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  • 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 …

  • Former Tesla CPO plans gigafactory-style European battery plant in Scandinavia

    March 8, 2017

    Peter Carlsson, who was chief purchasing officer (CPO) at electric carmaker Tesla until 2015, is seeking investment to build Europe’s largest electric battery manufacturing plant to to serve carmakers and other industries. While the exact location has yet to be determined, the Swedish executive has plans for a plus-32GWh production site is set to be built in the …

  • Yusen signs Germany to US engine block contract

    March 8, 2017

    Third party logistics provider Yusen Logistics has been awarded a contract to move engine blocks from tier supplier Neue Halberg-Guss’s (NHG) facility in Germany to an automotive manufacturing plant in Ohio. The total supply chain service will involve collections from NHG’s plant in Saarbrücken, plus stockholding and container build, followed by deliveries to the port …

  • Sanden Manufacturing Poland centralises logistics in Polkowice

    February 27, 2017

    The Polish division of Japanese automotive parts maker, Sanden Corporation, has leased a 6,500 sq.m warehouse next to its production facility in Polkowice for the handling of air conditioning compressor units. The warehouse was officially opened last week and Sanden Manufacturing Poland has leased it from property developer Panattoni Europe for an initial period of …

  • Hirschmann Automotive adopts Axit digital procurement platform

    February 10, 2017

    Hirschmann Automotive, a tier one supplier of wiring and cable technology, has adopted the AX4 platform from logistics IT provider Axit to manage procurement operations at its main production site in Rankwell, Austria. Axit specialises in cloud-based IT systems for the management of cross-company logistics processes. Up until now, Hirschmann has been sharing supply chain …

  • ThyssenKrupp adds to parts production in China and Hungary

    February 8, 2017

    German tier supplier ThyssenKrupp has announced plans to build two new plants in China and Hungary to manufacture more than 11m springs and stabilisers a year. In China, the group will begin construction this year of a factory in Pinghu, near Shanghai, with output starting in 2018. The site will produce 5m springs and stabilisers …

  • Mexico conference: Nafta concerns slow supply chain investment

    February 6, 2017

    Carmakers, tier suppliers and logistics providers are becoming increasingly cautious about investment in Mexico, downgrading some plans or holding back on decisions amid the uncertainty of Mexico’s future trade relations with the United States and potential changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Mexico has been one of the largest recipients of automotive …

  • Recticel ‘working with OEMs’ after fire shuts down Czech plant

    February 3, 2017

    Interior parts manufacturer Recticel Group has said it is cooperating with carmakers after a recent fire and subsequent shutdown at its plant in Most, in the Czech Republic. The Belgian company declared force majeure at the plant on January 22nd after a serious fire broke out in one of the production halls at the automotive …

  • For UK carmakers, ‘Global Britain’ may not be enough

    January 26, 2017

    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK automotive trade body, has welcomed the UK government’s ambitions to develop new free trade deals that could benefit the automotive industry, including with large markets like the US and China, after it leaves the European customs union. However, the group warned that such deals might …

  • BMW to subcontract additional X1 output to the Netherlands

    January 25, 2017

    The VDL Nedcar contract manufacturing plant in the Netherlands will start assembly of the BMW X1 this August to serve local and global export markets, sharing output with BMW’s plant in Regensburg in south-east Germany, the carmaker has confirmed. By sharing production of the model at the Dutch plant, close to the border of north-west …