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  • DHL Supply Chain to handle in-plant logistics for JLR in Brazil

    April 19, 2017

    DHL Supply Chain has been awarded the contract to manage in-plant logistics at Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR’s) new manufacturing plant in Itatiaia, Brazil (pictured). JLR opened its 750m reais ($215m) manufacturing facility last June. It is the first wholly-owned manufacturing plant the carmaker has set up outside of the UK (its plant in China is …

  • Imperial secures internal factory contract with Audi in Hungary

    March 8, 2017

    Imperial Logistics International has secured a contract with Audi to operate internal factory logistics for vehicle assembly at the carmaker’s plant in Győr, Hungary, replacing an unnamed rival. The logistics company already held the contract to manage a logistics optimisation centre at the Győr car factory for three years through its Panopa division, which has …

  • Nissan initiates automated towing system at Oppama plant

    December 6, 2016

    Nissan has introduced an intelligent vehicle towing (IVT) system at its Oppama manufacturing plant in Japan that uses a modified, self-driving Leaf electric vehicle to pull a car-carrying trailer. Trials of the system began a year ago and over 1,600 test runs have been carried out since, the OEM has revealed. The new system is …

  • Audi embraces wearable scanning technology at Ingolstadt

    November 30, 2016

    Audi has adopted a wearable scanner from ProGlove at its Ingolstadt plant in Germany in what it describes as the first step towards the widespread use of wearable technologies in its production process. Audi tested the handheld scanner replacement – which leaves both hands free for other handling operations unlike conventional scanning technology – over …

  • BMW and logistics automation: from prototype to (augmented) reality

    November 18, 2016

    The premium carmaker is taking a step-by-step approach to bringing smarter automation and digital technology into its day-to-day operations, with big plans for the future.  BMW’s senior logistics managers are pushing new technology into the carmaker’s supply chain, with a number of pilot projects involving automated guided vehicles (AGVs), robots and digital communications moving from …

  • Slovakian plant wins Magna World Class Logistics awards

    October 12, 2016

    Magna International Europe has recognised three plants in its inaugural World Class Logistics awards, with Magna Slovteca, which produces mirrors, taking the top prize for a transformation project across its internal and external logistics operations. Magna Exteriors’ plant in Meerane, in eastern Germany, took second place in the awards for an RFID project that tracks …

  • JLR part 1: Ensuring logistics is not a victim of success

    September 30, 2016

    With so much expansion, change and inevitable risk still ahead of the carmaker, JLR’s director of global material planning and logistics, David Dyke (right), is pushing his department’s influence across the company and the supply chain to gain efficiency and further strength. Anyone who has even occasionally visited Jaguar Land Rover’s factory in Solihull, in …

  • BMW and Schneider Electric make it to Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

    May 24, 2016

    Research and advisory firm Gartner has published its annual list of the top 25 supply chain companies.  The only carmaker to appear in the list is BMW, which makes its first appearance in the ranking at number 22. Toyota, which was at 24 last year, has dropped out of the list. The Gartner Supply Chain …

  • Mercedes plans new engine plant in Poland, deepens supply chain in eastern Europe

    May 4, 2016

    Daimler has announced it is planning to invest around €500m ($574m) in a new engine plant in Poland, expanding its powertrain footprint and its presence in eastern Europe. The new plant decision followed an earlier announcement that the carmaker would invest a further €560m to expand its plant in Kecskemét, Hungary to build a new …

  • China conference: preparing for the new and the old, for growth and decline

    April 25, 2016

    The 11th annual Automotive Logistics China conference was held for the first time in the south-western city of Chengdu, a symbol of the automotive industry’s westward development and the centre of the revival of the old ‘Silk Road’ trade routes emphasised by the government’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ policy. Christopher Ludwig reports on the market …