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The latest logistics developments in Asia.



BYD wants to conquer Europe by maritime means

2024-02-27T15:21:00+00:00By Ronja Schmiedchen

BYD’s first own car freighter, the Explorer No. 1, and its maiden voyage to Bremerhaven mark the beginning of a new era for the OEM, which is intended to pave the way to Europe. 

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Maxime Picat, Stellantis talks strategy and influencing supply chain and manufacturing design

2024-02-27T12:33:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

The chief purchasing and supply chain officer reveals how Stellantis will improve supplier relations, plan the battery supply chain, localise where it makes sense, and invest in logistics.

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GM, Tesla, BYD, Toyota & VW at risk of forced labour in Chinese aluminium supply chains

2024-02-27T12:14:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

A report by Human Rights Watch named carmakers including GM, Tesla, Toyota and VW as failing to minimise risk of forced labour in their automotive supply chains. 


GMC set to expand to China, Australia and New Zealand

2024-01-22T12:00:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

GMC said the expansion into China, Australia and New Zealand follows its “stellar” results for 2023

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Ford’s Dubai PDC will distribute service parts to GCC, Africa and Asia Pacific

2024-01-22T11:42:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Ford’s 42,000 sq.m parts distribution centre in the Dubai World Central economic zone will store 85,000 SKUs and leverage cutting-edge technology


Škoda begins exports from Europe to Vietnam

2024-01-15T12:09:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

Škoda is delivering the vehicles via ro-ro vessels from Bremerhaven port to Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phòng in Singapore.

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Escalation in Taiwan could cause further semiconductor crisis in 2024

2024-01-09T16:01:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

As tensions and regulatory frictions rise, semiconductor supply may face disruption, prompting investment in semiconductor facilities in the US. 


Sri Lanka’s Hambantota International Port increases vehicle throughput

2024-01-09T14:59:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Hambantota port has reported an increase in finished vehicle throughput by 26% last year, compared to 2022, handling 700,000 transhipments


Seaspan moves into car carrier sector with Hyundai Glovis

2023-12-13T15:52:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

Seaspan made an order for up to 10 large LNG PCTCs, marking its first venture into the car carrier market. 

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Exchanging healthy and trusted data in the supply chain

2023-11-08T17:01:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

Experts at ALSC Digital Strategies weigh in on how Catena-X could provide a solution and encourage more trust when it comes to data sharing.


DP World advances vehicle container services with CFR Rinkens buyout

2023-10-19T14:52:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Global logistics operator DP World has bought vehicle containerisation expert CFR Rinkens to enhance is vehicle containerisation offering

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Toyota halts production in Japan after supplier plant explosion

2023-10-19T09:32:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

[Updated October 24] Toyota had to suspend assembly operations across seven plants in Japan last week because of supply problems caused by an explosion at the plant of one of its suppliers – Chuo Spring. The company supplies Toyota with coil springs.


Chery puts car exports in containers to Turkey with help from DP World

2023-10-16T09:05:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

A surge in vehicle volumes through Turkey’s ro-ro ports has led to congestion and Chery Automobile has turned to DP World for support with container services


Capacity constraints continue: finished vehicle logistics survey Q2 2023

2023-09-13T15:00:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

Download this exclusive report to discover the latest challenges facing finished vehicle logistics. Based on an extensive survey of FVL users and providers so far in 2023, the results provide clear insight into the specific issues affecting the global vehicle logistics sector. 

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Toyota suspends all Japan assembly plants following order system glitch

2023-08-29T12:44:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

The glitch has stopped the OEM from being able to order parts, forcing a nationwide shutdown. 

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From South Carolina to the world of BMW, with love

2023-08-21T17:45:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

 BMW’s parts export operations in Spartanburg are a study in managing complexity and quality in packing, and where innovation can make a big difference.

Rail delivery plays an increasingly important role in the China-Russia logistics

Chinese vehicle exports keep Russian vehicle logistics afloat at sea – and by rail


Russia has become the top destination for Chinese vehicle exports, but vehicle logistics are a challenge, leading to new delivery methods, including cars in containers. 

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Investing in the long term: Interview series with GM’s Jeff Morrison, VP global purchasing and supply chain

2023-08-04T15:40:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

GM’s global purchasing chief, Jeff Morrison, has forged partnerships across chipmakers and battery materials. Now his team wants to regain more control especially in vehicle logistics, where the industry faces many bottlenecks.

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Talking from the top of GM’s supply chain: Jeff Morrison is investing in change

2023-08-04T15:40:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

General Motors’ vice-president for global purchasing and supply chain talks resilience, transforming battery and chip resilience, and why finished vehicle logistics is now one of his top global concerns. 

Sallaum Lines orders new PCTC vessels to increase ro-ro capacity

Sallaum Lines expands ro-ro capacity with new PCTC orders

2023-06-20T12:11:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

The shipping firm moves finished vehicles for OEMs like Ford and BMW between the US, Europe and Africa.