• Market trends

    News » South America summit: Brazil faces ‘lost decade’ amid slow recovery

    November 29th 2017 Despite a 25% increase in production this year, the Brazilian automotive industry is forecast to grow only slowly in coming years, delegates at this week’s Automotive Logistics South America summit were warned. After four years of declining demand, including a dramatic drop in vehicle sales and production in 2016, the Brazilian automotive industry has seen […]
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  • Plant developments

    News » Groupe PSA to add van production to Russian plant from next year

    November 27th 2017 Groupe PSA has revealed it will make a new generation of vans alongside the cars currently produced at its plant in Kaluga, in the recovering Russian market, from the first quarter of next year. In a statement PSA said it would make the Citroën Jumpy (pictured) and Peugeot Expert light commercial vehicles (LCVs) alongside the […]
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  • Automotive Logistics India summit

    News » Indian vehicle exports’ share of total production set to fall

    November 10th 2017 Vehicle exports’ share of total production in India is set to decline in coming years as carmakers use their manufacturing capacity to meet local market demand, which is forecast to continue growing at a healthy rate. Puneet Gupta (pictured), associate director for vehicle sales forecast for South Asia at research firm IHS Markit, predicted at last week’s Automotive […]
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  • Market trends

    News » Turkey boosts automotive exports by nearly a quarter in first nine months

    November 8th 2017 Turkey has seen a 24% rise in the export of vehicles between January and September this year compared with the same period in 2016, according to recent figures from the Turkish Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD). The country exported over 984,400 vehicles out of a total production figure of 1.2m during the first nine months of […]
  • Government policy

    News » Regulatory change in Brazil boosts exports and production

    November 3rd 2017 Attempts to simplify and reduce the bureaucracy that has been hampering Brazil’s ability to trade with other countries in South America seem to be working, with export demand helping to drive up production in the country, along with stronger domestic sales. According to the Ministry of Industry, Overseas Trade and Services, in August 2017, vehicles […]
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  • Spare parts

    Uncategorized » Syncron forum discusses predictive analytics’ role in aftersales

    October 16th 2017 Revenues from original automotive product sales have been shrinking for some time as customers keep assets longer but companies are embracing the latest technology to maintain a good aftersales service for the long-term financial viability of their businesses. Attendees at last week’s Aftersales Excellence Forum in London, UK, hosted by cloud-based aftermarket services provider Syncron, learned […]
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  • European vehicle logistics

    Intelligence » Changes are the only certainty at Ford of Europe

    October 9th 2017 As Ford Motor continues a fourth year of solid recovery, with rising sales and profits across its main European markets, the complexity of its outbound vehicle distribution network for the region has also been increasing. Today, the carmaker must manage a network that is markedly more dispersed in terms of plant locations, origins and destination […]
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  • Spanish ports

    News » Santander and Tarragona top Anfac port quality report

    October 2nd 2017 Santander (pictured) and Tarragona have topped the list as the best ports for handling finished vehicles in Spain, according to Anfac, the organisation that represents Spain’s automotive manufacturers. In Anfac’s annual quality report on ports, the two both scored 4.3 out of a possible 5 marks. Last year, Spanish ports handled 3.2m finished vehicles – […]
  • Port throughput

    News » Pasha secures Grays Harbor deal to process FCA imports from Mexico

    August 16th 2017 Pasha Automotive Services has secured a contract starting this summer to process Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) finished vehicles imported into Grays Harbor, on the US west coast, from the port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico. John Pasha, senior vice-president of Pasha Automotive Services, said: “FCA US has been a long-time customer, and it is an […]
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  • Port throughput

    News » Mexican ports report boom in vehicle traffic

    July 19th 2017 Mexico’s ports saw a 42% increase in finished vehicle traffic in the first five months of this year, figures from the country’s Transport & Communications Ministry (SCT) have shown. During the period, total finished vehicle throughput reached 667,881 units, compared to just 470,350 units in January-May 2016. Ports in the Gulf of Mexico (Veracruz, Altamira […]