All South America articles – Page 18

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    Redrawing the line side


    Carmakers are looking carefully at ways to simplify inbound logistics to assembly lines, including kitting operations and, in some cases, insourcing.After a number of recent visits to automotive plants I have noticed changes to the ways that carmakers are thinking about final deliveries to the assembly line. Manufacturers as diverse ...

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    ​TNT announces improved Q4 results and reorganisation


    TNT Express has reported improvements to its business in the fourth quarter of last year, swinging back into profit for the quarter despite lower revenues. The company saw its profits fall for the full year 2013, but plans to accelerate its cost-cutting initiatives and reorganise its domestic and international logistics ...

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    JCB officially opens inbound logistics facility in UK


    UK-based construction machinery maker JCB has officially opened its new logistics hub in North Staffordshire. The centre has been set up to receive inbound components for onward shipment to JCB's global manufacturing facilities, including those in Europe, the US, Brazil, China and India, as well as those local to the ...

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    ​Horizon International appoints Tony Leach as SCM manager


    Horizon International Cargo, an independent freight forwarder and logistics provider, has announced the appointment of Tony Leach (left) as manager of supply chain development. Leach will work alongside clients in Horizon’s automotive and component manufacturing sectors. He joined Horizon in December 2012 and has since been delivering new logistics products ...

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    ​Kongsberg wins supply contract to Europe and China


    Component supplier Kongsberg Automotive has been granted a five-year contract for the supply of brake vacuum assemblies from its Fluid Transfer division to an as-yet unnamed car manufacturer.The contract is said to be worth an estimated €15m ($20.5m).Fluid Transfer assembles automotive pipe and hose components for a range of light ...


    Outsourcing's thin grey line


    The boundary between outsourced supply chain and in-house manufacturing is moving all the time. Where should carmakers draw the line?Once, perhaps, it was easy to see where logistics management and labour stopped and where manufacturing started at assembly plants. Parts were taken from the trucks at the loading dock of ...

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    Duaik moves from VW Brazil to outbound role in Germany


    Wilson Duaik has moved from his role as head of Logistics Supply, Inbound Transport at Volkswagen’s division in Brazil to take up a new role in outbound logistics at Volkswagen Group based in Germany.Duaik has more than 10 years’ experience in all aspects of purchasing directly related to global and ...

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    Toyota begins Highlander exports from US to global markets


    Toyota has begun exporting Highlander SUVs from the US to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan – the first time the model has been exported from North America to those markets. Previously exports of the Highlander to those markets were supplied from Japan.The vehicles are manufactured at the carmaker’s ...

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    NYK not afraid to go local for logistics


    NYK Auto Logistics is that rarest of things: a finished vehicle logistics provider with a strategy scope and asset base that stretches into many different countries, including difficult emerging markets. But can it combine its myriad services effectively? An NYK ro-ro terminal in ShanghaiWith the exception of ro-ro shipping, ...

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    Are Russian import tariffs going back to the USSR?


    UPDATE: Since publication, there have been further developments, including the decision by the Ukrainian government to increase excise duties. Read more here.Despite joining the WTO or promoting trade, Russia and its neighbours retain a highly complex set of import tariffs and barriers. But could political tension and economic pressure force ...

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    TNT Express reverses sale of Brazil domestic business


    TNT Express has decided to end the bidding process for the sale of its domestic operations in Brazil – TNT Mercurio – stating that it was “not possible to realise a transaction on acceptable terms”. It will continue to be managed as a separate business unit within TNT Express.Back in ...

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    Argentina plans to restrict vehicle imports in 2014


    Carmakers exporting vehicles to Argentina are facing restrictions on the number of vehicles they can send to the country in the early part of 2014. The Argentine government is looking to cut imports by 27.5% based on volumes in 2013 because of a perceived imbalance in automotive trade.During the first ...

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    Global car making will be based on a risk-benefit model


    Emerging markets are expected to account for 50% of global vehicle production by 2020 and, to remain competitive and reduce risk in the face of stiffening international legislation, carmakers are looking at co-location and the sourcing of components closer to the final consumerStiffening legislation, increased competition and a focus on ...

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    ​Chinese auto-glass makers to invest $200m in Ohio facility


    Chinese auto-glass maker Fuyao Group is planning to invest $200m in a new facility in the US state of Ohio in a long term plan to provide a better service to its North American customers while cutting logistics and transport costs. The decision, which the group hopes will expand US-China ...

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    Duclos replaces Davies as head of US vehicle logistics for Toyota


    D’anne M. Duclos (pictured left) has replaced Nancy Davies as vice-president of Toyota Logistics Services (TLS), the outbound logistics and vehicle processing arm of Toyota Motor Sales USA (TMS). Davies, who has held the role since 2008, has moved over to a position in sales and production planning at TMS ...

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    Japan serves notices for unfair practice on ro-ro carriers


    A number of global ocean carriers, including Japan’s NYK Line and ‘K’ Line, are facing a round of fines because of non-competitive behaviour in their vehicle shipping business, this time by a Japanese regulator. The carriers have now been served with preliminary findings into an investigation by the Japanese ...

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    Record results for Brazilian exports


    Brazilian vehicle exports grew strongly in 2013, including a rise of nearly 30% for passenger car exports, thanks in part to a weak Brazilian real. Data released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Anfavea) suggests that the overall value of $16.6 billion, which includes cars, light commercial vehicles, buses, ...

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    Grey moves to Syncreon in South America


    Toby Grey, former managing director of TNT Brazil, is to take up a new role at logistics provider Syncreon on January 6 next year as senior vice president for South America. He will assume responsibility for Syncreonís current operations and new business growth in South America for both the automotive ...

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    WTO agrees on customs plan but concerns over currency remain


    The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has unanimously approved a trade facilitation agreement designed to establish common customs standards and ease the flow of goods through borders around the world. It is estimated that it could lower the cost of carrying out trade by as much as 10-15%, according to the ...

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    Vigo ro-ro terminal operating at full capacity


    New finished vehicle traffic at the Spanish north-western port of Vigo increased by 13% in the first ten months of this year, while car components have gone up by 10.5%, during which time the port has consolidated its position as a major Atlantic hub.On November 25, the dedicated ro-ro terminal ...