Opinion

  • Information technology

    Opinion » How industry 4.0 will disrupt automotive supply chains

    November 27th 2018 From Henry Ford’s assembly line to the emergence of electric cars decades later, the automotive industry has always been defined by change and industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution – is poised to bring the next big wave. Having already taken over the manufacturing space, this surge of automation and data exchange improvements will […]
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  • Supply chain planning

    Opinion » Economic nationalism to force a lane-change

    November 20th 2018 Typically, the world experiences waves of economic nationalism every three decades but these are often limited to one region each time. Today we’re experiencing a global wave of economic disruption across multiple regions simultaneously. In reaction, automotive manufacturers are having to increase the flexibility and agility of their supply chains – increasing pressure on suppliers […]
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  • Government policy

    Opinion » Stockpiling strategies to survive Brexit

    October 29th 2018 The prospect of Brexit in just a few months, deal or no deal, has focused minds on the inevitable consequence of supply chain interruption. The British media have begun to report the likelihood of stockpiling goods and even panic buying of certain products such as pharmaceuticals and food – although fresh produce can’t be stockpiled […]
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  • Shipping developments

    Opinion » Favouring freight rate recovery over fleet expansion

    October 26th 2018 Following a four-year splurge in newbuilding contracting that culminated in more than 300,000 Car Equivalent Units (CEU) being ordered in 2015 alone, less than 20,000 CEU were ordered during 2016 and 2017. Maritime Strategies International (MSI) has recorded just two orders this year, a 2,200 CEU vessel designed for Chinese coastal trade and a 7,000 […]
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  • Government policy

    Opinion » Bordering on Brexit – why it pays to be prepared

    October 18th 2018 The Eurotunnel has carried more than 26 million trucks and more than 340 million tonnes of freight goods since 1994. A total of 25% of trade in goods between the UK and continental Europe goes through the Channel Tunnel, representing a total value of around 115 billion euros per year. For more than 20 years it […]
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  • Government policy

    Opinion » EU workers are key: don’t close the UK’s door

    October 8th 2018 According to the Department for Transport’s official statistics, more goods were imported by road into the UK than exported last year, with 10,000 lorries making their way through Dover Strait per day alone. Up to 86% of cargo exported from the UK went to the Irish Republic (23%), France (22%), Belgium (19%), the Netherlands (12%) […]
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  • Technology

    Opinion » Blockchain can disrupt the auto industry

    October 1st 2018 Blockchain has built its reputation as a distributed ledger platform, which provides a framework for securely using and trading cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. However, its potential extends far beyond financial services. The functions of blockchain could cater to other sectors to create more transparency and deliver greater efficiency. One example is automotive manufacturing, where it […]
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  • Trade dispute

    Opinion » Don’t hope for a trade war truce

    September 14th 2018 Escalating trade wars look set to be the new risk frontier in the automotive supply chain. With countries and trading blocs starting to retaliate against US moves to raise tariffs, open trade borders are closing in quickly. On July 6, 2018, the US began imposing a 25% tax on $34 billion of Chinese imports. In August, […]
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  • International trade

    Opinion » Deal or no deal – LSPs should prepare for Brexit now

    September 12th 2018 Logistics providers reading the headlines about Brexit may well feel uncertain about how their business needs to transform. A range of potential outcomes, from a soft Brexit to no deal, makes it difficult to know what the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU will look like. Although much is in the hands of the […]
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  • Emissions and environment

    Opinion » WLTP: lower emissions, greater challenges

    September 6th 2018 Emissions targets for OEMs are tighter and the method for testing efficiency is more stringent than ever before. As of the start of this month (September), all new vehicles must adhere to New Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) standards, which provide  ‘real world’ fuel consumption figures and, therefore, make existing emissions targets more […]
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