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  • India conference report: Looking for the next leap forward

    November 14, 2016

    India’s automotive industry is set to become the third biggest in the world but its growth is testing the infrastructure to the limit and bringing a high level of complexity to the supply chain. There are also big changes ahead related to tax policy and equipment legislation, which bring their own challenges   There are …

  • ABP investing £50m in Southampton port vehicle terminal

    September 18, 2016

    Associated British Ports (ABP) is investing £50m ($66m) in its vehicle handling facilities at the port of Southampton. The investment will be applied in two phases beginning with a two new multi-story vehicle handling facilities that together will be able to store 7,600 vehicles on route to export markets. The second part of the investment …

  • Indian carriers fight penalties and OEM indifference

    September 16, 2016

    Just when you thought the question of car transporter lengths in India was sorted out, it may be time to think again. Following its draft legislation providing for a maximum length for finished vehicle carriers of 18.75 metres earlier this year, India’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways invited feedback from the industry ahead of …

  • Lack of federal funds is leaving ro-ro ports high and dry

    August 10, 2016

    With new vehicle sales and production in North America still running at record levels, the region’s vehicle-handling ports are running out of room. Larger vessels, sometimes arriving in bunches, are putting more pressure on terminals and yard space. Land for expansion, meanwhile, is hotly contested because port authorities have competing claims on its use, whether …

  • Vigo ramps up the ro-ro

    August 9, 2016

    The north-western Spanish port of Vigo will start using a sixth ro-ro ramp in August this year and intends to build a seventh, making it the country’s leading port in terms of its ro-ro provision. According to the port authority, the idea it to optimise its existing car carrier service and also to capture new …

  • ECG column: Evolution, not revolution

    July 29, 2016

    Newly elected ECG president Wolfgang Göbel believes the industry’s mood of optimism in Europe is the perfect backdrop against which to make progress during his tenure In this, my first article since being elected president of ECG at the 2016 General Assembly in May, I would like to take the opportunity to describe what I see …

  • South Africa: Flagging but still fighting

    July 28, 2016

    South Africa’s economy is battling problems, but its vehicle exports and role in global vehicle programmes mean it continues to attract investment South Africa’s economy is in the doldrums. A rout in commodity prices has damaged consumer spending power. The country is skirting perilously close to having its debt rating moved down to junk status …

  • Deliveries are feeling the crunch

    July 27, 2016

    If you can’t get your product to market, every other competitive advantage is lost – a problem Europe’s OEMs could face as transport capacity tightens for moving finished vehicles New vehicle registrations across Europe have been rising, including double-digit sales increases in recent months across the EU. ACEA, the European carmaker’s association, recently revised its …

  • Is the digital future now history?

    July 20, 2016

    Electronic consignment notes were given the green light by the EU in 2011 but their implementation across European countries remains patchy. Has their time finally come… or gone?  So far, only eight EU member states and Switzerland have ratified the so-called e-CMR protocol – the digital addition to the United National CMR Convention that was …

  • Video interview with Bill Kerrigan, vice-president, logistics, SSA Marine

    July 11, 2016

    At this year’s Finished Vehicle Logistics conference in Newport Beach, California, Bill Kerrigan, vice-president of logistics at SSA Marine Auto, talks to Rachael Hogg, assistant editor, Automotive Logistics, about trade with Mexico, the growth of short-sea shipping, and new business.   To receive weekly updates of global automotive logistics, please subscribe to our free newsletter. Available …