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JLR supplier IAC signs lease at Prologis park

2019-07-29T14:07:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

International Automotive Components (IAC) has signed an 11-year lease at the Prologis Park Birmingham Interchange, in the UK…

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BMW Brilliance applies 5G network across China

2019-07-22T13:32:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) said this week it has become the first carmaker to enable full 5G wireless at all of its plants. BBA has two assembly plants inTiexi and Dadong, along with an engine plantin Shenyang…

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BMW employs AI for logistics processes in Europe

2019-07-17T09:33:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasing role in the logistical aspects of production at BMW’s plants, with the first smart AI control application making its debut at the Steyr engine factory in Austria.

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Using the past to better predict the future of vehicle logistics

2019-07-09T11:53:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In finished vehicle logistics and distribution, disruptions and changes in the supply chain often lead to higher costs and bottlenecks, including stock pileups and imbalances in transport capacity. Last year’s implementation of WLTP in Europe was a case in point, as some OEMs faced delays in getting vehicles certified or ...

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VW opens IT centre in Dresden

2019-06-26T10:41:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) has opened a new production software development centre (SDC) at its showcase Gläserne Manufaktur site in Dresden…

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Volvo using AI to transform trucking

2019-06-25T14:15:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Sweden’s Volvo Group is to jointly develop an artificial intelligence (AI) system to enable driverless commercial vehicles to use public roads in an agreement with US software company Nvidia…

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Surgere joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

2019-06-24T16:08:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Digital supply chain and packaging specialist Surgere has become a member of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (Bita), a US-based organisation aimed at helping to educate, advocate and establish standards for blockchain applications in the transport industry.

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CMA CGM and MSC join TradeLens blockchain platform

2019-06-03T15:12:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have announced they are joining the TradeLens digital business platform, a service based on blockchain technology to provide secure shipping data and make global trade more efficient

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DHL tackles hurricane season with Resilience360 initiatives

2019-05-29T13:39:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

As global hurricane and typhoon seasons kick in, DHL has updated its weather tracking service to notify users of where storms are occurring and how they could impact supply chains. At the same time, the logistics giant has published a report on the potential of these storms in 2019…

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Toyota to use automated trucks at Melbourne parts centre

2019-05-28T14:54:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Toyota’s Altona parts centre in Melbourne, Australia, will deploy six autonomous tow trucks and a reach truck next year to improve reliability, performance and productivity…

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Mercedes-Benz dealer improves performance in Chile

2019-05-22T12:04:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Mercedes-Benz’s official dealer in Chile, Kaufmann is increasing its delivery reliability using vehicle logistics software…

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Prepare your supply chain for Brexit and more

2019-05-22T10:39:00+01:00By project44

project44, which provides cloud-based platform services for shippers and 3PLs, is holding an expert-led webinar next week to help companies prepare for Brexit and other supply chain and logistics disruptions

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Automotive industry angry over US import tariff threat

2019-05-22T10:13:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

 

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Schenker and MAN trial reveals platooning potential

2019-05-21T13:38:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Driving electronically linked trucks on German motorways is safe, technically reliable and easily applicable to a logistic company’s day-to-day operations, researchers claim after completion of a pilot project…

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Vinturas backing blockchain for supply chain visibility

2019-05-21T08:30:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Vinturas, a consortium of major automotive logistics service providers in Europe, says it will operate a digital, blockchain-based platform from September. The system will provide end-to-end transparency in the finished vehicles’ supply chain, according to a company statement.

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Why all eyes are on Israel for AI

2019-05-17T15:59:00+01:00By Jonathan Ward

In the race to perfect autonomous driving, Israel has proven to be a hotspot of technological innovation – driven, in part, by its military expertise and surveillance tools

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Ford trials self-driving factory robot

2019-05-17T08:21:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Ford is trialling an autonomous robot to deliver parts at its assembly and stamping plant in Valencia, Spain, with a view to using the machine at other factories.

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CDN releases system to ease vehicle data flow between carriers

2019-05-15T08:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

 

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Delivering a smarter factory

2019-05-14T14:23:00+01:00By Malcolm Ramsay

Magna Steyr’s vehicle assembly plant in the Austrian city of Graz is not a typical automotive factory; the site, which in 2018 brought its cumulative total production tally to 3.5m vehicles, produces vehicles under contract for OEMs such as Daimler, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover. Efficiency is important in any ...

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Maersk launches digital customs clearance

2019-05-07T15:38:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Shipping line Maersk has launched a digital customs clearance platform, to help customers deal with complex shipping regulations. It claims to be the first container shipping company to offer the service. Various rules must be followed to ensure traded goods enter and exit a country legally. But if a delay ...

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