• Intelligence » Volvo Cars China: A system built for growth

    June 29th 2017 Few carmakers have been moving as quickly as Volvo Cars to develop and expand their industrial footprint in China. In less than five years, the carmaker has launched two assembly plants and an engine factory, while ramping up production and more than doubling sales in the country. It has also begun exports of China-built products […]
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  • Intelligence » Volkswagen OTC: Sea king of the Kassel

    June 29th 2017 In many ways, the heart of Volkswagen Group After Sales – the OEM’s service parts and aftermarket division – is its massive Original Teile (Parts) Centre (OTC) in Baunatal, near Kassel, central Germany. This impressive storage and shipping centre serves destinations across the world, including European dealerships as well as distribution centres and importers to […]
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  • Intelligence » Volkswagen Group Logistics: Come together, right now

    June 29th 2017 All carmakers are grappling with how to plan and respond to the technological, social and economic changes that are expected to affect their products and businesses. Manufacturers must simultaneously manage rising demand for both traditional and alternative fuels, while exploring new models for mobility that might, in future, change the way consumers buy and use […]
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  • Intelligence » Russia: Ready for a recovery?

    June 28th 2017 Vehicle sales in Russia have shown modest rises in recent months, raising hopes that this year will finally return to growth and kick off a longer-term recovery. Following several months of increases, sales of new light vehicles in the first five months of the year had risen by 5.1% compared to 2016, to nearly 577,500 […]
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  • 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 […]
  • Intelligence » Europe conference: No easy way to the digital supply chain

    June 13th 2017 New technology looks set to offer the supply chain as much opportunity as disruption, if companies are able to keep up
  • Intelligence » Europe conference: Using logistics to compete across a digitalised aftermarket

    June 13th 2017 Consolidation among parts retailers and changing consumer habits are transforming Europe’s aftermarket, with logistics services both at risk and able to provide a competitive edge, writes Marcus Williams The European automotive aftermarket and service parts business is in the midst of tremendous change, prompted by consolidation among major suppliers and distributors, new technology in vehicles […]
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  • News » Analysis: Hung parliament casts doubt and hope over Brexit

    June 12th 2017 The UK general election has cast uncertainty over policy for the automotive supply chain – most notably over Brexit
  • Intelligence » Plant yards & systems: Allowing space to grow

    May 18th 2017 The effective management of plant yards is an important component of finished vehicle supply chains because of the constant flow and high volume of products such manufacturing plants typically handle. As a number of OEMs re-examine the balance between in-house labour and outsourced providers, many have begun to devote more of their attention to yard […]
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  • Intelligence » Supply Chain Conference: The future is already here

    May 16th 2017 That the automotive industry will see exponential change is something that many, if not all, experts and executives predict – even if they disagree about the pace and scale of change. Technology developments such as autonomous vehicles, the rise of the ‘internet of things’ with more connected devices, and the growing shift towards alternatively-powered vehicles […]
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