All SCM articles – Page 3

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    Are 4PLs an effective solution for the automotive industry?

    2016-05-04T12:28:35Z

    Tim Fawkes is the managing director at 3T logistics The automotive industry has one of the more multifaceted supply chains within manufacturing, involving hundreds of suppliers spread across multiple countries and continents. As such, a service-driven, robust and efficient transport management process is required. Outsourcing transport via third party ...

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    FCA realigns output in North America as Jeep heads south

    2016-04-29T11:58:13Z

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is making changes to its production pattern in North America as part of efforts to focus its plants on larger, more profitable vehicles. The changes, which include the shifting of some Jeep production from the US to Mexico, have some substantial implications for its supply base ...

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    China conference: Using logistics to hold onto the spare parts business

    2016-04-27T14:54:08Z

    Wang Gencai, Dongfeng Nissan As the number of cars plying China’s road increases, demand for parts has also been rising across the length and breadth of the country. However, the current model of OEM spare parts sales and distribution in China is poised for disruption, both from independent and ...

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    China conference: preparing for the new and the old, for growth and decline

    2016-04-25T20:26:37Z

    The 11th annual Automotive Logistics China conference was held for the first time in the south-western city of Chengdu, a symbol of the automotive industry’s westward development and the centre of the revival of the old ‘Silk Road’ trade routes emphasised by the government’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ policy. Christopher ...

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    Rebecca Stead moves to network development role at Honda UK

    2016-04-13T13:19:12Z

    Honda UK has appointed Rebecca Stead (left) as its head of network development, responsible for cars, motorcycles and power product divisions. Stead, who has been with the carmaker for 19 years, moves from her most recent role as head of the corporate affairs and events team, after spending 12 years ...

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    Morelli switches to MAM Software system for aftermarket repairs

    2016-04-13T08:51:24Z

    Aftermarket paint repair specialist Morelli Group is now using an online parts distribution and warehouse management system (WMS) from MAM Software Group, which it said would bring in greater efficiency to its operations in the UK. MAM Software is supporting the company with its cloud-based Autopart Online system along with ...

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    Daimler invests €300m in Romania for automatic transmission production

    2016-04-12T16:21:09Z

    Star Assembly, Daimler’s subsidiary in Romania, has started production of the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission at its facility in Sebes, following a €300m ($341m) investment in the expansion of its production capacity. Components are being fed to the Romanian plant for assembly from Heidelfingen, part of Daimler’s Untertürkheim plant in Germany, ...

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    In-depth analysis: strong logistics and supply base central to Ford’s new Mexico plant

    2016-04-06T16:34:40Z

    Ford is the latest carmaker to plan a new assembly plant in Mexico with the announcement that it will invest $1.6 billion in a factory in San Luis Potosi to produce compact cars from 2018. The plant is aimed at making the assembly of smaller cars more profitable for the ...

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    Belgian truck drivers protest against new HGV road toll

    2016-04-06T14:51:04Z

    Striking truck drivers in Belgium are blockading key transport routes in the south of the country in protest against the introduction of a new toll for heavy goods vehicles that some transport companies have said could add an estimated 8% to their operating costs. The toll, which came in at ...

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    Automotive alarm over prospects for UK steel mills

    2016-04-06T14:10:45Z

    Tata Steel’s decision to exit the UK – raising the spectre of the country’s steel producing plants shutting down – has set off a number of alarms in the UK automotive sector. Vauxhall, whose parent General Motors has a policy of sourcing products locally where possible and which has increased ...

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    Tesla’s Model 3 puts customers and the supply chain to the test

    2016-04-06T13:42:38Z

    The Tesla Model 3 is finally on order, almost two years after the vehicle was first announced. The mass-market, lower-priced electric car has seen unprecedented demand, reaching 276,000 pre-orders in the first 72 hours. Customers had to put down a $1,000 (refundable) deposit for the new Model 3. Given that ...

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    Indonesia needs reform to compete with Thailand

    2016-04-05T14:08:18Z

    Indonesia must overhaul a number of regulations including its sales tax regime to stimulate domestic vehicle manufacturing and allow it to challenge Thailand as the preferred choice for OEMs operating in the ASEAN region, the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo), has warned. Yohannes Nangoi, new head of Gaikindo, said ...

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    Canada’s Metro Supply Chain buys emergency freight provider Evolution Time Critical

    2016-04-05T10:00:03Z

    Canadian third party logistics provider Metro Supply Chain Group has acquired 100% of Evolution Time Critical, a UK-based emergency logistics company, for an undisclosed sum. The purchase is set to expand Metro’s presence in Europe, its premium freight services and its business in the automotive supply chain, which is Evolution ...

  • Montage der C-Klasse Limousine im Mercedes-Benz Werk Iracemápolis im Großraum Sau Paulo, Brasilien // Assembly of the C-Class Saloon at the Mercedes-Benz plant Iracemápolis in the metropolitan area Sa
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    Mercedes-Benz pushes ahead in Brazil despite downturn

    2016-03-30T17:15:59Z

    Mercedes-Benz has started production at a new 600m reais ($165m) plant at Iracemápolis in Brazil, about 170km north west of the capital São Paulo. The plant, which was officially opened last week, is making the C-Class Saloon and, from this summer, the GLA compact SUV. The new plant follows ...

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    UK-EU: Better connected

    2016-03-29T18:01:17Z

    In the puzzle of EU membership, Britain and its supply chain would both lose out heavily by leaving the game Britain’s referendum on EU membership this June has divided the country. Opinion polls suggest a close contest, with splits across the population straight up to the governing Conservative party. At ...

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    Look ahead to mitigate operational and reputational risk in your supply chains

    2016-03-24T15:29:00Z

    Stuart Young, head of automotive, Gowling WLG The UK automotive industry continues to boom, with a record number of cars hitting the roads, expansion across the entire industry and huge investments into research and development. Such growth is great news for the sector and the economy, but it doesn't ...

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    TVR chooses South Wales for production facility

    2016-03-24T15:17:09Z

    Following the news that Aston Martin has chosen South Wales to build its crossover DBX , British sports car maker, TVR, has said it will also build a production facility in the region, located in the Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone. The project represents an investment of £30m over the next ...

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    Deutsche Bahn poised to sell off stake in Schenker logistics unit

    2016-03-23T16:29:53Z

    Deutsche Bahn (DB) is considering selling off a stake in Schenker, its logistics division, in 2018, alongside the part privatisation of Arriva, the UK public transport provider, which DB took over in 2010. A spokesperson for DB Schenker would only confirm that the company’s executive board was in “close and ...

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    Ford confirms plans for EcoSport assembly in Romania

    2016-03-23T10:18:51Z

    Following speculation last month that Ford could bring production of its EcoSport SUV to the Craiova plant in Romania , the carmaker has now confirmed that it is investing up to €200m ($223m) to do just that, along with its component tooling suppliers. It plans to begin assembly at the ...

  • Axel van het Kaar Ford ALEurope
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    Europe conference: how to manage more with less in plants

    2016-03-22T15:02:03Z

    Axel Van Het Kaar, Ford Complex, varied and flexible inbound supply chains increasingly require sophisticated handling and line-feeding processes in plants. In Europe, where carmakers often face space constraints, particularly at older plants in western Europe, there has been more of a focus on developing in-plant strategies that can ...