• Market trends

    News » UK vehicle exports buoyant amid Brexit uncertainty

    February 4th 2019 Vehicle exports from the UK accounted for 81.5% of production last year, the highest proportion since 2012, allowing the country to maintain its position as the second strongest new car market in Europe after Germany. According to data presented last week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK exported over 1.2m […]
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  • Mergers and acquisitions

    News » Bridgestone to buy TomTom Telematics

    January 28th 2019 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone Europe has agreed to buy TomTom’s telematics business for €910m ($1.03 billion). Subject to closing conditions being met, Bridgestone says the transaction will bolster its goal of becoming a mobility solutions leader in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, a strategic priority for the Japanese-owned group. Data accessed via TomTom […]
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  • Technology

    News » Seat joins Alastria blockchain network

    January 25th 2019 Spanish carmaker Seat has joined the Alastria consortium to work on the development of blockchain-based products. Blockchain technology uses a distributed ledger platform, aimed at providing transparency for businesses, including supply chain monitoring. Seat is the first carmaker to join the network, which now involves 70 major businesses and institutions, including banks, telecom providers, energy companies […]
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  • Digital technology

    Intelligence » Innovation and smart tech: Why BMW is driving both

    January 11th 2019 Handling 31m parts and producing almost 10,000 vehicles each day, BMW is increasingly looking to digitalisation and Industry 4.0 innovations to help it organise its logistics more flexibly. The carmaker’s use of technologies including autonomous transport systems (ATS), robots, augmented reality (AR) and paperless systems, was discussed at length at a recent BMW press event […]
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  • Groupe Renault

    Intelligence » Q&A: Florian Huettl

    January 7th 2019 Can you outline your role in Renault’s approach to sales and operations planning (S&OP)? I’m the vice-president of sales forecast and distribution. I work in sales and I run the S&OP together with my colleagues from supply chain. That already tells you something about Renault’s approach to S&OP; we manage S&OP between two units, which […]
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  • Start-ups & innovations

    Intelligence » Window of opportunity

    January 4th 2019 An optimised warehouse is an asset to the logistics market, but with multiple loading docks where goods are being received and dispatched, the workload of warehouse vehicles needs to be considered. Shippers want to avoid traffic congestion to ensure timely dispatch of goods, and carriers want to minimise truck waiting times and charges. Yet with […]
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  • EV batteries

    News » Daimler to spend €20 billion on battery cells

    December 19th 2018 German carmaker Daimler says it will buy battery cells costing more than €20 billion ($22.6 billion) over the next decade as it prepares to introduce 130 electrified variants of Mercedes-Benz cars by 2022. The group is investing €10 billion to make the models, plus another €1 billion on an in-house global battery production network. The […]
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  • Materials handling

    News » Faurecia deploys AGVs in Spain

    December 12th 2018 Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are now working alongside workers and robots at Faurecia’s car seat manufacturing plant in Vitoria-Gasteiz, northern Spain. Through a weightless handling system, workers transfer the car seat from the end of the line to the AGV, which then delivers it to a loading robot. The vehicle then takes the seat to […]
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  • South America summit

    News » Brazil needs investment and talent to flip the recession

    December 4th 2018 While the automotive sector in Brazil waits for political reform under its new president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, including investment in transport and infrastructure, logistics providers need to be creative in overcoming the existing poor state of the roads and ports. That is if the country is to exploit returning growth, including for export markets beyond Argentina. […]
  • International trade

    News » British automotive industry finds new markets

    November 28th 2018 Asia was the fastest growing foreign market for the UK’s automotive sector last year, with the value of exported goods up 21% on 2016, a new survey has shown. The Asian increase helped lift the sector’s total exports to £40 billion ($51.5 billion) – a 26% increase in two years – making Britain the world’s […]
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