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    VW reveals concept for autonomous EV charging robot

    2020-01-07T14:55:00Z

    Volkswagen Group Components (VW Components) is developing an autonomous mobile charging robot for electric vehicles (EV)…

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    Slovakia stays strong in straightened times

    2019-10-24T09:28:00Z

    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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    American Axle opens factory in Spain for European growth

    2019-10-22T10:09:00Z

    US-based tier supplier American Axle Manufacturing (AAM) has inaugurated a plant at Viladecans, close to Barcelona, which consolidates two smaller factories in nearby Gavà. The new, 15,600 sq.m manufacturing plant has a lean, efficient layout and optimised materials flow for delivery of components to ...

  • AL CEE Summit, Budapest
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    CEE: At the heart of Europe’s electric future

    2019-10-16T13:54:00Z

    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.

  • Oscar de Bok, CEO DHL Supply Chain and Ian Harnett, Executive Director, Human Resources & Global Purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover celebrate signing the new contract
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    JLR expands contract with DHL Supply Chain for inbound services in Slovakia

    2019-10-02T12:01:00Z

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has extended its contract with DHL Supply Chain to include managing inbound supply chain transport for the company’s manufacturing plant in Slovakia, which opened last year and is making the Land Rover Discovery . Oscar de Bok, CEO DHL Supply Chain, and Ian ...

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    Progress for all to CEE

    2019-01-07T11:35:00Z

    In past decades, international investment has flowed into the automotive industry in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) primarily due to it being a low-cost production centre. However, these days the region has much more to attract such investment, including a well-trained workforce, a wide-ranging supplier base and improving logistics infrastructure, ...

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    Stepping up the pace

    2019-01-02T17:30:02Z

    When Groupe PSA bought Opel/Vauxhall from GM in 2017 for €2.2 billion ($2.33 billion), Gefco was already providing logistics services for it. Then, when Opel/Vauxhall renewed its contract for fourth-party logistics (4PL) services with Gefco in October 2018 for a further four years, Gefco was tasked with finding ...

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    Competing on a global stage – report from AL Central and Eastern Europe summit

    2018-11-21T17:09:21Z

    Over the last 15 years, the centre of investment in the European automotive industry has been shifting east. Delegates at the Automotive Logistics Central and Eastern Europe (ALCEE) summit in Budapest last week learned that the region now has a strong network of assembly and supplier plants, along with logistics ...

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    JLR to open engineering office in Budapest

    2018-11-07T10:46:47Z

    Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will open a technical engineering office in Budapest, Hungary, early next year to support the management of its European supply chain. It follows the official opening of its €1.4 billion ($1.6 billion) assembly plant in Nitra (pictured), in neighbouring Slovakia, on October 25. Nick ...

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    Russia's fresh focus on exports

    2018-07-05T14:23:40Z

    In recent years, Russia has put considerable resources into encouraging recovery in its domestic automotive industry. Last year, the federal budget included 62.3 billion roubles ($1 billion) in state aid for carmakers. Such sums have been spent primarily on boosting demand in the domestic market, which has been under pressure ...

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    Kia moves Sportage through Santa Marta

    2018-06-27T12:21:17Z

    The Colombian port of Santa Marta has started handling imported Kia vehicles from Slovakia. By the end of the year, it is expected to have handled around 4,000 Sportages. The vehicles are being imported into Colombia on a monthly basis by regional distributor Metrokia SA and are being delivered to ...

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    JLR to move Discovery assembly to Slovakia

    2018-06-13T10:07:53Z

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced it will move assembly of the Land Rover Discovery from its Solihull plant in the UK’s West Midlands to its soon-to-be-opened plant in Nitra, Slovakia. The move will mean job losses at the UK plant, as announced in April this year , but the ...

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    Gefco: Full of get up and go

    2018-05-15T17:13:49Z

    French transport and logistics provider Gefco started 2018 with an announcement in Paris that it was looking to cooperate more closely with its partners and customers . At the same time, the company said it was looking for international growth and new business as it continued to move beyond the ...

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    Trusting the market will stay afloat

    2018-04-26T09:42:00Z

    European vehicle-handling ports saw growth in vehicle vehicle volumes in 2017, however geo-political worries – not least Brexit – is causing concerns. Ports continue to invest but there are worries over future volumes and capacity levels. 

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    Gefco reveals latest developments in regional strategy

    2018-01-31T16:35:45Z

    Gefco has revealed a number of recent business developments at a meeting held in Paris this week to launch its new corporate direction, brand identity and the further development of its commercial activity. They include the purchase of rail and compound assets in Russia to support exports to neighbouring countries; ...

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    Kia makes spot shipment of Slovakian-made cars via Gdansk

    2017-11-27T09:50:43Z

    [UPDATED] Kia Motors has started moving spot shipments of passenger cars made at its Zilina factory in Slovakia through the port of Gdansk in Poland for delivery to the UK. The Korean carmaker is working with Polish transport and logistics provider Adampol for the transport and processing of the vehicles. ...

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    Volkswagen earmarks €22.8 billion for modular and electric vehicle future

    2017-11-22T14:57:05Z

    Volkswagen has announced a major €22.8 billion ($26.7 billion) investment programme in its plants around the world to prepare them for modular production and for an electric vehicle offensive in the coming years. The main focus will be on Germany, which will account for investments totalling €14 billion. A big ...

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    Hungary and Slovakia to produce Audi’s new Q models

    2017-04-11T17:36:24Z

    Audi has launched two new cars in its Q range of utility vehicles which it will build at its facilities in Hungary and Slovakia. The Q4, a compact utility vehicle, will be built at the company’s Győr facility in Hungary from 2019. Last year, the carmaker indicated production of the ...

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    International rail services start moving vehicles to Portugal and Italy

    2017-03-27T15:44:49Z

    Two new international vehicle handling rail services have begun operating in recent weeks out of Spain and the Czech Republic. The first, operated by Takargo/Ibercargo, is being used to move Renault vehicles from Spain to Portugal, with trains originating in either Venta de Baños or Valladolid in Spain and running ...

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    Kia celebrates a decade in Slovakia as it exceeds 2.5m car mark

    2016-12-14T13:53:05Z

    South Korea’s Kia Motors is celebrating 10 years in Slovakia, announcing total production of almost 2.58m vehicles since the first car rolled off the line in Žilina. Following an initial investment of €700m ($745m) to build the plant – its only one in Europe – the Hyundai subsidiary has ploughed ...