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As vehicle sales rise in South America’s key market of Brazil after a long period of decline, the region’s automotive sector is becoming increasingly optimistic. After several years of contraction – something that has forced the whole sector to become much leaner and fitter than before – South America now appears to be facing a new period of growth, with renewed interest in investment and a strong focus on the opportunities to come.

At the same time, of course, South America’s automotive sector, like others around the world, is squaring up to rapid advances in vehicle development, regulation, manufacturing methods and information technology – all of which are driving radical transformation across the global automotive landscape and putting new pressure on its logistics networks.

Ensuring the industry’s supply chains are in the best possible shape to manage all this and make the most of all the opportunities to come in this dynamic marketplace will depend on just the right combination of investment, infrastructure and innovation, as well as greater focus on collaboration, leadership and skills.

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Taking place on 28 November in São Paulo, this year’s Automotive Logistics South America summit will examine just what vehicle manufacturers, tier suppliers, logistics service providers and infrastructure operators need to do in their supply chains to achieve the right balance and make the most of this new dawn, as this important global automotive market picks up again.

COMPLIMENTARY PLACES available for vehicle-makers and tier suppliers (subject to approval).



Carmakers including GM, FCA, Jaguar Land Rover and VW have invested strongly despite the crisis and high supply chain costs. Keeping such investments going and attracting fresh ones to take the South American automotive sector to ever greater heights will depend on creating and maintaining strong, competitive and agile supply chains.


Despite the high productivity rates at Brazilian manufacturing plants, the inefficiency in logistics and distribution, together with taxes and duties, along with chronic problems in infrastructure across roads, ports, rail and airports, continues to weigh negatively on Brazilian manufacturers and the overall economy. The ability of the region to overcome these issues will be critical.


Collaborative logistics in terms of production, fleet and warehouse sharing are areas where the country had started to make progress and could go a lot further. During the recession companies started sharing areas that were not [formerly] productive. It is vital for the industry however, to not revert back to old habits and end the process of collaborative logistics as the economy strengthens again.

Talent & Leadership

With skills shortages becoming greater in the global automotive sector, many executives in the region are now struggling to build workforces ready for global competition in today’s increasingly complex and competitive market. To succeed leaders in the sector will need to effectively prioritise specific capabilities and channel their investment accordingly.


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In-plant logistics

Storage and warehousing


Road transport

Government policy

Rail freight

Ports and shipping

Infrastructure investment

Information technology

Leadership and skills




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