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  • News » Škoda opens automated warehouse at Czech plant

    July 26th 2017 Škoda Auto has opened an automated small parts warehouse at its Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic. The company said the €8m ($9.3m) investment was one of the biggest logistics projects in its modern history, adding that it would improve efficiency and make its on-site logistics processes more flexible. “With the new automated warehouse for […]
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  • News » Bo Andersson named as president of Yazaki Europe

    July 26th 2017 Bo Andersson (pictured) has replaced Horst Rudolph as president of parts supplier, Yazaki Europe. The former CEO at Russian carmaker Avtovaz officially took on the role in mid-July. Amongst its products, Japan-headquartered Yazaki says it is the world’s largest producer of wiring harnesses. Last year, Andersson stepped down as CEO at Avtovaz, having moved into […]
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  • News » time:matters extends flight services from Germany to UK and Ireland

    July 26th 2017 German freight expeditor time:matters has announced additional flights for its spare parts logistics service, adding a route from southern Germany to Birmingham in the UK and to Dublin, Ireland. A third Saab 340 aircraft will join the existing planes departing every night from Baden-Airpark, west of Stuttgart, near the French border. “Almost 10 years ago, […]
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  • News » Report warns of costs and jobs threat from border adjustment tax

    July 26th 2017 A new report by the Boston Consulting Group has estimated a border adjustment tax, encapsulated within the broader corporate tax reform being pursued by US politicians, would result in US carmakers and suppliers paying $34 billion in annual import taxes while recouping only just over a third of that on exports. Under the proposed tax […]
  • News » Evolution Time Critical expands Atlanta control centre

    July 26th 2017 UK-based time-sensitive logistics services supplier, Evolution Time Critical (ETC), has expanded its North American control centre in Atlanta, adding what it terms “significant numbers” of additional staff in response to growing demand from the automotive sector. The Atlanta, Georgia office was only established late last year. Since then, demand for ETC’s premium freight services has […]
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  • News » UK to invest in battery technology as it targets 2040 diesel and petrol ban

    July 26th 2017 UK business and energy secretary Greg Clark (pictured) has announced the first phase of a £246m ($320m) government investment in battery technology in the country. Known as the Faraday Challenge, the four-year investment round is a part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. The investment was revealed just a day before the government also announced its […]
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  • News » Fraunhofer IIS to test new multi-directional RFID antenna

    July 25th 2017 The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) has invited applications from companies interested in helping it test a new, multi-directional RFID reader antenna that it believes will provider higher read range and accuracy than current antennas in difficult environments. The Multibeam Antenna, which features nine directional beams, can be used to replace multiple standard individual […]
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  • News » Electric Mini to be built in UK with drivetrains from Germany

    July 25th 2017 BMW has confirmed it will build the fully electric version of the Mini at its existing plant in Oxford in the UK – although the drivetrain will be manufactured at the OEM’s e-mobility centre at the Dingolfing and Landshut plants in Germany. The BMW Group currently produces electrified models, including hybrids, at ten plants worldwide; […]
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  • News » Jaguar Land Rover’s first overseas engine plant opens in China

    July 25th 2017 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the Tata Motors subsidiary, has opened its first overseas engine plant in Changshu, China, as part of its joint venture with local car company, Chery. The plant will initially build the new Ingenium 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine at a rate of 130,000 units a year. The production line is highly flexible: featuring […]
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  • News » Russian automotive industry concerned by rising Platon toll rate

    July 24th 2017 Concerns are growing in the Russian automotive sector about the rising costs of the Platon electronic toll system, Elizaveta Korshunova, head of outbound logistics at Gaz Group, revealed at the recent Automotive Logistics Russia summit. Korshunova said the toll had already raised transport costs for finished vehicles in Russia by nearly 6% so far. The Platon […]
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