All SCM articles

  • The_Volvo_Cars_manufacturing_plant_in_Chengdu
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    In-house competence propels Volvo and Continental’s logistics

    2017-04-18T18:55:12Z

    The inbound supply chain in China continues to develop at a fast pace, and getting to grips with the complexity around supply locations, regulations and production shifts is a significant task. For some manufacturers, including Volvo Cars and tier one supplier Continental, increasing in-house management resources and tools have been ...

  • Frans-Kroon_crop-150x135
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    Changes at the top for Renault-Nissan Alliance supply chain

    2017-03-31T22:24:25Z

    Frans Kroon (pictured) has been promoted to deputy alliance global director of strategy and planning for global alliance supply chain management at Renault Nissan, moving from his position as vice-president of Alliance Logistics Europe. Marc Dardanelli has succeeded Kroon in the logistics function. Kroon’s position is a renewed role across ...

  • francesca-gamboni-34141-300x200
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    Groupe PSA special report: Refait à neuf

    2017-03-31T21:00:00Z

    A five-part feature assays the recent fortunes of Groupe PSA – and the effects on its logistics functions across PSA and its newly acquired Opel and Vauxhall brands – under the leadership of Carlos Tavares and senior vice-president of supply chain, Francesca Gamboni.

  • GEC_0179-300x200
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    Groupe PSA report: Chef d’orchestre prepares to begin a new movement

    2017-03-31T20:59:00Z

    PSA’s vice-president of supply chain, Francesca Gamboni, is bringing a new vision of supply chain management inspired by the kind of cross-departmental responsibility found in the FMCG sector. She reveals how this could improve PSA’s supply versus demand balance

  • Chargement d'un camion Gefco dans la zone d'expÈdition
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    Groupe PSA report: Connecting a supply chain par excellence

    2017-03-31T20:58:00Z

    PSA’s vision of end-to-end supply chain planning will help support its global expansion and acquisition of Opel, as the combined operations roll out some 59 new model launches by 2021

  • Gefco_Gefbox
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    Groupe PSA report: Engineering logistics partnerships

    2017-03-31T20:57:00Z

    PSA’s partnership of choice with Gefco aims to reap benefits in purchasing, pooling and packaging innovation, as well as bringing further intermodal options

  • Autonomous
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    Groupe PSA report: Full throttle towards pole position

    2017-03-31T20:56:00Z

    A look ahead to the technological developments and personnel requirements that will drive PSA’s analysis of supply and demand

  • UK_EU_web
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    Article 50 triggers worry over UK automotive supply chain

    2017-03-29T17:08:50Z

    As the UK officially kicked off the two-year process of leaving the European Union today (March 29th), a number of trade bodies, manufacturers and analysts have again issued warnings about the risks that would face the British and European automotive supply chains, should the UK leave without securing full access ...

  • Trump-at-mobility-center
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    Trump’s campaigning ignores supply chain might

    2017-03-20T16:46:13Z

    The president’s relentless criticism of trade terms and regulation often ignores some of the automotive industry’s most important developments for the future Since his election victory, many have wondered about the extent to which Donald Trump, the president, would resemble Donald Trump, the presidential candidate. For the automotive industry and ...

  • Vauxhall_Insignia_Grillplate_opt
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    Under PSA, Brexit and imported parts could put Vauxhall plants at risk

    2017-03-07T03:28:37Z

    The long-term fate of Vauxhall post-Brexit, and as a part of French carmaker PSA Group, has become less clear because of uncertainties over how trade barriers could impact its supply chain and its role in the combined PSA-Opel production network. PSA's €1.3 billion ($1.47 billion) acquisition from GM agreed ...

  • PSA General Motors_opt
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    PSA touts European scale and supply chain synergy in Opel/Vauxhall acquisition

    2017-03-07T02:15:58Z

    PSA Group and General Motors (GM) have come to an agreement over the sale of the latter's European business, specifically the Opel and Vauxhall brands, with the total price coming in at €2.2 billion ($2.33 billion), including a €900m deal for the financing division. The deal, which is expected to ...

  • IMG_3019
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    E-commerce automation: Ocado bags a revolution

    2017-02-23T13:55:36Z

    Many in automotive logistics like to think they’re at the cutting edge of automation and information technology. But as grocery e-retailer Ocado demonstrates, those in the car sector could learn a lot from the way other products are being handled and distributed In this story... Hatfield sets the standard ...

  • Daimler plant neues Pkw-Werk für Mercedes-Benz in Russland
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    Daimler to start production at first Russian plant in 2019

    2017-02-22T13:58:12Z

    Having received preliminary approval for its first Russian production facility last year, Daimler has confirmed an investment of more than €250m ($263m) to begin manufacturing Mercedes-Benz cars in the country from 2019. Located at the Esipovo Industrial Park, about 40km northwest of Moscow, the flexible production facility will be capable ...

  • Production of Nissan Juke and Qashqai at Nissan Sunderland Plan
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    For UK carmakers, ‘Global Britain’ may not be enough

    2017-01-26T19:56:35Z

    Production of Nissan Juke and Qashqai at Nissan Sunderland Plant The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK automotive trade body, has welcomed the UK government’s ambitions to develop new free trade deals that could benefit the automotive industry, including with large markets like the US and ...

  • Web
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    Record UK vehicle exports while Brexit weighs on investment and supply chain

    2017-01-26T19:54:57Z

    While UK ports would suffer if OEMs are eventually forced to shift production to other territories, shipping lines will most likely move with the flow UK car production reached its highest level this century in 2016, while vehicle exports surpassed an all-time record for the second year in a ...

  • Rivian Mitsubishi
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    Electric vehicle firm Rivian buys former Mitsubishi plant in Illinois

    2017-01-11T10:40:51Z

    Rivian Automotive, the US-based electric car hopeful, has agreed a deal to purchase Mitsubishi’s former manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois. In July 2015, Mitsubishi confirmed it would end production of the Outlander model at the near 80,000 sq.m facility (pictured), its only plant in the US, switching production to ...

  • Pipavev, NYK
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    India makes big gains in competitiveness indices

    2016-10-03T19:21:34Z

    The mood music coming out of prime minister Narendra Modi’s government with its ‘Make in India’ campaign seems to be borne out with real improvements on the ground. The latest World Economic Forum's rankings of country competitiveness see India as one of the big climbers, with a jump of 16 ...

  • TheresaMay_web
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    UK sets Brexit timetable as carmakers worry about market access

    2016-10-03T18:31:43Z

    The UK government has laid out a timetable for exiting the European Union , which may come as early as the first quarter of 2019. It has also reaffirmed that it is willing to put control of immigration and regulation over retaining full access to the European single market – ...

  • Walls_small
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    Last Mile: Another brick in the wall?

    2016-10-03T10:10:08Z

    We should celebrate the breaking down of barriers in trade and business, not encourage their construction through stubborn rhetoric and isolationist policy. We may be re-entering an age of wall-building, whether towering in barbed-wire reality, or constructed by barricading political language. Often, such physical and rhetorical enclosures go together, cemented ...

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    JLR part 1: Ensuring logistics is not a victim of success

    2016-09-30T15:53:00Z

    With so much expansion, change and inevitable risk still ahead of the carmaker, JLR’s director of global material planning and logistics, David Dyke, is pushing his department’s influence across the company and the supply chain to gain efficiency and further strength