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    Next step into the unprecedented

    2020-03-31T15:16:00Z

    The disruption to the global automotive supply chain caused by the coronavirus pandemic is being exacerbated by uncertainty fed by a lack of accurate information. At last week’s Automotive Supply Chain update webinar, presented by Ultima Media’s business intelligence unit, analysts tried to provide some clarity on the current situation and what lay ahead for the industry

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    Mahle opens test centre for EV batteries

    2020-03-25T11:27:00Z

    Engineering services company Mahle Powertrain has opened a new test base for electric vehicle (EV) battery modules at its technical centre in Northampton, UK…

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    Marsh to take up manufacturing and supply chain role at Nissan NA

    2020-03-18T10:42:00Z

    Following the departure of Heath Holz from Nissan North America, the carmaker has announced that Steve Marsh (pictured) is replacing him as senior vice president, manufacturing, supply chain management and purchasing..

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    XPO Logistics to manage Mercedes-Benz parts network in UK

    2020-03-10T11:16:00Z

    Third party logistics (3PL) provider XPO will manage distribution for Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics throughout the UK under a long-term partnership agreement the companies have signed.

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    DHL expands contract with Aston Martin at St Athan

    2020-03-09T16:07:00Z

    DHL Supply Chain has secured an extension and expansion of its existing logistics contract with Aston Martin to include the British luxury car maker’s new assembly plant in St Athan, south Wales…

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    Unipart leads the charge with JLR battery contract

    2020-03-03T15:34:00Z

    More than 100 Unipart employees will provide production logistics at Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) battery assembly centre, currently being built in Hams Hall, central England…

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    Port of Tyne picks new COO

    2020-02-18T16:15:00Z

    Mel Brockhouse has joined the Port of Tyne in northeast England as chief operating officer, where he will be responsible for engineering, infrastructure, rail freight, transport, warehousing and other aspects of the port’s operational activity…

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    Trade barriers threaten automotive sector after Brexit

    2020-02-18T11:35:00Z

    The UK government has confirmed that almost all imports from Europe will be the subject of trade barriers when the UK leaves the EU at the end of this year. All imported goods will need customs declarations and mandatory safety and security certificates..

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    Supply shortage hits Jaguar I-Pace assembly in Graz

    2020-02-14T17:00:00Z

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been forced to halt production of the I-Pace electric SUV because of “supplier scheduling issues”, thought to be related to battery supply. The I-Pace, which was JLR’s first electric vehicle (EV), is built under contract with Magna Steyr at its plant in Graz, Austria. 

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    Al-air: a better battery for EVs?

    2020-02-03T10:04:00Z

    A long-range, lightweight, cost-efficient, recyclable and ethically sourced battery is, arguably, the Holy Grail of the EV market. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are currently the main focus of multibillion-dollar investments by OEMs and tier suppliers, but there are other contenders that could offer a breakthrough with alternative technology. One of them is the aluminium-air (Al-air) battery.

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    Decline in UK car production a grave concern, says SMMT

    2020-01-31T11:46:00Z

    On the point of the UK leaving the EU, British car manufacturing was revealed to be at its lowest level since 2010, falling for a third consecutive year to 1.3m units in 2019 (-14.2%), according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Wednesday..

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    UK tax on US tech firms could backfire on car industry

    2020-01-29T09:31:00Z

    The UK government’s commitment to a 2% tax on the sales of US technology giants, including Apple, Amazon and Facebook, could lead to retaliatory taxes on the UK automotive industry, which exported more than 221,000 finished vehicles to the US last year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)…

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    Fighting back against fake parts

    2020-01-28T11:46:00Z

    Counterfeit parts in the automotive industry will soon be worth more than the annual gross domestic product of Canada, Brazil or Italy. According to World Trademark Review, the estimated global economic cost of counterfeiting in the automotive industry could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022. In Europe, it is estimated that €2.2 billion ($2.4 billion) is lost annually to counterfeit tyre sales alone, while counterfeit battery sales effectively steal €180m ($198m) from OEMs. Furthermore, the rise of e-commerce is making it ever easier for consumers to knowingly or unknowingly access counterfeit, possibly dangerous vehicle parts.

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    DRS and STVA UK to support Ford finished vehicle shipments

    2020-01-22T09:38:00Z

    Ford has awarded a contract to Direct Rail Services (DRS) for the transport of finished vehicles from its UK factory in Dagenham to DRS’ rail terminal at Garston, near Liverpool. Services are to begin mid-2020. DRS will work with transport provider STVA UK, now owned by ...

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    VW reveals concept for autonomous EV charging robot

    2020-01-07T14:55:00Z

    Volkswagen Group Components (VW Components) is developing an autonomous mobile charging robot for electric vehicles (EV)…

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    Damage control: How technology can assist vehicle inspection

    2019-12-19T10:36:00Z

    With approximately 80m new cars being produced globally each year, the automotive industry has a big job to do when it comes to checking the condition of finished vehicles, something that has long relied on human labour…

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    Brexit uncertainty is death by a thousand cuts for UK car industry

    2019-11-15T14:48:00Z

    At last week’s Regional Forum event, held by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in Luton UK, Helen Foord, head of government relations and public policy at Vauxhall Motors, summed up a sentiment shared across the UK automotive sector as it continues to struggle against the economic and political uncertainty of leaving the EU…

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    FTA drives to attract youth to UK logistics amid sector shortage

    2019-11-05T15:59:00Z

    The FTA has launched a series of short films, in partnership with Think Logistics, to promote a career in the UK’s supply chain to young people at a time the sector faces recruitment challenges…

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    JLR moves into larger VPC in North America

    2019-11-04T15:11:00Z

    British OEM JLR has relocated to a larger, renovated vehicle processing centre (VPC) in Brunswick, Georgia, to cater for increasing demand for its vehicles…