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  • Central & Eastern Europe summit

    News » CEE auto markets gear up for sustained growth

    November 14th 2018 Sustained growth, a shift from low-cost to high-tech manufacturing, plus an ambition to lead automotive market trends such as electromobility and autonomous driving are now characterising the key economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), delegates heard at the Automotive Logistics Central & Eastern Europe summit in Budapest today (Wednesday November 14). IHS Markit’s senior analyst, […]
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  • Regulatory impacts

    News » WLTP hits tier suppliers’ bottom lines

    November 14th 2018 Two more tier suppliers have attributed declining financial performance to a drop-off in vehicle sales caused by the introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) for emissions standards in Europe. Michigan, US-based aluminium wheel manufacturer Superior Industries International has put a third-quarter loss down to the effects of the new standard. Superior […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » GM poised to sell St Petersburg plant 

    November 14th 2018 US carmaker GM is close to selling its plant in St Petersburg to another automotive manufacturer, with the final agreement due to be signed at the end of this year. According to Sergey Movchan, deputy governor of St Petersburg, the new owner plans to revive finished vehicle assembly at the factory. GM ended production at […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » PSA and Nissan boost vehicle production in Africa

    November 14th 2018 Production of Opel’s Grandland X and the Peugeot 3008 from semi-knockdown (SKD) kits will begin at the PSA group’s new assembly plant in Walvis Bay, Namibia, before the end of this year. Meanwhile, Nissan has revealed it aims to be the first carmaker to assemble vehicles in Ghana. PSA’s Walvis Bay development is part of […]
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  • Manufacturing technology

    News » BMW produces its millionth 3D-printed part

    November 13th 2018 BMW has produced its millionth 3D-printed part since starting to use the manufacturing technology, also known as additive manufacturing, a decade ago. It is one of 200,000 parts the OEM will 3D-print this year – a 42% increase on the number produced last year.  While the number is low compared to the 30m parts the […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Schaeffler and Michelin announce UK plant closures

    November 13th 2018 Automotive parts suppliers Schaeffler and Michelin have both announced they are scaling back their UK manufacturing operations – the former citing Brexit uncertainty as one of the reasons and the latter blaming the move on changing markets and cheap competition. German firm Schaeffler is closing its 220-employee factory at Llanelli, in south Wales (pictured). Production […]
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  • Digitalisation

    News » Technology to prove key to evolution of supply chains

    November 13th 2018 The automotive industry is being reshaped by the rise of electric and autonomous vehicles but will only stay ahead of the curve in an age of greater supply chain complexity by adopting wider digitalisation as part of its routine operations, delegates at the JDA conference in Barcelona were told last week. “The automotive industry has […]
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  • In-plant logistics

    News » ZF trials drone deliveries at Friedrichshafen

    November 13th 2018 Component manufacturer ZF has started testing the use of a drone to distribute parts at its main plant in Friedrichshafen, south-west Germany. The prototype is being used to transport spare parts such as sensors and control cards from the plant’s central warehouse to various workshops, with the aim of proving that such flights are both […]
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  • Central & Eastern Europe summit

    News » Watch the AL Central & Eastern Europe summit Live

    November 13th 2018 The Automotive Logistics Central & Eastern Europe summit takes place in Budapest, Hungary, this week. The summit sessions, offering insight from a wide range of leading industry figures, will take place on Wednesday November 14th and will be streamed Live online. Click here to find out more about the event, which will explore the investment, technology, talent […]
  • People moves

    News » Seguin takes over global freight forwarding at UPS

    November 12th 2018 Romaine Seguin (pictured) has become president of Global Freight Forwarding at packaging delivery and supply chain management company, UPS. She moves from her role as president of the UPS Americas Region, where she was responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and territories, as well as the […]
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