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  • Imperial forms automotive logistics JV with China’s Sincero

    March 21, 2017

    Imperial Logistics International has teamed up with Chinese conglomerate Sincero to offer integrated logistics services to carmakers in the country. The two have created a Shanghai-based joint venture, which Imperial will own 51% of with Sincero holding the remainder. Imperial has been operating in the Chinese market since 2012 through another subsidiary, Shanghai Imperial International …

  • Avtovaz mulls supplies to China after first exports from Kazakhstan

    March 20, 2017

    Russian OEM Avtovaz is understood to be considering ways in which to expand the supply of its vehicles to China, after Kazakhstan’s Asia Avto began regular exports of Lada 4x4s to the country recently from its plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk, in the East Kazakhstan region. It is the first time any finished vehicles have been exported from …

  • Car Delivery Network targets China product roll-out

    March 14, 2017

    Car Delivery Network (CDN) has formed a joint venture with Shanghai KaQu Information Technology, as it plans the roll-out of its electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) software products in China. The new JV, KaQu Delivery Network (KDN), will market electronic real-time OEM vehicle delivery tracking, damage reporting and delivery sign-off for car carriers using the …

  • ThyssenKrupp adds to parts production in China and Hungary

    February 8, 2017

    German tier supplier ThyssenKrupp has announced plans to build two new plants in China and Hungary to manufacture more than 11m springs and stabilisers a year. In China, the group will begin construction this year of a factory in Pinghu, near Shanghai, with output starting in 2018. The site will produce 5m springs and stabilisers …

  • 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 …

  • Emerging market growth overshadowed by protectionism concerns

    January 25, 2017

    The outlook for growth in emerging markets is decidedly mixed, according to a recent survey of logistics and supply chain professionals, with economic uncertainty compounded by worries over rising protectionism and restrictions to free trade from developed countries. Nevertheless, continued expansion in China and improvements in a number of other countries suggest that supply chains …

  • WWL reveals new route for imports of Haval vehicles into Russia

    January 11, 2017

    WWL has begun importing Haval vehicles into Russia via the port of Kotka in Finland (pictured). The new route should help cut warehousing costs and be more efficient than importing finished vehicles via St Petersburg, said general director of WWL’s Russian division, Dmitry Vostrikov. “A significant advantage of using the port of Kotka is the …

  • What to watch in 2017 

    December 27, 2016

    The automotive supply chain could take several knocks in 2017 from rising protectionism and regulatory changes. Automotive Logistics consults its crystal ball to highlight some of the potential hotspots…       North America Which way will Trump blow? There will be worries, especially in Mexico, about overhauls to Nafta or import rules, though it …

  • 2016 in review: takeovers, disputes and political upheaval

    December 21, 2016

    The year 2016 may well go down as one of the most significant in recent history – not just politically but also for the automotive supply chain. Surprise voting results in the US and Europe have created significant uncertainty regarding global trade that may go on for years and is already impacting logistics, while ongoing …

  • ThyssenKrupp centralises Chinese steering system production

    December 20, 2016

    German tier supplier ThyssenKrupp has confirmed it will move all of its Chinese steering system production activities to its new manufacturing facility in Changzhou (pictured), in central eastern China’s Jiangsu province. The German conglomerate is spending €200m ($213m) on the plant, which will have an annual capacity of around 4m electric power-assisted steering systems – …