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    ​Bosch lays foundation for latest Russia plant


    Automotive parts and systems maker Bosch has laid the first stone in its construction of a fourth facility in Russia, due to come online from 2015. The facility is located in Samara, in the south west of the country and near automotive production facilities in Togliatti. The site will house ...

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    ​Plans for UK automotive site scuppered amidst planning row


    Plans for a new industrial estate in the UK South-East have been rejected by local authorities. Automotive Distributors Ltd (ADL), which supplies parts for the independent aftermarket to Japanese, Korean, and American vehicles, was one of the providers intending to build at the Waterside Park development in Maidstone, Kent before ...

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    Between light and darkness in IT visibility


    Carmakers were accused of a lack of discipline in their supply of information to the logistics providers at last week’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference in Bonn, Germany. Supply chain visibility is a constant issue for the logistic industry and its efforts to hone the delivery of materials. However according to ...

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    Live survey results: automotive falling behind, need for IT, to Russia without love


    At Automotive Logistics Europe 2014, we held several series of live voting surveys that captured the opinions of our audience present in Bonn, as well as those streaming the sessions live from around the world. The results were fascinating, from a desire for better IT services to trepidation about investing ...

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    Opel/Vauxhall moves to ‘order slotting’


    Opel/Vauxhall has a made a breakthrough in managing its vehicle orders and forecasting in real time together with material availability and logistics, thanks in parts to systems implemented by software-provider flexisIn today’s complex supply chains, with a proliferation of customer options and global material, one major challenge for carmakers like ...

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    Redesigning in-plant logistics at Opel/Vauxhall


    Part of exclusive coverage of Opel/Vauxhall, director of supply chain Michael Scholl describes how the carmaker is adjusting its in-plant logistics in response to supply chain complexity and changes Opel/Vauxhall special featuresRead these other stories that form part of this exclusive coverage of Opel/Vauxhall's supply chain management:End-to-send control with Michael ...

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    Aiming for end-to-end control at Opel/Vauxhall


    Michael Scholl, Opel/Vauxhall’s director of supply chain, discusses parallel planning, in-plant logistics customisation and complexity with Automotive Logistics When carmakers make changes, be it launching a new model, adding or shifting a supplier location, or selling in a new market, they reverberate across the supply chain, either as ripples ...

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    Executive summary: Blue skies over Bonn as logistics returns to growth


    Vehicle sales and production are rising again in Europe, while supply chain complexity is driving more demand for logistics and better systems. But many risks remain both within the industry, and on Europe's periphery. Additional reporting by Marcus Williams and Zoë Apostolides[sam_ad id=6 codes='true']Although the Europe conference was held at ...

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    Just in time frappuccinos


    Europe’s automotive supply chain experts got an opportunity to see how the other side lives at this year’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference, with a presentation on the logistics at American coffee-chain giant Starbucks. Jan Huijgens (pictured), senior manager of logistics for the European region, revealed that logistics is a strong ...

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    OEMs may be buying too much packaging


    Packaging provider Orbis released figures suggesting that container and rack inventory in the automotive sector can be overstocked by as much as 30%.Dan Roovers (pictured), vice-president for automotive sales at the company, told delegates at the Automotive Logistics Europe conference that the automotive industry had a tendency to manage packaging ...

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    Opel intensifies ‘total enterprise cost’ efforts


    General Motors European division, Opel/Vauxhall, has intensified its efforts at planning supply chain flows and logistics in an effort to improve ‘total enterprise cost’, including more focus on localisation, stable flows and new information technology. Speaking at the Automotive Logistics Europe conference in Bonn, Marzell Bandur (pictured left), director of ...

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    Audi wants better visibility on logistics cost, flows


    Audi has called for an open, common network of consolidation points, which could be managed by a cloud-based transport management system and control tower, to help break the ‘black box’ of transport costs and visibility. Jens Tilgner (pictured), head of material transportation at Audi, told the Automotive Logistics conference in ...

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    Healthier times ahead for Europe


    European vehicle production is heading towards higher capacity utilisation as factories close, models are localised and the new vehicle sales market finally starts to recover, according to PwC Autofacts. Continued growth in exports as well as complex material flows should also benefit automotive logistics providers, although the European market may ...

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    ​Chep to unveil intercontinental pooling service at AL Europe


    Reusable container and pallet pooling provider, Chep, will reveal a new intercontinental pooling service to the industry at the Automotive Logistics Europe conference, being held in Bonn, Germany this week.“With our new offering we have developed an efficient, sustainable and cost effective packaging solution for industrial companies with a globalised ...

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    A transformation loaded with ambition at Volvo


    The decision to bring logistics purchasing and operations in-house has resulted in dramatic changes in Volvo Car Group’s inbound and outbound supply chain.Four years after China’s Geely Cars bought Volvo Cars from Ford, the Swedish carmaker is undergoing the most significant ever change to its manufacturing and sales footprint. Since ...

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    ​Saleen partners with GreenTech for Chinese distribution


    American speciality manufacturer Saleen Automotive has announced an agreement with GreenTech Automotive, in a project designed to distribute Saleen cars in China. Under the agreement, Saleen will be providing GreenTech with its full range of vehicles ready for distribution to the Chinese market. The partnership is expected to create a ...

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    ​ALD Automotive expands carrier fleet


    UK-based fleet management operator ALD Automotive has said that it plans to expand its fleet size to over 100,000 vehicles during the course of 2014. The planned expansion ALD’s fourth consecutive year of growth in 2013, with its total fleet size standing at more than 97,000 carriers: a growth rate ...

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    Covering all the bases in damage protection


    With quality expectations higher than ever, OEMs have to consider the cost and general effectiveness of damage avoidance solutions, including full body covers.In this story...Cost versus protectionWrapped up in filmOpting for full coverage Targeting risk If there is one thing that carmakers, logistics providers, dealers and final customers can all ...

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    ​UK auto industry receives £45m funding boost


    UK Business Secretary Vince Cable announced the implementation of government-backed funding this week for the country’s automotive sector. The Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) funding will be worth £45.5m ($76.9m) and will go towards building the networks and capabilities of UK-based suppliers. The AMSCI is a competition run by ...

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    ​DB extends Eco Plus service for BMW


    DB Schenker Rail has added a further route to its Eco Plus transport service for BMW in Germany. The service, which uses energy from renewable sources to drive traction, was first taken up by the carmaker last year for component shipments from Frankfurt to its plants in Regensburg and Landshut. ...