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  • Road transport

    News » Toyota and Kenworth work on zero-emission trucks

    January 17th 2019 Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has begun working with Kenworth on the supply of ten zero-emission trucks to move freight in the Los Angeles Basin. As well as mixed loads to and from the port of LA, a number of the hydrogen fuel cell trucks will be dedicated to transporting finished vehicles and parts to […]
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  • Trade relationships

    News » German automotive body warns on US trade tensions

    January 16th 2019 German sector association the VDA has warned that ongoing trade tensions between the US and Europe and, separately, the US and China should not be allowed to derail the mutually beneficial relationship its OEMs currently have with the North American country. The warning coincides with news that VW and Ford are to work together to develop new […]
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  • Supply chain disruption

    News » Fire-stricken ship being towed to Far East

    January 16th 2019 Details remain scant on the condition of the Sincerity Ace car carrier following a fatal fire onboard the vessel that led to its abandonment in the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii at the beginning of January. According to vessel owner Shoei Kisen Kaisha, the car carrier is now being towed to an as-yet-to-be determined location in […]
  • Country focus: Mexico

    News » Mexican car industry calls for action on fuel shortage

    January 16th 2019 Mexico’s new federal government has launched a radical strategy to combat the country’s long-term problem of fuel theft. However, this has led to fuel shortages in central regions, which have closed gas stations, and is now threatening the transport and logistics supporting the automotive sector. States including Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guanajuato and Queretaro have all reported […]
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  • Industry 4.0

    News » BMW Regensburg named as ‘manufacturing lighthouse’

    January 16th 2019 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named BMW’s Regensburg car assembly plant as a “manufacturing lighthouse” of the so-called fourth industrial revolution, thanks to the factory’s innovations in logistics. The plant, in south-eastern Germany, is one of just seven worldwide awarded the honour this year for successful implementation of industry 4.0 technologies in ways that […]
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  • Alternative fuels

    News » Scania trials first CNG truck in Lithuania

    January 15th 2019 Truck and engine manufacturer Scania has started trialling the use of trucks fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG) in Lithuania. The Swedish company has partnered with Lithuanian logistics provider Vlantana and natural gas developer SG Dujos. Potential advantages for Vlantana following the successful adoption of CNG-fuelled lorries, include being able to drive in restricted areas […]
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  • Contract news

    News » Toyota entrusts US vehicle handling to Corman

    January 15th 2019 Japanese carmaker Toyota has chosen RJ Corman Switching Company as the automotive loading provider at four of its locations in the US. Building on an existing contract which covers switching, preparing and loading railway wagons and providing track maintenance, Corman will now handle all new vehicles produced by Toyota in the US. It will also […]
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  • People moves

    News » Bysouth becomes logistics chief at IAC

    January 15th 2019 Kelly Bysouth (pictured) has joined International Automotive Components (IAC) as chief supply chain officer, with global responsibility and operational control of procurement and logistics. She brings 25 years of related experience to the company, which is based in Luxembourg. [mpu_ad]Bysouth moves from Adient, where she held a variety of leadership positions in North America and […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Honda to halt UK production during Brexit

    January 14th 2019 Japanese OEM Honda is to suspend production at its British plant for six days in April after the UK leaves the European Union on March 29. The decision follows an assessment of how best to prepare for any logistics and border problems following Brexit. “These contingency provisions have been put in place to best mitigate the […]
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  • International trade

    News » US considers lifting sanctions against Gaz

    January 14th 2019 The US is planning to lift sanctions imposed on companies owned or controlled by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and has once again postponed the introduction of sanctions against the Russian carmaker Gaz Group, in which Deripaska has a controlling interest. The US Treasury department’s office for Foreign Assets Control (FAC) notified Congress in December of its […]
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