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  • Supply chain disruption

    News » Electricity crisis hits South Africa’s automotive industry

    March 20th 2019 Rolling power cuts across South Africa are threatening the automotive logistics chain, as the country’s overburdened state electricity provider Eskom struggles to meet the needs of business. Vehicle sales are down as consumer confidence has fallen and automotive manufacturers are keeping production going by sacrificing non-essential plant functions. President and CEO of Toyota South Africa […]
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  • Export patterns

    News » BMW claims top spot among US car exporters

    March 12th 2019 BMW Manufacturing has laid claim to being the US’ leading automotive exporter by value for a fifth consecutive year, despite reduced volumes during 2018. The German OEM’s US subsidiary shipped 234,689 X models from its Spartanburg assembly plant in South Carolina during last year. Around 81% of its export vehicles, worth more than $8.4 billion, […]
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  • Information technology

    Opinion » How IoT is the next step in tracking components

    February 26th 2019 As vehicles incorporate more new technologies and highly sophisticated components, it has become increasingly complicated and expensive to ship these parts. Consequently, the risks for OEM shipments have increased proportionately. A sea container packed with $20,000 worth of car engines may take six weeks, or even longer, to travel from its point of origin to […]
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  • Electric vehicles

    News » Honda strikes deal with CATL on battery supply

    February 12th 2019 Japanese carmaker Honda has signed a cooperation agreement with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) under which the Chinese battery-maker will supply about 56 GWh of lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries by 2027. The accord, seen as way for Honda to diversify its supply sources, also provides for the companies to cooperate on the development of EV batteries […]
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  • Supply chain digitalisation

    Intelligence » Delivering a smarter factory

    February 7th 2019 Magna Steyr’s vehicle assembly plant in the Austrian city of Graz is not a typical automotive factory; the site, which in 2018 brought its cumulative total production tally to 3.5m vehicles, produces vehicles under contract for OEMs such as Daimler, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover. Efficiency is important in any automotive operation – but for […]
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  • Joint ventures

    News » BMW to raise stake in Chinese joint venture

    January 23rd 2019 Shareholders of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings (CBA) have approved the sale of a 25% stake in BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) to joint venture (JV) partner BMW. The German carmaker said it intended to increase its stake in BBA to 75% from 50% last year. CBA agreed to the change, with the companies extending their JV […]
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  • Packaging & container management

    Intelligence » Packing a punch

    January 16th 2019 Electric cars could revolutionise transport by providing a cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly way to travel. The International Energy Agency forecasts that there will be 13m electric vehicles (EVs) on the road globally by 2020, while PwC Autofacts predicts that 55% of all new vehicle sales will be fully electrified vehicles by 2030.  One […]
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  • Industry 4.0

    News » BMW Regensburg named as ‘manufacturing lighthouse’

    January 16th 2019 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named BMW’s Regensburg car assembly plant as a “manufacturing lighthouse” of the so-called fourth industrial revolution, thanks to the factory’s innovations in logistics. The plant, in south-eastern Germany, is one of just seven worldwide awarded the honour this year for successful implementation of industry 4.0 technologies in ways that […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Honda to halt UK production during Brexit

    January 14th 2019 Japanese OEM Honda is to suspend production at its British plant for six days in April after the UK leaves the European Union on March 29. The decision follows an assessment of how best to prepare for any logistics and border problems following Brexit. “These contingency provisions have been put in place to best mitigate the […]
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  • Digital technology

    Intelligence » Innovation and smart tech: Why BMW is driving both

    January 11th 2019 Handling 31m parts and producing almost 10,000 vehicles each day, BMW is increasingly looking to digitalisation and Industry 4.0 innovations to help it organise its logistics more flexibly. The carmaker’s use of technologies including autonomous transport systems (ATS), robots, augmented reality (AR) and paperless systems, was discussed at length at a recent BMW press event […]
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