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  • 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 …

  • Investigation finds lack of competition in Mexican rail interconnections

    March 22, 2017

    The investigative arm of Mexico’s competition commission (COFECE) has suggested there is a lack of competition in interconnection services by the major companies operating the country’s railway network. The unit has just released the preliminary findings of an investigation into the matter following a claim by an unnamed party last year. Kansas City Southern Mexico …

  • Mosolf reinitiates Kippenheim to Düsseldorf railway service

    March 15, 2017

    After a five-year break, German multimodal vehicle logistics provider Mosolf has reactivated a regular railway service from Kippenheim to Düsseldorf. The decision should remove a significant portion of cars currently transported by road between the two. The Mosolf Group handled 67,000 vehicles at Düsseldorf last year, and there are plans to process more than 70,000 …

  • CSX names new CEO as part of move to ‘reconstitute’ its board

    March 15, 2017

    North American rail provider CSX has named veteran railroad executive E. Hunter Harrison as its new CEO. Harrison replaces Michael ward, who recently announced his decision to retire as chairman and CEO at the end of May but will continue to serve as a consultant. Harrison, whose experience includes stints at both Canadian National and …

  • FVL conference 2017: Live poll results

    March 14, 2017

    Live polling conducted at the Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference revealed mixed sentiments on the economy, what technology to invest in and visibility in the sector                                                         …

  • FVL conference: Will big outbound visions ever happen in real-time?

    March 14, 2017

    The eighth annual Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference discussed lots of potential for connected car and in-vehicle technology to transform transport and tracking. However, uncertainties over which technology to focus on, as well as regulatory and economic questions, may hold back important software and hardware updates. Marcus Williams reports from Huntington Beach, California. Gareth …

  • 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 …

  • Eurotunnel boss hails ‘best year in company’s history’

    March 8, 2017

    Groupe Eurotunnel, owner of the channel rail tunnel connecting the UK to France, has just reported on the best year in its history, according to chairman and CEO Jacques Gounon. The company’s net profit of €200m ($211m)  in the year to end-December, 2016, was over two-and-a-half times higher than the €75m a year earlier. The company, …

  • Storms hit Texas and derail Union Pacific auto rail cars

    February 22, 2017

    Severe storms, including three tornados, which have hit Texas this week have caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure, knocking out power to tens of thousands of residences and businesses, and causing flooding. In one incident recorded near Thrall in Williamson County, 12 vehicle-carrying rail wagons were derailed. They were transporting vehicles between Laredo on the …