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    Editor's Note: Supply chains and purchasing


    About five years ago, OEM executives described buying components in places like Southeast Asia as ‘low-cost country’ sourcing. A few years later, they started calling it the more cheerful ‘best-cost country’ sourcing. I always thought of this change as a PR cleanse – an obfuscation of the short and clear ...

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    Toyota shows its colours in Europe


    Toyota Motor Europe’s head of logistics, talks exclusively about how the global sales leader has been redesigning its supply chain and logistics as part of a strategy to improve costs and shorten order-todelivery cycles for regional productionA Strategic change;The inbound network;Mapping Toyota's flowsDiversifying the carrier base;Centralising packaging;Shortening the order-to-delivery cycle;Outbound ...

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    Logistics in the front line of crisis response


    Levent Yuksel, Toyota Motor Europe’s head of logistics, on how the global sales leader has been redesigning its supply chain and logistics as part of a strategy to improve costs and shorten order-todelivery cycles for regional production. He talks to Christopher Ludwig.Although Toyota has roared back to the top of ...

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    Mahindra Logistics looks to diversify and double profits by 2016


    Mahindra Logistics, India’s largest automotive logistics provider, has said it plans to double its revenue in the next four years by building on and diversifying its logistics services outside its parent company, Indian conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), and the automotive industry more generally. The company, which was established ...

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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 ...

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    An almost endless potential


    With BMW’s production at full speed, logistics has become critical in maintaining record profits. But Dr Karl May, head of logistics, tells Christopher Ludwig that there have been service failures and he’s looking for reliable partners to share BMW’s considerable growth.The sound of opportunity speeding through;The necessary preassure of logistics;The ...

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    Ensuring a bon voyage for global parts


    PSA Peugeot-Citroën’s evolution from a European carmaker to one which sells and builds vehicles in global markets has been under way for some years. But as the pace accelerates and its supply chain becomes more complex–with more shared platforms and increasing parts exchange–so too has the need arisen for a ...

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    Gefco’s global resurgence


    On the acquisition trailRussian returnOpportunities within the groupEuropean capacity shiftsIT evolution and an electric futureGefco is using its strong position to expand globally and acquire assets for vehicle logistics, both as the outbound arm of the PSA Group and as it diversifies its customer base, writes Christopher Ludwig.Gefco stands out ...

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    Global round up


    Mahindra exports global platform SUVIndian carmaker Mahindra & Mahindra has said it will export its new XUV500 SUV to South Africa at the same time that domestic sales begin in December this year, with further plans for export to Western Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Australia. The car, which ...

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    GM to restart production in Indonesia


    General Motors will invest $150m to reopen its Bekasi manufacturing plant in West Java, Indonesia. The plant will start production of a new lines of people moves in 2013 with an initial capacity of up to 40,000 vehicles to serve the Southeast Asian market, according to the company. The Bekasi ...

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    Gefco ready to buy and expand


    Gefco, the logistics division of the PSA Peugeot-Citroën Group, is pushing to expand and diversify its vehicle logistics operations and is targeting further acquisitions in European and global markets. The company, which has experienced record growth and profits this year, is aiming to reduce the proportion of PSA business in ...

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    Gefco widens reach with Mercurio stake


    Peugeot-Citroën’s logistics arm Gefco is acquiring a controlling 70% share in Italian transport and distribution company Gruppo Mercurio following an agreement signed with Venice European Investments (VEI), the investment fund controlled by holding company Palladio Finanziaria. The figure of the transaction has not been released, though Palladio is reported to ...

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    Global news in brief


    Federal Mogul strengthens aftermarket supply in SpainPowertrain, chassis and safety technology supplier, Federal Mogul, has opened a new aftermarket distribution centre in Madrid to service the Spanish market, which accounts for 10% of the company’s European aftermarket business. The 8,000m2 Coslada facility will stock 35,000 specialised replacement parts and is ...

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    WWL begins operations at Jurong Port


    Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has begun operations at Singapore’s Jurong Port following the signing of a lease agreement to manage an on-dock processing centre that will support manufacturers of high and heavy ro-ro equipment. "Through this partnership, WWL will make extensive use of Jurong Port’s ro-ro capabilities. This will further ...

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    Consumers drive logistics


    The gap between success and failure in the automotive logistics market is widening, with the difference often lying in serving emerging consumersAlthough the outlook for automotive logistics is mixed (awful in some markets) there are simultaneously a host of improving financials from some logistics providers. Meanwhile, global car sales and ...

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    Asean alliance boosts car industry


    Namrita Chow discovers that the Asean states are investing in the car business to the benefit of local and international OEMs. However, the logistics support structure is still fragmented and outdated, and they are competing with the manufacturing expert - ChinaFavourable tariffsAsean versus China as production base?New vehicle port links ...

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    Stop hanging around


    Getting in and getting out…fastChrysler-Fiat deal could nurture two-way flowPorts need to be meaner and leanerGrappling with recessionEast coast is fiercely competitiveLess attractive than containersHow the West Coast comparesWho you sell to still dictates carmakers’ choice of ports but patterns are shifting, and US ports try to keep pace with ...

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    Executives on the move


    Barry Long, manager of vehicle logistics for Porsche Cars North America (PCNA), has left his role to “pursue other opportunities” according to the company. A permanent replacement for Long has not been announced but in the interim period Bob Beauston, transportation specialist for PCNA, will fulfil the role. Long was ...

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    The rise of emergency logistics services


    Push to pull modelJust-in-time assemblyRelease of new modelsScheduling inaccuracyManufacturing shift to the EastWill it last?The financial crisis saw an unpredictable rise and fall of different logistics segments. Transport and warehousing, being the core logistics activities, remained relatively stable, even though the revenue generated out of them dropped significantly. Green supply ...

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    Growth brings a sea change for Kia and Glovis


    Kia sees changes for its logisticsKia’s export routes and carriers in 2010The dangers of the deep seaAs vessels grow smaller orders are kept waitingKoreans follow Hyundai-KiaFree trade agreements will help KiaIT integration a must as Kia growsAs Kia continues to defy the global downturn, the company is focusing on getting ...