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  • 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 …

  • BMW to develop new $31m distribution centre in South Africa

    March 29, 2017

    German carmaker, BMW has announced a R400m ($31m) investment in a South Africa regional distribution centre, about 55km from its Rosslyn plant near Pretoria. Local company, Attacq will be developing the 32,000sq.m distribution centre at the Waterfall mixed-use development in Midrand. Distribution is expected to start by mid-2018, for an initial 10-year lease period. Tim …

  • Temporary halt to Audi’s Ingolstadt production after fire at supplier plant

    March 29, 2017

    A fire at a plant supplying Audi’s Ingolstadt facility has forced the carmaker to temporarily halt production. Pelzer, which supplies inner bulkhead insulation for the Audi A4 and A5 models from its plant in Witten, Germany, said a fire broke out in the early hours of March 22nd. Employees were immediately evacuated, with six treated …

  • Valmet to produce next generation of Mercedes-Benz compacts

    March 29, 2017

    Daimler has confirmed that the next generation of it’s compact A-class model will continue to be produced by contract manufacturer Valmet in Finland. The current generation of the A-Class has been produced at the plant in Uusikaupunki since 2013 and in February production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV began there. Daimler has reorganised global production to …

  • International rail services start moving vehicles to Portugal and Italy

    March 27, 2017

    Two new international vehicle handling rail services have begun operating in recent weeks out of Spain and the Czech Republic. The first, operated by Takargo/Ibercargo, is being used to move Renault vehicles from Spain to Portugal, with trains originating in either Venta de Baños or Valladolid in Spain and running through to Vale da Rosa …

  • Gdansk increases car volumes as Nissan signs contract with Adampol

    March 22, 2017

    The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed a three-year contract with Polish logistics provider Adampol for the weekly import of Nissan vehicles through the port of Gdansk, in northern Poland. The vehicles are being imported from Japan, Spain and the UK for delivery to markets in central and eastern Europe (CEE) including Poland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, …

  • Van Osta takes on Russia role at JCB

    March 21, 2017

    Joannes Van Osta is now based in Moscow as general manager of operations for JCB in Russia. JCB is a privately owned manufacturer of construction machinery, headquartered in the UK. It has a global presence and manufacturing facilities on four continents. Van Osta is a transport, logistics and supply chain professional with a broad experience …

  • Avtovaz mulls supplies to China after first exports from Kazakhstan

    March 20, 2017

    Russian OEM Avtovaz is understood to be considering ways in which to expand the supply of its vehicles to China, after Kazakhstan’s Asia Avto began regular exports of Lada 4x4s to the country recently from its plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk, in the East Kazakhstan region. It is the first time any finished vehicles have been exported from …

  • Russia considers changes in policy to boost vehicle exports

    March 20, 2017

    Russia’s government is considering amending its industrial assembly agreement with OEMs in a bid to boost exports, it has been revealed. Speaking in early March, Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s Minister of Economic Development, said that although many finished vehicles were already exported, including to Western Europe, the government had now reached a point where it needed …

  • Toyota invests in UK plant but warns on post-Brexit tariffs

    March 20, 2017

    Toyota has announced plans to invest £240m ($297m) in its UK-based car plant to enable vehicle production using its new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, while also promoting UK supply chain efficiencies. It is the latest new investment decision by a major carmaker following last year’s referendum in which the UK voted to leave the …