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  • Article 50 triggers worry over UK automotive supply chain

    March 29, 2017

    As the UK officially kicked off the two-year process of leaving the European Union today (March 29th), a number of trade bodies, manufacturers and analysts have again issued warnings about the risks that would face the British and European automotive supply chains, should the UK leave without securing full access to the European single market …

  • Mercedes-Benz Trucks looks to double exports from Brazil to the Arab world

    February 9, 2017

    Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Brazil has said it expects to more than double its exports of trucks to the Middle East and North Africa during 2017. Last year it exported 348 units to the region, consisting of 202 medium-weight Atego trucks and 146 light and medium-weight Accelo trucks. In 2016, the majority of these went to …

  • Record UK vehicle exports while Brexit weighs on investment and supply chain

    January 26, 2017

    UK car production reached its highest level this century in 2016, while vehicle exports surpassed an all-time record for the second year in a row, according to UK automotive trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). However, following years of high investment in plants, new models and across the supply chain, spending …

  • Emerging market growth overshadowed by protectionism concerns

    January 25, 2017

    The outlook for growth in emerging markets is decidedly mixed, according to a recent survey of logistics and supply chain professionals, with economic uncertainty compounded by worries over rising protectionism and restrictions to free trade from developed countries. Nevertheless, continued expansion in China and improvements in a number of other countries suggest that supply chains …

  • Report highlights crisis in maritime car carrier sector

    January 4, 2017

    The maritime car carrier sector has failed to return to the levels of activity in place before the global economic crisis, a report issued at the end of last year by Clarksons Research has suggested. In 2008, the number of finished vehicles moved by maritime transport peaked at 21.3m units. While the sector enjoyed annual …

  • General Motors: The new law of supply & demand

    December 29, 2016

    GM has restructured its order fulfilment, supply chain and logistics to share more common objectives, grouping them together in a department reporting to James Bovenzi The size and complexity of General Motors’ supply chain mean that designing and sourcing the most effective logistics and distribution network for the carmaker is a continuous and ever-changing process. …

  • Russia car market up for first time in two years; exports also rise

    December 13, 2016

    Domestic car sales in Russia grew in November for the first time in almost two years, data from the Association of European Business (AEB) have indicated. According to the AEB, sales grew 0.6% year-on-year in November, after falls of 2.6% in October, 10.9% in September and 18% in August. “November sales were the first in …

  • India conference report: Looking for the next leap forward

    November 14, 2016

    India’s automotive industry is set to become the third biggest in the world but its growth is testing the infrastructure to the limit and bringing a high level of complexity to the supply chain. There are also big changes ahead related to tax policy and equipment legislation, which bring their own challenges   There are …

  • Volvo Cars plans to make China a global export hub

    November 2, 2016

    Volvo Cars is starting production of a number of new model series at its facilities in China as part of plans to increase production capacity there and turn China into its global manufacturing and export hub. A spokesperson for the carmaker said it expected China to eventually account for between 30% and 40% of global …

  • UK summit report: Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

    October 10, 2016

    Given the UK’s vote to leave the European Union in June this year, discussions of ‘Brexit’ were bound to recur at the inaugural Automotive Logistics UK summit, which took place last week at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, just outside London Carmakers need to recoup the costs incurred by the recent fall in the British pound …