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  • China conference: Fast lane to the future

    April 18, 2017

    China is predicted to hit sales of 40m vehicles by 2025 with a greater product and technology mix, more advanced manufacturing and as a global export centre. To get there, it will need even more efficient and diverse logistics services and modes. Christopher Ludwig and Marcus Williams report on signs of progress and challenges from …

  • China conference: in-house competence propels Volvo and Continental’s logistics

    April 18, 2017

    The inbound supply chain in China continues to develop at a fast pace, and getting to grips with the complexity around supply locations, regulations and production shifts is a significant task. For some manufacturers, including Volvo Cars and tier one supplier Continental, increasing in-house management resources and tools have been essential to keeping up. Few …

  • Changes at the top for Renault-Nissan Alliance supply chain

    March 31, 2017

    Frans Kroon (pictured) has been promoted to deputy alliance global director of strategy and planning for global alliance supply chain management at Renault Nissan, moving from his position as vice-president of Alliance Logistics Europe. Marc Dardanelli has succeeded Kroon in the logistics function. Kroon’s position is a renewed role across the alliance, with responsibilities across …

  • A partnership of choice for Gefco and PSA

    March 31, 2017

    Having signed an €8 billion contract with its former owner PSA, Gefco is keen to emphasise its growing independence both within and outside the automotive sector There are many reasons why Groupe PSA chose to sign a new, five-year global exclusivity contract with Gefco late last year. The companies have a common history going back …

  • Groupe PSA report part 4: Engineering logistics partnerships

    March 31, 2017

    PSA’s partnership of choice with Gefco aims to reap benefits in purchasing, pooling and packaging innovation, as well as bringing further intermodal options Bringing a deeper commercial view into the supply chain group has not been the only cultural shift that Francesca Gamboni is promoting across her teams; in renewing its contract with Gefco as …

  • Groupe PSA report part 3: Connecting a supply chain par excellence

    March 31, 2017

      PSA’s vision of end-to-end supply chain planning will help support its global expansion and acquisition of Opel, as the combined operations roll out some 59 new model launches by 2021 Francesca Gamboni seems an excellent senior management fit at Carlos Tavares’s re-energised PSA. Tavares, himself Portuguese and a long-time Renault executive, also wanted to …

  • Groupe PSA report part 2: Chef d’orchestre prepares to begin a new movement

    March 31, 2017

    PSA’s vice-president of supply chain, Francesca Gamboni, is bringing a new vision of supply chain management inspired by the kind of cross-departmental responsibility found in the FMCG sector. She reveals how this could improve PSA’s supply versus demand balance When Francesca Gamboni joined Groupe PSA last June, she was not new to the car sector, …

  • Groupe PSA special report: Refait à neuf

    March 31, 2017

    A five-part feature assays the recent fortunes of Groupe PSA – and the effects on its logistics functions – under the leadership of Carlos Tavares and senior vice-president of supply chain, Francesca Gamboni Even before it confirmed that it would acquire Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors, Groupe PSA had surprised many industry observers with the speed …

  • FVL conference: American Honda overcomes Mexican vandalism issue

    March 10, 2017

    Honda has drastically reduced incidents of damage and vandalism on vehicles that it exports from Mexico beyond North America, as well as vehicles shipped to Mexico, thanks to a number of route and transport changes. Charles Franklin, manager of export logistics at American Honda (pictured), says his company had zero incidences of vandalism to vehicles …

  • Evolution Time Critical launches dedicated critical projects service

    March 8, 2017

    Emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical has launched a dedicated critical projects service focusing on the movement of large scale resources such as vehicle tooling and other production equipment. The service aims to help OEMs reduce the risk, costs and time associated with large-scale relocations of machinery and manufacturing equipment. Brad Brennan, the company’s managing …