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  • International trade

    News » Ukraine sanctions risk Russian vehicle exports

    December 12th 2018 The growth in Russian vehicle exports during 2018 could be in jeopardy if a new bill to ban Russian vehicle imports is passed by the government in Ukraine, one of the biggest sales markets for Russian-made cars. According to figures from the Russian Federal Customs Service, in the first nine months of 2018, vehicle exports […]
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    News » Competing on a global stage – report from AL Central and Eastern Europe summit

    November 21st 2018 Over the last 15 years, the centre of investment in the European automotive industry has been shifting east. Delegates at the Automotive Logistics Central and Eastern Europe (ALCEE) summit in Budapest last week learned that the region now has a strong network of assembly and supplier plants, along with logistics services that support high-tech manufacturing […]
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    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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  • 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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  • Supply chain management

    News » JLR to open engineering office in Budapest

    November 7th 2018 Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will open a technical engineering office in Budapest, Hungary, early next year to support the management of its European supply chain. It follows the official opening of its €1.4 billion ($1.6 billion) assembly plant in Nitra (pictured), in neighbouring Slovakia, on October 25. Nick Rogers, executive director of product […]
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  • Localisation policies

    News » Russian tax hike to fund higher outbound subsidies

    November 7th 2018 Russia’s deputy prime minister, Dmitry Kozak, has announced plans to raise the utilisation fee on imported vehicles by 30%, to help fund an increase in the subsidies provided to export projects in the automotive sector. Both Russian assembly plants and importers have been subject to the utilisation fee since 2014. The tax is used to […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Toyota begins making transaxles in Poland

    November 6th 2018 Japanese OEM Toyota has started manufacturing the fourth generation of hybrid electric transaxles at its TMMP plant in Wałbrzych, Poland, the first factory outside Asia to make the component. Polish-made transaxles will be shipped to the company’s car plant near Derby, in central England, for use in the hatchback, wagon and touring sports versions of […]
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  • Country focus: Russia

    Intelligence » Rewriting the rules

    November 5th 2018 Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry wants OEMs to make huge investments in new production capacity in Russia over the coming decade, in order to continue qualifying for state aid. A bill laying down the basis of a new national localisation strategy was published in August that is designed to replace the current industrial assembly agreements.  […]
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  • Technology developments

    News » Škoda tests out drone for stocktaking

    October 30th 2018 Czech carmaker Škoda is trialling an autonomous drone to identify and count containers outside its factory in Mladá Boleslav. The goal is for drone-assisted stocktaking to become a regular feature of operations in the medium term. “We are continuously working on improving the efficiency of our everyday production processes and making work easier for our employees,” said […]
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  • Material handling

    News » Škoda deploys autonomous robots at Kvasiny

    October 23rd 2018 Škoda Auto is deploying autonomous robots at its small parts warehouse at Kvasiny in the Czech Republic to work alongside its employees and make parts sorting and delivery more efficient. The use of the robots is part of the carmaker’s efforts to digitalise production processes under its 2025 Strategy, which embraces industry 4.0 technology. “In […]
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