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    News » South America summit: Brazil faces ‘lost decade’ amid slow recovery

    November 29th 2017 Despite a 25% increase in production this year, the Brazilian automotive industry is forecast to grow only slowly in coming years, delegates at this week’s Automotive Logistics South America summit were warned. After four years of declining demand, including a dramatic drop in vehicle sales and production in 2016, the Brazilian automotive industry has seen […]
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  • Plant developments

    News » Groupe PSA to add van production to Russian plant from next year

    November 27th 2017 Groupe PSA has revealed it will make a new generation of vans alongside the cars currently produced at its plant in Kaluga, in the recovering Russian market, from the first quarter of next year. In a statement PSA said it would make the Citroën Jumpy (pictured) and Peugeot Expert light commercial vehicles (LCVs) alongside the […]
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  • Automotive Logistics India summit

    News » Indian vehicle exports’ share of total production set to fall

    November 10th 2017 Vehicle exports’ share of total production in India is set to decline in coming years as carmakers use their manufacturing capacity to meet local market demand, which is forecast to continue growing at a healthy rate. Puneet Gupta (pictured), associate director for vehicle sales forecast for South Asia at research firm IHS Markit, predicted at last week’s Automotive […]
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  • Market trends

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

    November 8th 2017 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 the first nine months of […]
  • European vehicle logistics

    Intelligence » Changes are the only certainty at Ford of Europe

    October 9th 2017 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 plant locations, origins and destination […]
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  • 20th anniversary features: OEM interviews

    Intelligence » Ford of Europe: A system of strength and complexity

    October 9th 2017 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) department since 2000, Willmann has […]
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  • Port throughput

    News » Pasha secures Grays Harbor deal to process FCA imports from Mexico

    August 16th 2017 Pasha Automotive Services has secured a contract starting this summer to process Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) finished vehicles imported into Grays Harbor, on the US west coast, from the port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico. John Pasha, senior vice-president of Pasha Automotive Services, said: “FCA US has been a long-time customer, and it is an […]
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  • Port throughput

    News » Mexican ports report boom in vehicle traffic

    July 19th 2017 Mexico’s ports saw a 42% increase in finished vehicle traffic in the first five months of this year, figures from the country’s Transport & Communications Ministry (SCT) have shown. During the period, total finished vehicle throughput reached 667,881 units, compared to just 470,350 units in January-May 2016. Ports in the Gulf of Mexico (Veracruz, Altamira […]
  • Port throughput

    Intelligence » North American ports: Slowdown after growth tests capacity to cope

    July 5th 2017 While seven years of consecutive sales growth in the North American automotive industry have put vehicle handling ports to the test in terms of throughput, many of them are now being tested further by the slowdown in sales in the US, with inventory build-ups in some ports, and slower throughput. Meanwhile, others are dealing with […]
  • News » Report suggests US is reviewing its trade deal with South Korea

    April 19th 2017 US vice-president Mike Pence (pictured) has indicated during his visit to South Korea that the trade deal between the two countries is under review and could be reformed, according to a Reuters report. The deal, which came into effect in 2012, has had a positive impact on US vehicle exports to South Korea, with volumes […]
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