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    Special report: Many shades of Mexico


    Logistics is part of what has helped carmakers succeed in Mexico’s historically difficult economy, but will it be an advantage or pitfall in future?Reporting from south of the borderThis special multi-part report, by editor Christopher Ludwig, explores Mexico’s historic and developing supply chain as well as the logistics challenges connected ...

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    Warehouse excellence at Robert Bosch


    Extensive research and testing of lean principles have elevated tier one supplier Robert Bosch’s warehousing practices alongside the highest OEM plant standards. The supplier is trying to replicate these lean standards globallyFew terms are used as ubiquitously throughout automotive production as ‘lean management’, a concept of continuous improvement and manufacturing ...

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    A star still on the rise in Brazil


    Toyota is a fast-growing player in the huge but difficult Brazilian market. Growth has helped the carmaker apply more lean logistics principles to its vehicle distribution.The inclusion of Brazil in the BRIC group of emerging nations more than a decade ago put the country of more than 200m inhabitants in ...

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    Sean Bricknell takes up global logistics role at GM


    Sean Bricknell has taken up a new role at General Motors focusing on the carmaker’s global logistics strategy. He moves over from his role as logistics director for GM International Operations (GMIO) where he was responsible for the Asia, Africa and Middle East region. In his current role in charge ...

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    Mitsubishi chooses Highjump WMS for Brazil


    Mitsubishi Motor’s division in Brazil has chosen a warehouse management system provided by Highjump Software for its parts distribution centre in Sao Paulo and its production plant in Catalao, in the inland state of Goias.The software, called Highjump Warehouse Advantage, will be deployed by Optimis, Highjump Software’s partner in Brazil ...

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    Argentina and Brazil parts deal expected to restore trade flows


    The governments of Brazil and Argentina have signed a one-year deal to regulate the trade in vehicle parts between the two countries. The deal will allow Brazil to export $150 worth of car parts for every $100 worth of automobiles it imports from Argentina, without paying tariffs, according to industry ...

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    Randy Creel takes up role at DB Schenker in the US


    Randy Creel has moved from Ford to take up a new position at DB Schenker as head of vertical market automotive, Americas. From his base in Boston, Creel head automotive activity throughout North and South America.Creel was with Ford for almost 14 years, most recently as global strategy and planning ...

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    ​European sales not much to celebrate yet, says LMC’s Cox


    A number of recent reports have painted a rosy picture of returning sales to the European market, but the reality is less overwhelmingly positive than these would suggest. This was the opinion of LMC Automotive’s head of European production, Justin Cox, speaking at last week’s spring congress and general assembly ...

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    Thirsty for pressure


    Gefco’s chief executive, Luc Nadal (pictured), has ambitious plans for global expansion under Russian Railways ownership. But as an avid seaman, he knows it won’t always be smooth sailing.Few logistics providers have seen as much change as the Gefco Group in just two years. The major trigger was PSA Peugeot ...

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    Chrysler will ship 800k transmissions from Tipton to global facilities


    Chrysler expects to be shipping 800,000 transmissions out of its new plant in Tipton, Indiana when it reaches full capacity. The facility is set to become a global hub for the nine-speed transmission made there and units will be sent to Toledo, Ohio, for use in the Jeep Cherokee and ...

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    Windmills squeeze out vehicles at Montevideo


    Vehicle importers at the Uruguayan port of Montevideo are seriously concerned by a 50% reduction in the amount of space given over to inbound vehicles. They suggest that the situation could get worse.According to Julio Martínez, head of the Uruguayan Automotive Business Association (ACAU), which represents 23 companies in the ...

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    Nissan adds Indian PDC; plans Datsun dealerships


    Nissan has opened a parts distribution centre (PDC) outside Chennai in an effort to expand its service network in India to meet demand in line with the growth of vehicle sales in the country. Situated in the SKCL Industrial Park in Sriperumbudur Taluk, it brings the number of PDCs Nissan ...

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    This week’s FVL conference in California is streaming Live!


    This year's Finished Vehicle North America conference, which is taking place now, is streaming live debate from its main sessions, offering those in direct attendance, and those with an interest abroad, the ability to participate online.This year the luxurious and spacious Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa is playing host ...

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    Renault investing in Brazil PDC


    Renault is investing R$240m ($108.5m) to build a national parts distribution centre (PDC) in the city of Quatro Barras, Brazil, with the start of operations planned for the second half of 2015. The new facility will create 250 jobs, and operations will involve the movement of 200 heavy-duty trucks on ...

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    DSV plans to double automotive business by 2020


    Logistics and transport provider DSV has announced plans to double its revenue from the automotive sector to €1 billion ($1.4 billion) by 2020, which would account for 20% of its overall business.Talking to Automotive Logistics at last week’s Multimodal exhibition in Birmingham, UK, the company said that the automotive sector ...

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    Better profits in Europe help TNT


    TNT Express has reported improving operating profits for its core European region in the first quarter of 2014, despite a drop in revenues. While some international markets remain under pressure, the company also saw better results for its domestic Brazil operations, which broke even for the quarter.In total, TNT reported ...

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    TNT appoints de Vries as CFO


    Maarten Jan de Vries (left) is moving to TNT Express as its chief financial officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Board at the beginning of July this year, pending shareholder approval. He replaces Bernard Bot, who is leaving the company after 20 years.Jan de Vries, who was most recently ...

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    Toyota begins Corolla exports from Mississippi


    [sam_ad id=6 codes='true']Toyota has announced the start of exports of the Corolla from its US facility in Mississippi to Central and South America, and to the Caribbean.“The export of Mississippi-built Corollas directly supports 2,000 Toyota jobs, keeps our plant running at optimal capacity and increases opportunities for our suppliers and ...

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    China may matter less as a low-cost country sourcing location


    Rising labour, material and transport costs have all contributed to limit China’s role as a low-cost country sourcing location for automotive manufacturers, although the market’s growth has encouraged more local sourcing for vehicle production across the country, according to speakers at the Automotive Logistics China conference in Beijing. Costs in ...

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    Brazil to benefit from car terminal expansion at Suape port


    Carmakers active in the Brazilian market are expected to benefit from the development of a 19-hectare car terminal at the port of Suape, due for completion in November this year. The move promises to ease congestion for the processing of vehicles in Brazil, where insufficient port capacity is creating bottlenecks ...