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    News » VW turns to Amazon to streamline its supply chain

    April 3rd 2019 Volkswagen Group has announced it will use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to automate manufacturing and logistics processes across its network of 122 plants and more than 30,000 facilities that make up the group’s global supply chain. The carmaker said it had signed a multi-year agreement with AWS, the cloud computing unit of Amazon, to build a […]
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    News » BMW looks to the cloud to boost productivity

    April 3rd 2019 BMW has begun using a digital cloud platform built on software supplied by Microsoft to increase manufacturing and supporting logistics productivity. The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is designed to accelerate the use of internet-of-things (IoT) technology in the supply chain and factory. BMW said it would be shared among OEMs, tier suppliers and logistics providers […]
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  • People moves

    News » VW reshuffles top managers in components operations

    April 1st 2019 Heiner Lanze (pictured) has taken over as head of procurement at VW’s newly independent business unit, Volkswagen Group Components. Most recently, Lanze was responsible for procurement at Volkswagen do Brasil and the South America region. Before that, he was vice-president of procurement at Scania in Brazil. His career in the VW group has included spells […]
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  • Supply chain disruption

    News » Electricity crisis hits South Africa’s automotive industry

    March 20th 2019 Rolling power cuts across South Africa are threatening the automotive logistics chain, as the country’s overburdened state electricity provider Eskom struggles to meet the needs of business. Vehicle sales are down as consumer confidence has fallen and automotive manufacturers are keeping production going by sacrificing non-essential plant functions. President and CEO of Toyota South Africa […]
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  • Augmented reality

    News » Škoda’s CKD centre puts AR on the map

    March 19th 2019 Škoda Auto has begun a large-scale trial of augmented reality (AR) technology to support logistics in the complete knockdown (CKD) centre at its Mladá Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic. The video mapping system is being used to help staff load sets of semi-knockdown components onto pallets for export, and consists of an ultra-high-resolution laser […]
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  • Lithium-ion supply chain

    News » Audi trials used car batteries in factory vehicles

    March 12th 2019 Audi is trialling fork-lift trucks and tow tractors powered by used lithium-ion batteries at its main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. The development is the latest stage in the company’s research to find second uses for used batteries. Like all OEMs, Audi is obliged by law to take back batteries once their life in a car comes to […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » FCA to build new US plant and expand five others

    February 27th 2019 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed plans to spend $4.5 billion on building a new assembly plant in Detroit and adding production capacity at five existing plants in Michigan. The investment will create almost 6,500 jobs, though 1,400 posts will be lost as one shift at FCA’s Illinois plant is cut. The move stems from […]
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  • People moves

    News » Justin Newell joins Inform as COO

    February 25th 2019 German software optimisation specialist Inform has appointed Justin Newell (pictured) as chief operating officer (COO) at its division in the US – Inform Software Corporation. He moves to Inform from his role as general manager at finished vehicle transport provider, Reliable Carriers. Newell has more than 20 years’ management experience including 15 years at Porsche […]
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  • In-plant logistics

    News » Škoda Scala production starts in Czech Republic

    February 19th 2019 The all-new Scala has started rolling off the assembly line at Škoda’s Mladá Boleslav plant, in the Czech Republic – the first model from the company based on parent Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform. Production of the Scala, which was designed and developed in Mladá Boleslav, involves certain components being produced in parallel with the vehicle […]
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  • Market strategy

    News » Uzavtosanoat to rename GM Uzbekistan and raise output

    February 12th 2019 Uzbekistan state-owned corporation Uzavtosanoat has confirmed it plans to rename GM Uzbekistan following the withdrawal of the US carmaker from the joint venture. It has not yet indicated what its new name will be. At a press conference in Tashkent on February 6, Aziz Shukurov, deputy chairman of the board of Uzavtosanoat, said the company would […]
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