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  • Vehicle logistics & regulations: The new rules of the game

    March 29, 2017

    Donald Trump’s pledge to lighten the US regulatory load should be music to the logistics industry’s ears, but road and rail providers may have to fight their own corners as and when the changes are rung in In this story… Looking to lighten the burden Testing Trump’s orders Waiting for the concrete to pour First …

  • White House budget blueprint cuts transport in favour of defence

    March 22, 2017

    A blueprint federal budget released by the Trump administration has proposed major cuts, including to the Department of Transportation (DOT), in order to fund a major increase in defence spending alongside additions to veterans’ affairs and homeland security. In the budget document, America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, the country’s president …

  • Trump’s campaigning ignores supply chain might

    March 20, 2017

    The president’s relentless criticism of trade terms and regulation often ignores some of the automotive industry’s most important developments for the future Since his election victory, many have wondered about the extent to which Donald Trump, the president, would resemble Donald Trump, the presidential candidate. For the automotive industry and its supply chain, the questions …

  • US-Canada Nafta trade: Northern light hoping for a silver lining

    March 17, 2017

    The new US administration has left a bit of a cloud over Nafta, and while Canada may not be the primary target of any renegotiation, the country – and its important automotive supply chain – could still get caught in the crosshairs. In this story… A three-way split Investment and strength Fear of uncertainty Border …

  • General Motors adds powertrain jobs in Michigan ahead of Trump visit

    March 15, 2017

    General Motors has announced the addition of 220 new jobs and the retention of 680 that were previously under threat across three of its Michigan-based facilities over the next 12 months. The announcement was made on the same day that US president Donald Trump confirmed he would be visiting Detroit. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted: “Will …

  • Mexico conference: Trump’s taxes and tariffs ‘a negotiating ploy’

    February 1, 2017

    The past week has seen tensions escalate between the US and Mexico over trade terms, with a number of tariff and tax proposals suggested by the administration of Donald Trump that would have significant impacts on the automotive supply chain, both in North America and globally. However, while the administration rolled back on some tariff …

  • GM job cuts loom in Canada as overlap of Equinox production ends

    February 1, 2017

    General Motors has issued a notice at its CAMI plant in Canada that could result in the laying off of about 600 employees, according to labour union Unifor. The union said it was informed of the decision by company management earlier this week. The CAMI assembly plant in Ontario has historically produced the Chevrolet Equinox …

  • It may not be popular, but collaboration is still the only smart option

    January 26, 2017

    Despite the rise in populist protectionism so clearly underlined by the UK’s recent vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s surprising US election win, working together remains the only sensible way forward Supply chain experts will spend 2017 dealing with the aftermath of the protectionist sentiments that helped propel the UK vote to leave …

  • Carmakers continue with investment plans for US plants

    January 18, 2017

    GM and Hyundai have both announced substantial investments in the US this week – but despite incoming US president Donald Trump using Twitter to shower himself with praise for these investments, their plans have been in place for some time, according to the OEMs themselves. Following Trump’s criticism of GM’s production of the Chevrolet Cruze in …

  • Trump turns on Toyota over vehicle imports from Mexico 

    January 6, 2017

    Following recent attacks on Ford and GM for existing and planned imports of vehicles into the US from Mexico, US president-elect Donald Trump has now turned his attention to Toyota. In a tweet posted on Thursday (January 5th) Trump said: “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars …