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  • 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 …

  • FCA invests in US Jeep output; warns over withdrawal from Mexico 

    January 11, 2017

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed plans to invest $1 billion in its Michigan and Ohio plants, generating 2,000 jobs in the US. The move will create the capacity to extend its Jeep product line-up in response to a continued shift by consumers to SUVs and pickup trucks, and will also add some flexibility to …

  • Latin America: The good, the bad & the uncertainty

    January 10, 2017

    Governments, carmakers, processors and carriers will all have their roles to play in establishing greater economic and logistical integration across Latin America, as Automotive Logistics finds out. In this story… Trade deal ups and downs Mexico sets gold standard Exports save Brazil Recovery in Argentina Return to peace in Colombia Looking ahead to better times …

  • Trump turns on Toyota over vehicle imports from Mexico 

    January 6, 2017

    Following recent attacks on Ford and GM for existing and planned imports of vehicles into the US from Mexico, US president-elect Donald Trump has now turned his attention to Toyota. In a tweet posted on Thursday (January 5th) Trump said: “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars …

  • Ford cancels plans for plant in Mexico as GM defends its position

    January 4, 2017

    Ford has confirmed it is cancelling plans to build a $1.6 billion assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, in north-central Mexico, citing slowing demand for the smaller vehicles intended for the plant for the move, rather than recent criticism from president-elect Donald Trump over production in Mexico for export to the US. In a news conference …

  • Bradford opens packaging facility for automotive sector in Mexico

    January 4, 2017

    The Mexican division of US packaging firm Bradford – Bradford de Mexico (BdM) – has opened a plant for the supply of automotive packaging in Querétaro, in the central region of the country. The company said the newly built facility, which has room for expansion, would make custom returnable packaging for carmakers and their suppliers. …

  • What to watch in 2017 

    December 27, 2016

    The automotive supply chain could take several knocks in 2017 from rising protectionism and regulatory changes. Automotive Logistics consults its crystal ball to highlight some of the potential hotspots…       North America Which way will Trump blow? There will be worries, especially in Mexico, about overhauls to Nafta or import rules, though it …

  • 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 …

  • American Honda: Looking for smart, sustainable solutions

    December 19, 2016

    American Honda’s head of sales planning and logistics, Chuck Kendig, reveals the philosophy behind his approach to managing the carmaker’s outbound flows and describes how the department operates to cope with changing model demand  Since April 2015, when Chuck Kendig inherited vehicle distribution for American Honda – a multi-faceted role across production, sales and logistics …

  • Mexico government deploys troops to address railway vandalism  

    December 14, 2016

    It has been revealed that the Mexican government has been deploying troops since the autumn at various troubled areas in response to rising vandalism and theft targeting both railway lines and automotive cargo. “The Mexican military is providing some short-term protection to the automotive industry in the state of Guanajuato,” a spokesperson from the Kansas …