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  • FVL conference: High tech over brute force in reducing vandalism in Mexico

    March 11, 2017

    Damage and theft on Mexico’s railways can be a chronic problem for carmakers in the country. One of the industry’s most successful security experts suggests that tracking data and behaviour can help tackle the problem over the long term Vandalism and theft on the rail network in Mexico continue to cost the automotive industry millions …

  • 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 …

  • Audi’s driverless transport system recognised with industry award

    February 21, 2017

    The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has awarded Audi with the annual Logistics Award for 2017. The award was made in recognition of the German carmaker’s driverless vehicle transport system. More specifically a parking robot, nicknamed ‘Ray’, is able to sort up to 2,000 finished vehicles per day for loading onto railway freight …

  • Mexico conference report: Seeking to build bridges, not walls

    February 7, 2017

    Mexico’s automotive industry is inextricably linked with its neighbours to the north but under its new president the US is talking about renegotiating NAFTA and applying border taxes to imports. At this year’s Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, held in Mexico City, industry and government heads looked for positive signs in an uncertain political climate For …

  • Cross-Channel freight: Trucks, tariffs and tunnel vision

    January 6, 2017

    Automotive Logistics reports on vehicle and component movements between the UK and the rest of Europe in the post-Brexit climate   The past year has brought freight movements between the UK and mainland Europe sharply into focus, including for automotive parts and finished vehicles. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union brought currency falls in the …

  • Hail damage: Make do and mend or shelter from the storm?

    January 4, 2017

    Hail poses obvious risks for finished vehicles left out unprotected but there are various steps that can be taken to address the problem – some of them based on prevention and others based on cure The risk of hail damage when storing or moving vehicles out in the elements can be a big issue for carmakers and logistics companies, …

  • General Motors: The new law of supply & demand

    December 29, 2016

    GM has restructured its order fulfilment, supply chain and logistics to share more common objectives, grouping them together in a department reporting to James Bovenzi The size and complexity of General Motors’ supply chain mean that designing and sourcing the most effective logistics and distribution network for the carmaker is a continuous and ever-changing process. …

  • 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 …

  • Gaskell named head of outbound logistics at Volvo Cars in China

    December 20, 2016

    Jaime Gaskell, former general manager for marketing and sales at NYK Automotive Logistics in China, has joined Volvo Cars as head of outbound logistics in the country. The new role includes responsibility for imported and domestic cars, as well as the warehouse and inland distribution business. Gaskell started out as a deck officer at Andrew …

  • Gefco confirms £10m logistics centre near Halewood, UK

    November 15, 2016

    Gefco’s division in the UK is investing £10m ($12.4m) in a logistics solutions centre close to Halewood, near Liverpool, in the north-west of England. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that the 12,000 sq.m site would serve tier one UK customers and OEMs but said that, as per the terms of its commercial arrangements, it …