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    ​Honda opens Celaya plant in Mexico


    This article has been amended since publication on 26th February to include additional comment from Dennis Manns, Honda’s vice president of logistics and sales planning. Honda unveiled the latest development in its expansion projects for Mexico last Friday (February 21st) with the opening of its new $800m plant in Celaya. ...

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    Toyota begins Highlander exports from US to global markets


    Toyota has begun exporting Highlander SUVs from the US to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan – the first time the model has been exported from North America to those markets. Previously exports of the Highlander to those markets were supplied from Japan.The vehicles are manufactured at the carmaker’s ...

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    RZD building vehicle terminal and logistics centre at Doskino


    Russian Railways (RZD) is building a logistics complex in Nizhny Novgorod that will include a car terminal for use by its transport and logistics subsidiary Gefco. Completion of the terminal and logistics centre, which is being built by RZD’s construction subsidiary RZDstroy, is expected by August this year.Sited at Doskino ...

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    BNSF commits $5bn to network upgrades


    North American rail provider BNSF is planning to invest $5 billion in its network and services in 2014, around $1 billion more than last year’s spend. As part of its capital commitment programme for the year the company is spending $2.3 billion on core network and related assets and $1.6 ...

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    Are Russian import tariffs going back to the USSR?


    UPDATE: Since publication, there have been further developments, including the decision by the Ukrainian government to increase excise duties. Read more here.Despite joining the WTO or promoting trade, Russia and its neighbours retain a highly complex set of import tariffs and barriers. But could political tension and economic pressure force ...

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    Auto sector hit hard by US winter storms


    The record adverse winter conditions that hit the US and Canada at the beginning of this month, travelling from the Midwest through the north central states to the East Coast, have taken their toll on manufacturing facilities and automotive shipments during the last couple of weeks. Staff shortages and the ...

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    ​Maruti Suzuki to introduce dedicated rail wagons in India


    Maruti Suzuki has announced that it will implement India’s first specially designed wagons for vehicle rail logistics operations. The move will allow up to 310 vehicles to be transported per rail rake, compared with about 125 vehicles for the current rakes used in India – or up to only ten ...

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    XPO Logistics looks to grow automotive with Pacer purchase


    XPO Logistics has announced plans to buy Pacer International for $335m in a deal that is expected to close in the second quarter of this year subject to regulatory clearance. The move, which will make it the third largest provider of intermodal services in North America, follows a commitment from ...

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    ​Poor vehicle sales hit India’s carrier market


    Poor vehicle sales have contributed to a bleak economic situation for India’s trucking market, as many carriers – including vehicle hauliers – are being forced to sell off portions of their fleet as many switch into “survival mode” during an industry downturn. Truck carriers have been hit with something of ...

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    Vandalism behind BNSF derailment


    A BNSF Freight train carrying finished vehicles was derailed north of Tulsa, Oklahoma, last Friday (December 13th) in an incident that is being investigated as an act of vandalism.The train was on route from Tulsa to San Bernardino, California and was hauling vehicles when its rail wagons were decoupled and ...

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    Supply chain promises deferred, but not yet broken in India


    This year’s Automotive Logistics India conference came at the end of a tough year for the domestic automotive market. But the downturn has not prevented manufacturers from striving and investing to improve speed and flexibility in their supply chains.Report by Christopher Ludwig and Zoë Apostolides in PuneIt was not supposed ...

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    RZD Logistics opens control centre for Ford Sollers


    Russian Railways Logistics (RZD Logistics) has launched a dispatch control centre for Ford Sollers at the Alabuga special economic zone (SEZ) in the central Russian region of Tartarstan. Ford Sollers is RZD Logistics’ first client in the zone and the services supplied by the centre are designed to enhance inbound ...

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    Carl Ice to take over as CEO of BNSF


    Carl Ice, currently president and chief operating officer at North American rail provider BNSF Railway, is taking over as CEO at the start of the new year. He replaces Matthew Rose who is moving to the role of executive chairman."BNSF is a great organisation with great people that provides important ...

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    Toyota to export US-made Highlanders to the Antipodes and Russia


    Toyota has started production of its 2014 model year Highlander SUV at the Princeton plant in Indiana, US and will be exporting models made there to Australia, New Zealand and Russia next year.Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) started production of the model on December 5, following a $430m expansion at ...

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    China reports: Tracking reforms


    China has made some radical moves to modernise its railways, but the rail services desired by the automotive industry are not here yet. Vehicle logistics in China is dominated by trucking. While water transport by barge and short sea has done some catching up in recent years, rail is ...

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    Union Pacific works with Ferromex on intermodal service


    North American rail provider Union Pacific has introduced a new intermodal service between Chicago in the US and Monterrey, Mexico. The company said the service would provide a reliable transport option to move goods across the border six days a week.According to the company, trains carrying intermodal containers will interchange ...

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    Gefco rolls out latest phase of TOSCA programme


    Gefco has announced the completion of the latest phase in its collaborative IT project with the implementation its Opteam software, which has been developed in conjunction with management and IT consultancy Cereza, and is designed to facilitate carrier management. Gefco uses the solution in 20 countries. It will be fully ...

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    BMW's one and only in America


    To meet domestic and export demand for the SUVs it produces, BMW is introducing measures to reduce logistics cost and complexity at its Spartanburg plant.In this story... Inbound managementGlobal supply chain links Containers on tracks A global export strategyImproving plant and warehouse integrationBMW’s only North American factory, located in Greer, ...

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    Transnet boosts auto wagon fleet


    South African rail company Transnet has officially launched the use of its latest freight wagons for vehicle manufacturers. Around 230 of a total production number of 350 have been made by Transnet Engineering, at its facility in Uitenhage near Port Elizabeth. The last wagon is expected to be ready for ...

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    KCS sees auto revenue growth


    North American rail provider, Kansas City Southern (KCS), has seen a 7% rise in revenue from its services for the finished vehicle sector in the third quarter, and said it was looking for greater opportunities in 2014 from new vehicle plants opening in Mexico.Revenue generated from its automotive business rose ...