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  • Ontario secures its place in Ford’s connected-car future

    April 5, 2017

    Ford has announced a C$500m ($373m) research and development (R&D) investment in Canada’s Ontario territory, including the development of a research and engineering centre in the capital of Ottawa. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (pictured here on the right), were both present at the official event announcing the investment, held at …

  • Honda invests a further $85m in Alabama assembly plant

    March 29, 2017

    Honda has announced plans to invest $85m in its Lincoln plant in Alabama, including an expansion at the south end of Line 1 of the vehicle assembly operation there. The company said the investment was the first part of a multi-phase project to “improve vehicle manufacturing flexibility, strengthen the logistics efficiency for future models and …

  • FVL conference 2017: Live poll results

    March 14, 2017

    Live polling conducted at the Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference revealed mixed sentiments on the economy, what technology to invest in and visibility in the sector                                                         …

  • 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’, …

  • Carmakers continue with investment plans for US plants

    January 18, 2017

    GM and Hyundai have both announced substantial investments in the US this week – but despite incoming US president Donald Trump using Twitter to shower himself with praise for these investments, their plans have been in place for some time, according to the OEMs themselves. Following Trump’s criticism of GM’s production of the Chevrolet Cruze in …

  • Carmakers to benefit from renovated Sagunto port rail line

    January 18, 2017

    Spain’s national ports authority, Puertos del Estado, has committed €40m ($42.6m) to upgrade the railway line linking Zaragoza, Teruel and the port of Sagunto on the Mediterranean coast. Of this, €13.6m is earmarked for sidings and €23m for the rail access into the port. The government said that it wanted to reinforce the Zaragoza-Sagunto line, …

  • Honda secures 4,000 jobs with new investment in Ontario facilities

    January 16, 2017

    Honda Canada has agreed to invest C$492m ($374m) in new facilities in Ontario, securing 4,000 direct jobs, according to the province’s government. Among the developments, the carmaker has agreed to build a new paint shop at its plant in Alliston that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 44%. It will also adopt new vehicle assembly …

  • Ford boosts design and development with $195m Chennai hub

    November 16, 2016

    Ford has announced plans to bolster its engineering, IT and supply chain skills in India with a new product development and business centre in Chennai. The $195m investment is expected to increase India’s role as an export centre, as well as a stronghold for data and analytics – including in logistics. “The new centre in Chennai …

  • Component makers start to invest as Ukraine’s economy picks up

    May 3, 2016

    The first signs of a recovery in the Ukraine automotive industry have begun to appear after several electric automotive components manufacturers recently announced plans to invest in plants in the west of the country with a view to exporting across Europe. In the last few years, the automotive industry in the country has all but collapsed, …

  • BMW starts work on second parts RDC in South Korea

    April 13, 2016

    [Updated 14th April] BMW is investing 130 billion won ($110m) in a second regional distribution centre (RDC) in South Korea to better stabilise the supply of aftermarket parts to BMW, Mini and Motorrad service centres across the country. The facility is expected to create 600 jobs. The new facility will be at Anseong, in Gyeonggi …