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    Kuehne + Nagel opens Singapore logistics hub


    Kuehne & Nagel has opened a 50,000 sq.m logistics centre in Singapore to support a range of industries in Asia. It is the logistics group’s largest-ever investment outside of Europe.The Singapore Logistics Hub will service multiple users and sectors, with a particular focus on pharmaceutical and healthcare companies operating in ...

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    Magna: One for all, and all for one


    Magna is putting an emphasis on global coordination, standards and best practice for both logistics and packaging, with technology and training crucial to the tier one’s future successA defining characteristic of large tier one suppliers is often decentralisation. At Canada-based Magna – North America’s largest tier supplier and among the ...

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    Last Mile: converging on the future


    A new world order is emerging in the automotive sector. It began as a ‘quiet revolution’, but will change the industry forever. Technology – not chassis design, braking systems or tyres – has become pre-eminent in an industry where the big OEMs have traditionally held all the market power. Now ...

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    Focus on Spain part 3: Closely controlled growth


    GM and Gefco are managing a global supply chain to produce the Mokka in Zaragoza, while the OEM is trying to cope with a shortage of transport assets in Spain.One of the important carmakers in Spain is General Motors, which has been operating its Opel plant since 1982 in the ...

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    Nissan North America part 5: Carrying the weight of expectation


    Christopher Ludwig highlights global supply and production coordination within the Renault Nissan Alliance, and how Mexican efficiency helps keep US operations lean and keen.In recent years, the Renault Nissan Alliance has accelerated integration across its organisations, including the combination of management functions, as well as implementing cross-production and supply, common ...

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    Nissan North America part 3: The search for southern comfort


    Nissan has been trying to draw suppliers from the Midwest closer to its US operations since as far back as 1983. Today, the carmaker’s huge volume, together with its new Integrated Logistics Centres at plants, could make it a more attractive proposition.Within John Martin’s wide remit as Nissan’s head of ...

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    Nissan North America part 2: Building on global experience


    When John Martin (left) declares Nissan’s North American operations and supply chain as the most competitive, he speaks as a global citizen for Nissan. After holding production and supply chain leadership roles across the UK, Europe, North America and at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, Martin has seen many sides ...

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    Spain must improve logistics to remain competitive


    The Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac) has released a report highlighting its global vision of how Spain can improve its provision of logistics services. Given that logistics now forms 10% of the overall end cost of a vehicle, getting this area right remains a key factor ...

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    Staying in the driver’s seat when it comes to supply chain


    When it comes to manufacturing’s next revolution – the much-discussed Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 – the automotive industry is firmly in the driving seat. A trailblazer across key manufacturing trends, the automotive industry is accelerating the move towards a world in which raw materials and machines communicate with ...

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    Valmet to build Mercedes-Benz GLC in Finland


    Mercedes-Benz has revealed that it will contract out supplementary assembly of its GLC model to Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive at its plant in Uusikaupunki. Annual build is estimated to be around 100,000 when production begins in 2017. Valmet already builds the Mercedes-Benz A-Class at the plant.Valment is restructuring the ...

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    Spain could lose carmaking in five years, warns Machado


    The president of Ford Spain, José Manuel Machado (pictured), has warned that the high costs of logistics and energy in Spain could threaten the future of vehicle manufacturing in the country. He said the higher costs meant the industry was less competitive, which could prompt manufacturers to switch production to ...

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    Russia applies ban on Turkish imports following bomber conflict


    The Russian government is preparing restrictions on the import of automotive components and knockdown vehicle kits from Turkey following the downing of Russian bomber Su-24M by the Turkish Air Force on November 24th.Following the incident, in which two Turkish F-16 fighters attacked and shot down the Russian bomber, Russian Prime ...

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    Jaguar Land Rover to double capacity at UK engine plant


    [Updated November 27th] Following the opening of its Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in the UK last November, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has this week announced plans to double the size of the facility as part of a £450m ($677.5m) expansion programme. It will see the site increase its operational footprint ...

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    Evolution Time Critical launches latest transport management system


    Emergency logistics specialist, Evolution Time Critical, has implemented a new transport management system, EDMS (Evolution Delivery Management System), which it said would help enhance its provision of time-critical services.In a statement the company said that the system would provide its team with an enhanced ability to track and report on ...

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    Supplier mergers: a new dawn of opportunity for the automotive supply chain


    Although the number of automotive supplier mergers and acquisitions is decreasing in frequency, the scale is increasing, and it’s going to have an affect on the supply chain.With a continuation of the proactive, eyes-wide-open approach to supply chain management that we have seen displayed by vehicle manufacturers in the last ...

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    Honold opens logistics facility for Continental in Germany


    Honold Logistik has opened a 9,200 sq.m logistics facility in Handewitt, Germany, to handle goods for tyre and powertrain components maker Continental. The facility replaces an existing 6,000 sq.m facility that Honold had been managing for Continental since 2008, capable of storing 40,000 tyres. Since then, Continental has grown its ...

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    Ekol opens warehouse in Hungary


    Turkish transport and logistics provider Ekol has opened a new 10,000 sq.m warehouse in Hungary that will provide cross dock and contract logistics services for customers across a number of sectors, including automotive parts provider Robert Bosch.“From this building Ekol has the possibility to organise transport via road, rail and ...

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    Yusen Logistics opens parts warehouse in Indonesia


    Yusen Logistics has opened a 6,000 sq.m warehouse in Jakarta, Indonesia, that is providing storage and handling services mainly for automotive parts and materials. Yusen Logistics Solutions Indonesia said that its services include inventory management, distribution processing and cross docking, as well as milk run and just-in-time delivery services.Yusen did ...

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    Priority Freight expands UK operation in response to demand


    Emergency logistics provider, Priority Freight, has invested £2m ($3m) to expand its operation in the UK Midlands, including the opening of a new hub in Coventry that will provide 2,300 sq.m for contingency warehousing and services, along with a larger control centre.The company also said that it is responding to ...

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    Zufall speeds parts delivery for Borg Automotive


    [Updated November 6th] Vehicle component supplier, Borg Automotive, has signed a contract with Zufall Logistics Group for the management of an aftermarket parts distribution facility in Hünfeld, Germany. Borg Automotive said the warehouse, which opened last month, has enabled it to deliver parts to customers one day earlier than ...