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    News » Maersk invests in freight-booking startup Loadsmart

    October 24th 2018 Digital freight broker, Loadsmart, has received funding worth a total of $21.6m from the venture investment arm of container shipping giant, AP Møller-Maersk, and two other leading investment firms. Maersk Growth, along with Connor Capital and Chromo Invest, are investing to increase Loadsmart’s operations team and support product development and engineering. Maersk said it was keen […]
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  • People moves

    News » Wendt takes on key supplier role at BMW

    October 8th 2018 Andreas Wendt (pictured) has become BMW’s new management board member for purchasing and supplier network. He was previously director of the group’s largest car assembly plant in Germany at Dingolfing. Wendt was appointed to his new role on 1 October by the supervisory board, whose chairman Norbert Reithofer said: “The purchasing and supplier network is more important […]
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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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    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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  • People moves

    News » Dana McBrien takes lead role at AutoSphere

    August 24th 2018 Dana McBrien (pictured) has moved from his role as associate chief advisor at Honda North America to become ‘guiding architect’ for AutoSphere, a digital supply chain system (previously referred to as the Automotive Supply Chain Data Ecosystem) developed by US information technology and packaging specialist, Surgere. McBrien worked for Honda for 34 years and held […]
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  • Parts distribution

    News » Daimler on target for next-day delivery

    August 8th 2018 Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is planning to open its tenth parts distribution centre (PDC) in the US at the beginning of next year as it moves toward its goal of providing next-day delivery to more than 90% of its US dealers. The move comes at the same time the truckmaker is advancing digital customer […]
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    News » Driving value into the supply chain

    May 30th 2018 Better communication is needed in the automotive supply chain, including between OEMs, suppliers, logistics providers and IT experts providing digital supply chain services. Digital technology has a lot of answers for an industry that is making strides in addressing the needs of modern manufacturing and the changing face of mobility, but there are still gaps […]
  • Returnable packaging

    News » Carmakers and suppliers collaborate on containers

    May 23rd 2018 Honda, Toyota, GM, Nissan and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have joined forces with 12 medium to large tier suppliers, two logistics providers and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) on a data system providing accurate visibility over returnable containers at every stage of their movement between supplier and OEM. The Automotive Data-Ecosystem, which uses data gathered from […]
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  • Parts distribution

    News » Daimler Trucks opens ninth parts centre in North America

    May 23rd 2018 Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has inaugurated its ninth parts distribution centre (PDC) in Grimes, Iowa, with the aim of providing a faster next-day delivery service for the aftermarket and a stronger focus on the customer. “With the opening of the PDC in Iowa, 80% of dealer order volume in the US can [now] be […]
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  • Supply chain disruption

    News » Ford restarts production after Meridian fire

    May 22nd 2018 Ford has resumed production of the F-150 and Super Duty pick-up trucks at its facilities in the US, following inbound supply chain disruption caused by a fire at its components supplier Meridian Magnesium Products earlier this month. The fire, which was followed by a number of explosions, took place at the Meridian plant in Eaton […]
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