• Spare parts

    Home Page » 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 […]
  • Port throughput

    Intelligence » North American ports: Slowdown after growth tests capacity to cope

    July 5th 2017 While seven years of consecutive sales growth in the North American automotive industry have put vehicle handling ports to the test in terms of throughput, many of them are now being tested further by the slowdown in sales in the US, with inventory build-ups in some ports, and slower throughput. Meanwhile, others are dealing with […]
  • IT security

    News » Massive cyber-attack hits global shipping companies

    June 28th 2017 AP Moller-Maersk and TNT Express are among a rapidly growing number of companies so far affected by this week’s global cyber-attack, which has also hit Ukraine’s power network, transport services and banks, as well as the Rosneft oil company in Russia. Security experts said a malicious software called Petya and a similar strain of the […]
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  • Market trends

    News » Brazil posts best ever export figures

    June 15th 2017 Brazilian finished vehicles exports reached a new peak in May. Taking cars, light commercial vehicles, trucks and bus chassis together, a total of 73,400 units were shipped abroad during the month, according to the National Association of Automotive Vehicle Manufacturers (Anfavea). The figure was up nearly 22% on the previous month and over 51% compared […]
  • Industry 4.0

    News » Audi to hold second Smart Factory hackathon at Ingolstadt facility

    May 31st 2017 Audi’s production division will be holding its second Smart Factory hackathon at its Ingolstadt facility in October. The goal for the students and young professionals that participate is to work out practical solutions for future production processes during the 25-hour event. Specialised knowledge will include IT, mathematics, business administration and communication design. Participants in groups […]
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  • Industry 4.0

    News » Gartner rankings highlight trend towards digitalisation

    May 31st 2017 This year’s supply chain rankings from research and advisory firm Gartner have shown little change as far as the automotive sector is concerned but highlight digitalisation as one of the key trends accelerating companies’ capabilities.
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