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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 …

  • Vehicle logistics & regulations: The new rules of the game

    March 29, 2017

    Donald Trump’s pledge to lighten the US regulatory load should be music to the logistics industry’s ears, but road and rail providers may have to fight their own corners as and when the changes are rung in In this story… Looking to lighten the burden Testing Trump’s orders Waiting for the concrete to pour First …

  • US-Canada Nafta trade: Northern light hoping for a silver lining

    March 17, 2017

    The new US administration has left a bit of a cloud over Nafta, and while Canada may not be the primary target of any renegotiation, the country – and its important automotive supply chain – could still get caught in the crosshairs. In this story… A three-way split Investment and strength Fear of uncertainty Border …

  • FVL conference: Will big outbound visions ever happen in real-time?

    March 14, 2017

    The eighth annual Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference discussed lots of potential for connected car and in-vehicle technology to transform transport and tracking. However, uncertainties over which technology to focus on, as well as regulatory and economic questions, may hold back important software and hardware updates. Marcus Williams reports from Huntington Beach, California. Gareth …

  • FVL conference: High tech over brute force in reducing vandalism in Mexico

    March 11, 2017

    Damage and theft on Mexico’s railways can be a chronic problem for carmakers in the country. One of the industry’s most successful security experts suggests that tracking data and behaviour can help tackle the problem over the long term Vandalism and theft on the rail network in Mexico continue to cost the automotive industry millions …

  • New wave of protectionism threatens the automotive sector

    March 2, 2017

    India, Japan, the US and the UK are among those that seem to be adopting more protectionist measures in their international relations, and even the EU appears to be getting in on the act now… all of which seems likely to have some serious implications for international vehicle and parts supply chains The increasingly protectionist …

  • E-commerce automation: Ocado bags a revolution

    February 23, 2017

    Many in automotive logistics like to think they’re at the cutting edge of automation and information technology. But as grocery e-retailer Ocado demonstrates, those in the car sector could learn a lot from the way other products are being handled and distributed In this story… Hatfield sets the standard Busy bees in a smart hive Grocery supplier …

  • Mexico conference report: Seeking to build bridges, not walls

    February 7, 2017

    Mexico’s automotive industry is inextricably linked with its neighbours to the north but under its new president the US is talking about renegotiating NAFTA and applying border taxes to imports. At this year’s Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, held in Mexico City, industry and government heads looked for positive signs in an uncertain political climate For …

  • US car hauliers: Keeping all eyes on the road

    January 24, 2017

    Despite a levelling off in US vehicle sales, car carriers hope to carry on expanding as new technology makes them more efficient. But there are potholes to negotiate, as Automotive Logistics finds out… The car haulage industry in the United States has begun to experience the inevitable – a decline in the growth of new …

  • Cars in containers: Boxing above their weight

    January 17, 2017

    Suppliers of car container equipment are gaining ground by providing fast, flexible shipping options in specific global markets In this story… Racks and cassettes Electric cars light up the way Containing the situation in Asia Incorporating SKD kits Multimodal growth potential  Shipping vehicles by container has long been an option for carmakers, although on major …