Intelligence

  • 20th anniversary features: 3PL changes

    Intelligence » Beijing Changjiu Logistics: Independence, investment and internationalisation

    October 16th 2017 Beijing Changjiu Logistics has grown to become one of the largest third-party providers serving the automotive sector in China, both for handling parts and especially for finished vehicles, of which last year it moved 3.08m. The company began its life in 1992 as Jilin Changjiu Logistics but registered as Beijing Changjiu Logistics when it moved […]
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  • 20th anniversary features: Tier supplier focus

    Intelligence » Continental Automotive: Systems, staff and supply chain excellence

    October 10th 2017 Continental can trace its roots in the transport sector back to 1871, with the founding of a rubber products factory in Hanover, Germany. Among the original products of the Continental Caoutchouc und Gutta Percha Compagnie were solid rubber tyres for carriages and bicycles. By 1892, the company had expanded into the production of pneumatic bicycle […]
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    Intelligence » A supplier renaissance

    October 10th 2017 At the tail end of the 20th century, the automotive supply sector was a tough business to be in. The world’s carmakers had long since decided that the sprawling, vertically integrated manufacturing models of the past should be abandoned. Major OEMs spun out their component divisions as separate entities, narrowing their own scope to focus […]
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  • Automotive Logistics UK summit

    Intelligence » Living in interesting times

    October 10th 2017 With the shadow of a hard Brexit hanging over the UK, the question of how it will maintain a competitive automotive sector into the next decade is harder to answer than ever. With much uncertainty surrounding future trade terms, including the prospect of tariffs, customs checks and new barriers between the UK and the rest […]
  • 20th anniversary features: OEM interviews

    Intelligence » Volkswagen Group part 2: Talking ‘then and now’ with head of group logistics, Thomas Zernechel

    October 10th 2017 Christopher Ludwig: What are the most prominent differences in managing logistics at a group level for Volkswagen Group today versus 20 years ago? Thomas Zernechel: The challenges faced by the group-wide network are growing in line with the increasing size of the network and the changing conditions in which we operate. The most important change […]
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  • 20th anniversary features: OEM interviews

    Intelligence » Volkswagen Group part 1: Present and prepared for the future

    October 10th 2017 Most automotive supply chains have changed over the past two decades, however few would have been transformed as much as that of the Volkswagen Group. In 1997, although Volkswagen already had plants in Mexico, South Africa, China and Brazil, the group’s supply chain and sales markets were mostly concentrated in Europe. Today, while Germany and […]
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    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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    Intelligence » Ford of Europe: A system of strength and complexity

    October 9th 2017 Dirk Willmann’s 25-year career with Ford has made him witness to the changing arc of the company’s supply chain in Europe and further afield, including more complicated material flows, new locations and footprint changes, as well as advances in technology. As a member of the material planning and logistics (MP&L) department since 2000, Willmann has […]
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  • Automotive Logistics UK summit

    News » Live poll results from the UK: present and future disruption

    October 9th 2017 Live polling conducted at this year’s Automotive Logistics UK summit revealed that delegates are anticipating major changes to the automotive supply chain as it relates to the UK and the wider sector. While most executives participating in the survey are optimistic about the industry’s prospects in the short term, including plans to expand in 2018, […]
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    News » Mini plant, huge complexity

    October 6th 2017 BMW’s Mini factory in Cowley, near Oxford in southern England, is a striking example of managing high levels of supply chain and production complexity, set against space constraints and long lead times for inbound parts delivery and exports of vehicles. However, thanks to well-defined supply and logistics processes, along with strong IT systems, the plant […]
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