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  • Joint venture

    News » NYK and Adani joint venture on track

    July 19th 2018 NYK Auto Logistics India (NALI) has signed an agreement with transport and port operations provider, Adani Logistics, to provide finished vehicle services using freight trains. The NYK division already provides integrated services for carmakers in India that include road-based inland delivery between plants, dealers and ports, as well as pre-delivery inspection. Adani offers integrated port […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Faurecia extends trade in Toledo

    July 18th 2018 Tier supplier Faurecia has announced plans to open an $11m (€9.4m) US plant in Toledo that will supply full instrument panels to the nearby Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) site. The parts facility builds on Faurecia’s existing business in Toledo, and across the state of Ohio, which includes plants in Franklin, Toledo and Troy specialising in […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » VW to add second model at Navarra

    July 18th 2018 Volkswagen is planning to make the new T-Cross compact SUV at its Navarra plant, following an investment of around €1 billion ($1.17 billion). The addition of the T-Cross will potentially raise output at the plant from 244,000 units in 2017 to around 350,000 a year and increase the workforce by about 10%, depending on how […]
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  • A-class

    News » Valmet starts production of new Mercedes-Benz

    July 18th 2018 Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive has begun making the new A-class for Mercedes-Benz at Uusikaupunki in Finland, the third plant to make the latest version. The move to include contract production at Valmet was first announced last year. Production of the new A-class started in April at Mercedes-Benz’s plant in Rastatt in Germany. Its lead plant […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » IAC deploys smart logistics at Halewood facility

    July 18th 2018 Global parts and systems supplier, International Automotive Components (IAC), is now using industry 4.0 manufacturing technology and smart logistics for the production of interior components at its plant in Halewood. Parts are supplied from the site to Jaguar Land Rover’s plant nearby and other carmakers in the country. Among other things, the plant uses 42 […]
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  • Supply chain disruption

    News » Celaya flood now affects Honda output in US

    July 17th 2018 Honda has confirmed that production of the Fit and HR-V models at the Celaya plant in Mexico will remain suspended this month, after the facility was hit by flooding at the end of June. The impact of the flood on the production of an engine component at the transmission facility in Celaya, which is exported […]
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  • Joint ventures

    News » BMW set to raise stakes in China

    July 17th 2018 BMW is reported to be increasing its 50% stake in Brilliance China Automotive, making it the first foreign carmaker in the country to take majority control of a joint venture. Newspaper reports, including the China Daily and South China Morning Post, cite comments from premier Li Keqiang during a visit to Europe last week. The BMW […]
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  • International trade

    News » Russia seeks to subsidise cost of parts imports

    July 16th 2018 Russia’s Ministry of Trade wants foreign OEMs to continue to comply with the industrial assembly agreements drawn up under Regulation 166. The regulation, which was amended in 2010, allowed foreign carmakers to import parts at preferential rates of customs duty. However, carmakers no longer have a reason to comply with the agreements since the Russian […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Mercedes-Benz boosts local sourcing in South Africa

    July 16th 2018 Mercedes-Benz is enlarging its supply chain within South Africa as it expands production at its plant in East London, on the country’s east coast. The OEM has added 35 new suppliers based in South Africa to the plant’s supply chain, with seven being tier one suppliers and three sequencing suppliers. “We have committed ourselves to […]
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  • Government policy

    News » Industry welcomes Brexit white paper but calls for more clarity on trade

    July 13th 2018 Representatives of the UK automotive industry have welcomed a government white paper on Brexit proposing an economic partnership when the UK leaves the European Union. The paper outlines how the UK wants to establish a new free trade area to replace the Single Market and maintain the movement of goods without customs checks or controls. […]
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