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  • News » Ford to import next Focus model into the US from China instead of Mexico

    June 21st 2017 Ford’s new leadership team has announced the company will import the new Focus model into the US from China, a shift from its previous plan to produce the car across the border in Mexico, and becoming the first OEM to import major volumes from China to North America. Joe Hinrichs, the recently appointed president of global […]
  • News » Momentum builds for post-Brexit transition period to avoid ‘cliff-edge’

    June 21st 2017 A prominent UK government minister and the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) were among those that this week called for interim arrangements to be put in place after the two-year Brexit negotiation deadline, as the chances of a new trade deal being in place by then seemed unlikely they said. UK government officials […]
  • News » Suzuki thought to be planning assembly plant near Moscow

    June 21st 2017 Japanese carmaker Suzuki is thought to be making good on its long held plans to build an assembly plant in Russia. Speaking at the St Petersburg Economy Forum in early June, Alexey Vorobyev, the governor of the Moscow administrative region, said that the regional government had almost reached an agreement for the construction of an […]
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  • News » GM begins work on supplier and logistics park in Arlington

    June 21st 2017 [Updated June 22nd] GM will open a new supplier park and logistics centre next to its assembly plant in Arlington, Texas in 2018 as part of its $1 billion investment in US operations announced earlier this year. Arlington City Council has approved economic incentives to facilitate a $250m redevelopment project that will transform the former […]
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  • News » Volkswagen seals a series of deals with Gaz Group in Russia

    June 21st 2017 Volkswagen and Russia’s Gaz Group have signed a series of deals covering an engine supply agreement, a possible strategic partnership with VW Truck & Bus and an extension of the contract to manufacture Skoda models in Russia. Under the engine supply deal, VW will supply 200,000 engines to Gaz over a period of five years […]
  • Home Page » Executive changes at Volvo Cars’ new integrated logistics department

    June 21st 2017 Volvo Car Group has confirmed a number of key logistics appointments as part of a wider reorganisation and integration of its global logistics functions. Magnus Ödling (pictured left) has been appointed senior director for global core and car program, a role that will cover logistics engineering across the supply chain. Starting July 1st, he will […]
  • Home Page » Keeping the heat on

    June 21st 2017 The summer of renegotiation is upon us. Officials and policy wonks in the UK and US have invited their counterparts out of the sun and into shaded rooms, red pens in hand, trade and multi-lateral agreements spread on the table. For their sake, we hope the rooms are all air-conditioned. Officials from London and Brussels […]
  • News » UK cars now more British but local content still lags behind Europe

    June 20th 2017 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 UK government and industry organisation, shows […]
  • News » UK’s Road Haulage Association brings case against truck cartel

    June 19th 2017 The UK’s Road Haulage Association (RHA) has invited haulage and logistics firms to sign up, free of charge, to its legal case brought before the Competition Tribunal in London, seeking compensation from a group of truck manufacturers found guilty of price fixing by the European Commission last year. In July last year MAN, Volvo Group […]
  • News » SCH secures BMW car and motorcycle preparation contract in the UK

    June 18th 2017 Port terminal operator Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) has signed a four-year deal with BMW for technical preparation of cars and motorcycles at Southampton and Sywell in the UK. SCH currently carries out stevedoring and other port related operations in locations including Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Sheerness. SCH director Ian Morrison commented: “The award of this […]