All South America articles – Page 29

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    Strike hits customs at Brazilian ports


    Automotive shipments in and out of Brazil could be hit by widespread and ‘indefinite’ strike action involving customs officials across the country, which is threatening to frustrate recent attempts to solve congestion at the country’s ports. Industrial action has already been reported at a number of ports including Santos, ...

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    JAC Motors switches imports to Salvador


    The Brazilian port of Salvador has celebrated the arrival of the first shipment of vehicles from Chinese carmaker JAC Motors, which marks the beginning of operations in Bahia state for the company. Around 1,000 J5 vehicles were delivered in the shipment.Previously, the manufacturer made use of the port of ...

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    Global round up


    Congestion at Zarate forces WWL suspensionFollowing last week’s news that the vehicle terminal at the Argentine port of Zárate was suffering severe congestion, with vessels unable to unload, ocean forwarder Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has said it has suspended its service to the port.“Congestion at the port has increasingly ...

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    Zarate faces gridlock


    Argentina's Terminal Zárate is reported to be facing significant import congestion, with 17,000 vehicles clogging its parking area and seven vessels awaiting discharge. Although the automotive sector was designated a growth area by the country's president, it continues to generate problems. At the beginning of the year, sales ...

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    Global round up


    Santos Brasil and Schaeffler sign distribution agreementTerminal operator Santos Brasil has signed a five-year contract with the German engineering multinational Schaeffler, which has a manufacturing plant in the Brazilian city of Sorocaba, from where it supplies the entire domestic and export automotive production sector with a range of ...

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    Ceva files for IPO as its auto results shine


    Ceva Logistics has filed a preliminary prospectus with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and announced it will float its business on the New York stock exchange in a bid to raise up to $400m in share capital. The company, owned by private equity firm Apollo Management, reported ...

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    Executives on the move


    Heath Holtz is moving from his position of director of Logistics at Nissan North America in July this year to take up a new leadership role in the Global Supply Chain Management department for the company in Japan. He will report to Yasuyuki Andoh, divisional general ...

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    Big port increases for Brazil and Mexico


    The Brazilian port of Paranaguá has recorded a significant increase in the handling of vehicles in the first quarter of 2012, with imports up 77% on the same period last year and exports up 25%. The port imported 35,000 units in the first quarter compared with 20,000 ...

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    Low-price drive only a temporary goal


    Прочтите эту статью на русском языкеChinese carmakers are looking beyond their traditional focus on price and competition in the entry-level vehicle markets around the world and pushing up standards in terms of product and service levels, with assistance from government to guide improved networks abroad in ...

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    GM awards Brazilian logistics providers


    General Motors has recently presented its 2011 Supplier of the Year awards to companies providing it with materials and services for operations in Brazil and the wider South American market. At a ceremony in São Paulo, the carmaker recognised the performance of 38 of its suppliers for the ...

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    Global round up


    DAF invests €30m in Eindhoven PDCPACCAR subsidiary DAF Trucks is investing €30m ($39m) in a new 26,000-square-metre parts distribution centre (PDC) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The facility, which is due for completion in the first half of 2013, will replace the truckmaker's existing PDC in Eindhoven and provide additional capacity ...

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    Argentina under pressure to change import rules


    Argentina has come under renewed pressure from the WTO for its import-licensing measures which member states said are restricting trade across a range of goods including vehicles and automotive parts. At last Friday's Council for Trade in Goods meeting in Geneva, Michael Punke, the deputy US trade representative, complained ...

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    North American vehicle imports on the rise


    Recent figures from industry analysts and regional manufacturing associations show that North America is seeing significant growth in demand for imported vehicles, boosting volumes for vehicle carriers serving the market. Data from Autocorp and Reuters show that sales of imported cars were up 17.7% in March to 246,522 against the ...

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    Gefco reports 12.9% increase in turnover


    French logistics provider Gefco has reported a turnover of almost €3.8m for 2011, a 12.9% increase compared to 2010. Operating income reached a record €223m according to the company, representing a 5.9% turnover. The company said that the opening of new subsidiaries and major external growth enable it to win ...

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    Packing a knockdown punch


    With CKD operations crucial to many manufacturers’ global strategies, Anthony Coia looks at the issues of cost, reusability and customisation in packaging the vital kits One way packaging; 3PL services; The cardboard way; Economic efficiencies; Packaging solutions; Logan's run; Three-pronged approach.As a method of vehicle assembly, the complete knockdown system ...

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    Balanced verticals are good for business at CEVA


    Gaining market share;Becoming supply chain designers;When will Apollo exit?.The past year has been a particularly strong one in the automotive sector for Ceva Logistics, with some significant business wins in fast growing regions such as China, India and Brazil, as well as in markets with otherwise stagnant volume, such as ...

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    Big opportunities ahead for Gefco


    For Gefco, 2012 is turning out to be a year of significant transition. In February, parent company PSA Peugeot-Citroën announced that it was divesting (an as yet undisclosed) percentage of its ownership of the transport and logistics subsidiary in an effort to raise cash and support on-going investment in its ...

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    One vision for a global platform at UTi


    UTi Worldwide is standardising its organisation to better replicate global services from one market to another. Christopher Ludwig finds the firm’s top executives believe great logistics services begin with the car industryThe power of one;Replicating services globally;The potential for regional sourcing.UTi Worldwide might not be the most recognisable name or ...

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    Chinese carmakers accelerate into Brazil


    Tony Danby reports on how Chinese and other OEMs are investing in local production and distribution in Brazil.Chinese players become established;Chinese pick-up business;Incumbents reamin strong;LSPs eye new business;Looking for opportunities;Tuning logistics operations.Although the Brazilian market has seen a slowdown in vehicle sales over recent months, the country is still ...

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    Clear port growth could get blurry


    Germany takes the lead Transhipment central in BelgiumBalancing flowsUK ports reboundConnecting ScandinaviaIberia develops despite tough economyUps and downsFrench and Italian portsOcean carrier strategiesLast year was a surprisingly strong year for European new vehicle handling at ports, with particular strength in Germany and surprising resilience even in hard-hit Spain. But increasing ...