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  • China conference: Brilliant strategy positions BMW JV for change

    April 18, 2017

    BMW’s joint venture in China with Brilliance Auto, BMW Brilliance, has said it does not expect to feel any impact from the ongoing changes to maximum car carrier dimensions in the country – even though it has seen a huge increase in vehicle production and sales volumes. That is because the company has already put …

  • Logistics providers recognised in GM supplier awards

    April 5, 2017

    General Motors has once again recognised the services of its logistics providers at its annual Supplier of the Year awards, held in Orlando, Florida, on March 31st. Out of the 118 global tier suppliers from 15 countries that received awards for products and services in 2016, 11 were from the global logistics sector. The awards …

  • Euro Marine Logistics launches Biscay ro-ro service

    April 4, 2017

    Short-sea operator Euro Marine Logistics (EML) has begun operating a new ro-ro service between Spain, Belgium, France and the UK. The company, a joint venture between Mitsui OSK Lines and Höegh Autoliners, said in March that it would be deploying two medium-sized vessels, each with a capacity of 1,500 car equivalent units (CEU), on the …

  • European ports: Sailing into a tide of protectionism?

    April 4, 2017

    The repercussions of last year’s political eruptions have yet to be felt in Europe’s ports and growth is expected to continue this year, bringing with it much-needed investment. But port operators and shipping companies remain on alert for any shift in trading patterns While last year was one of political earthquakes, from Britain’s vote to …

  • Neptune Lines adds service between Europe, UK and Ireland following Renault contract

    March 29, 2017

    Short-sea operator, Neptune Lines, is adding a new ro-ro service between northern Spain, France, the UK and Ireland following a contract with Renault. The company is dedicating two vessels to a direct, weekly service that it said would also serve all major customers in the region, covering vehicles, high and heavy cargo and special loads. …

  • 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 …

  • VW starts making Taigun in Portugal; Neptune Lines takes it to Italy

    February 15, 2017

    Volkswagen has started production of the Taigun subcompact SUV at its AutoEuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal. The carmaker announced last year that its was “significantly expanding” its range of SUVs in a variety of classes and the Taigun, which until now was reported to be in the development phase, is described as “a compact model …

  • Cars in containers: Boxing above their weight

    January 17, 2017

    Suppliers of car container equipment are gaining ground by providing fast, flexible shipping options in specific global markets In this story… Racks and cassettes Electric cars light up the way Containing the situation in Asia Incorporating SKD kits Multimodal growth potential  Shipping vehicles by container has long been an option for carmakers, although on major …

  • 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 …

  • India’s logistics landscape is set for structural change

    November 10, 2016

    New rules designed to support transport safety and simplify taxation are helping to create new multimodal opportunities in the nation Two separate regulatory changes are set to impact on logistics business for transport providers and their customers in India. The first – a change to the maximum length of road trailers – is designed to improve …