• International trade

    News » World Cup better than expected for logistics

    June 22nd 2018 The FIFA World Cup 2018 has caused a temporary shortage of transport capacities in certain regions of Russia, with a local rise in tariffs and some delays at customs, according to Irina Novikova, the inland transport department director of Gefco. However, fears of Russia ceasing to import automotive components including spare parts from May 25 […]
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  • Engineering developments

    News » PSA to develop new engines in Germany

    June 20th 2018 Following its takeover by Groupe PSA last year, Opel/Vauxhall’s engineering centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, will take on global responsibility for development of the next generation of high-efficiency petrol engines for all Groupe PSA brands. The engines will be used in the Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Vauxhall and Opel marques in China, Europe and North America, […]
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  • Tax and regulation

    News » Russian VAT hike to hit domestic car industry

    June 20th 2018 Plans to increase the VAT rate in Russia from 18% to 20% next year look set to hit the automotive and construction sectors hard, Russian economists have warned. The move, designed to collect an additional $10 billion a year for the federal budget, is believed to be the sharpest rise in taxation in recent Russian […]
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  • OEM expansion

    News » Nissan targets ‘new frontier’ markets

    June 20th 2018 Japanese carmaker Nissan has revealed plans for major expansion in Africa, the Middle East and India. The company said it wished to grow in “new frontier markets” where few other carmakers were present. Attracted by forecasts that industry-wide annual sales are expected rise by about 40% in the region to more than 12m vehicles by 2022, […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Continental raises sensor output at Trutnov

    June 20th 2018 German technology company Continental has expanded its Trutnov plant in the north-east of the Czech Republic to meet increasing demand for nitrogen oxide (NOx) sensors. The sensors are used to measure the NOx content in exhaust emissions and provide data for its effective conversion into harmless substances. Among the features of the enlarged factory are […]
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  • Emissions and environment

    News » Emissions legislation set to disrupt vehicle logistics

    June 20th 2018 European legislation aimed at achieving more accurate monitoring of emissions from passenger cars could cause disruption to logistics operations involving the storage and delivery of new vehicles, the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) has warned. As manufacturers phase out non-compliant older models, dealers are looking to sell existing stock before the legislation comes into […]
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  • People moves

    News » Koltai moves to head transport logistics at Audi

    June 19th 2018 Peter Koltai (pictured) has taken up a new role at Audi this month as head of transport logistics, based in Germany. He replaces Heiko Schulz, who has resigned under a retirement arrangement. In his new position, Koltai is responsible for driving Audi Group’s entire transport logistics strategy, including inbound material and outbound vehicle transport. He […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Ford to close French transmission plant

    June 18th 2018 Ford has announced it will sell off its automatic transmission plant in France – Ford Aquitaine Industries (FAI) – in the face of a declining requirement for small automatic transmissions in Europe. According to the company, the plant has been underutilised for a number of years, no new products are planned and volumes of the […]
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  • Automotive Logistics Europe Conference

    News » Radical shift to drive more cellular supply chains

    June 13th 2018 Vehicle manufacturers, parts-makers and logistics service providers need to develop more adaptable systems if they are to deal with a radical shift in consumer demand for products and services driven by the exponential development of digital services, delegates at this week’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference in Bonn, Germany, were told. According to Christian Schwede, head of department […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » JLR to move Discovery assembly to Slovakia

    June 13th 2018 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced it will move assembly of the Land Rover Discovery from its Solihull plant in the UK’s West Midlands to its soon-to-be-opened plant in Nitra, Slovakia. The move will mean job losses at the UK plant, as announced in April this year, but the carmaker said it would be investing […]
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