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    News » GM withdraws from JV with Uzbek government

    January 9th 2019 General Motors has sold off its remaining stake in the GM Uzbekistan joint venture to state-owned company Uzavtosanoat, which held the majority stake in the company. GM Uzbekistan makes Ravon and Chevrolet vehicles at its plant in Asaka. Uzavtosanoat held a 75% stake in the company from 2008 but increased that to 90% in May […]
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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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  • OEM focus

    Intelligence » Q&A: Neuton Karassawa

    January 4th 2019 Can you give an overview of GM’s logistics activities in Brazil, and your own responsibilities? The scope of my function in the region is to handle the inbound pieces and materials, such as local inbound flows from overseas to South America. I [also] manage outbound flows from the factories to customers and dealerships. In addition, […]
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  • OEM focus

    Intelligence » Stepping up the pace

    January 2nd 2019 When Groupe PSA bought Opel/Vauxhall from GM in 2017 for €2.2 billion ($2.33 billion), Gefco was already providing logistics services for it. Then, when Opel/Vauxhall renewed its contract for fourth-party logistics (4PL) services with Gefco in October 2018 for a further four years, Gefco was tasked with finding further cost reductions and intensifying its optimisation […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » GM to close seven plants next year

    November 28th 2018 GM has announced it will close three of its North American assembly plants next year along with two transmission plants, resulting in the loss of over 14,000 jobs. It also has plans to shut two additional plants outside North America by the end of 2019, following this year’s closure of the Gunsan plant in South […]
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  • Information technology

    Opinion » How industry 4.0 will disrupt automotive supply chains

    November 27th 2018 From Henry Ford’s assembly line to the emergence of electric cars decades later, the automotive industry has always been defined by change and industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution – is poised to bring the next big wave. Having already taken over the manufacturing space, this surge of automation and data exchange improvements will […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » GM poised to sell St Petersburg plant 

    November 14th 2018 US carmaker GM is close to selling its plant in St Petersburg to another automotive manufacturer, with the final agreement due to be signed at the end of this year. According to Sergey Movchan, deputy governor of St Petersburg, the new owner plans to revive finished vehicle assembly at the factory. GM ended production at […]
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  • OEM focus

    Intelligence » Bigger vehicles, bigger challenges

    November 2nd 2018 Last year, GM sold around 3m vehicles in the US, with roughly 775,000 imported from Canada and Mexico and the rest coming from around the world, mainly from South Korea, China and Europe. Combining deep-sea and short-sea volumes, the carmaker used seaports to receive close to 200,000 vehicles into the US, and it exported around […]
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  • International trade

    News » US announces tentative deal with Mexico

    August 29th 2018 Following a year of renegotiations over the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), the US administration has this week outlined the basics of a new bilateral agreement with Mexico on trade in agriculture and manufactured goods, including finished vehicles and automotive parts. The move follows President Trump’s rejection of the existing 24-year old trade deal […]
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  • Port throughput

    News » Manta reports huge increase in vehicle traffic

    August 28th 2018 The port of Manta, in northern Ecuador, has reported a doubling in the volume of finished vehicles it handled over the first seven months of this year to 42,056 units, compared to 20,691 units in the same period last year. Roberto Salazar, president of Manta Port Terminals (TPM) – the private company set up by […]
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