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    Packaging the future


    Return to sender;Global versus local;Raising the standard;Pooling resources.China’s growth in automotive sales has led to a related increase in volume and sales of automotive packaging. Andrew Williams looks at how local and international suppliers are responding to pressure from manufacturers to provide cost efficiency, good service and product sustainability.China’s recent ...

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    Packed with potential


    Manufacturers in North America have emerged from the crisis with a renewed appreciation for the cost-saving potential of packaging, with more consideration at the part-design phaseSilver liningsRoom for improvementIt's all gone southAutomotive packaging technology tends to evolve at the pace of vehicle programmes. Carmakers and suppliers may feel the pressure ...

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    An emerging case for change


    Supply chains in emerging markets present unique challenges for packaging. Companies are now beginning to adopt the best of the established techniques, and are developing some interesting new approaches of their ownTata introduces pooled packagingWestern packaging providers move into ChinaStandards are a major concernWhat to do when suppliers aren't where ...

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    Executives on the move


    Effective immediately, Elliot Swiss (pictured) has become the director of supply chain operations for Opel/Vauxhall, responsible for a broad range of supply chain activities at General Motor’s European division. Swiss has most recently been Opel/Vauxhall’s director of logistics, with responsibility for all inbound component and powertrain movement in Europe as ...

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    Packing a punch


    We sort through the tiresome marketing jargon to identify the real innovations in packaging for automotive, and report on the benefitsInnovation is among those words editors should always treat with scepticism (other bugbears include optimisation, continuous improvement and synergy). A purchasing manager or logistics executive should use no less caution ...