:02:02Z

    Nicolas Maure is moving out of his role as CEO at Russian carmaker Avtovaz to take up a new position at the beginning of June as Renault Group senior vice-president alongside his role as chairman of the Eurasia region at the carmaker. Yves Caracatzanis will become the new CEO ...

  • Boao_Forum
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    China to slash car import tariffs and aid foreign JVs

    2018-04-13T14:49:47Z

    China’s president Xi Jinping has said the country will greatly reduce its current 25% duty on foreign-made cars as part of wider efforts to increase imports and reduce its trade surplus with other countries. “This year we will significantly lower import tariffs for vehicles and reduce import tariffs for some ...

  • FordParts_Kupplung
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    Ford targets independent workshops with new UK aftermarket service

    2018-04-10T15:12:04Z

    Ford has announced a new aftermarket service called Parts Plus that will make it the first OEM to offer a full range of parts directly to independent repairers in the UK. The direct sales channel for trade parts is also a first for Ford globally. The company is planning to ...

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    Volvo Cars: Outbound evolutions

    2018-04-05T12:02:00Z

    The vehicle yard at Torslanda, at Volvo Cars’ global headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, is just one part of the OEM’s growing global logistics operations, but it is a good place to glimpse some important changes and innovations. For example, the global shape of the Geely-owned carmaker’s expanding production ...

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    Ford expands Struandale engine plant

    2018-04-04T10:31:40Z

    Ford is adding an assembly line at its Struandale plant in South Africa to produce engines for the Ford Ranger Raptor. The mid-size pick-up will go into production next year at the carmaker’s Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria, as well as at its plant in Rayong, Thailand, both of which ...

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    Ford partners with fashion chain Next on UK car sales

    2018-03-28T11:50:46Z

    Ford’s UK operation has signed a partnership with fashion retailer Next to increase the range of sales outlets for its vehicles. The carmaker will open a five-car showroom at a refurbished Next store in the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester. Test drives will be available and new cars can be ...

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    Navigating an uncertain future

    2018-03-20T15:53:00Z

    The finished vehicle logistics sector needs to find better ways to communicate and collaborate to meet the challenges of an uncertain future, delegates at this year s finished vehicle logistics north america conference in California were told in March. Marcus Williams reports The finished vehicle logistics industry may ...

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    Trump’s tariffs draw further fire

    2018-03-13T09:14:36Z

    Further criticism has been voiced over President Donald Trump’s plans to impose import tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium from other countries, except Nafta partners Canada and Mexico. Following widespread condemnation of the plans last week – which saw concerns raised by groups such as the ...

  • Mexico rail
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    AMIA calls for government help with blockades

    2018-02-21T09:19:15Z

    The Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA) has called for the government to intervene after a series of blockades that has left vehicle manufacturers in the country struggling for supplies and halted the movement of some finished vehicles. The blockades, which started in late January, have been carried out ...

  • Kentucky Truck Plant
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    Ford invests to meet surging demand for SUVs

    2018-02-13T11:36:52Z

    Ford has invested a further $25m to increase line speed at its plant in Louisville, Kentucky to meet a 25% increase in output of the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUV models as retail sales surge in the US. Its investment there includes 400 new robots and a data analytics ...

  • Room_MEX_Edit
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    Mexico conference: Uncertainty well-balanced with optimism

    2018-01-31T15:55:30Z

    While a degree of uncertainty over the future of free trade between Mexico and its Nafta neighbours to the north once again hung over discussions at this year’s Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, it was more than matched by confidence in the future of the automotive sector. That confidence is being ...