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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 ...

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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 trail Russian return Opportunities within the group European capacity shifts IT evolution and an electric future Gefco 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, ...

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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, acc ording to the company. The ...

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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 Spain Powertrain, 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 8,000m 2 Coslada facility will stock 35,000 specialised ...

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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 ...

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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 consumers Although 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 ...

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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 - China Favourable tariffs Asean versus China as production base? New ...

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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. ...

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    The rise of emergency logistics services


    Push to pull model Just-in-time assembly Release of new models Scheduling inaccuracy Manufacturing shift to the East Will 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 ...

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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 ...

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    European car ports are waiting on an Asian dream


    China’s big paper plans Assessing the European landing point Kia went to a smaller port, and so could others China and India have raced ahead in domestic car sales, but logistics providers and port operators in Europe are wondering when, and if, they will arrive on local shores in any ...

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    Designing a group logistics strategy for SAIC


    A family of logistical differences Looking abroad, cautiously Getting stronger at home A tale of two Anjis The sprawling Chinese conglomerate is growing quickly across its indigenous brands and joint venture operations, which include truckmaker subsidiaries and an in-house logistics company, Anji Automotive Logistics. Namrita Chow takes a look inside ...

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    Logistics is holding South Africa back


    An inefficient supply chain, high logistics and port handling costs could cause carmakers in South Africa to lose future production volumes to global competitors in Asia, South America and even the EU, according to executives at last week’s South African Automotive Week in Port Elizabeth. Total costs for South ...