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Gefco uses air charter for parts shipments from China to France

2020-04-08T13:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Gefco has transported 750 tons of key automotive spare parts from China to France using eight chartered flights…

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Covid-19 and Brexit – a double whammy for UK automotive

2020-04-08T12:20:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Following the Automotive Supply Chain March update, broadcast on March 27, there were a number of questions from viewers relating to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the automotive industry that still needed to be answered…

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Ford extends European plant closures until May

2020-04-08T10:01:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Ford has confirmed that the temporary closure of most of its European plants will be extended until May 4, following an announcement on March 17 that it would be for a number of weeks…

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VW and Faurecia collaborate to combat coronavirus

2020-04-08T09:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

In the latest example of how car manufacturers and their suppliers are turning their operations over to fight the coronavirus pandemic,Volkswagen is collaborating with Faurecia to produce medical gowns and facemasks at the latter’s Puebla facility in Mexico…

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Coronavirus leads to capacity crisis at Zeebrugge

2020-04-07T14:15:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Europe’s biggest vehicle handling port in Zeebrugge, Belgium, is taking emergency measures to deal with congestion at its ro-ro terminals caused by the coronavirus pandemic…

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Ford brings in ‘no touch’ servicing during coronavirus outbreak

2020-03-31T14:09:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Cars and vans are now being thoroughly sanitised before being returned to customers in Europe after repairs and servicing, says Ford…

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Geodis enlisted in France’s fight against coronavirus

2020-03-31T13:42:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

 Global automotive sector transport service provider Geodis has delivered the first masks to France to help combat Covid-19…

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Listen: Presentation by Karl-Friedrich Koch, BMW Mexico

2020-03-27T20:34:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

Since 2015, Karl-Friedrich Koch, vice-president, production control, BMW Mexico, has played a fundamental role in the OEM’s project to develop its first Mexican car factory. At the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 conference, he provided delegates with an insight into the launch and ramp-up process, which kicked off in 2019.

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Mahle opens test centre for EV batteries

2020-03-25T11:27:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Engineering services company Mahle Powertrain has opened a new test base for electric vehicle (EV) battery modules at its technical centre in Northampton, UK…

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Car dealers turn to online sales and servicing

2020-03-25T10:10:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Vehicle sales around the world are being badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with end-users either prevented from visiting dealerships by closure or quarantine, or at best fearful of doing so. However, servicing vehicles remains a priority and carmakers and their affiliated dealers are embracing digital technology to ensure aftermarket services…

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Coronavirus takes its toll on maritime sector

2020-03-25T09:48:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Ro-ro operator Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WW Ocean) is to reduce its fleet of around 125 vessels by up to 15 in wake of car plants closing down, automotive supply chains being interrupted and coronavirus-related disruption to normal business activity looking set to continue for months…

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Mazda curbs production during coronavirus crisis

2020-03-24T16:32:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Mazda is suspending output in Japan, Mexico and Thailand, because of difficulties procuring parts, plummeting sales and uncertainty of future sales amid the Covid-19 pandemic..

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Coronavirus latest: mandated lockdowns in Italy are impacting automotive output

2020-03-11T17:45:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Italy has led the government to extend strict quarantine measures to the whole country. The restrictions are the toughest outside of China and affect 60m people. Health and safety measures being taken by OEMs are now affecting production with FCA announcing temporary closures as it puts in measures to minimise the risk of contagion. The situation is changing rapidly and automotive companies across Italy are reviewing production, supply and logistics contingencies on a daily basis.

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Coronavirus latest: Europe puts a brave face on supply chain problems in China and Italy

2020-03-04T15:06:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

While European vehicle makers appear resilient in the face of supply chain disruption caused by the coronavirus, there are a number of factors coming into play that could see production affected over the coming weeks.

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Listen: Interview with Hector Martinez, Honda Mexico

2020-02-28T23:09:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

At the Automotive Logistics Mexico 2020 conference, Hector Martinez, division manager export sales and CBU logistics at Honda Mexico, tells Joanne Perry about the OEM’s outbound logistics operation in the country, including key challenges such as security issues, congestion at ports and extreme weather events.

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Restart of assembly in China will compound air freight capacity crisis

2020-02-26T11:49:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Severely limited air cargo capacity for automotive parts shipments into and out of China is likely to get worse before it gets better as automotive production gradually restarts after a weeks of shutdown caused by the coronavirus epidemic…

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Coronavirus hits FCA in Europe, but signs of restart for OEMs in China

2020-02-19T11:59:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has confirmed that it has had to halt production at its Kragujevac plant in Serbia because of a shortage of unnamed components supplied from China, which are thought to be electrical…

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Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

2020-02-16T18:58:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing supply chain processes

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Coronavirus forces OEMs in China to extend shutdowns

2020-02-11T10:07:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Continued disruption to the automotive supply chain caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China is leading many OEMs, including VW, Toyota, BMW and FCA, to extend plant closures by two weeks beyond the average ten days allocated for closure over the Chinese New Year holiday…

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Coronavirus hits automotive supply chain in China and beyond

2020-02-04T16:41:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The outbreak of the coronavirus respiratory disease in China has led to carmakers extending the closure of their plants beyond the Chinese new year and (currently) into the second week of February, something that is going to hit first quarter output and revenue…