All Rail articles – Page 12

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    Keeping up to speed


    With production in eastern and central Europe predicted to grow further, investment in logistics operations must be made to cope with the flow of exports.Within the borders (and non-borders) of the European Union and its immediate trading partners, the past two decades have seen a gradual, but undeniable expansion of ...

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    Norfolk Southern train derails with vehicle cargo


    A Norfolk Southern train carrying finished vehicles eastwards between Ohio and Delaware in the US has derailed, damaging at least 200 units.The rail provider is working with the Federal Railroad Administration to discover the cause of the incident which saw 17 rail wagons leave the tracks on Saturday (20th), nine ...

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    Finding ways to improve benchmarking


    Despite a multitude of difficulties, many outbound LSPs are working to benchmark performance, but it will take significant co-operation between OEMs to really push the process forwardBenchmarking in finished vehicle logistics can be a fraught practice. The international scale of the automotive industry, myriad business models and varying company objectives ...

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    Dressing for a hot market in a cold network


    The 15th annual Automotive Logistics Global conference, held at the MGM Grand in downtown Detroit, brought senior OEM, tier supplier and logistics provider executives to discuss ways of coping with the current growth and changes across the North American network. Most anticipated growing complexity, an increasingly important Mexico, and the ...

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    Global conference: lessons from the polar vortex


    During the Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit, executives in finished vehicle logistics looked back at the impact of the ‘polar vortex’, which hit North America last winter, leading to wide-scale transport disruptions. Some tough lessons were learned, not least by the rail sector, about how to avoid the same ...

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    Global conference: pressure is on for outbound innovation


    “The enterprise that doesn’t innovate ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change, such as the present, the decline will be fast.” So said the management consultant Peter Drucker, and it should be a warning to the finished vehicle sector, according to Kirk Williams, president of car haulier ...

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    DB Schenker to develop Shenyang logistics centre with local partner


    DB Schenker is planning a new €20m ($26m) automotive logistics centre in Shenyang, China. The German transport and logistics provider is working in a joint venture with an as-yet unnamed local partner on the 45,000 sq.m facility, which will distribute spare parts as well as providing inbound parts supply for ...

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    STVA appoints Floret as chairman of management board


    Jean-Michel Floret has been appointed chairman of the Management Board at STVA, the subsidiary of French rail freight and logistics provider SNCF Geodis, which provides transport services for the finished vehicle sector. He is managing director of the company.Jean-Michel Floret started his career within the SNCF Group as a branch ...

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    Automotive Logistics launches first Mexico conference


    Automotive Logistics is holding its first conference in Mexico in January next year in association with the US Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). The three-day event will take place in Mexico City, at the Marquis Reforma hotel, between the 27-29 January.Mexico is seeing a wave of new investment as OEMs ...

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    Steady makes a Subaru


    Subaru has doubled sales in the US over the past five years, by maintaining a well-planned, stable scheduling and logistics flow. Its top logistics team talks in depth about the carmaker's strategy for current and future growthSubaru has been on a tear for the last seven, tumultuous years in the ...

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    Progress Rail loses contracts as investigation continues says report


    Caterpillar’s subsidiary, Progress Rail, which provides locomotive and railcar repairs to some of North America’s leading rail providers, is reported to have lost a number of contracts to rival services provider TTX. The news comes as Progress Rail goes through a federal investigation into whether it has been mischarging customers ...

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    BMW celebrates double milestone at Mini Oxford plant


    BMW’s Mini division has reached an export milestone from the UK of 2m vehicles this week, 13 years after the brand was relaunched in 2001. At the same time the company reported that the three millionth vehicle has come off the production line at the Oxford plant in the UK. ...

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    BNSF to improve port turnaround time with Tacoma Rail contract


    North American rail provider BNSF has signed a contract with local provider Tacoma rail for maintenance and stocking services at the port of Tacoma on the US West Coast. The contract is expected to improve turnaround times for locomotives at the port because of the vicinity of Tacoma Rail’s maintenance ...

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    Kia to build Mexico plant and tackle global supply shortage


    Kia has become the latest carmaker to set up production in Mexico with the announcement it will start work this month on a $1 billion facility in Monterrey in the northeast of the country. The carmaker stated that it expects the plant to play a major role in alleviating current ...

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    Indian hopes return, problems remain


    Automotive sales and confidence are returning, with Indian logistics executives seeing brighter days ahead. While many are looking to the Modi government for reforms, some companies most important improvements may still be internal.Excitement has pervaded the Indian landscape since the May national elections that swept Narendra Modi and his National ...

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    Getting the North American network in ship shape


    The inaugural Import Export North America conference, a joint AIAG and Finished Vehicle Logistics event, saw executives and lawmakers debate how best to prepare the region to meet the logistics challenges of changing import and export flows and rising production. Executives gathered at the port of Baltimore, Maryland The recovery ...

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    Nissan inaugurates VDC at Aguascalientes A2 plant


    Nissan has officially opened a vehicle distribution centre (VDC) at second plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico following an investment of $31m. The carmaker said the facility would accelerate the export of the Sentra vehicles made at the plant and push the daily number sent to the US to 720. Currently 100% ...

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    Duisport begins vehicle exports to China by rail


    Trans Eurasia Logistics (TEL), a joint venture between DB Schenker Rail and Russian Railways (RZD), has started rail shipments of vehicles from the inland port of Duisburg in Germany, to Chongqing in China.German carmakers, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and VW, are participating in the first trial run on what is being ...

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    KCS announces top management appointments


    Kansas City Southern (KCS) has appointed Erik Hansen as vice-president of intermodal, responsible for automotive operations, as well as sales and marketing. He is based in Kansas City and reports to executive vice president of sales and marketing, Patrick Ottensmeyer."We are delighted that Erik has joined the KCS management team," ...

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    KCS reports 25% increase in automotive revenue in Q2


    North American rail provider Kansas City Southern has increased its revenues in the second quarter of 2014 by 12% based on the same period last year, to a record $650m, helped by a 25% increase in business from the automotive sector.“Looking ahead, KCS’ long-term growth story remains very much intact ...