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    Further stark warnings issued over impact of Brexit on UK automotive sector


    The UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has warned that a sudden exit from the European Union in 2019 could knock the country’s production rate back to 2016 levels. Its warning was issued in the same week as separate analysis highlighting the risk of cost increases for the ...

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    Wen replaces Worthen at Opel/Vauxhall as PSA takeover is completed


    Michelle Wen (pictured) will join Opel from September 1st as head of purchasing for the German-headquartered carmaker, as well as for its Vauxhall brand in the UK. The news emerged as the takeover of the General Motors’ Europe subsidiary by PSA Group was completed on Tuesday. Wen will replace Katherine ...

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    time:matters extends flight services from Germany to UK and Ireland


    German freight expeditor time:matters has announced additional flights for its spare parts logistics service, adding a route from southern Germany to Birmingham in the UK and to Dublin, Ireland. A third Saab 340 aircraft will join the existing planes departing every night from Baden-Airpark, west of Stuttgart, near the French ...

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    UK to invest in battery technology as it targets 2040 diesel and petrol ban


    UK business and energy secretary Greg Clark (pictured) has announced the first phase of a £246m ($320m) government investment in battery technology in the country. Known as the Faraday Challenge, the four-year investment round is a part of the government’s Industrial Strategy . The investment was revealed just a day ...

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    Electric Mini to be built in UK with drivetrains from Germany


    BMW has confirmed it will build the fully electric version of the Mini at its existing plant in Oxford in the UK – although the drivetrain will be manufactured at the OEM’s e-mobility centre at the Dingolfing and Landshut plants in Germany. The BMW Group currently produces electrified models, including ...

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    Stena Line to introduce larger ships on Rotterdam-Harwich route


    Stena Line plans to replace the two vessels currently servicing its Rotterdam to Harwich route with two larger ships, due to increased demand. The ro-ro ships Capucine and Severine , which operate twice daily from Europoort in the Netherlands to Harwich in the UK, will be replaced by the ...

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    Liberty House buys parts supplier Amtek UK out of administration


    Liberty House has acquired the assets of manufacturer Amtek Aluminium Castings and King Automotive Systems (Amtek UK) from administrators PWC in a rescue deal for an undisclosed sum. Amtek UK, a cast aluminium engine and components supplier to carmakers, has two plants in the West Midlands and one at Witham, ...

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    New UK customs system may not be ready in time for Brexit


    The UK Audit Office has warned in a report this week that while progress has been made in designing and developing the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS), there is a risk its full functionality and scope will not be in place by the time the UK leaves the EU in ...


    Stronger than ever


    ECG president Wolfgang Göbel sees plenty of things to celebrate this year – even if political turmoil and gridlock are getting in the way Last issue, I wrote that 2017 was on track to be ECG’s busiest year yet. In this edition I am happy to say that continues ...

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    UK extends financial support for export trade to supply chain SMEs


    The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has said it will provide government-backed financial support to supply chain companies involved in exporting goods from the country, including those from the automotive sector. The UK’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance (UKEF), which works alongside the DIT, plans to help both ...

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    Michelin opens £10m distribution centre in Stoke-on-Trent


    Michelin has opened its £10m European distribution centre (EDC) in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK. The 53,500 sq.m facility, which will also host a national distribution centre (NDC) for Michelin’s tyre service company, ATS Euromaster, has been redeveloped to include 26 loading bays. Together, the two sites can handle more than ...

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    Jaguar Land Rover confirms E-Pace production will not be in UK


    As part of the launch, a stunt driver completed a world-record barrel-roll jump over 15.3m Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has said its new Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV, launched on Thursday, will be produced in Austria and China – making it the first of its cars not to be manufactured ...

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    Suzuki gets its delivery priorities in order


    A prolonged period of strong sales growth in the UK means Suzuki now imports more than double the number of vehicles it did five years ago into the country. This expansion has put pressure on the company’s finished vehicle supply chain. It has also come at a time when customer ...

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    SCH wins stevedoring contract for Renaults shipped into Southampton


    Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) has been awarded and started the stevedoring contract to handle all Renault vehicles being shipped into the port of Southampton, in the UK. The news follows Euro Marine Logistics (EML), a joint venture project between Mitsui OSK Lines and Hoegh Autoliners, winning the shipping contract for ...

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    Ford contracts XPO for UK aftermarket deliveries


    Ford has appointed XPO Logistics to deliver aftermarket parts to more than 200 dealers in the UK.Under the deal, XPO will be responsible for outbound distribution and line-haul parts flows, as well as overall asset management.The logistics firm will also handle over 200 daily collections from the Ford parts centre ...

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    UK cars now more British but local content still lags behind Europe


    The percentage of local content in UK manufactured passenger cars continued to increase in 2016, but ‘anecdotal reports’ suggest the country has a way to go to reach levels achieved by other major European carmaking countries. The latest Local Vehicle Content Analysis report from the Automotive Council, a joint ...

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    Optimas renews contract with Jaguar Land Rover in the UK


    Optimas, a supplier of fasteners and c-class components to Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) production facilities in the UK, says it has formally agreed a continuation of its 24-year relationship with the carmaker. The firm, which first began working with JLR in 1993, has been delivering parts direct to the JLR ...

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    Amazon ‘spending large sums’ on European car sales unit – report


    Amazon is said to be ‘spending large sums’ on a European unit to sell cars, according to an Automobilwoche article citing unnamed sources.The UK is said to be the first location where the online shopping giant will begin selling cars directly to customers.David Jinks, head of consumer research at ParcelHero, ...

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    Analysis: Hung parliament casts doubt and hope over Brexit


    This article is being updated regularly. The UK general election on June 8 th , in which the governing Conservative party lost its parliamentary majority, has cast uncertainty over investment and policy in terms of the country’s automotive industry and supply chain – most notably over pending negotiations to leave ...

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    Europe conference: Two-thirds of UK car manufacturing ‘could move to EU within a year’


    Up to two-thirds of the UK's automotive manufacturing base could theoretically be relocated to the EU within a year after the country leaves the trading bloc, global lead analyst at Autofacts PwC, Christoph Stürmer, has warned. Speaking on the first day of the Automotive Logistics Europe conference in Bonn ...