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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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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Nissan ends Infiniti production in Europe

    March 19th 2019 Nissan is to cease assembly of its Infiniti luxury brand in the UK as part of a wider restructure that includes withdrawal from Western Europe, in order to focus on its largest growth markets in North America and China. Production of the Q30 and QX30 at the Sunderland plant in north-east England will end in […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » UK’s relevance to Honda in doubt after Swindon closure

    February 20th 2019 The long-term impact on the UK automotive supply chain of Honda’s decision to end production at its Swindon plant will take some time to assess, but the carmaker has admitted that Honda of the UK Manufacturing’s current role as a global manufacturing hub “may no longer be viable”. Despite assurances the carmaker made in 2017, […]
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  • Components sourcing

    News » Supply lines key to new Nissan plant in Algeria

    February 19th 2019 Nissan is looking to develop a components supply chain in Algeria to support the construction of its new car plant in the North African country with local partner Groupe Hasnaoui. “Using our Japanese engineering expertise, we will build a manufacturing hub and work to develop the supplier industry,” said Peyman Kargar (pictured), senior vice-president and […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Nissan plans to expand output in Russia

    February 18th 2019 Nissan plans to increase production at its plant in St Petersburg, Russia, this year and build on last year’s record-breaking sales, Nissan Manufacturing Rus general director, Igor Boitsov, has revealed. Given low forecast sales on the domestic Russian market, however, this may depend on increasing exports to adjacent markets, he admitted. Nissan manufactured 56,500 vehicles […]
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  • Supply chain disruption

    News » Fire-damaged Sincerity Ace towed back to Japan

    February 13th 2019 The Sincerity Ace car-carrier, which caught fire in the Pacific at the beginning of this year with 3,500 Nissan vehicles onboard, is now in Japan after being towed there by the Nippon Salvage tug Koyo Maru. The tow began on January 9. A spokesperson for the ship’s owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha, said it had stopped in Shibushi […]
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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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  • Market trends

    News » UK vehicle exports buoyant amid Brexit uncertainty

    February 4th 2019 Vehicle exports from the UK accounted for 81.5% of production last year, the highest proportion since 2012, allowing the country to maintain its position as the second strongest new car market in Europe after Germany. According to data presented last week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK exported over 1.2m […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Nissan pulls plans to make X-Trail in Sunderland

    February 4th 2019 Nissan has reneged on a plan to make the next-generation X-Trail in the UK and will instead supply the European market with the crossover from its Kyushu plant in Japan. The decision – an obvious blow to the UK car sector – comes at a time when investment in the UK automotive sector has taken […]
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  • Export trends

    News » Nissan marks millionth export from Thailand

    January 22nd 2019 Nissan has marked its millionth vehicle export from Thailand, 20 years after exports first began from the South-East Asian country. The millionth vehicle exported was a Terra premium SUV. Foreign sales by the OEM from Thailand began with a Frontier sent to Australia in 1999. Since then, Nissan’s Thai assembly plants have now dispatched vehicles to […]
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