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  • Varroc contact_czech_3
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    Varroc Lighting Systems expands Czech plant

    2018-10-10T11:37:44Z

    Varroc Lighting Systems has opened a fifth production hall at its Rychvald factory in the Moravia region of the Czech Republic. Features of the new assembly area include advanced material flow monitoring and intelligent logistics management equipment, said the US-based firm. “The hall will produce both rear lamps and smart ...

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    Sika sets up plant in Mexico with integrated logistics

    2018-10-03T16:14:45Z

    German components supplier Sika is opening a manufacturing plant in Querétaro, Mexico to supply acoustic treatments and body structural products to carmakers operating in the country. The new factory includes an integrated logistics centre and will also house the Mexican subsidiary of Faist ChemTec, which makes sound abatement and weight ...

  • First produced CIDD at new Suzhou site
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    Delphi delivers converter to Geely in China

    2018-10-03T11:42:26Z

    Delphi Technologies is producing a new vehicle propulsion device in China and has commenced deliveries to OEM Geely. The Suzhou plant set up by Delphi has started fully localised production of a combined inverter and DC/DC converter (CIDD), used in electric vehicles and hybrids to manage their electric drive systems. ...

  • September 19, 2018
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    A crisis in human capital

    2018-09-26T16:52:00Z

    As the automotive logistics sector continues to automate and let technology take the lead, there are some important human factors to resolve if such plans are to succeed – as delegates at this year’s Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit found out While the US car market may ...

  • Mexico factory2
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    Mexico hopes for a smoother road ahead

    2018-09-26T14:48:18Z

    After much uncertainty around trade talks between Mexico and the US and the former’s presidential election, Mexico’s economic and political conditions now seem clearer, leaving OEMs and LSPs in the country more optimistic about the future. Mexico, which is the world’s fourth biggest vehicle exporter, has enjoyed strong levels of ...

  • thyssenkrupp-Schulte-c-thyssenkrupp
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    Thyssenkrupp plans €60m logistics facility in Rotenburg

    2018-09-12T09:37:38Z

    Thyssenkrupp Materials Services is building a €60m ($69.5m) logistics centre in the German town of Rotenburg, in Lower Saxony, for its subsidiary Thyssenkrupp Schulte, to store materials including aluminium and steel. The company makes steel tubes and pipes, non-ferrous metals and specialty materials, as well as providing materials and supply ...

  • BRIDGESTONE-Shaw
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    Bridgestone buys ETB to extend British retail reach

    2018-09-11T15:19:24Z

    Bridgestone has taken over UK tyre distributor ETB and will add 32 branches in the south of the UK to its distribution and service network. ETB (Exhaust Tyres Batteries) also trades under the name of Britannia Tyres. “The tyre sector is constantly evolving and, by partnering with ETB, we can ...

  • Denis_Manturov_RussianGvmt_web
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    Russians drop US dollar for components purchases

    2018-09-11T14:54:18Z

    Russian Trade and Industry minister Denis Manturov (pictured) has revealed that many Russian automotive manufacturers are increasingly using national currencies, rather than the US dollar, to pay for imported components. The move has been prompted by recent US sanctions on Russia. Several companies have so far announced the policy, trade ...

  • ulf_harring
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    Harring becomes Bridgestone’s logistics chief in EMEA

    2018-09-04T11:16:34Z

    Ulf Harring (pictured) has joined global tyre maker Bridgestone as chief operating officer (COO) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He will be responsible for logistics, supply chain management and procurement, along with manufacturing, quality, IT, environment, and health and safety matters. He took up his new role ...

  • Magna_Druml
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    Michael Druml takes on purchasing role at Magna

    2018-09-04T09:58:59Z

    Michael Druml (pictured) has taken over as vice-president of purchasing for Magna International Europe replacing Klaus Iffland, who has retired from the company. Druml will continue to work as director of purchasing and logistics at Magna Steyr, the company division which provides contract manufacturing and engineering services. Here he oversees ...

  • ScaniaV8_engine
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    V8 engine production restarted at Scania

    2018-09-03T14:03:37Z

    Swedish truckmaker Scania is trying to reduce the order backlog for trucks, and industrial and marine V8 engines, because of a strike at an unnamed supplier of cast engine components , which began on June 14 and is reportedly continuing. However, last week the supplier started to produce engine blocks ...

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    Kuehne + Nagel joins forces with Sincero in China

    2018-08-28T16:05:45Z

    Kuehne + Nagel has agreed to create a new joint venture with Chinese firm Sincero that will provide contract logistics services to the automotive sector there. KN will take a majority stake in the new company. Kuehne + Nagel said the move would increase its automotive logistics business for ...

  • DanaMcBrien (pic)
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    Dana McBrien takes lead role at AutoSphere

    2018-08-24T12:15:10Z

    Dana McBrien (pictured) has moved from his role as associate chief advisor at Honda North America to become ‘guiding architect’ for AutoSphere, a digital supply chain system (previously referred to as the Automotive Supply Chain Data Ecosystem) developed by US information technology and packaging specialist, Surgere. McBrien worked for Honda ...

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    Continental buys Australian tyre network

    2018-08-21T15:12:46Z

    German tyre manufacturer Continental is purchasing the 258-branch Kmart Tyre and Auto Service chain (KTAS) from Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers for 350m Australian dollars ($253m). Continental plans to drive forward what is already a strong network of outlets and expand the existing product portfolio, said Ferdinand Hoyos, head of Continental’s passenger ...

  • HalewoodJLR
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    Exports prop up UK car production despite trade uncertainty

    2018-08-01T15:17:31Z

    The number of cars made in the UK fell by 5.5% to 128,799 last month, with domestic demand plummeting by 47.2% to 15,647, according to figures from the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). However, production was bolstered by a 6% rise in exports to 113,152 units, with almost ...

  • MercBenzHungary
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    BMW to build €1 billion assembly plant in Hungary

    2018-08-01T13:44:28Z

    BMW has announced it will build an assembly plant in Hungary next year, near the town of Debrecen in the east of the country. The German carmaker said it had chosen Debrecen because of the advantages it offered in terms of infrastructure, logistics connections and proximity to the supplier network. ...

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    Continental expands PDC in Germany

    2018-07-25T12:01:07Z

    Tier one supplier Continental is expanding its aftermarket parts distribution centre (PDC) in Southern Hesse, Germany by almost 7,000 sq.m in response to growth in the independent aftermarket. Property manager Prologis is carrying out the expansion work for Continental Aftermarket at the facility in Gross-Rohrheim, increasing the logistics space to ...

  • IAC-uses-AGVs-for-cockpit-assemby-in-Halewood
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    IAC deploys smart logistics at Halewood facility

    2018-07-18T10:20:35Z

    Global parts and systems supplier, International Automotive Components (IAC), is now using industry 4.0 manufacturing technology and smart logistics for the production of interior components at its plant in Halewood. Parts are supplied from the site to Jaguar Land Rover’s plant nearby and other carmakers in the country. Among other ...

  • Russia_parts_warehouse
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    Russia seeks to subsidise cost of parts imports

    2018-07-16T14:51:46Z

    Russia’s Ministry of Trade wants foreign OEMs to continue to comply with the industrial assembly agreements drawn up under Regulation 166. The regulation, which was amended in 2010, allowed foreign carmakers to import parts at preferential rates of customs duty. However, carmakers no longer have a reason to comply with ...

  • OptimumNano_bus_charger
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    Chinese EV battery maker forced to stop output

    2018-07-11T09:16:06Z

    A reduction in Chinese government subsidies to electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers has forced battery maker Shenzhen OptimumNano Energy to cease operations for six months. The majority of staff have been told to take paid leave for the rest of the year from July 1. Meanwhile, the government is reported to ...