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The latest logistics developments in Asia.


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CATL partners with BASF for EV battery material recycling

2021-09-20T11:38:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

China’s CATL has announced a strategic partnership with German chemicals firm BASF in battery materials solutions that will support recycling of batteries and CATL’s plans for the production of battery cells in Europe.

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In the waiting room: how the chip crunch is now hitting dealer sales

2021-09-13T06:00:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

Most OEMs have met demand through existing vehicle inventory, but worsening chip shortages are now choking off new vehicle registrations, with impacts likely across the supply chain for years.

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Faraday Future names Liu Yuchao senior vice-president of supply chain in China

2021-09-07T12:23:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

As Faraday Future future looks eastward to expand the production and rollout of its flagship FF 91 EV, the firm is making a series of appointments to its team of experts to oversee this process.


Clarity drives focus in the battery supply chain

2021-09-06T15:00:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The increasing demand from the automotive industry for lithium battery materials could be the next big disruption unless OEMs adopt better risk and contingency analysis says Rekha Menon-Varma, co-founder and managing partner at Vertaeon

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Marcelo Navarro to lead logistics at Lotus as it expands global supply chain

2021-09-01T10:21:00+01:00By Jason Dunn, Christopher Ludwig

Lotus Group has reorganised its supply chain management, with Mike Dickinson leading purchasing and supply chain, and Marcelo Wilson Navarro on logistics. 


DSV Panalpina buys Global Integrated Logistics for $4.1 billion

2021-08-23T16:33:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

DSV Panalpina has bought Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics, with significant gains for its Road, Solutions and Sea & Air divisions, and making it one of the top three logistics providers globally


Sean Bricknell appointed head of inbound logistics and packaging at Volvo Cars

2021-08-23T13:07:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Sean Bricknell (pictured) has moved from BLG Logistics to take up a new role as head of inbound logistics and packaging at Volvo Cars


Material shortages are forcing a supply chain rethink in automotive

2021-08-19T10:57:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

In the face of material shortages across the board, carmakers and their suppliers are looking a range of radical alternatives as part of drive toward more sustainable closed-loop supply chains

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Nissan and Envision AESC to build battery plant in Japan - reports

2021-08-10T11:46:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Nissan Motor will reportedly build a lithium-ion battery plant in Japan to support EV production as part of a joint investment project with battery manufacturer Envision AESC.

EV battery is ramping up due to rising global demand

SK Innovation battery division to split off amid rising demand for EVs

2021-08-10T11:16:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

SKI will split off its battery business as an independent company, following a trend of other manufacturers creating separate firms to hone in on battery production. 

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Renault to partner with Geely on hybrid vehicles in China and South Korea

2021-08-09T22:21:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Renault has agreed a framework with Geely to share production and supply chains for hybrid vehicles in Asia, including using Geely plants in China and localising Lynk & Co platforms in South Korea.

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North American vehicle production outlook – keeping up with disruption

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The US automotive market is bouncing back but faces further constraints in the supply chain, while OEMs are investing in an increasingly diverse powertrain and model mix. AutoForecast Solutions’s Joe McCabe analyses the risks and opportunities.

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Smart tools for sustainable logistics at Hellmann

2021-06-17T13:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Monika Thielemann-Hald joined Hellmann Worldwide Logistics just as Covid started disrupting manufacturing for east to west. But as global head of automotive logistics she has helped steer the company through the crisis with the right mix of teamwork and smart technology

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EV battery supply chains on the move

2021-06-08T11:30:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet, Daniel Harrison

As electric vehicles become serious business for OEMs, they are reassessing their battery supply and manufacturing bases, putting their eggs in multiple baskets and taking more control of the process.

OEM battery cell supplier database

OEM and lithium-ion battery cell supplier database

2021-06-03T18:33:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Keep up with changing supplier relationships between electric vehicle manufacturers and battery cell suppliers in this database.

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Lithium-ion battery gigafactory database

2021-06-03T17:33:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Track electric vehicle lithium battery gigafactories by manufacturer, location, manufacturer, current and planned gigawatt (GWh) capacity.

EV and hybrid EV assembly plant database

Electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle plant database

2021-06-03T17:33:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Track factory locations for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles by manufacturer, model and location

Battery supply chain report 2021

Electric vehicle battery supply chain analysis 2021: How lithium-ion battery demand and production are reshaping the automotive industry

2021-06-03T17:30:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Download this report for forecasts of lithium-ion battery demand, analysis of battery cell factories and insight on EV battery manufacturing and sourcing. 

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Why autonomous driving will come to logistics before it comes to cars

2021-05-28T09:56:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

While most autonomous driving headlines are about inner-city robotaxis, more and more companies in the field are focusing their attention on road freight instead. Kodiak Robotics is one start-up that’s confident it can make it work.


Toyota forced to suspend production in Japan in June

2021-05-24T11:28:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota has been forced to suspend production next month at two plants in Japan because of a shortage of semiconductors.