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    VW halts plans for Turkish plant following Syrian offensive

    2019-10-16T09:16:00Z

    Volkswagen has confirmed this week that it is putting plans for an assembly plant in Turkey on hold following the country’s military campaign in Syria. “The decision for the new factory has been postponed by the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG,” said the carmaker in ...

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    Turkish automotive exports to Russia on the rise

    2019-09-16T13:47:00Z

    MIMS AutoMechanika Turkey is set to increase automotive exports to Russia over the next several years under the upcoming trade liberalisation arrangement between the two countries. Speaking during the recent MIMS Automechanika Moscow Fair, Orhan Sabuncu, vice-chairman of the Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters Association (OİB), ...

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    Trust in Turkey: How exports are carrying the country through its economic crisis

    2019-04-11T12:01:00Z

    Turkey faces some difficult economic headwinds that have already impacted on its automotive industry. But there are still several reasons for optimism, especially the country’s strength as a vehicle export hub with easy access to the European market

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    Volvo starts shipments to Europe from Ridgeville

    2019-02-25T11:05:01Z

    Volvo has started shipping S60 sedans to Europe from the US, six months after beginning production at its $1.1 billion assembly plant in Ridgeville, near Charleston, South Carolina. “Export markets are critical to the long-term success of our plant and we’re on track to deliver vehicles to our customers worldwide,” ...

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    UK's relevance to Honda in doubt after Swindon closure

    2019-02-20T13:05:42Z

    The long-term impact on the UK automotive supply chain of Honda’s decision to end production at its Swindon plant will take some time to assess, but the carmaker has admitted that Honda of the UK Manufacturing’s current role as a global manufacturing hub “may no longer be viable”. Despite assurances ...

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    Turkish exports bolster falling domestic sales

    2019-01-23T10:24:13Z

    Turkey’s automotive industry had a mixed year in 2018. Sales in its domestic market for passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) were down by 35%, according to the Automotive Distributors Association (ODD), at 621,000 compared to 956,000 in 2017. According to Turkey’s Automotive Manufacturers’ Association (OSD), production of passenger ...

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    Hanging in the balance

    2019-01-21T16:55:00Z

    Lower production output, slower growth in export markets and several regulatory and operational issues are threatening to unbalance Poland’s finished vehicle market

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    Stepping up the pace

    2019-01-02T17:30:02Z

    When Groupe PSA bought Opel/Vauxhall from GM in 2017 for €2.2 billion ($2.33 billion), Gefco was already providing logistics services for it. Then, when Opel/Vauxhall renewed its contract for fourth-party logistics (4PL) services with Gefco in October 2018 for a further four years, Gefco was tasked with finding ...

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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 ...

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    Standoff between the US and Turkey raises questions for OEMs

    2018-08-22T14:36:37Z

    The collapse in the value of the Turkish lira and the political stand-off between Turkey and the US have some potentially serious consequences for the continued growth of the automotive sector in the country. Car and light van production in Turkey has grown steadily in recent years, to around 1.4-1.5m ...

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    DHL Freight opens warehouse in Manisa

    2018-07-09T10:27:23Z

    DHL Freight has opened a logistics warehouse at Manisa Industrial Park, near the Turkish city of Izmir, in response to what it said was a growing demand for services in the country. "Manisa is not only home to one of the first logistics parks in Turkey, it is also an ...

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    Turkish exports continue to rise

    2018-06-12T10:16:01Z

    Turkey’s automotive exports have risen 17% so far this year to reach a value of $13.9 billion, fresh figures from the Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters' Association (OİB) have shown. In May – the country’s 28th month of continuous automotive export growth – automotive exports were worth $2.8 billion, up 8% ...

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    Trusting the market will stay afloat

    2018-04-26T09:42:00Z

    European vehicle-handling ports saw growth in vehicle vehicle volumes in 2017, however geo-political worries – not least Brexit – is causing concerns. Ports continue to invest but there are worries over future volumes and capacity levels. 

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    DFDS takes over Turkish ocean forwarder U.N. Ro-Ro

    2018-04-17T09:41:59Z

    Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has bought a majority 99% stake in U.N. Ro-Ro, Turkey's largest operator of ocean-going ro-ro freight vessels for €950m ($1.2 billion). U.N Ro-Ro was previously owned by Turkish private equity companies Actera and Esas. DFDS said the purchase would make it a major player ...

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    NYK and Oyak form joint venture to build car terminal in Turkey

    2018-04-09T14:16:22Z

    Turkish conglomerate Oyak has set up a joint venture with Japan’s NYK Line to invest a combined $110m in a new finished vehicle terminal at Yarimca port in Turkey’s Kocaeli region. Oyak Port, which is 90km south-east of Istanbul, will be owned jointly between Oyak (55%) and NYK (45%). The ...

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    Turkey boosts automotive exports by nearly a quarter in first nine months

    2017-11-08T11:57:20Z

    Turkey has seen a 24% rise in the export of vehicles between January and September this year compared with the same period in 2016, according to recent figures from the Turkish Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD). The country exported over 984,400 vehicles out of a total production figure of 1.2m during ...

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    Operations get underway at Ekol’s Yalova ro-ro terminal

    2017-10-19T12:30:38Z

    Ekol Logistics has started processing cargo through its Yalova ro-ro terminal in north-west Turkey, following an investment of €40m ($47m). The first shipment of freight was sent to the northern Italian port of Trieste aboard Alternative Transport’s ro-ro vessel Qezban . Ekol has a 65% stake in Europa Multipurpose Terminals, ...

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    Changes are the only certainty at Ford of Europe

    2017-10-09T17:46:07Z

    As Ford Motor continues a fourth year of solid recovery, with rising sales and profits across its main European markets, the complexity of its outbound vehicle distribution network for the region has also been increasing. Today, the carmaker must manage a network that is markedly more dispersed in terms of ...

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    Ford of Europe: A system of strength and complexity

    2017-10-09T16:53:11Z

    Dirk Willmann’s 25-year career with Ford has made him witness to the changing arc of the company’s supply chain in Europe and further afield, including more complicated material flows, new locations and footprint changes, as well as advances in technology. As a member of the material planning and logistics (MP&L) ...

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    Ekol launches block train connecting Belgium to Italy

    2017-09-27T10:39:04Z

    Ekol Logistics has started a new block train service between the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium and Trieste in north-east Italy. The train will leave EMT Trieste Terminal twice a week and can transport different types of equipment including mega-trailers, containers and swap-bodies. Last year, Ekol acquired shares in the ...