• Automotive Logistics China conference

    News » Settling into steady growth

    April 24th 2018 China has the biggest car market in the world and is expected to make 25.3m vehicles this year. The city of Chengdu has 4.5m of them driving around it, making it the second largest in China for vehicle numbers behind Beijing – and it was to Chengdu that delegates headed last week for this year’s Automotive […]
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  • Port throughput

    News » Jafza reports rising automotive business

    April 24th 2018 DP World’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) generated automotive business worth around $10.75 billion in 2017, the company has revealed. Around 11% of Jafza’s customer base is accounted for by the vehicle and transport sector, encompassing 546 automotive companies from 62 countries, providing employment to 8,200 people. “The encouraging performance of the sector underlines Dubai’s […]
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  • Port throughput

    News » Suape reports strong start to 2018

    April 4th 2018 The Brazilian port of Suape, in the state of Pernambuco, has reported a 54% rise in the number of finished vehicles handled in the first two months of 2018. In total, 10,274 units moved across the docks in the period, with February alone accounting for 6,824 units – a month-on-month increase of 78%. The automotive […]
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  • Market trends

    News » Brazilian automotive sector raises its profile

    March 13th 2018 Brazil’s automotive sector now accounts for 22% of industrial GDP and 4% of GDP as a whole, the country’s industry, overseas trade and services minister, Marcos Jorge, has revealed. Directly and indirectly, it is responsible for 1.6m jobs. “The Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) is committed to backing the industry with the […]
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  • Manufacturing trends 

    News » BMW Spartanburg remains top US car exporter

    February 21st 2018 BMW’s Spartanburg vehicle assembly plant in South Carolina remained the largest US automotive exporter by value last year, even though production there decreased. The factory turned out more than 371,280 cars during the year, 9.7% fewer than in 2016  because the X5/X6 assembly hall was shut down for four weeks during the summer and production […]
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  • Market trends

    News » Mexico hits record highs in output and exports

    February 20th 2018 The Mexican automotive sector has enjoyed a spectacular start to 2018, reaching all-time highs in vehicle production and exports during January. According to the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), a total of 303,755 vehicles were produced during the month, over 4% more than in January 2017. Vehicle exports, meanwhile, came to 231,088 during […]
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  • Port throughputs

    News » Georgia ports aim for a million units a year

    February 6th 2018 Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has revealed strategic plans to support the handling of 1m vehicle and machinery units a year at ports in the state within the next ten years. Ro-ro cargo has already expanded from 411,000 units per year to over 640,000 units, said the authority, the majority of it at the port of […]
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  • Export trends

    News » UK vehicle exports to India fall sharply

    February 6th 2018 Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have shown a growing divide between the number of finished vehicles the UK imports from India and the number it exports to the country. According to the SMMT, finished vehicle imports from India into the UK grew by 8.3% in 2017 to 34,149 units. UK […]
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  • Automotive Logistics Mexico conference

    News » Port users bemoan slow progress at Veracruz

    January 29th 2018 Carmakers and logistics providers have expressed frustration over the slow pace of expansion at the congested Mexican port of Veracruz. The port is working to install new infrastructure to support growing automotive volumes, which reached 1.03m units last year (up 13.5% on 2016). The project includes a completely new landside and berth development to the […]
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  • Port processing

    News » SCH sees marked rise in throughput at Southampton

    January 23rd 2018 Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) has reported processing 280,000 vehicles through the UK port of Southampton last year, up 27% on approximately 220,000 moved in 2016 when it exceeded 200,000 units for the first time. The company said 80% of vehicles handled there last year were for export. High and heavy ro-ro cargo also went up, with […]
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