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    Suppliers will face squeeze as OEMs push to meet EU CO2 targets

    2019-10-02T09:58:00Z

    As carmakers strive to reach the more stringent CO2 emissions targets being phased in across the EU next year, we predict that many are likely to put more pressure on their supply base to help reduce emissions

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    Hunkering in a bunker for Brexit

    2019-09-30T10:16:00Z

    I type this surrounded by tins of baked beans, a stack of chocolate bars and a few bottles of merlot – not my usual ‘writing supplies’ (although, close), but the contents of my Brexit bunker in which I am waiting for the end of life as we know it. For it’s slightly over a month to go before the UK is due to leave the EU and what will happen next is still unclear. Deal? No deal? Riots in the streets? Right now, it is anyone’s guess…

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    OEMs’ profit strategies today could hurt them tomorrow

    2019-09-30T08:53:00Z

    Ahead of stringent EU emissions targets starting in 2020, some carmakers are pursuing strategies that actually go against what they will ultimately need to do to reduce hefty fines. This makes sense – but only for now

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    EU fines and electric future not entirely in the hands of OEMs

    2019-09-26T09:56:00Z

    In the face of government and citizens’ rising concern over climate change, vehicle emission regulations around the world are tightening, especially in Europe. In our latest business intelligence report, we forecast that carmakers will face hefty fines under tightening vehicle emission targets, driven largely by factors outside their control.

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    Opportunities ahead for automotive OEMs and tier suppliers

    2019-09-25T06:00:00Z

    The downturn in automotive sales volume creates many challenges, but the transitional state of the industry also provides many business opportunities, according to a forecast and report from Ultima Media.

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    Greater expectations: brighter days will return for the automotive industry

    2019-09-24T06:00:00Z

    Although automotive OEMs will face years of stagnant vehicle sales, a stronger recovery thereafter will bring growth back up to long run averages and herald a return to stronger profits. By then, however, the industry is likely to have undergone further consolidation.

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    Report: Climate Change vs. Carmakers

    2019-09-20T00:35:00Z

    In our second report from Ultima Media’s automotive business intelligence team, we focus on climate change mitigation policies around the world with a particular focus on the most stringent and imminent EU CO2 emissions targets predicting the financial consequences of the legislation upon the OEMs, the impact upon the wider supply chain and the opportunities that arise from the legislation.

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    Trade wars compound economic risks for automotive supply chain

    2019-09-13T19:24:00Z

    The impact on tariffs and especially of uncertainty in key trading regions including the US, China and Europe are having real impacts on the automotive supply chain, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media’s new business intelligence unit.

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    Auto industry faces lengthy decline in sales

    2019-09-10T21:42:00Z

    Global new vehicle sales could face years of falls or stagnation, hurting OEM profits and putting pressure on the supply chain, according to a forecast by Automotive from Ultima Media’s new business intelligence unit.

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    Report: Automotive headwinds align into a perfect storm

    2019-09-08T08:48:00Z

    Ultima Media’s new business intelligence team forecasts global vehicle sales by powertrain over the next decade, with analysis of the trends reshaping the automotive industry and supply chain. 

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    Hyundai Mobis retains Carousel as logistics provider

    2019-09-02T10:25:00Z

    Automotive parts manufacturer, Hyundai Mobis Parts Europe, has renewed its contract with Carousel Logistics to cover last-mile deliveries and vehicle-off-road (VOR) orders across the Republic of Ireland The arrangement includes Carousel collecting genuine parts and accessories by road each day from Hyundai Mobis’ UK distribution centre ...

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    Industry suffers blow with loss of Michael Druml, head of Magna Europe supply chain and purchasing

    2019-08-23T17:18:00Z

    Michael Druml, an influential supply chain management executive who played a major role in the logistics, supply chain and purchasing operations for divisions of Daimler and later Magna, died suddenly this week. He was 59 years old.

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    Shifting sands of time: The changing nature of Saudi Arabia’s automotive industry

    2019-08-21T15:18:00Z

    Changes to social and economic conditions, including the recent removal of a ban on female drivers, could give a welcome boost to the automotive industry in Saudi Arabia.

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    Russian trade ministry proposes record-breaking state aid for parts suppliers

    2019-08-20T11:03:00Z

    Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry is proposing to fund the country’s automotive parts suppliers with a bailout package worth $3 billion to secure supply in the face of US sanctions

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    Why the UK’s aim to be a world leader in EVs is nothing but a dream

    2019-08-06T09:28:00Z

    We haven’t yet heard from members of the UK’s new, Boris Johnson government on its vision for EVs, but every time a member of Theresa May’s government spoke about the car industry, you were almost guaranteed to hear them say that the UK was going to be a world leader in electric vehicles (EVs). The idea is, in fact, laughable…

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    Nippon Express expands footprint in Morocco

    2019-07-24T08:45:00Z

    Logistics provider Nippon Express France has opened a second operation in Morocco, a logistics centre in the port of Tangiers… 

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    VW Group Components supply network supports ID.3 assembly

    2019-07-17T08:55:00Z

    Volkswagen Group Components, a relative newcomer within the German OEM’s corporate structure, is manufacturing numerous parts for the production of VW’s ID.3 electric vehicle. Pre-series production of the new EV has begun at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, which will be relying on a supply chain linking other VW ...

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    Rise of smart cars heralds supply chain disruption, says Alliance’s Mark Sutcliffe

    2019-07-09T14:56:00Z

    Despite the fact that global total industry volume (TIV) is likely to drop by 7% or 8% this year, longer term growth is forecast to be huge, said Mark Sutcliffe, senior vice president of industrial strategy and supply chain management (SCM) at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (RNM) Alliance…

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    Running out of juice – will demand for battery materials outstrip supply?

    2019-07-09T10:47:00Z

    As OEMs accelerate their EV programmes, there is growing concern that demand for battery materials will outstrip supply. Gavin du Venage considers the risks

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    Deal or no deal, the UK auto industry needs to invest now

    2019-07-04T12:01:00Z

    The best way for OEMs to prepare for Brexit is to act like it has already happened, delegates were told at the Automotive Logistics Global conference in Munich, this week. Christoph Stürmer, Autofacts Global lead analyst, PWC, revealed that vehicle production in the UK is down ...