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  • VW admits diesel emissions scandal spelt an end to C-TPAT status

    January 18, 2017

    Volkswagen Group of America has revealed that it was removed from the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) programmes, following the diesel emissions scandal in 2015. Companies on the C-TPAT list are considered low risk, resulting in expedited processing of their cargo, including fewer customs examinations. The programme is led by the …

  • Brexit: Why a nod of recognition is not enough to calm the nerves

    January 18, 2017

    Insights from British prime minister Theresa May this week into how she sees the UK’s exit from the European Union panning out have done little to address the main concerns of the automotive sector You might accuse the current British government of many things in its strategy for leaving the European Union – from a lack of clarity on issues …

  • 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 …

  • UK car industry needs to avoid ‘cliff-edge’ in hard Brexit

    January 18, 2017

    Fresh insights into prime minister Theresa May’s plans for the UK’s exit from the European Union have reignited concerns over just what deal can be struck and what terms of international trade will apply… Confirmation this week by UK prime minister Theresa May (pictured) that the country would leave the European single market and customs union to …

  • Ford to implement Infor’s cloud-based WMS in Europe 

    January 18, 2017

    Ford is to implement new cloud-based warehouse management software (WMS) from Infor at its cross-docking centres in seven European countries. The Infor SCE software will automate the process of transferring goods at Ford’s ten cross-docking centres in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the United Kingdom. A spokesman for Infor told Automotive …

  • Mercedes-Benz Vans to help trial autonomous delivery robots

    January 18, 2017

    Mercedes-Benz Vans has confirmed it will participate in a number of pilot projects in Europe this year to test the use ground-based, last-mile autonomous delivery robots with robot developer Starship Technologies. The OEM has been working with UK-based Starship Technologies since mid-2016 and together they introduced the idea of using a van in conjunction with …

  • Indian car carriers secure revised rate rises after January protest

    January 17, 2017

    India’s car carriers have succeeded once again in negotiating higher rates with the majority of the country’s leading vehicle manufacturers for the transport of vehicles on car transporters conforming to the new 18.75-metre maximum trailer length. Rates for the movement of vehicles on such transporters have increased by 22-23%, a substantial advance on the 17% …

  • 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 …

  • GM’s Holden says Australian plant will close down in October

    January 16, 2017

    General Motors Australia subsidiary Holden will produce more than 30,000 vehicles at its Elizabeth plant in South Australia before shutting the site down on October 20th. The brand, which already imports most of its models, will continue to ship cars in from Europe, North America and Asia after local production ceases. More than a third of …

  • Mercedes-Benz switches from one to three LSPs in Alabama

    January 12, 2017

    Mercedes Benz US International (MBUSI) recently announced three new logistics providers to support logistics operations at an on-site warehouse for its plant in Vance, Alabama. Two of the providers – Celadon and Penske Logistics – begin service operations officially on November 28th 2016; Schnellecke Logistics began operations officially January 1st 2017. German logistics provider BLG …