• Manufacturing moves

    News » China’s BYD invests in US bus plant

    October 15th 2018 Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has invested $5m in a 9,300 sq.m warehouse to free up space at its electric bus plant in Lancaster, California. The new building currently stores around 15,000 different parts and will further streamline the handling of materials and supplies into the 41,800 sq.m manufacturing plant, the company said. The facility […]
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    News » Looking to technology to tackle looming disruption

    October 10th 2018 The automotive industry in the UK is in the shadow of looming disruption brought about not just by the uncertainties of Brexit but a host of other issues that will be made more problematic if the country leaves Europe without a deal on March 29 next year. Given that the logistics sector in the UK […]
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  • Inbound logistics

    News » Gefco tailors the supply of parts to Audi

    October 10th 2018 Gefco has outlined the details of a recent contract signed with Audi for the supply of parts from Austria to its car plants in Germany. Gefco’s division in Austria is loading various components from three suppliers across four locations in the country and delivering them into Audi’s plants in Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt. The logistics service […]
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  • Driverless vehicles

    News » MAN and HHLA begin new trial of autonomous trucks

    October 10th 2018 Germany’s MAN Truck & Bus has begun working with Hamburg port operator HHLA to trial autonomous driving technology on a 70km stretch of the A7 motorway and a container terminal at the port (pictured). The Hamburg TruckPilot project will analyse and validate the requirements for customers in the real world and integrate autonomously driven trucks […]
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  • Tier suppliers

    News » Varroc Lighting Systems expands Czech plant

    October 10th 2018 Varroc Lighting Systems has opened a fifth production hall at its Rychvald factory in the Moravia region of the Czech Republic. Features of the new assembly area include advanced material flow monitoring and intelligent logistics management equipment, said the US-based firm. “The hall will produce both rear lamps and smart headlamps with LED and matrix […]
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    News » VW Group highlights gains from making Audi A1 in Spain

    October 10th 2018 Volkswagen Group has said it expects substantial logistics benefits to follow, now that it is producing the new-look Audi A1 in Seat’s Martorell factory in Spain. “[It] joins Seat vehicles in most distribution transport flows, which enables us to achieve cost and lead time synergies, both for Seat and Audi,” Seat spokesman Ezequiel Avilés told Automotive […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » PSA to concentrate on two platforms

    October 10th 2018 PSA Group is to base all models on one of two car-construction platforms by 2025 to save costs and achieve efficiency gains – including by implication in the supply chain. As part of its overarching Push to Pass strategic plan, the French company has been reducing its platforms worldwide to optimise research and development expenditure and the […]
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  • UK summit

    News » Watch the Automotive Logistics UK summit Live

    October 10th 2018 The Automotive Logistics UK summit takes place at Silverstone today and will be streamed Live online. Click here to find out more about the event, which will look at how the UK’s automotive logistics sector can thrive on all the change taking place as the nation prepares to exit the EU, and simultaneously squares up to […]
  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Ford to end Focus production in Argentina

    October 9th 2018 Ford plans to stop manufacturing the Focus compact car in Argentina next May as part of an effort to reduce losses from its South American operations. The carmaker also stopped producing what was once its most popular models in its home base Michigan earlier this year because of declining US demand for smaller passenger cars. […]
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  • Emissions regulations

    News » Shipowners should be immune from fuel penalties, says Grimaldi

    October 8th 2018 Emanuele Grimaldi, the managing director of Italian shipping firm Grimaldi Group (pictured), has called for immunity from penalties for shipowners who find themselves in circumstances where it is impossible to comply with the forthcoming rules on maritime sulphur emissions. At the beginning of 2020 it will be compulsory under regulations administered by the International Maritime […]
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