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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » FCA to build new US plant and expand five others

    February 27th 2019 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed plans to spend $4.5 billion on building a new assembly plant in Detroit and adding production capacity at five existing plants in Michigan. The investment will create almost 6,500 jobs, though 1,400 posts will be lost as one shift at FCA’s Illinois plant is cut. The move stems from […]
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  • International trade

    News » Automotive industry condemns tariff ‘secrecy’

    February 20th 2019 Automotive sector bodies from the US and overseas have rounded on the US Department of Commerce for not giving them access to its report for Donald Trump about possible duties on imports of automotive goods. Trump requested the report in May last year as part of a Section 232 investigation, which authorises the president to […]
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  • Packaging & container management

    Intelligence » Q&A: Scott Krebs, Orbis

    February 8th 2019 What does Orbis see as the main problem in providing accurate data on where a container is, whether empty or full, and what is it doing to solve some of these problems for its automotive customers? In the automotive industry, one of the biggest obstacles is standardisation. Toyota puts identification on its packaging [that is] […]
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  • People moves

    News » Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel moves to Caterpillar

    February 5th 2019 Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel has taken up a new role as director of integrated logistics at commercial equipment-maker Caterpillar. As reported in January, she recently left her role as head of supply chain in North America for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) after a 20-year tenure with the company. Caterpillar would not discuss the details of Gentry-Stuenkel’s responsibilities there […]
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  • Production disruption

    News » Car assembly resumes after energy squeeze in US

    February 4th 2019 GM, Ford and FCA have been re-establishing normal production operations in Michigan after an energy supply shortage brought on in part by the extremely low temperatures that have swept across parts of the US recently. Temperatures as low as -25°C (-13°F) in Detroit – caused by a weather phenomenon known as a Polar Vortex – compounded energy […]
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  • Packaging & container management

    Intelligence » A problem shared

    January 11th 2019 Packaging experts working across the automotive industry are continually looking for better visibility when tracking the container and its contents to the point of delivery and back.  Mismanagement of resources risks costly production downtime through misplacement or damage. To combat this, better connectivity is needed to improve tracking and monitoring, including the development of sensors […]
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  • People moves

    News » FCA combines purchasing and supply chain in new roles

    January 9th 2019 Carl Smiley (pictured) has moved from electronics supplier TE Connectivity to take the newly created role of chief purchasing and supply chain officer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). At the same time, Scott Thiele adds head of supply chain in North America to his responsibilities as head of purchasing for the region. Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel, who […]
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  • Parts logistics

    News » FCA to set up parts centre at Rivalta

    November 28th 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is to turn the historic Fiat plant at Rivalta, near Turin, into a parts distribution centre (PDC) serving Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), among other markets. The new PDC in Italy will support customers at more than 5,000 locations, significantly improving delivery time to dealerships and workshops, according to […]
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  • Country focus: Brazil

    Intelligence » Shifting gear

    November 26th 2018 Brazilian vehicle sales have been gathering pace recently, as the country tentatively recovers from its long recession. Light vehicle sales have shown some growth, while bus and truck sales have positively motored ahead. Vehicle sales this year, however, have been tarnished somewhat by stalling exports – especially to Argentina, which is the largest foreign purchaser of […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » FCA reconsiders Ram production in Mexico

    October 30th 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is reported to be reconsidering its plans to cease Ram Heavy Duty (HD) pickup truck production at its Saltillo plant in Mexico. The company had previously announced it would phase out Ram HD production in Mexico by 2020 and move it to the Warren truck assembly plant. However, Reuters and other […]
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