• Electric vehicles

    News » PSA joins forces with Nidec for electric motor production in France

    December 6th 2017 French carmaker Groupe PSA and Japan’s Nidec Corporation have agreed to form a joint venture and invest €220m in ($261m) in electric motor production in France for domestic and global distribution. Nidec makes electric motors through its subsidiary, Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding. In a joint statement, the companies said they would design, manufacture and sell “a high-performance and […]
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  • Vehicle handling

    News » Noatum sets up automotive division to integrate Spanish port operations

    December 6th 2017 Noatum Maritime has consolidated its position in Spain’s finished vehicle and ro-ro market with the integration of its vehicle handling businesses at the ports of Barcelona, Sagunto, Málaga and Santander with those in Pasajes and Tarragona. The company has now formed a new division called Noatum Maritime Automotive that will draw together all finished vehicle […]
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  • Line feeding

    News » Seat builds tallest warehouse in Spain to support Martorell assembly

    December 6th 2017 Spanish carmaker Seat has revealed it is building an automated logistics centre at its Martorell factory outside Barcelona that will include the tallest warehouse in Spain. The facility is expected to be completed by the last quarter of next year. The logistics centre will cover a total area of 5,700 sq.m divided into two facilities, […]
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  • People moves

    News » Sven Ennerst takes on Chinese truck production and imports for Daimler

    December 6th 2017 Sven Ennerst (pictured) is taking on responsibility for Daimler Trucks’ operations in China, including local production at the Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive (BFDA) joint venture and the import business at Daimler Trucks and Buses China (DTBC). He will carry out the newly created role alongside his current responsibilities as head of product engineering and global […]
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  • Mergers and acquisitions

    News » MetroGistics expands vehicle reg services with Metro Title Services buyout

    December 5th 2017 US-based finished vehicle logistics provider MetroGistics has bought Metro Title Services for an undisclosed sum. Metro Title Services, based in Kansas, provides vehicle title, registrations and associated compliance services, including renewals and replacement credentials, to the fleet industry and dealerships across the US. “We recognised best-in-class vehicle compliance services as a major market need, and […]
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  • Vehicle shipping

    News » Kess contracts PD Ports as ship agent for services out of Humber ports in UK

    December 5th 2017 K Line European Sea Highway Services (Kess), which provides short-sea carrier services for the automotive trade, has appointed UK port operator PD Ports as its ship agent in the Humber region of the UK. The contract covers vehicle shipments through the ports of Immingham and Grimsby, which Kess takes to Emden and Cuxhaven for European […]
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  • Aftermarket logistics

    News » Cardone Industries to build parts handling centre in Texas

    December 5th 2017 US aftermarket parts remanufacturer Cardone Industries is investing $50m in a new 85,500 sq.m parts distribution centre (PDC) in Harlingen, Texas. The site, which is expected to be ready for operations by next summer, will be located near its manufacturing facility in the Harlingen Industrial Park. The company will manage the PDC itself. Harlingen is […]
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  • Emissions and environment

    News » Altmann joins Scherm in EV truck use for BMW Munich

    December 4th 2017 Logistics services providers Scherm Group and ARS Altmann have recently invested in two new electric-powered trucks to support inbound and outbound activity at BMW’s vehicle assembly plant in Munich. German logistics provider Scherm Group, which was already using one electric vehicle for inbound deliveries to the carmaker’s Munich plant after setting up a pilot project […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Geely joint venture opens biggest car plant in Belarus

    December 4th 2017 BelGee, a joint venture between the government of Belarus and Chinese carmaker Geely, has just opened the biggest vehicle assembly plant in Belarus. Total production capacity at the plant in Borisov will eventually be around 120,000 vehicles a year. Output will be gradually ramped up, it was revealed at the opening ceremony on November 17th, […]
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  • Market trends

    News » South America summit: Brazil faces ‘lost decade’ amid slow recovery

    November 29th 2017 Despite a 25% increase in production this year, the Brazilian automotive industry is forecast to grow only slowly in coming years, delegates at this week’s Automotive Logistics South America summit were warned. After four years of declining demand, including a dramatic drop in vehicle sales and production in 2016, the Brazilian automotive industry has seen […]
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