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BMW to collaborate with Braidy Atlas on US aluminium supply

2019-05-14T15:25:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

BMW has signed an agreement for the sustainable supply of aluminium to its US assembly plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with Braidy Atlas, the joint venture between metal suppliers, Braidy Industries and Russia’s United Company Rusal.

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Challenging times for US car carriers

2019-05-02T12:28:00+01:00By Greg Thompson

Despite some recent legislative wins on permissible overhangs, rig length and adaptable trailers, the US car-carrier sector continues to face a number of operational challenges, including a capacity squeeze, more demanding customers and downward price pressure

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Working together to drive out disruption

2019-05-01T16:02:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

In the context of testing trade relations and new technology in supply chains, finished vehicle logistics providers need to work out how to position themselves for the future, delegates heard at April’s FVL North America conference in Huntington Beach, California

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ITC report outlines pros and cons of USMCA

2019-05-01T09:43:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

The proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is likely to lead to an increase in automotive components production within the US, which will also increase the automotive sector’s net employment by more than 28,000 full-time jobs, according to new report from the International Trade Commission (ITC) looking into the likely effects ...

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Toyota North America: Breaking down supply chain barriers

2019-04-30T15:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota is realigning its production and service parts organisation by integrating its inbound and aftermarket supply chain departments into a new division called PDAD. Group vice-president of the new division, Alok Vaish, explains the thinking behind it

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Toyota merges production and service parts logistics in North America

2019-01-28T12:09:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota is comprehensively realigning its production and service parts organisation in North America with an integrated supply chain division as part of its overall One Toyota initiative, designed to improve customer service and cost efficiency.

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Mitsubishi starts shipments to Mexico via Mazatlán

2019-01-28T11:44:00+00:00By Barry Cross

Mitsubishi has delivered its first shipment of Japanese-made vehicles to Mexico through the port of Mazatlán. It was the largest single delivery of vehicles by a carmaker to the port, consisting of 4,870 vehicles including Mirage hatchback, Mirage G4, Eclipse Cross, Outlander and L200 units. The vehicles were unloaded in ...

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John Begg moves to Johnson Controls

2019-01-23T14:31:31+00:00By Marcus Williams

John Begg has moved to tier supplier Johnson Controls as director of global supply chain and transportation for its Power Solutions division, which makes and distributes vehicle batteries.

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Genuine Parts acquires Hennig Fahrzeugteile

2019-01-23T09:27:36+00:00By Steve Garnsey

US-based automotive parts distributor the Genuine Parts Company has acquired German parts supplier the Hennig Fahrzeugteile Group.

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The long way home

2019-01-22T12:24:00+00:00By Jonathan Ward

For inbound automotive supply chains, returnable packaging just makes sense. No carmaker wants to spend money on wood, paper and cardboard again and again, only to have to fork out straight away for costly waste disposal. Far better to pay once for a robust, reusable container that provides better protection ...

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ACEA warns of EU steel import tariffs

2019-01-22T11:42:39+00:00By Steve Garnsey

European Union (EU) measures to protect the steel industry “pose a real risk” to the competitiveness of the region’s car sector, according to Erik Jonnaert, secretary-general of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

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The quest for greater unity

2019-01-18T12:37:00+00:00By Chris Lewis

One of the main priorities for inbound supply chain managers from a packaging perspective is the proper management of returnable containers and packages so they are delivered as quickly, efficiently and economically as possible.

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Toyota and Kenworth work on zero-emission trucks

2019-01-17T16:57:44+00:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has begun working with Kenworth on the supply of ten zero-emission trucks to move freight in the Los Angeles Basin.

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German automotive body warns on US trade tensions

2019-01-16T12:54:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

German sector association the VDA has warned that ongoing trade tensions between the US and Europe and, separately, the US and China should not be allowed to derail the mutually beneficial relationship its OEMs currently have with the North American country. The warning coincides with news that VW and Ford ...

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Mexican car industry calls for action on fuel shortage

2019-01-16T12:15:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Mexico’s new federal government has launched a radical strategy to combat the country's long-term problem of fuel theft. However, this has led to fuel shortages in central regions, which have closed gas stations, and is now threatening the transport and logistics supporting the automotive sector.

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Packing a punch

2019-01-16T11:13:00+00:00By Karen McCandless

Electric cars could revolutionise transport by providing a cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly way to travel. The International Energy Agency forecasts that there will be 13m electric vehicles (EVs) on the road globally by 2020, while PwC Autofacts predicts that 55% of all new vehicle sales will be fully ...

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Toyota entrusts US vehicle handling to Corman

2019-01-15T14:24:34+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Japanese carmaker Toyota has chosen RJ Corman Switching Company as the automotive loading provider at four of its locations in the US.

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Bysouth becomes logistics chief at IAC

2019-01-15T11:45:13+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Kelly Bysouth (pictured) has joined International Automotive Components (IAC) as chief supply chain officer, with global responsibility and operational control of procurement and logistics.She brings 25 years of related experience to the company, which is based in Luxembourg.[mpu_ad]Bysouth moves from Adient, where she held a variety of leadership positions in ...

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US considers lifting sanctions against Gaz

2019-01-14T14:51:38+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The US is planning to lift sanctions imposed on companies owned or controlled by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and has once again postponed the introduction of sanctions against the Russian carmaker Gaz Group, in which Deripaska has a controlling interest.

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A problem shared

2019-01-11T12:34:00+00:00By Tony Danby

Packaging experts working across the automotive industry are continually looking for better visibility when tracking the container and its contents to the point of delivery and back. 

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