Automotive Logistics

UK

  • Two years for Brexit deal ‘optimistic’ as FTA calls for transitional trade measures

    March 22, 2017

    With the official date now set for the UK to begin its exit negotiations with the EU, the focus has shifted onto how those discussions will progress and whether a deal can really be struck in just two years  Completing negotiations over the UK’s exit from the European Union in just two years is looking increasingly …

  • Toyota invests in UK plant but warns on post-Brexit tariffs

    March 20, 2017

    Toyota has announced plans to invest £240m ($297m) in its UK-based car plant to enable vehicle production using its new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, while also promoting UK supply chain efficiencies. It is the latest new investment decision by a major carmaker following last year’s referendum in which the UK voted to leave the …

  • 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, …

  • Nissan outlines UK supply chain and Brexit concerns

    March 1, 2017

    In a wide-ranging discussion with UK lawmakers, Nissan Europe’s head of supply chain spoke of the company’s preferred outcomes post-Brexit, as well as warning of the need to increase domestic supply Colin Lawther, Nissan’s senior vice-president for manufacturing, supply chain management and purchasing in Europe warned UK lawmakers in London this week of an urgent need for …

  • Chemicals firm Ineos to start producing new 4×4 off-roader

    February 15, 2017

    Chemicals company Ineos has confirmed it is to invest “many hundreds of millions” in producing a new 4×4 off-roader. Following a six-month feasibility study, the firm said this week that it saw a gap in the market for an “uncompromising” off-road vehicle, following Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to stop producing the Land Rover Defender at …

  • PSA may buy Opel to become Europe’s second largest carmaker

    February 15, 2017

    French carmaker PSA Group has confirmed it may acquire General Motor’s European business, which includes the Opel and Vauxhall brands. The move could lead to further logistics synergies between the carmakers and logistics provider, Gefco. The deal may be the car industry’s biggest since the Fiat-Chrysler merger was completed post the global financial crisis, and also …

  • McLaren to insource carbon fibre chassis production by 2020

    February 14, 2017

    McLaren Automotive has announced the first details of its Composite Technology Centre, a £50m ($62.5m) investment in Sheffield, England, that will allow it to produce its own carbon fibre chassis by 2020. The centre will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of the Monocell and Monocage carbon fibre chassis in future McLaren cars. The …

  • Police recover stolen Jaguar Land Rover engines

    February 13, 2017

    Police have recovered the engines stolen late last month from a Jaguar Land Rover facility in Solihull, UK. West Midlands police have also arrested four men on suspicion of conspiracy to steal, according to a statement. All four have been bailed pending further enquiries. The news comes just under two weeks after thieves stole two …

  • ‘Illusion and inadequate reactions’ to blame for Humber collision

    February 9, 2017

    A ‘compelling illusion’ coupled with the slow reaction of the two vessels involved was behind the collision between the car carrier City of Rotterdam (pictured) and the ro-ro freight ferry Primula Seaways, the official investigation into the incident has concluded. The City of Rotterdam, operated by Nissan Car Carriers and owned by Fairmont Shipping (Canada), collided with …

  • Jaguar Land Rover falls prey to engine theft at UK plant

    February 8, 2017

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has had two semi-trailers loaded with engines stolen from its manufacturing plant in Solihull, UK. “We can confirm that we are working closely with West Midlands police to investigate the theft of engines from the Solihull manufacturing plant,” said a company spokesperson. A statement from the West Midlands Police said the vehicles …