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  • China conference: in-house competence propels Volvo and Continental’s logistics

    April 18, 2017

    The inbound supply chain in China continues to develop at a fast pace, and getting to grips with the complexity around supply locations, regulations and production shifts is a significant task. For some manufacturers, including Volvo Cars and tier one supplier Continental, increasing in-house management resources and tools have been essential to keeping up. Few …

  • Mercedes-Benz Trucks expands contract with Ceva in Brazil

    February 14, 2017

    Mercedes-Benz has extended its contract with Ceva Logistics in Brazil covering inbound and aftermarket services for its Juiz de Fora assembly facility in Minais Gerais. The deal means a three-year extension to its existing contract with Ceva, which covers materials handling, line feeding and external warehousing. However, the latest deal also includes two new agreements that will …

  • Ocean container packaging: Hammering out a waste of space

    January 13, 2017

    More efforts are taking place to improve efficiency, cost and quality through the better use and construction of packaging within container transport  The expansion of international supply chains has placed increased pressure on maximising the use of ocean containers when shipping global automotive parts. While freight rates, storage and port fees all play a major …

  • 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. …

  • Orbis hires Mathes as VP of manufacturing for plastics division

    December 7, 2016

    US reusable packaging manufacturer Orbis has appointed Todd Mathes (pictured) as vice-president of manufacturing for its plastics operations. Mathes has over 25 years of manufacturing, marketing sales and new business experience. He joins from Berry Plastics Corp, where he most recently served as vice-president of manufacturing operations. Orbis president, Bill Ash, said: “With his plastics industry …

  • Schoeller Allibert to build €15m plant in Beringen

    November 28, 2016

    Reusable plastic packaging and container supplier Schoeller Allibert is to begin work on a new Belgian production plant in Beringen, in the province of Limburg, to which it will move from its existing location in Leopoldsburg. Total investment in the facility, which includes a 6,500 sq.m production hall and 3,500 sq.m of outdoor storage space, …

  • Slovakian plant wins Magna World Class Logistics awards

    October 12, 2016

    Magna International Europe has recognised three plants in its inaugural World Class Logistics awards, with Magna Slovteca, which produces mirrors, taking the top prize for a transformation project across its internal and external logistics operations. Magna Exteriors’ plant in Meerane, in eastern Germany, took second place in the awards for an RFID project that tracks …

  • Orbis puts Heer in the hot seat for Europe

    September 28, 2016

    US reusable packaging manufacturer Orbis has appointed David Heer (pictured) as senior commercial director for Orbis Europe. In his new role, Heer is responsible for leading the firm’s reusable packaging expansion in Europe. “We are thrilled to welcome David to the Orbis team. His involvement in diverse, multinational business environments makes him a great fit …

  • Global conference: Getting to the head of the pack

    September 24, 2016

    Automotive suppliers are no longer ready to absorb the sizeable costs incurred by the loss or mismanagement of packaging and containers used for the delivery of parts both inbound and in the aftermarket. Instead they are focusing on innovations to save money and making the packaging industry a central part of supply chain management. The …

  • DK Group buys packing and SCS firm Lemonpath

    September 11, 2016

    DK Group, which provides logistics and packaging services to the automotive industry, has bought the UK-based contract packing and supply chain services company, Lemonpath, which provides services to a range of sectors including fashion, food and retail. DK Group said Lemonpath will keep its brand identity and the company’s founder, Chris Antliff, will continue in …