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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 …

  • Mosolf reinitiates Kippenheim to Düsseldorf railway service

    March 15, 2017

    After a five-year break, German multimodal vehicle logistics provider Mosolf has reactivated a regular railway service from Kippenheim to Düsseldorf. The decision should remove a significant portion of cars currently transported by road between the two. The Mosolf Group handled 67,000 vehicles at Düsseldorf last year, and there are plans to process more than 70,000 …

  • Yusen signs Germany to US engine block contract

    March 8, 2017

    Third party logistics provider Yusen Logistics has been awarded a contract to move engine blocks from tier supplier Neue Halberg-Guss’s (NHG) facility in Germany to an automotive manufacturing plant in Ohio. The total supply chain service will involve collections from NHG’s plant in Saarbrücken, plus stockholding and container build, followed by deliveries to the port …

  • Audi’s driverless transport system recognised with industry award

    February 21, 2017

    The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has awarded Audi with the annual Logistics Award for 2017. The award was made in recognition of the German carmaker’s driverless vehicle transport system. More specifically a parking robot, nicknamed ‘Ray’, is able to sort up to 2,000 finished vehicles per day for loading onto railway freight …

  • DB Schenker invests $25m in uShip online shipping marketplace

    February 20, 2017

    Deutsche Bahn’s freight wing, DB Schenker has taken a $25m minority stake in uShip, having signed a five-year deal with the US-based online freight-shipping marketplace last year. DB Schenker uses uShip’s platform software to run its own ‘Drive4Schenker’ (D4S) online service, which matches drivers and cargo. The service launched in Germany earlier this month and …

  • Flash Europe acquires EF-Express group 

    February 15, 2017

    Premium freight provider Flash Europe International has acquired German based EF-Express group for an undisclosed sum. Flash says the deal, the first since investor Eurazeo PME completed the purchase of a 43% share in Flash Europe International in September 2015, is a step towards the goal of at least doubling the company’s size by 2020. Philippe …

  • Shawn Crouch heads general operations for Evolution Time Critical

    February 1, 2017

    Emergency and time-sensitive logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical has announced the appointment of Shawn Crouch (pictured) to the newly created position of general operations manager. Crouch, who took up the role at the beginning of the year, is an automotive logistics expert with over 17 years’ supply chain and operational experience, the bulk of it …

  • Scania welcomes plans to promote electrified road technology

    February 1, 2017

    Truckmaker Scania has welcomed plans by Sweden and Germany to speed up the development of electrified road technology. The plans are part of a new innovation partnership between the two countries launched on Tuesday (January 31st) during a visit to Sweden by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The partnership aims to strengthen cooperation between the two …

  • Direct train service links Baltic and Adriatic sea

    January 31, 2017

    A direct train connection has been established between the port of Kiel, in Germany, and the port of Trieste, in Italy, creating a link for rapid freight transport between the Baltic and Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Operations began on the route on January 25th, initiated by Turkish transport and logistics provider Ekol Logistics. In addition to …

  • ECG column: More of the same or all change?

    January 27, 2017

    This year will be one of substantial change, but change brings opportunity… including the opportunity to treat our drivers better Welcome to a new and probably rather interesting year. We entered 2017 in Europe with a period of solid growth and recovery behind us. However, as our quarterly surveys of the membership of ECG tell us, …