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  • Augmented reality

    News » Škoda’s CKD centre puts AR on the map

    March 19th 2019 Škoda Auto has begun a large-scale trial of augmented reality (AR) technology to support logistics in the complete knockdown (CKD) centre at its Mladá Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic. The video mapping system is being used to help staff load sets of semi-knockdown components onto pallets for export, and consists of an ultra-high-resolution laser […]
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  • Shipping patterns

    News » CLdN ups frequency on Zeebrugge-Santander route

    March 19th 2019 Luxembourg-based shipping line CLdN has begun running three times a week in each direction on its ro-ro service between Zeebrugge in Belgium and Santander in Spain. The move follows the division of its previous twice-weekly service linking Santander, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Leixões in Portugal into two distinct routes last September, which saw it […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Nissan ends Infiniti production in Europe

    March 19th 2019 Nissan is to cease assembly of its Infiniti luxury brand in the UK as part of a wider restructure that includes withdrawal from Western Europe, in order to focus on its largest growth markets in North America and China. Production of the Q30 and QX30 at the Sunderland plant in north-east England will end in […]
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  • Vehicle shipping

    News » UECC invests in battery hybrid PCTC

    March 13th 2019 United European Car Carriers (UECC) has signed a contract for two new-generation pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) with China Ship Building Trading Company and the Jiangnan Shipyard Group. The first vessel is planned for delivery in 2021, and UECC has options for two more PCTCs. Features include a fuel system, which UECC says will more […]
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  • Spare parts logistics

    News » Dachser moving spare parts to Germany for Volvo

    March 13th 2019 Norwegian logistics provider Dachser has signed a contract to transport spare parts from Volvo Car’s Torslanda assembly plant in Sweden, to the OEM’s warehouses in Germany. As part of the contract, Volvo is now able to load a full trailer with spare parts for Germany as the orders are completed and packaged at its distribution […]
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  • 3D printing

    News » CNH Industrial produces its first 3D-printed spare parts

    March 13th 2019 Commercial and agricultural vehicle manufacturer, CNH Industrial, has created its first components using 3D printing. The company produced four spare parts printed in plastic for fitment on buses and agricultural equipment, though it did not specify exactly which parts those were. It is now conducting tests to enable future production of metal components using the […]
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  • International trade

    News » Russian vehicle imports hit a bump in the road

    March 13th 2019 Vehicle imports to Russia have been growing for almost two years alongside the recovery in sales in the domestic market. In 2018, the country imported 293,100 finished vehicles, up almost 10% compared with the same period the previous year, according to the Russian Federal Customs Service. The value of vehicles imported reached $7.6 billion last […]
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  • People moves

    News » Basset takes helm at PSA Retail

    March 13th 2019 Eric Basset became director of PSA Retail on March 11, taking charge of PSA Retail SAS, which manages the group’s car distribution assets in France. The business operates 138 sales outlets in France’s largest cities, marketing the Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles and Opel brands. It has nearly 5,000 employees dealing with new and used vehicle […]
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  • Export patterns

    News » BMW claims top spot among US car exporters

    March 12th 2019 BMW Manufacturing has laid claim to being the US’ leading automotive exporter by value for a fifth consecutive year, despite reduced volumes during 2018. The German OEM’s US subsidiary shipped 234,689 X models from its Spartanburg assembly plant in South Carolina during last year. Around 81% of its export vehicles, worth more than $8.4 billion, […]
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  • Lithium-ion supply chain

    News » Audi trials used car batteries in factory vehicles

    March 12th 2019 Audi is trialling fork-lift trucks and tow tractors powered by used lithium-ion batteries at its main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. The development is the latest stage in the company’s research to find second uses for used batteries. Like all OEMs, Audi is obliged by law to take back batteries once their life in a car comes to […]
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