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  • Spare parts logistics

    News » Dachser moving spare parts to Germany for Volvo

    March 13th 2019 Norwegian logistics provider Dachser has signed a contract to transport spare parts from Volvo Car’s Torslanda assembly plant in Sweden, to the OEM’s warehouses in Germany. As part of the contract, Volvo is now able to load a full trailer with spare parts for Germany as the orders are completed and packaged at its distribution […]
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  • Export patterns

    News » Volvo starts shipments to Europe from Ridgeville

    February 25th 2019 Volvo has started shipping S60 sedans to Europe from the US, six months after beginning production at its $1.1 billion assembly plant in Ridgeville, near Charleston, South Carolina. “Export markets are critical to the long-term success of our plant and we’re on track to deliver vehicles to our customers worldwide,” said Jeff Moore, vice-president, manufacturing, […]
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  • Tariffs and trade

    News » German OEMs meet Trump amid tariff confusion

    December 5th 2018 Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW executives have this week outlined a series of  planned investments in the US to administration officials, after meeting with President Donald Trump. Their meetings took place amid uncertainty over trade conditions, after the president’s tweet that China had agreed to end 40% duties on imports of US-made cars. VW’s CEO Herbert […]
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  • Rail transport

    News » Mercedes-Benz takes to rail to move cars to China

    December 5th 2018 Russia’s railway monopoly RZD has delivered the first batch of finished Mercedes-Benz vehicles from Bremerhaven, in Germany, to Chongqing in China. The new route, which is informally referred to as the new Silk Road, has already proved a viable alternative to ocean shipping vehicles from Europe to China, which takes up to 60 days. There were […]
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  • Digitalisation

    News » Technology to prove key to evolution of supply chains

    November 13th 2018 The automotive industry is being reshaped by the rise of electric and autonomous vehicles but will only stay ahead of the curve in an age of greater supply chain complexity by adopting wider digitalisation as part of its routine operations, delegates at the JDA conference in Barcelona were told last week. “The automotive industry has […]
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  • People moves

    News » Vegard Synnes moves to Kar-Tainer

    October 30th 2018 Vegard Synnes has moved from his role as global key account manager at Changjiu International Logistics to take up a new position as director of marketing in Asia for Kar-Tainer International, a global provider of containerised vehicle transport systems. Synnes, who will be based in Shanghai, has been working in China since 2012 and played […]
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  • Tier supplier focus

    Intelligence » Pressing a point

    October 15th 2018 Slightly to the north of Wolverhampton in the UK’s industrial Midlands – and perhaps more crucially just a few miles off a key transport route, the M6 motorway – lies one of the latest additions to the worldwide roster of production facilities for stamped automotive metal parts. In mid-September, Spanish-owned tier one supplier Gestamp officially […]
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  • Disaster recovery

    News » Auto industry still assessing impact of hurricane

    September 19th 2018 It is still too early to determine the full impact on the North American automotive supply chain of last week’s Hurricane Florence, which hit the east coast of the US over the weekend and brought destruction to large areas of North and South Carolina. The hurricane, which caused damage to homes and businesses and left […]
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  • International trade

    News » Volvo seeks US tariff relief for China-built SUV

    September 19th 2018 Following its decision to shift production of its XC60 back to Europe from China, Volvo Cars has revealed it sought exemption from US tariffs of 25% on imports of its SUV, which were exclusively made in China and exported to the US. So far this year the carmaker, which is owned by Chinese company Geely, […]
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  • Joint ventures

    News » Kuehne + Nagel joins forces with Sincero in China

    August 28th 2018 Kuehne + Nagel has agreed to create a new joint venture with Chinese firm Sincero that will provide contract logistics services to the automotive sector there. KN will take a majority stake in the new company. Kuehne + Nagel said the move would increase its automotive logistics business for Chinese OEMs and tier one suppliers […]
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