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  • Groupe CAT takes over Sintax Logistica

    March 15, 2017

    French transport and logistics provider Groupe CAT has acquired Spanish firm Sintax Logistica for an undisclosed sum. Sintax is an international vehicle logistics provider with a focus on Spain, France, Portugal and Morocco. Its services include new and used vehicle transport, multimodal distribution, compound management and technical services such as pre-delivery inspection, post-production operations, vehicle maintenance …

  • Eurotunnel boss hails ‘best year in company’s history’

    March 8, 2017

    Groupe Eurotunnel, owner of the channel rail tunnel connecting the UK to France, has just reported on the best year in its history, according to chairman and CEO Jacques Gounon. The company’s net profit of €200m ($211m)  in the year to end-December, 2016, was over two-and-a-half times higher than the €75m a year earlier. The company, …

  • PSA group details €200m plan to modernise Sochaux

    February 17, 2017

    French carmaker PSA Group plans to modernise its Sochaux plant in the east of the country as part of a €200m ($213m) investment by 2022 that will include the installation of the first press line in France in two decades. A dedicated team has been on site for three years to formulate the ‘Sochaux 2022 project’, …

  • Renault and GCR move to develop aftermarket supply in France

    December 21, 2016

    French carmaker Renault and its dealership association GCR are investing in a 35% stake in the Exadis subsidiary of Groupe Laurent, the aftermarket parts and services supplier. Exadis provides a range of aftermarket parts including brake, clutch, wheel and injection components. Under the proposed agreement, which is close to being finalised, Renault would take a …

  • 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 …

  • Constellium invests in new line to serve a changing auto landscape

    October 27, 2016

    The growing penetration of aluminium in vehicle manufacture is changing the landscape in the automotive industry, Arnaud Jouron (pictured), president of Constellium’s packaging and automotive rolled products business unit, has suggested. Speaking to Automotive Logistics soon after the Dutch company inaugurated a €180m ($196m) integrated aluminium rolling, finishing and recycling line at its Neuf-Brisach plant …

  • Calais blockade disrupts freight between UK and France

    September 7, 2016

    A protest by truck drivers and farmers in France has thrown freight movements through the port of Calais into disarray, leading to delays into and out of France and the UK. The protest, which began this week as a ‘go-slow’ drive on the A16, the main route into Calais and the Eurotunnel crossing, has culminated …

  • French fuel crisis adds to woes for transport sector

    May 25, 2016

    [Updated May 27th] Road freight movements in France are being hit this week by a fuel crisis that has almost emptied almost a third of the country’s 12,000 fuelling stations. According to a Reuters report, oil workers at Total have shutdown output at three of its five refineries in France and deliveries from a fourth …

  • Transport strike to hit all modes across France

    May 18, 2016

    Union-affiliated transport workers in France were scheduled to stage two days of strike action from today (May 18th) in protest at moves by the government to introduce a new bill deregulating the labour market without a parliamentary vote. The strikes are likely to affect all modes of transport and disrupt the movement of parts and …

  • Strike action hits XPO Logistics sites in France

    April 20, 2016

    Logistics employees affiliated with the French trade union CFDT are taking strike action at a number of XPO Logistics facilities across France. The strike, which started at a site in the Ile-de-France area last week, has since been extended to 20 of the company’s 75 supply chain locations in the country. Around 15% of the …