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    Christine Krathwohl and the global power player that is GM


    GM’s intercontinental material shipments have risen dramatically, changing the dynamic of logistics management and purchasing at the carmaker. Christine Krathwohl, executive director of global logistics and supplier diversity, tells how she is looking for global logistics engineering from providers and increased visibility to keep costs and flows under control.General Motors’ ...

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    Editor's Note: Supply chains and purchasing


    About five years ago, OEM executives described buying components in places like Southeast Asia as ‘low-cost country’ sourcing. A few years later, they started calling it the more cheerful ‘best-cost country’ sourcing. I always thought of this change as a PR cleanse – an obfuscation of the short and clear ...

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    Executives on the move


    Following the departure of Bob Socia as vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain (read more here), General Motors has named Grace Lieblein (pictured) as his successor, responsible for its purchasing activities and supply chain and logistics operations worldwide. “Grace’s track record is a diverse and very successful one ...

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    Industry mourns loss of Jim Moore


    It was with great sadness that Automotive Logistics learned of the passing of Jim Moore this week. Moore was vice president, Supply Chain Excellence, at Ryder System and had more than 25 years’ experience in the supply chain industry. He died on Saturday night after a lengthy illness. ...

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    The Mexican parts rush


    With car production jumping across the border to Mexico, manufacturers are making increasing use of the country’s developing intermodal services, writes Anthony CoiaFord's load factor improvements;Intermodal investment;GM's intercontinental material network;Visteon at the border;Consolidating networks;Nissan's four pillars;VW and synchronising supply;3PL developments.Mexico is resurgent as a manufacturing and export base for the ...

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    The Mexican parts rush


    With car production jumping across the border to Mexico, manufacturers are making increasing use of the country’s developing intermodal services, writes Anthony Coia.Mexico is resurgent as a manufacturing and export base for the automotive industry. While the country has suffered from violence and security issues relating to drug crime in ...

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    Miami Uni wins GM/Wayne State supply chain competition


    A team of students representing Miami University were chosen as the winners of the second annual GM/Wayne State University Supply Chain competition, held at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit this past weekend. The event featured presentations by teams from 16 universities that were based on automotive supply ...

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    Executives on the move


    Henrik Wilhelmsmeyer has been appointed director for Mainland China at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. He replaces Jenny Zhang, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests. Wilhelmsmeyer has moved from Rolls-Royce's owner BMW where he has held a number of senior roles and spent the last six years in ...

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    All the risk but without the reward


    With economic crises and a succession of natural disasters hitting the industry, times have been tough in the automotive world recently. Necessity is the mother of invention, however, and many claim that the sector has emerged the stronger for it. But has everyone emerged on a level pegging? At the ...

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    Global round up


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    Global round up


    Groupe CAT wins Ssangyong contract in UKTransport and logistics provider Groupe CAT is providing Ssangyong with technical services for vehicle imports to the UK through the port of Bristol at Portbury following a contract signed in February. Onward distribution to the dealerships in the UK will be handled by CAT's ...

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    Executives on the move


    Anna Vorobjeva has moved from her position as logistics director for MAN Avtomobili Rossiya to a new position as head of logistics department for DAF Trucks Rus. DAF opened its own marketing and sales office in Moscow in May last year to further its growth in the Russian market and ...

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    CSA impacts hiring process say carriers


    Trucking companies in the US are reported to have raised their hiring standards since the introduction of the new safety regulations brought in almost a year ago by the Department of Transport’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, but there are problems with recruitment because of the increased scrutiny now required ...

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    Global round up


    Horizon saved from bankruptcyHorizon Lines, the US domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics company, has concluded a comprehensive financial restructuring programme worth $653m to fund ongoing operations and protect the company from bankruptcy. “We now have a new capital structure that eliminates the refinancing uncertainty faced by our company over ...

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    CSA could be a boon for some, but worries persist


    Following regulations under the first phase of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 programme, introduced last December, the US Department of Transport’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released a draft strategic plan for 2011-2016, called Raising the Safety Bar.The report outlines a framework for making trucking safety the administration’s ...

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    Global round up


    ADB investment in India railRail services in India, including those for freight, are to benefit from loans of up to $500m from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The multi-tranche financing facility for India’s Railway Sector Investment Programme is designed to improve services along some of its busiest freight and passenger ...

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    Safety first for US forwarders


    The full impact of new safety regulations for trucking in the US introduced by the Department of Transport’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are still being assessed, but there are clear signs from leading carriers that demonstrating high results is likely to work to their advantage in tenders with ...

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    Chinese logistics costs rise as US, Europe stagnate


    Chinese logistics costs in the first half of 2011 have risen to 18% of the country’s GDP, an increase of 0.1% since last year according to a report by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP). The rise comes at a time when logistics costs in Europe and North ...

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    Making the warehouse visible


    The key to an efficient automotive operation is a successful warehouse system but it needs to be integrated and transparent to reach its optimum efficiency.Consolidating different systems;Supporting cross-docking;Range of picking systems;Barcode scanning;Costs of investment.Ever since the first Model T rolled off Ford’s production line, manufacturing processes were seen as key ...

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    Executives on the move


    Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) has appointed Kazuhiro Miyauchi its executive vice president of purchasing, production control and logistics control. He moves from Toyota Motor Corporation’s purchasing project management and unit parts division but will retain his position there as managing officer in addition to his new ...