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Gaz launches assembly in Vietnam as US sanctions are postponed

2019-11-11T17:31:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Gaz is about to begin assembly of its Citiline minibus in Vietnam from exported CKD kits and has had another stay of execution from the threatened sanctions it and its trade partners face from US Trump administration

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FCA–PSA fusion: first of the electric shock waves?

2019-11-04T05:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

The merger attempt by FCA and PSA will be complicated but makes economic and operational sense, including for supply chain management and logistics. Whether or not it goes ahead, more consolidation is likely as the automotive industry gears up for electrification

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GM’s supply chain starts on road to recovery

2019-10-29T13:57:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Companies and workers in General Motors’ supply chain are beginning to return to normal operations now a six-week strike at 55 of the carmaker’s plants in North America has ended after union members accepted a company offer…

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Global trade disputes could dim electric vehicle supply chain potential in key markets

2019-10-28T19:43:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Trade uncertainties such as those between the US and China, or the UK and the EU, could put the brakes on growth in the electric vehicle and battery supply chain for some OEMs and countries, despite bullish forecasts for alternative powertrains 

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UK activates Operation Brock to avoid port-bound highway congestion

2019-10-28T15:57:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Highways England has activated its plan to avoid freight traffic congestion on the M20 in the event of disruption to cross-Channel services caused by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU...

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Slovakia stays strong in straightened times

2019-10-24T09:28:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The news announced earlier this year that Volkswagen (VW) was going to scrap 3,000 of the 15,000 jobs at its Slovakian plant came virtually out of the blue and sparked off speculation that the country’s authorities might have been so absorbed with labour reform during the ongoing election campaign that they have unintentionally made the domestic automotive sector less attractive for foreign investors.

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Snapshot of UK automotive before Brexit

2019-10-23T14:54:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

As the UK approaches the decisive moment in its struggle to leave the EU, after three years of debate and negotiation, now seems like a very good time to take a look at the state of the country’s automotive industry in the run up to Brexit. No doubt there will be some changes – quite possibly drastic ones – to sales, production and export figures once the UK is finally out of the EU, so an update will surely be needed in the coming months.

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Strikers vote on GM deal

2019-10-23T12:54:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Members of the UAW union are this week voting on a tentative, four-year agreement which negotiators have reached with General Motors (GM)…

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European finished vehicle industry not in crisis, says PwC

2019-10-23T11:03:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Despite the fact that real GDP growth in the EU has slowed down from 1.96% in 2018 to 1.11% in 2019, PwC Autofacts’s global lead analyst Christoph Stürmer does not believe the automotive market is in trouble…

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Russia confirms logistics subsidies for car deliveries from Far East

2019-10-22T08:59:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian federal government has introduced “long-term logistics subsidies” on vehicles transported to the European side of the country from the Far East, to be in place by December 1 this year. The latest development appears to repeal the decision announced by Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak in April of 2018 ...

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CEE: At the heart of Europe’s electric future

2019-10-16T13:54:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

OEMs and tier suppliers are investing in Central and Eastern Europe with a particular focus on electric, connected and autonomous mobility. Delegates at the Automotive Logistics CEE Summit in Budapest heard about the latest challenges and opportunities.

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What took the air out of Dyson’s electric car project?

2019-10-16T13:27:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The iconic manufacturer of vacuum cleaners has cancelled plans to develop and build an EV. That was probably a smart decision, considering the huge costs, competition and struggling market that Dyson would have been entering.

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Volvo Trucks opts for Geotab to comply with safety regulations

2019-10-16T08:44:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Volvo Trucks’ US division has turned to Geotab for an integrated electronic logging device (ELD) to be coupled to the truck manufacturer’s own factory-fit telematics. Geotab provides global positioning system fleet management and vehicle tracking technology.

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UECC to boost LNG hybrid car carrier fleet with third order

2019-10-09T11:09:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

United European Car Carriers (UECC) has ordered a third battery-hybrid LNG (liquefied natural gas) pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) from China Ship Building Trading Company and Jiangnan Shipyard Group.

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Gaz cutting shifts in face of US sanctions and worsening Russian LCV market

2019-10-09T10:19:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian vehicle maker Gaz could cut shifts at its plants this month as commercial vehicle sales continue to slump and the US readies to apply sanctions on businesses owned by Oleg Deripaska

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US-Japan trade deals ignore automotive tariffs for now

2019-10-09T08:55:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The US signed two trade deals with Japan at the beginning of this week but neither addressed the contentious issue of potential tariffs on vehicles and automotive parts traded between the two countries, a sticking point in the discussions leading up this week’s agreements.

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Environment dictating maritime agenda, says Grimaldi

2019-10-08T09:30:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Emanuele Grimaldi, the managing director of Italian shipping firm Grimaldi Group (pictured), has urged shipowners to “do their homework” in reducing sulphur and carbon emissions from vessel operations.

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Stricter EU CO2 regulations will reshape vehicle platforms and car design

2019-10-04T11:20:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

As OEMs try to reduce CO2 and transition to electric vehicles in the face of the high fines, we expect a profound impact on vehicle design.

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Suppliers will face squeeze as OEMs push to meet EU CO2 targets

2019-10-02T09:58:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

As carmakers strive to reach the more stringent CO2 emissions targets being phased in across the EU next year, we predict that many are likely to put more pressure on their supply base to help reduce emissions

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Tangible progress: Morocco boosts automotive production and logistics

2019-09-30T14:08:00+01:00By Herve Deiss

There is no doubt that shipping professionals are familiar with the Moroccan city of Tangier, as it is ranked 50th among container ports worldwide. The first container terminal opened in 2007 and has since been joined by three others; two at Tanger Med port 1 and two at Tanger Med port 2.

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