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

    2019-11-15T14:48:00Z

    At this week’s Regional Forum South 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…

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    UK activates Operation Brock to avoid port-bound highway congestion

    2019-10-28T15:57:00Z

    Highways England has activated its plan to avoid freight traffic congestion on the M20 in the event of disruption to cross-Channel services caused by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU...

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    Snapshot of UK automotive before Brexit

    2019-10-23T14:54:00Z

    As the UK approaches the decisive moment in its struggle to leave the EU, after three years of debate and negotiation, now seems like a very good time to take a look at the state of the country’s automotive industry in the run up to Brexit. No doubt there will be some changes – quite possibly drastic ones – to sales, production and export figures once the UK is finally out of the EU, so an update will surely be needed in the coming months.

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    No-deal Brexit fears taking toll on UK jobs and investment, says SMMT

    2019-10-16T09:00:00Z

    One in three automotive companies in the UK are cutting jobs to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, according to the results of a new survey from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The results, based on responses from 158 of its members, also showed that ...

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    Dyson pulls plug on EVs

    2019-10-11T15:22:00Z

    British technology company Dyson has cancelled its plans to build electric cars, citing problems making its design viable in the market. “Despite developing a fantastic car… [and] though we have tried very hard throughout the development process, we simply cannot make it commercially viable,” chairman James ...

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    Julia Prescot joins Port of Tyne board

    2019-10-09T11:28:00Z

    Julia Prescot has been appointed a non-executive director of the Port of Tyne authority in North East England

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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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    Comment: It’s carmaking, Jim, but not as we know it – Grenadier turns industry logic on its head

    2019-09-25T11:11:00Z

    Led by Jim Ratcliffe, chemicals company Ineos – which also has interests in cycling and football – is now diversifying into the automotive industry. But the economics of its project to build a successor to the Land Rover Defender are questionable in terms of the logistics and also the current trading environment faced by Brexit Britain… 

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    Zenzic maps out the future of autonomous driving in the UK

    2019-09-10T16:03:00Z

    Government and industry partnership Zenzic launched a roadmap for the introduction of self-driving vehicles in the UK at a press conference in London last week. The UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap (CAM) to 2030 was created with input from more than 150 organisations to provide a ...

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    Cuxport on a roll with 2m BMW exports

    2019-09-04T08:55:00Z

    Copyright: Rhenus SE Co. KG German port services provider Cuxport, a joint venture between Rhenus Group and HHLA Container Terminals, exported its two millionth BMW to the UK last week. The company is looking ahead to build on that and other intercontinental trade, and ...

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    Unipart picks up contract extension at JLR

    2019-08-14T10:00:00Z

    Unipart Logistics has signed a contract with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to continue providing packing services to the OEM for a further four years. The agreement will secure work for around 100 employees at Unipart’s two plants in central England and run to the end of ...

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    ABP to expand Grimsby auto terminal

    2019-08-12T13:25:00Z

    Associated British Ports (ABP) has awarded a construction contract for the next phase of development at its Grimsby Automotive Terminal on England’s east coast.

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    The facts don't support the idea of 'global Britain'

    2019-08-07T10:31:00Z

    One of the claims repeated by proponents of Brexit is that ‘global Britain’ will be able to exploit the many opportunities of free trade open to it when the country leaves the EU, whether on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms or not. But this view fails to take into account how the global automotive industry works – and, specifically, the UK’s place in it. Let’s look at the facts.

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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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    SCH seals Neptune ro-ro deal in Southampton

    2019-08-05T10:03:00Z

    Southampton-based terminal operator SCH has secured a contract to load and discharge all Neptune Lines ro-ro vessels calling at the English port…

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    Contingency costs for Brexit exceed £330m while automotive investment plummets

    2019-07-31T12:05:00Z

    The UK automotive industry has already spent at least £330m ($401m) on contingency plans to cover the country’s departure from the EU, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). At the same time, investment has stalled as automotive manufacturers brace themselves for Brexit and big investors fear a no-deal scenario, said the SMMT’s CEO, Mike Hawes, at a press conference in London…

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    Non-EU markets will not save UK automotive in a no-deal Brexit

    2019-07-30T11:05:00Z

    One of the regular mantras repeated by proponents of Brexit is that ‘global Britain’ will be able to exploit the many opportunities of free trade open to it when the country leaves the EU, whether on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms or not. As far as the ...

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    JLR supplier IAC signs lease at Prologis park

    2019-07-29T14:07:00Z

    International Automotive Components (IAC) has signed an 11-year lease at the Prologis Park Birmingham Interchange, in the UK…