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  • Groupe CAT takes over Sintax Logistica

    March 15, 2017

    French transport and logistics provider Groupe CAT has acquired Spanish firm Sintax Logistica for an undisclosed sum. Sintax is an international vehicle logistics provider with a focus on Spain, France, Portugal and Morocco. Its services include new and used vehicle transport, multimodal distribution, compound management and technical services such as pre-delivery inspection, post-production operations, vehicle maintenance …

  • Parts maker Gestamp takes ‘next natural step’ with Spanish IPO

    March 15, 2017

    Spanish automotive parts maker Gestamp has announced its intention to list on the Spanish stock exchanges, putting certain existing shares currently held by the controlling shareholder, the Riberas family, up for sale. Founded in 1997, the company has 98 production facilities in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. It manufactures components for over 800 …

  • Strikes avoided as Spain attempts to overhaul stevedoring policy

    February 21, 2017

    Threatened strikes by Spain’s port unions have been temporarily called off and talks resumed with the government as the country attempts to overhaul and liberalise stevedoring policy under pressure from the European Union (EU). The EU has called for a change to practices in the stevedoring sector in which all terminals contract labour from an …

  • Carmakers to benefit from renovated Sagunto port rail line

    January 18, 2017

    Spain’s national ports authority, Puertos del Estado, has committed €40m ($42.6m) to upgrade the railway line linking Zaragoza, Teruel and the port of Sagunto on the Mediterranean coast. Of this, €13.6m is earmarked for sidings and €23m for the rail access into the port. The government said that it wanted to reinforce the Zaragoza-Sagunto line, …

  • Limited damage to vehicles after surprise hailstorm in Valencia

    December 12, 2016

    An unexpected hailstorm on the last weekend of November in Valencia seems to have caused limited damage to finished vehicles at the Spanish port. “We’re handling 1,500 to 2,000 vehicles at the moment, but we know of other OEMs with losses that we’re not dealing with,” one insurer told Automotive Logistics. Ford, which operates the Almussafes …

  • Grimaldi Group confirms vertical storage unit at Valencia

    December 5, 2016

    Grimaldi Group has reaffirmed a commitment to build a vertical storage facility at its Valencia Terminal Europa, on Dique del Este, at the Mediterranean port of Valencia. Mario Massarotti, MD of the group’s Spanish operation, said the new facility was required to improve the quality of service it offered in the port, based on increased …

  • Setram introduces electric vehicles at Barcelona terminal

    November 28, 2016

    Spanish finished vehicle logistics provider, Setram, has deployed four electric vehicles (EVs) to help with operations at its car terminal in the port of Barcelona. Four Peugeot iPartner vans are being used at the terminal, which can store 13,300 vehicles. The vans are being leased from Spanish car rental and fleet manager, Alphabet. The EVs …

  • Ceva expands service offering to Mercedes-Benz in Spain

    November 28, 2016

      Mercedes-Benz has expanded its contract with Ceva Logistics for services at its van plant in Vitoria, Spain, which makes the mid-size Vito van and the V-Class MPV (pictured). Ceva has been working with Mercedes-Benz in the Iberian region since 2012 but started providing services to the carmaker in Vitoria in February this year. Those …

  • Brussels gives thumbs-up to UECC Ibérica sale

    November 1, 2016

    Spain’s terminal operating and services company Marítima del Mediterráneo (Marmedsa) is to take a 50% stake in UECC Ibérica, the Portuguese-based firm that manages and operates the finished vehicle terminal at the northern Spanish port of Pasaia (Pasajes). The remaining 50% of the company will be retained by short-sea maritime services operator, UECC. Marmedsa operates …

  • Ford to use Vigo for imported Rangers

    October 4, 2016

    Ford has chosen the Spanish north-western port of Vigo from which to distribute its Ford Ranger pickup in southern Europe. The Ranger, which is built in South Africa, is the European best seller in its segment. The first consignment, consisting of 280 units, was dispatched from Port Elizabeth in South Africa and arrived at the …