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  • Brexit

    News » Brexit uncertainty causing concern for automotive

    March 20th 2019 A major automotive parts manufacturer has postponed plans for a new headquarters in the UK, another is seeking non-UK producers for input materials, component suppliers are building up stock and companies’ Brexit taskforces continue their work as Britain’s political deadlock goes to the wire. With a reliance on just-in-time and just-in-sequence supply chains, the automotive […]
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  • Supply chain transparency

    News » Mercedes-Benz to boost visibility via blockchain

    February 26th 2019 Mercedes-Benz Cars has announced a partnership with contract management software provider Icertis to improve transparency in its supply chain and procurement via the use of blockchain technology. Blockchain technology, which creates a distributed electronic ledger, allows parties involved in the supply chain to view, share and update critical documents such as bills of lading, invoices, terms and […]
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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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  • 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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  • Components sourcing

    News » Mercedes-Benz Cars seeks to strengthen its supply chain

    February 5th 2019 Mercedes-Benz Cars has said it is advancing its ‘Case’ (connectivity, autonomous, shared & services, and electric) strategy by making its supplier network more international and flexible, and placing greater emphasis on localisation. In addition to expanding its 2,000-strong global network of suppliers, the German OEM is pursuing a policy of sourcing parts wherever its vehicles are produced, […]
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  • Supply chain disruption

    News » Mercedes van assembly frozen at Gaz Group plant

    February 4th 2019 A parts shortage believed to stem from US sanctions has forced Daimler to temporarily halt assembly of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans at the Gaz plant in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. Citing several sources, Russian news outlet Kommersant suggested the parts shortage could be the result of US sanctions against companies owned or controlled by Russian oligarch, Oleg […]
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  • Electric vehicles

    News » Mercedes-Benz to produce batteries in Poland

    January 28th 2019 Mercedes-Benz Cars is to build a lithium-ion battery factory in Jawor, Poland, at the same site where the German OEM is building its new engine plant. The new unit will be equipped with cutting-edge technologies and designed for series production of EQ brand batteries, starting early next decade. Around 300 new jobs will be created […]
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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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  • Packaging & container management

    Intelligence » Stepping up the quality

    January 21st 2019 There are several advantages of shipping vehicles in kits rather than as completely built units, including lower costs for transport, better customs import conditions and the support of local government in exchange for providing employment to the workforce. A major disadvantage, however, is that defective, damaged or lost goods may delay assembly. Therefore, the kits […]
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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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