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    News » FCA renews contract with Ceva in Brazil

    April 16th 2019 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has extended its aftermarket contract with Ceva Logistics in Brazil for a further four and a half years. The logistics provider moves service parts to 500 Fiat dealers across the country, providing both warehousing and transport services, and has been working with Fiat in Brazil for more than 20 years. In […]
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  • EV batteries

    News » Nickel supply sparks concern for BYD

    April 15th 2019 Electric vehicle (EV) and battery makers such as BYD are worried about securing enough nickel, an executive of the Chinese company told an industry audience. The metal is a key input material for EV batteries, and among development trends is a shift towards higher nickel content in batteries to allow cars to go further on […]
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  • Packaging Ford

    Intelligence » Heading to the pool

    April 12th 2019 Ford has been transforming its approach to packaging over the last five years under the direction of its chief engineer for material flow and packaging engineering, Kuly Malka. Malka is responsible for all of the OEM’s packaging and container management in Europe and South Africa. He instigated Ford’s first global returnable packaging system and is […]
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  • SMMT Connected 2019

    News » Truckmakers getting connected to improve logistics

    April 10th 2019 Long gone is the era when it was normal to wait for 28 days for a delivery; in today’s market consumers expect to receive their order by the next day. But the Amazon-type model is putting a lot of pressure on logistics. At the same time, developments in vehicle connectivity are driving change in logistics […]
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  • Electric vehicles

    News » Volkswagen seals lithium deal

    April 10th 2019 Volkswagen has signed a letter of intent with Ganfeng Lithium of Jiangxi province, China, to provide lithium to the OEM and its suppliers for the next ten years. With the vehicle electrification boom expected to more than double lithium demand by 2023, the carmaker views the agreement with Ganfeng as an important milestone in supply […]
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  •  Information technology

    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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  • 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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  • Spare parts logistics

    News » Dachser moving spare parts to Germany for Volvo

    March 13th 2019 Norwegian logistics provider Dachser has signed a contract to transport spare parts from Volvo Car’s Torslanda assembly plant in Sweden, to the OEM’s warehouses in Germany. As part of the contract, Volvo is now able to load a full trailer with spare parts for Germany as the orders are completed and packaged at its distribution […]
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  • 3D printing

    News » CNH Industrial produces its first 3D-printed spare parts

    March 13th 2019 Commercial and agricultural vehicle manufacturer, CNH Industrial, has created its first components using 3D printing. The company produced four spare parts printed in plastic for fitment on buses and agricultural equipment, though it did not specify exactly which parts those were. It is now conducting tests to enable future production of metal components using the […]
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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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