Tier 1

  • 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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  • 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 » British automotive industry finds new markets

    November 28th 2018 Asia was the fastest growing foreign market for the UK’s automotive sector last year, with the value of exported goods up 21% on 2016, a new survey has shown. The Asian increase helped lift the sector’s total exports to £40 billion ($51.5 billion) – a 26% increase in two years – making Britain the world’s […]
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  • Contract developments

    News » Gefco signs up for new inbound and outbound services

    November 27th 2018 Components supplier Plastic Omnium has signed a contract with Gefco for the management of inbound plastic components through the logistics provider’s Halewood facility in the UK and onto its plant in Warrington. Gefco has also announced partnerships with Actility and Wakeo to more accurately track the cradles used to deliver motorcycles to dealers across Europe. Gefco’s […]
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  • Central & Eastern Europe summit

    News » Competing on a global stage – report from AL Central and Eastern Europe summit

    November 21st 2018 Over the last 15 years, the centre of investment in the European automotive industry has been shifting east. Delegates at the Automotive Logistics Central and Eastern Europe (ALCEE) summit in Budapest last week learned that the region now has a strong network of assembly and supplier plants, along with logistics services that support high-tech manufacturing […]
  • Government policy

    News » Auto tariffs pose biggest threat to US economy, warns OFII

    November 21st 2018 The possibility of Donald Trump placing duties on cars and automotive parts being imported into the US is the largest threat to the country’s economic competitiveness, according to the chief financial officers (CFOs) of international companies taking part in a recent survey. The US Department of Commerce is currently investigating whether it is appropriate to […]
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  • International trade

    News » Costly USMCA rules ‘may prove unworkable’ for supply chains

    November 21st 2018 Complying with the proposed US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that replaces Nafta will be expensive for those in the automotive supply chain and could prove unworkable for some, according to John Bozzella (pictured), president and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers in the US. Details in the draft accord include a proposal that, for vehicle-makers to […]
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  • International trade

    News » Russia increases component exports

    November 21st 2018 Several automotive manufacturers in Russia are increasing component exports in line with plans announced at the beginning of this year. Joint venture Ford Sollers has doubled the number of different part lines it exports to the EU to 100 this year (compared to 50 in late 2017) and said it plans to export 120,000 units […]
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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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  • Distribution facilities

    News » Cooper Tire opens new site in Mississippi

    November 19th 2018 Cooper Tire and Rubber has opened a 93,000 sq.m distribution centre in Byhalia, Mississippi. Built by Panattoni Development Company, it is the tyremaker’s largest such centre. According to the Mississippi Development Authority, Cooper is investing $10m in it, in an overall project worth $50.5m. The facility, which is situated in the Gateway Global Logistics Centre, […]
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