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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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  • Port operations

    News » Georgia’s ports extend their role for carmakers

    February 11th 2019 The linked ports of Brunswick and Savannah in Georgia, in the south-east US, are playing a growing role in the supply chain of North America’s leading vehicle manufacturers, delegates at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference were told recently. Speaking at the event, Kia announced it was to start dispatching its new, eight-person Telluride SUV from […]
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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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  • 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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  • Joint ventures

    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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