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    News » Schaeffler opens new parts centre in Mexico

    February 18th 2019 German parts-maker Schaeffler has officially opened an 18,000 sq.m aftermarket assembly and packaging centre in Cuautitlán Izcalli, on the northern outskirts of Mexico City. The new €5m ($5.6m) base can process more than 124,000 items a day through its receiving, packaging and shipping departments, according to the company. Over 11,000 different components for cars, light […]
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  • US trucking

    Opinion » Calling on OEMs, LSPs and carriers to help fight people trafficking

    February 12th 2019 Every day, victims of human trafficking are forced to sell sex at truck stops, rest areas, hotels/motels and other locations within the transportation network. Every day, members of the trucking industry are in these same places – and in a position to make a difference. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a US-based, non-profit organisation which educates and empowers those […]
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  • Tariffs and trade

    News » Linamar CEO warns of Trump’s metal tariffs

    February 12th 2019 The head of Canada’s second largest auto parts maker Linamar says she is concerned no one is talking about the impact steel and aluminium import duties are having on North American companies. Initially imposed by US President Donald Trump at 25% for steel and 10% for aluminium, Canada retaliated by imposing similar levies. “It is completely […]
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  • Electric vehicles

    News » Tesla cuts jobs but reports logistics gains

    February 12th 2019 Tesla is reported to have cut the number of staff it uses to deliver its vehicles in North America by nearly two thirds as part of wider second round of layoffs announced by the carmaker in January. According to Reuters news service, a staff of 230 employed at the company’s Las Vegas delivery facility has […]
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  • Trade dispute

    News » Trade wars contribute to Daimler’s lower profits

    February 11th 2019 Global trade disputes played a part in Daimler’s net profit falling by €3 billion to €7.6 billion ($8.7 billion) last year, compared with 2017. In addition, the decline in diesel car sales as well as disruption caused by the introduction of the new WLTP emissions test in Europe in September eroded the bottom line, said […]
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  • People moves

    News » Holger Wilhelm moves to Imperial Logistics

    February 8th 2019 Holger Wilhelm has taken up a newly created role at Imperial Logistics as executive vice-president of automotive. Wilhelm moves from Ceva Logistics where he was vice-president of business development automotive in North America. He will now be based in Zurich, Switzerland and responsible for developing Imperial’s automotive presence in existing and new markets. The company […]
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  • Mergers and acquisitions

    News » Bridgestone to buy TomTom Telematics

    January 28th 2019 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone Europe has agreed to buy TomTom’s telematics business for €910m ($1.03 billion). Subject to closing conditions being met, Bridgestone says the transaction will bolster its goal of becoming a mobility solutions leader in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, a strategic priority for the Japanese-owned group. Data accessed via TomTom […]
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  • EV batteries

    News » Toyota and Panasonic form battery JV

    January 28th 2019 Toyota and battery producer Panasonic have agreed to establish a joint venture (JV) to develop prismatic (soft pack) batteries, with a view to sell them to OEMs through Panasonic. The lightweight batteries are seen to offer weight, space and cost savings, all of which have implications across the supply chain. They are reported to optimise […]
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  • Technology

    News » Seat joins Alastria blockchain network

    January 25th 2019 Spanish carmaker Seat has joined the Alastria consortium to work on the development of blockchain-based products. Blockchain technology uses a distributed ledger platform, aimed at providing transparency for businesses, including supply chain monitoring. Seat is the first carmaker to join the network, which now involves 70 major businesses and institutions, including banks, telecom providers, energy companies […]
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  • Production moves

    News » Mercedes-Benz plans production in Egypt

    January 22nd 2019 Mercedes-Benz Cars is planning to build a car plant in Egypt with an as-yet-unnamed local business partner. “Egypt is an attractive and competitive location for production and supporting logistics,” said Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, production and supply chain “With the planned local assembly we are confident to be able […]
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