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    News » China leading supply chain reinvention

    April 18th 2019 The automotive industry is undergoing a fundamental change in the way it does business. Global supply chains are being tested to the limit by complications in international trade and the switch to new energy vehicles (NEVs). However, the revolution in logistics digitalisation is equipping carmakers, suppliers and their service providers with the ability to remain […]
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    News » China’s automotive market is heading for change

    April 17th 2019   China’s economy is entering a new phase of steady rather than rapid expansion and the automotive industry may have to accept that the days of exponential growth could be at an end, delegates were told at today’s Automotive Logistics Global Shanghai conference. Yet GDP remains relatively high – predicted to reach up to 6.4% […]
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  • Road transport

    News » Daimler deals with trucking’s dying demographic

    April 17th 2019 Lab1886 is Daimler’s independent ‘innovation lab’, tasked with researching and developing new business models around mobility with the aim of bringing them to market at speed. Digital services have higher margins than Daimler’s traditional business and are an area the company is keen to pursue. Lab1886 has offices in Beijing, Berlin, Stuttgart and Atlanta. It […]
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  • Tariffs and trade

    News » Drewry warns of Trump trade tariffs

    April 17th 2019 Proposed US automotive tariffs would have a negative impact on east-west trade routes as American imports of finished vehicles and automotive parts would likely decrease in 2020 and 2021, according to a white paper published last week by Drewry. Specialist car carriers and leading container lines will suffer, along with key US ports, importers, exporters, carmakers and component […]
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  • Parts distribution

    News » FCA renews contract with Ceva in Brazil

    April 16th 2019 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has extended its aftermarket contract with Ceva Logistics in Brazil for a further four and a half years. The logistics provider moves service parts to 500 Fiat dealers across the country, providing both warehousing and transport services, and has been working with Fiat in Brazil for more than 20 years. In […]
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  • Port developments

    News » Grimsby to treble automotive capacity

    April 16th 2019 Associated British Ports (ABP) has applied to the Marine Management Organisation for permission to expand its Grimsby River Terminal, on the UK’s eastern coast, in order to handle the world’s largest car carriers.If the plan is approved, the port operator will commit to a multimillion-pound investment to enable the terminal to accept vessels containing almost […]
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  • People moves

    News » Ford names new leaders amid shake-up

    April 16th 2019 Joe Hinrichs will become Ford’s president, automotive, from May 1, as one of a series of top management changes the company is making during its ongoing, worldwide reorganisation. Hinrichs has served the OEM for 19 years, most recently leading its global operations.  “Joe Hinrichs possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to now take our automotive business to world-class […]
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  • Augmented reality

    Intelligence » Reality check

    April 15th 2019 From enhanced design and manufacturing processes to novel staff training and apprenticeship programmes, the use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in industrial applications is growing. In the automotive logistics sector, a number of vehicle-makers and logistics service providers have been prompted to investigate the potential of technology such as glasses or goggles […]
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  • EV batteries

    News » Nickel supply sparks concern for BYD

    April 15th 2019 Electric vehicle (EV) and battery makers such as BYD are worried about securing enough nickel, an executive of the Chinese company told an industry audience. The metal is a key input material for EV batteries, and among development trends is a shift towards higher nickel content in batteries to allow cars to go further on […]
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  • 3PL

    News » Goodpack and Ceva roll out Tyrecube container

    April 15th 2019 Packaging and transport provider Goodpack has launched a returnable container for tyre movements with Ceva Logistics. The Tyrecube container, which is also collapsible and can be stacked, is part of wider collaborative initiative by the two companies to make the transport and storage of tyres across Asia, North America and Australia more efficient. The companies […]
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