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  • Manufacturing trends 

    News » BMW Spartanburg remains top US car exporter

    February 21st 2018 BMW’s Spartanburg vehicle assembly plant in South Carolina remained the largest US automotive exporter by value last year, even though production there decreased. The factory turned out more than 371,280 cars during the year, 9.7% fewer than in 2016  because the X5/X6 assembly hall was shut down for four weeks during the summer and production […]
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  • Market trends

    News » Mexico hits record highs in output and exports

    February 20th 2018 The Mexican automotive sector has enjoyed a spectacular start to 2018, reaching all-time highs in vehicle production and exports during January. According to the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), a total of 303,755 vehicles were produced during the month, over 4% more than in January 2017. Vehicle exports, meanwhile, came to 231,088 during […]
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  • Export trends

    News » UK vehicle exports to India fall sharply

    February 6th 2018 Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have shown a growing divide between the number of finished vehicles the UK imports from India and the number it exports to the country. According to the SMMT, finished vehicle imports from India into the UK grew by 8.3% in 2017 to 34,149 units. UK […]
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  • Port processing

    News » SCH sees marked rise in throughput at Southampton

    January 23rd 2018 Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) has reported processing 280,000 vehicles through the UK port of Southampton last year, up 27% on approximately 220,000 moved in 2016 when it exceeded 200,000 units for the first time. The company said 80% of vehicles handled there last year were for export. High and heavy ro-ro cargo also went up, with […]
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  • Market trends

    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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