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  • South America summit report: Never let a serious crisis go to waste

    December 9, 2016

    The South American automotive landscape is looking bleak as sales and production continue to drag and excess capacity increases. But a crisis is also a turning point, as speakers at this year’s Automotive Logistics South America summit in São Paulo pointed out…  Bleak outlook in Brazil Exports offer some hope Supplier relationships are crucial Logistics purchasing issues Finding …

  • South America conference: Taking control in a crisis

    November 5, 2015

    The 7th Automotive Logistics South America conference, held in São Paulo, Brazil, may have brought together delegates experiencing recession, and suffering from declining volumes, but the Brazilians showed their resilience and creativity. Companies emphasised how to reshape supply chains in a crisis, and how they could move forward together stronger, or adiante juntos. Rachael Hogg contributed …

  • Local suppliers struggle to gain scale in Brazil’s fragmented market

    November 4, 2015

    Despite years of growth leading up to the current downturn, Brazil faces weaknesses in its tier supply chain following chronic underinvestment in equipment, tooling and logistics. High labour costs and stifling bureaucracy have also made imported parts more attractive than local ones in some cases despite customs issues and logistics costs. These perennial inefficiencies are …

  • South America conference: Chery hibernating to come back stronger

    November 4, 2015

    The sharp decline in growth in Brazil over the past several years has come at the same time as a number of manufacturers have invested or expanded operations in the country. Among those carmakers was China’s Chery. In 2010 it was riding a wave of expansion in Brazil and a strong real favourable to imports. …

  • South America: Where logistics can hurt you

    November 6, 2014

    The 2014 South America conference proved that inefficient logistics can not only disrupt production, but can hurt long-term growth. OEMs in Brazil are looking for ways to improve the supply chain and avoid falling further behind other countries.  During previous Automotive Logistics South America conferences, executives worried about Brazil’s logistics bottlenecks as a barrier to …

  • South America Summit: High logistics costs put Brazil behind Mexico

    November 5, 2014

    Brazil’s poor logistics infrastructure and tax bureaucracy are contributing to higher costs and declining competitiveness for the automotive industry, with the country losing out on investment in production and the supply chain, notably to Mexico.   “Brazil is facing economic uncertainty, but it also needs to address high labour costs, logistics and tax issues in …

  • Brazil struggles to keep supply chain costs from taking off

    November 4, 2013

    The Automotive Logistics South America conference in São Paulo heard familiar laments about infrastructure and the creative ways that Brazilians keep the supply chain moving. Port reforms and continuing automotive investment is putting more emphasis on improving logistics operations Click here to read the full version of this report.  When automotive supply chain managers design …