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Russia to tie vehicle utilisation fee to local production

2020-01-24T15:23:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian government is changing the rules of its utilisation scheme, through which it allocates state aid for the reimbursement of fees paid by carmakers that are intended to cover eventual vehicle recycling charges. Carmakers in the country are divided over whether linking the utilisation scheme to the localisation programme is fair.

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DRS and STVA UK to support Ford finished vehicle shipments

2020-01-22T09:38:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Ford has awarded a contract to Direct Rail Services (DRS) for the transport of finished vehicles from its UK factory in Dagenham to DRS’ rail terminal at Garston, near Liverpool. Services are to begin mid-2020.

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Weighing the cost of the EV revolution

2020-01-14T13:10:00+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley

The rise in the number of electric vehicles being transported in Europe is bringing with it some significant challenges for those carriers tasked with volume shipments. They are having to deal with heavier and higher voltage vehicles that need charging on routes that cross countries with differing regulations on load dimensions

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Q&A: Pascal Trummer, Magna International

2020-01-10T12:49:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The tier supplier’s vice-president of sales and marketing in Europe discusses major trends in the automotive industry, plus the state of the market in Central and Eastern Europe

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Keeping calm: RNM Alliance’s Mark Sutcliffe on how to handle supply chain volatility

2020-01-08T14:39:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

The automotive industry is undergoing a technological transformation and facing upheavals in key markets, but the OEM’s senior vice-president of industrial strategy and supply chain management believes there are ways to successfully tackle these changes

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Suppliers set CEE on firm foundations

2020-01-08T10:52:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In the decades since the end of the Cold War, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has been attracting automotive components suppliers by virtue of its cheap labour, low taxes and convenient geographical location. Now, the region is aiming to maintain or even build on its gains in the face of vehicle electrification, rising global competition and other challenges.

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VW Group Components supply network supports ID.3 assembly

2019-07-17T08:55:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Volkswagen Group Components, a relative newcomer within the German OEM’s corporate structure, is manufacturing numerous parts for the production of VW’s ID.3 electric vehicle.

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Automotive industry angry over US import tariff threat

2019-05-22T10:13:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

 

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Delivering a smarter factory

2019-05-14T14:23:00+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley

Magna Steyr’s vehicle assembly plant in the Austrian city of Graz is not a typical automotive factory; the site, which in 2018 brought its cumulative total production tally to 3.5m vehicles, produces vehicles under contract for OEMs such as Daimler, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover. Efficiency is important in any ...

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Maersk launches digital customs clearance

2019-05-07T15:38:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Shipping line Maersk has launched a digital customs clearance platform, to help customers deal with complex shipping regulations. It claims to be the first container shipping company to offer the service. Various rules must be followed to ensure traded goods enter and exit a country legally. But if a delay ...

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Ceva block train on track from China to Europe

2019-05-07T14:29:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Ceva Logistics North Asia and Xiamen International Railway Service (XMIRS) have started a new weekly block train between Xiamen, southeastern China, and Duisburg, Germany.

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Flight club: Why more logistics operations are signing up to drone technology

2019-05-03T11:06:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Impressive advancements have been made in drone technology over the last few years and many believe that drones will play a key role in the logistics of the future, for internal business functions as well as deliveries to consumers. In fact, NASA estimates that there will be 7m drones in ...

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OEMs push Russia to pay promised subsidies

2019-05-01T12:05:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

A group of carmakers in Russia has asked the government to pay the outbound logistics subsidies it promised for finished vehicles and automotive components delivered to foreign markets in 2018.

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Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant reaches CKD milestone

2019-05-01T10:37:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Workers at Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant in Germany, have dispatched the 750,000th complete-knock down (CKD) truck kit from the facility’s CKD Centre.

Tariffs weigh on Volvo’s financial performance

2019-04-30T11:26:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Volvo Cars’ profitability suffered in the first quarter of this year as a result of tariffs, increasing costs and greater pricing pressures, especially in China. Yet the carmaker increased sales and market share while the purchase of new cars declined across the world.

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Seat looks to buy parts beyond Spain

2019-04-23T16:02:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Though Seat sources the majority of its parts from domestic suppliers in Spain, the Spanish carmaker has just announced that it plans to buy more components from outside the country.

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Express rail deliveries increase along Silk Road

2019-04-23T09:16:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Since it was first announced by China’s president Xi Jinping in 2013, the comprehensive international trade and infrastructure plan now known as the Belt and Road Initiative has quickly crossed a number of milestones in its development of services by land and sea. Currently around 65 countries are involved (152 ...

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FCA renews contract with Ceva in Brazil

2019-04-16T15:16:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has extended its aftermarket contract with Ceva Logistics in Brazil for a further four and a half years.

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Grimsby to treble automotive capacity

2019-04-16T11:26:49+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Associated British Ports (ABP) has applied to the Marine Management Organisation for permission to expand its Grimsby River Terminal, on the UK’s eastern coast, in order to handle the world’s largest car carriers.If the plan is approved, the port operator will commit to a multimillion-pound investment to enable the terminal ...

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Reality check: How AR can improve efficiency in logistics

2019-04-15T16:58:00+01:00By Andrew Williams

A growing number of companies in the automotive industry are embracing the use of augmented and virtual reality technology for tasks such as part picking and inventory management, as well as for training. We look at some of the latest applications