• Port developments

    News » MG Motor helps BCA hit record figures

    March 12th 2019 MG Motor’s decision to expand operations through the Portbury docks in Bristol, UK has helped push weekly volumes to a new high for its logistics provider BCA. For the week beginning February 11, BCA handled more than 12,250 vehicles, an 11% increase on its previous record in 2016. The company said volumes had grown thanks […]
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  • Retail strategy

    News » Tesla announces U-turn on showroom closures

    March 12th 2019 Tesla has cancelled plans announced at the end of last month to close all its showrooms and move to an online-only sales model. Instead of pursuing its plans, which were supposed to generate savings and help it lower the price of its vehicles, it has now said it will increase the price of its Model S and Model […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Honda starts production at Itirapina plant in Brazil

    March 6th 2019 Japanese carmaker Honda has begun operations at its Itirapina assembly plant, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. Production is starting with the Fit model but over the next three years, the company will transfer production of other models from its Brazilian plant in Sumare, which makes the Civic, City, HR-V and WR-V, as well […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Scania opens Thai factory to better serve Southeast Asia

    March 6th 2019 Swedish truckmaker Scania has moved production closer to sales in Southeast Asia with the opening of a factory in Thailand to assemble truck and bus chassis from complete knockdown (CKD) kits shipped in from Europe, as well as manufacturing truck cabs locally. Last year, the company sold more than 500 heavy trucks and almost 100 […]
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  • Port developments

    News » Peel Ports expands car storage at Sheerness

    March 5th 2019 UK port operator Peel Ports has created 9.3 hectares of additional space for vehicle storage on the formerly derelict Thamesteel site at Sheerness in the UK, about 50 miles east of London. Part of the company’s London Medway group of ports, Sheerness currently serves the VW Group, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Ford, as well […]
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  • Port processing

    News » VW adds Baltimore to its US import network

    March 5th 2019 Logistics hub operator Tradepoint Atlantic has signed a deal with Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) to develop a multimodal vehicle processing and storage facility in Baltimore. The site, which is expected to open in 2020, will cover more than 46 hectares and handle around 120,000 vehicles a year from VW’s European and Mexican production plants. It […]
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  • Rail freight

    News » RZD launches China-Belarus service for Geely

    March 5th 2019 Russian state-owned rail monopoly Russian Railways (RZD) has launched a block train service from China to Belarus for carmaker Geely, to serve its BelGee plant in the city of Zhodino. The plant, which is a joint venture between Geely and the Belarus government, started making cars last year. In a pilot delivery operation, four trains […]
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  • People moves

    News » Board directors reshuffled at Kuehne + Nagel

    March 5th 2019 Swiss logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel International has announced that directors Hans Lerch and Juergen Fitschen are to step down in May, after 14 and 11 years on the board respectively. A new face, David Kamenetzky, will be proposed for election to the board at the firm’s annual general meeting on May 7. Kamenetzky is […]
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  • Warehouse technology

    News » Kerry ‘hackathon’ explores drone stocktaking

    March 5th 2019 Kerry Logistics Network has staged its first ‘hackathon’ to devise applications for autonomous drones based around warehouse stocktaking. Eight teams participated in the two-day event combining robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. They incorporated a range of technologies including navigation and computer vision, radio frequency identification (RFID) and Lidar (light detection and ranging), the Hong […]
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  • Port throughputs

    News » Valencia becomes Spain’s top vehicle port

    March 5th 2019 The Spanish port of Valencia (pictured) has overtaken the port of Barcelona in terms of total vehicle numbers handled, according to Spain’s National Ports Authority (Puertos del Estado). Last year, Valencia port’s vehicle terminals, which include those at nearby Sagunto and Gandia ports, handled more than 818,000 vehicles – up 3% on the previous year. […]
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