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Vitória sees double-digit growth in imports

2020-02-19T12:51:00+00:00By Barry Cross

The Brazilian port of Vitória, which is managed by Codesa port authority, reported a 16.8% rise in imported vehicles during 2019 and there is strong expectation that volumes through the port will increase

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Trade barriers threaten automotive sector after Brexit

2020-02-18T11:35:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The UK government has confirmed that almost all imports from Europe will be the subject of trade barriers when the UK leaves the EU at the end of this year. All imported goods will need customs declarations and mandatory safety and security certificates..

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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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Water woes: how European river transport projects have ground to a halt

2020-02-10T16:48:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland the authorities are embarking on big projects aimed at boosting cargo flows along key rivers. Potentially, this could provide more opportunities for the European finished vehicle logistics industry, but for a number of reasons it is not clear that river transport in the region will become more popular.

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Comment: Slow-growth China holds more challenges for OEMs than coronavirus

2020-02-04T14:55:00+00:00By Richard Gane

Coronovirus and its sudden impact on the Chinese economy might be occupying the news headlines, but there are broader changes afoot over the longer term. After many years of enjoying high-speed growth, the automotive industry is facing its third consecutive year of shrinking vehicle sales in China. For foreign vehicle-makers operating in the country, this is a challenging situation, and while most will be planning to tough it out, some could be forced to exit the market – requiring a shift in patterns of production and logistics.

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BMW plans for local assembly in Russia hit a dead end

2020-02-03T14:28:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

BMW’s plans to invest in a local assembly plant in Kaliningrad, Russia have been shelved following its failure to agree on investment terms with the local authority. Stefan Teuchert, CEO of BMW Group Russia, said  inconsistencies in government policy at the federal level meant it was unable to reach a conclusion. Avtotor will continue to build vehicles from SKD imports under contract

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ACEA urges EC to treat vehicles as one product

2020-02-03T11:21:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

The European Commission (EC) should avoid individually assessing materials when vehicles are being scrapped and retain the current practice of considering them as a single item, says the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)…

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Decline in UK car production a grave concern, says SMMT

2020-01-31T11:46:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

On the point of the UK leaving the EU, British car manufacturing was revealed to be at its lowest level since 2010, falling for a third consecutive year to 1.3m units in 2019 (-14.2%), according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Wednesday..

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UK tax on US tech firms could backfire on car industry

2020-01-29T09:31:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The UK government’s commitment to a 2% tax on the sales of US technology giants, including Apple, Amazon and Facebook, could lead to retaliatory taxes on the UK automotive industry, which exported more than 221,000 finished vehicles to the US last year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)…

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Fighting back against fake parts

2020-01-28T11:46:00+00:00By Richard Brown

Counterfeit parts in the automotive industry will soon be worth more than the annual gross domestic product of Canada, Brazil or Italy. According to World Trademark Review, the estimated global economic cost of counterfeiting in the automotive industry could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022. In Europe, it is estimated that €2.2 billion ($2.4 billion) is lost annually to counterfeit tyre sales alone, while counterfeit battery sales effectively steal €180m ($198m) from OEMs. Furthermore, the rise of e-commerce is making it ever easier for consumers to knowingly or unknowingly access counterfeit, possibly dangerous vehicle parts.

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Russia to tie vehicle utilisation fee to local production

2020-01-24T15:23:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian government is changing the rules of its utilisation scheme, through which it allocates state aid for the reimbursement of fees paid by carmakers that are intended to cover eventual vehicle recycling charges. Carmakers in the country are divided over whether linking the utilisation scheme to the localisation programme is fair.

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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…

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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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Seat expands use of duo and giga trailers

2020-01-21T15:15:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Spanish car maker Seat now has four supply routes for transport of components using duo and giga trailers, which it says it expects to increase in the future…

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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…

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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.

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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

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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…