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Automotive industry looks for silver linings in China-US trade ‘truce’

2020-01-22T10:56:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

On the face of it last week’s signing of a ‘phase one’ agreement between the US and China is more of a truce than a substantial trade deal, though that is no less welcome given the two years of escalating tariffs between the two countries, which has affected a range of industries, including automotive…


Control what you can in Mexico, says RPS

2020-01-22T10:07:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Royal Power Solutions (RPS) vice-president of supply chain Kevin Reed (pictured) believes medium-sized suppliers should find a reason for entry and control what they can when deciding to expand into Mexico…

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Toyota claims 100% use of renewable electricity in Europe

2020-01-21T14:30:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Toyota Motor Europe’s 14 parts distribution centres (PDCs) and seven vehicle logistics centres (VLCs) have been instrumental in ensuring all electricity the company used across the region last year came from renewable sources…


Senate vote on USMCA a step closer to trade certainty

2020-01-21T11:10:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

In a step closer to a working United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the US Senate has approved the trade deal with an 89-10 vote. The deal replaces the 25-year old North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta)…

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Explaining EU vehicle emissions targets: can OEMs avoid heavy fines?

2020-01-16T06:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

The new average fleet targets that came into force in Europe on January 1st 2020 are having big impacts on the supply chain, pushing OEMs to produce and sell more hybrids and EVs. But the rules are complex and varied by brands, volume and sales. Here we provide a summary of the key rules and terminology.


The rules of the battery game

2020-01-14T13:10:00+00:00By Andrew Williams

Logistics providers charged with the transport of lithium-ion batteries to the assembly lines and services centres have some very complex regulatory standards to which they have to adhere – it is a legislative jungle out there

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Weighing the cost of the EV revolution

2020-01-14T13:10:00+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley

The rise in the number of electric vehicles being transported in Europe is bringing with it some significant challenges for those carriers tasked with volume shipments. They are having to deal with heavier and higher voltage vehicles that need charging on routes that cross countries with differing regulations on load dimensions


Royal Power Solutions inaugurates parts facility in Mexico

2020-01-09T14:43:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Royal Power Solutions (RPS), a supplier of electrical power and signal distribution components, celebrated the opening of its automotive parts manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico last month…

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Tearing profits apart: how tier one automotive suppliers can mitigate shrinking margins

2020-01-08T19:00:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

The latest report by Automotive from Ultima Media examines the profits and outlook for the top 20 automotive parts suppliers and explores the strategies and solutions they should consider to avoid significant disruption in the 2020s


Cleaner vehicle carriers sail into new decade at a cost


Shipping lines including WW Ocean and UECC are beginning a new decade in line with the IMO’s regulations on 0.5% sulphur content in marine fuels, which came into force this month


Suppliers set CEE on firm foundations

2020-01-08T10:52:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In the decades since the end of the Cold War, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has been attracting automotive components suppliers by virtue of its cheap labour, low taxes and convenient geographical location. Now, the region is aiming to maintain or even build on its gains in the face of vehicle electrification, rising global competition and other challenges.


Truck drivers temporarily exempt from gig worker law in California

2020-01-07T11:43:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

While it is designed to provide greater security to gig economy workers, California’s new AB5 law will make it harder for independent contractors to secure sub-contract work for spot haulage jobs during spikes in demand, say operators


Russia to help fund localisation of parts production

2020-01-03T17:24:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian government will allocate state support over the next five years to companies investing in the latest technology who agree to produce parts for more than one OEM, according to a new automotive industry development strategy


Toyota to pick up parts from suppliers in Tokai

2019-12-24T10:17:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Toyota Motor Corp is to start collecting parts from suppliers, instead of the usual practice of each component manufacturer delivering them, in the Tokai region of Japan from next September…


Kuehne + Nagel joins climate alliance

2019-12-23T10:57:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel (KN) says it is the first logistics company to become a member of the Development and Climate Alliance…


Celadon collapses due to ‘legacy and market headwinds’

2019-12-18T11:17:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

North American trucking and logistics provider Celadon Group has entered into Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and has shut down its operations, which involve 25 affiliates…


Agreement on USMCA promises to remove trade uncertainty

2019-12-11T15:01:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The US, Mexico and Canada have finalised the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is to replace the existing North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta)…


Russia begins serial production of Zetta EV supported by export trade

2019-12-11T14:51:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian government has started serial production of the state-owned Zetta electric vehicle (EV) at a plant in Togliatti, with the first models expected to hit the market in early 2020.


Blowing the footprint at Castle Bromwich

2019-12-10T14:47:00+00:00By Marcus Williams


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Fresh floes: What does the Northern Sea Route mean for automotive logistics?

2019-11-29T10:14:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Northern Sea Route (NSR), a growing shipping lane linking South-East Asia with Northern Europe through Arctic waters, is set to become a competitor to the Suez Channel for cargo delivery between these two regions. Russian authorities believe that the NSR would could be used for all types of cargo – and automotive product, both parts and vehicles, would be no exception.