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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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  • Trade war

    News » Vehicle makers grapple with cost of trade wars

    August 1st 2018 Carmakers are faced with shifting production, higher purchase costs, lower profits and the possibility of raising the price of their products as a consequence of the continuing global trade conflict. Volvo Cars of Sweden is shifting production of its XC60 SUV for the US market from China to Europe to avoid Washington’s latest duties on […]
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  • OEM focus

    Intelligence » Volvo Cars: Leaning towards greater stability

    April 3rd 2018 Since Geely Holdings acquired it from Ford Motor Company in 2010, Volvo Cars has been reinventing itself, from product development through to its industrial base and supply chain. Today, with a refreshed model line-up and amidst several new launches, sales have grown to record levels, with further expansion still to come. European output has grown […]
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