Supply Chain

  • International trade

    News » Ukraine sanctions risk Russian vehicle exports

    December 12th 2018 The growth in Russian vehicle exports during 2018 could be in jeopardy if a new bill to ban Russian vehicle imports is passed by the government in Ukraine, one of the biggest sales markets for Russian-made cars. According to figures from the Russian Federal Customs Service, in the first nine months of 2018, vehicle exports […]
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  • Warehouse developments

    News » Ground broken at new BMW logistics centre in Austria

    December 12th 2018 A ground-breaking ceremony was held this week to mark the official start of construction of a new logistics centre at Steyr, Austria, to serve BMW’s nearby engine plant.  Contract logistics services provider Industrie-Logistik-Linz will rent the property and use it to consolidate activities from several of BMW Steyr’s external warehouses to shorten material flows and […]
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  • Materials handling

    News » Faurecia deploys AGVs in Spain

    December 12th 2018 Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are now working alongside workers and robots at Faurecia’s car seat manufacturing plant in Vitoria-Gasteiz, northern Spain. Through a weightless handling system, workers transfer the car seat from the end of the line to the AGV, which then delivers it to a loading robot. The vehicle then takes the seat to […]
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  • Contract developments

    News » Gefco edges nearer flotation

    December 5th 2018 Gefco has reaffirmed it is looking to make a public offering on the Euronext Paris stock exchange in 2019. Russian Railways, which has a majority stake in the transport and logistics provider, said it was considering a partial reduction of its 75% stake to below 50%. Gefco’s former owner and partial stakeholder Groupe PSA, will […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » PSA buys shares in China’s UAP

    December 4th 2018 Carmaker Groupe PSA has purchased a stake in Chinese spare parts supplier UAP, based in Shandong province, as part of the French group’s expansion in China strategy. The latest acquisition is a first step and could lead to a greater interest in UAP, with several steps defined to increase PSA’s participation, a group spokeswoman told Automotive […]
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  • Materials sustainability

    News » BMW supports cobalt miners in Congo

    December 4th 2018 BMW has signed up to a pilot project to improve conditions for cobalt miners, their families and neighbouring communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). With batteries in high demand given the boom in electrical vehicles, global companies such as BMW have been turning their attention to how cobalt is sourced. In the […]
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  • Government policy

    Uncategorized » Bordering on Brexit

    December 4th 2018 Brexit continues to cause some serious headaches for those involved in the UK’s automotive sector. With the publication of a draft withdrawal agreement on November 14, UK prime minister, Theresa May, affirmed her commitment to a continued customs territory. Whether that intent will be realised is as much in doubt as ever, however. Although the […]
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  • South America summit

    News » Brazil needs investment and talent to flip the recession

    December 4th 2018 While the automotive sector in Brazil waits for political reform under its new president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, including investment in transport and infrastructure, logistics providers need to be creative in overcoming the existing poor state of the roads and ports. That is if the country is to exploit returning growth, including for export markets beyond Argentina. […]
  • International trade

    News » Russia continues to increase finished vehicle imports

    November 28th 2018 Russia imported 212,400 finished vehicles from January to November of 2018, which is an increase of 15.8% compared to the same period of last year, Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS) estimated. The overall value of finished vehicles imports during that period reached $5.2 billion, FCS added. Almost 33% of passenger cars are being imported into […]
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  • Sales and production

    News » JLR commits to UK supplier base for Evoque

    November 28th 2018 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has used the launch of its new Range Rover Evoque SUV to confirm its commitment to the supplier base in the UK by awarding more than £4 billion ($5.1 billion) in contracts to support production of the model. The carmaker did not say whether any of the contracts increased UK domestic […]
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