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    Tariffs disrupting US car industry, lawmakers told

    2018-10-03T13:33:07Z

    Representatives from carmakers, tier suppliers and the dealership sector were amongst those warning of the enormously disruptive impact of continued import tariffs in the US. Last week’s US Senate Finance Committee hearing in Washington, DC heard that duties on vehicles and automotive parts into the US, as proposed by the ...

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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 ...

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    Strike action hits Scania V8 supply

    2018-07-10T18:18:17Z

    Scania has been unable to fulfil customer orders for more than 2,000 trucks with V8 engines because of a strike at an unnamed supplier of cast engine components. Sales of industrial and marine V8 engines are also affected. The strike began on June 14 and follows a spell earlier this ...

  • GM Breaks Ground on $65 million ACDelco and Genuine GM Parts Processing Facility
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    GM breaks ground on Michigan parts centre

    2018-06-27T15:01:39Z

    General Motors has stated construction of a $65m (€56m) parts processing centre (PPC) in Burton, Michigan. The development represents the company’s largest single investment in a US warehousing and logistics facility for almost 40 years and it is being managed by General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales (GMCCA). (left ...

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    Digitalising the automotive supply chain

    2018-06-22T10:55:12Z

    Digitalisation of the automotive industry is a topic that has been high up on most OEM and tier one supplier agendas for some time. However, the digital age is transforming at such breakneck speed that there is the continual fear of being left behind, or even worse, of deciding on ...

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    EV battery supply chains need a recharge

    2018-06-20T15:18:25Z

    Recent research from JLT Specialty revealed eight out of the 11 key countries which supply the main raw materials used in EV batteries, such as cobalt and lithium, are in territories designated as having a high or very high risk of disruption. The intense demand for sourcing materials like cobalt ...

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    EV supply chains: Shifting currents

    2017-04-28T16:32:55Z

    Mass-market electric vehicles are coming. Global plug-in sales grew 42% in 2016, reaching to 773,600 units. Today, electric vehicles account for only about 0.1% of the global vehicle stock and less than 1% of sales; volume growth in SUVs and trucks, while lower in percentage terms, has had a bigger ...

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    Yusen signs Germany to US engine block contract

    2017-03-08T05:46:43Z

    Third party logistics provider Yusen Logistics has been awarded a contract to move engine blocks from tier supplier Neue Halberg-Guss's (NHG) facility in Germany to an automotive manufacturing plant in Ohio. The total supply chain service will involve collections from NHG’s plant in Saarbrücken, plus stockholding and container build, followed ...

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    Under PSA, Brexit and imported parts could put Vauxhall plants at risk

    2017-03-07T03:28:37Z

    The long-term fate of Vauxhall post-Brexit, and as a part of French carmaker PSA Group, has become less clear because of uncertainties over how trade barriers could impact its supply chain and its role in the combined PSA-Opel production network. PSA's €1.3 billion ($1.47 billion) acquisition from GM agreed ...

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    Tesla says Model 3 production remains on schedule

    2017-03-01T17:18:05Z

    Tesla, which is about to shift into a mass production phase, has told investors it is on track to begin delivering its Model 3 electric vehicle (pictured) from July this year. The new car will see the company shift from being an 84,000 car per year producer to one manufacturing ...

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    Nissan outlines UK supply chain and Brexit concerns

    2017-03-01T16:49:40Z

    In a wide-ranging discussion with UK lawmakers, Nissan Europe’s head of supply chain spoke of the company’s preferred outcomes post-Brexit, as well as warning of the need to increase domestic supply Colin Lawther, Nissan’s senior vice-president for manufacturing, supply chain management and purchasing in Europe warned UK lawmakers in London ...

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    Volkswagen to deepen common platform and component sharing across MAN and Scania

    2016-09-28T14:55:19Z

    Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle brands, led by MAN and Scania, have confirmed plans to deepen integration of component and powertrain development across various segments, with common platforms across the companies and cross-production of some components for other brands. The integration, which will not affect current plant capacities or locations, continues the ...

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    Global conference: Keeping up with technology’s potential and risks

    2016-09-26T21:36:26Z

    The Automotive Logistics Global conference offered examples of technological change, advantages and dangers. The question is whether manufacturers and logistics providers are investing enough attention and capital in keeping up with them. Rapid advances in digital technology are driving changes in the logistics processes that support the global automotive industry, ...

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    Brexit shockwaves go through the supply chain

    2016-06-24T12:11:08Z

    For the automotive logistics sector, there was a cruel but telling irony in where the strength of the British vote to leave the EU on June 23rd first emerged. Around midnight, in one of the first areas to announce its results, the north-east city of Sunderland revealed that 61% of ...

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    Japanese shockwaves reach North America

    2016-04-28T12:37:05Z

    The earthquakes that hit the Kumamoto region of Japan’s Kyushu island on April 15th-16th, knocking out production at assembly and supplier plants across the country, have now also affected automotive production in North America. GM has suspended production for two weeks (from Monday April 25th) at four of its ...

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    Spain could lose carmaking in five years, warns Machado

    2015-11-30T11:39:41Z

    The president of Ford Spain, José Manuel Machado (pictured), has warned that the high costs of logistics and energy in Spain could threaten the future of vehicle manufacturing in the country. He said the higher costs meant the industry was less competitive, which could prompt manufacturers to switch production to ...