Jul 2005

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--- Cut costs by testing vehicles in South Africa
South Africa has established itself as a testing centre for the worlds vehicles, with sophisticated facilities at both sea level and high altitude. more...
--- Building bridges for trade
Virtual bridges are being created throughout Northern Europe by DFDS Tor Line. The company is a RoRo and Ro-Pax liner shipping operator, primarily operating on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, according to Ole Frie, Managing Director of DFDS A/S. more...
--- Port of Koper
Traffic through the Port of Koper is growing along with the motor industry in the former Eastern Europe. Koper car terminal director Andrej Andrijanič tells Automotive Purchasing News that the harbour offers the benefits of geographic location, space and terminal infrastructure, short sea and inland transportation lead times, its quality of services and safety, as well as value-added services. more...
--- Logistics gives the competitive edge
Logistics plays an increasingly important role in the business activities of shipping lines like Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL). Masahiro Tanabe, general manager of the logistics business division talks to Automotive Purchasing News about the trends. more...
--- Make interiors more people-friendly
Grupo Antolin is currently working on new overhead concepts in order to offer its clients the most complete solutions that integrate the hard trim and the modular headliner. The company is at the forefront of the growing trend towards new architectures in the upper area of the vehicle, believing in technological innovation and strongly supporting research in design with the aim to continue being leaders in the roof market. more...
--- Managing product liability risks
Product liability questions are of enormous importance for companies in the automotive sector, according to international law firm Clifford Chance. The company examines some of the issues for APN readers. more...
--- Tuning in to the future
Panasonic has set itself the goal of becoming the number one car electronics manufacturer in Europe. Automotive Purchasing News Nick Palmer asked Panasonics European head Shigeru Matsuda to look at some of the trends in automotive electronics. more...
--- Supplier of the Year - 4 times in a row
Shape Corporation has, for the fourth consecutive year, received a General Motors Supplier of the Year Award. more...
--- China to be world's No.1 automaker by 2020
An economist has said China's auto industry is to experience rapid growth in the coming 15 years and the country will become the world's largest automaker by 2020. more...
--- BMW gears up for 3 series at Leipzig
BMWs new 650 units a day plant in Leipzig, Germany, will come on stream with the introduction of the a new generation BMW 3 series in 2005. more...

Features



--- Industry Sector Analysis: Russian Automotive Industry
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--- General Motors Sources Components from South African Region
General Motors is looking to South Africa for the supply of components and fully built up vehicles. GM returned to South Africa this year following the purchase of a company which had been handling GM products since the American company withdrew from South Africa in the 1980s as part international sanctions. more...
--- From floor to door across continents
Necessity is the mother of invention or the inspiration for finding new answers for old challenges. On the southern tip of Africa, the automotive industry has developed logistics systems which have effectively brought the world closer. more...
--- Africa's biggest port beckons auto industry
A new African auto hub is being created in South Africa�s Indian Ocean port city of Durban through a partnership between industry and government. more...
--- Logistics is the power behind JIT
The shift to just-in-time manufacturing has created new synergies between the automotive sector and logistics companies such as DHL, which have developed the systems needed to deliver on time and in sequence. more...
--- Quality Improvement through Worldwide Vehicle Inspections and Risk Management
Globalisation of the automotive industry and the increasing focus on the quality of the vehicle as delivered to the final customer have created the need for a new kind of service one which combines Vehicle Inspections with Automotive Risk Management services. C.A.R. (Control Automotive Risk) Consulting Group, Managing Director Timo Pasila talks to Automotive Purchasing News. more...
--- Moulding Aluminium to market needs
Hydro Aluminium Precision Tubing Tnder a.s is part of Hydro Aluminiums automotive division. The company is one of the top three aluminium producers worldwide. Automotive Purchasing News spoke to Michael Schfer, key account responsible for Audi in the Precision Tubing organization. of Hydro Aluminium. Hydro Aluminium is Audi's preferred independent supplier of cylinder heads and crash management components. more...
--- VW suppliers join company in focus on costs
Volkswagen and its principal suppliers are working together to cut costs through a Partnership in Process Cost Optimisation (PPO) programme. more...
--- Quality from Poland
Poland is establishing itself as source of high-quality bearings. One of the local industry leaders is FŁT-Kraśnik S.A. more...
--- Integrating fabricating
GM chief Rick Wagoner has announced that GM is increasing its operational efficiency by fully integrate its Metal Fabricating Division into GM Vehicle Manufacturing by January 2005. more...
--- GM Suppliers of the Year
General Motors has named 77 companies for its latest prestigious Supplier of the Year award. more...
--- GM - Moving to Customer-Centricity
General Motors is reinventing itself in a far-reaching strategy which will affect everyone who does business with the company. more...
--- Audi A6 embodies new customer focus
Audi is building partnerships between the company and suppliers. This is creating opportunities and putting more responsibility in the hands of the components industry. more...

Trends



--- Ten-fold increase in magnesium usage predicted
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--- Gear lock for OEM market
An Israeli company has launched a compact multi-purpose gear lock designed for the OEM market. more...
--- Looking East
In what appears to be an endless journey to capture new growth opportunities and lower production costs, the automotive industry is now heading East. Asia, especially China, and Eastern Europe have become powerful magnets attracting companies and investments. While it may seem like dj vu to some (remember the rush to South America), Roland Berger Strategy Consultants believes that the scale and impact of todays changes are completely new. more...
--- Moving trucks off wheel
The increasing size of truck tractor cabs has created challenges for the transport of new units around the world, according to Vega managing director Franz Blum. more...
--- Schenker driving logistics solutions for industry
Schenker is strengthening its presence in the auto industry through investment in supplier parks, says Detlef Trefzger, who has joined the Schenker AG Board as the member of the board for Logistics. more...
--- Powdering Ahead
Hi-tech industries, such as automotive and aviation, are keen to produce more components in titanium because of its attractive combination of properties. It has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, being twice as strong as stainless steel but about half the density, and is four times more corrosion resistant than stainless steel without any need for any special coating treatment. more...
--- Paradigm shift towards partnerships in the automotive industry
Juergen Za, Marketing Manager Europe for the Microsoft Automotive Business Unit about finding joint solutions to create a new driving experience. By Don Husat. more...
--- Call for telematics standards
That the automobile continues to evolve is beyond debate. To a large degree, this evolution is being driven by government regulations, which over time have mandated such features as emission controls and enhanced safety features. But consumer demand has been an equally important force in this evolution. more...
--- Telematics is a tool, not a product
Now that the early expectations of the wired car have, to a large extent, failed to hit top gear, it is time to take a more pragmatic look at telematics. Telematics is a technology. Navigation is an industry itself which just sometimes uses telematics as a technical environment, says Jan Unander, Strategic Director of Business Development Teleca AU-Systems. more...
--- Engineering plastics for innovative problem solutions
Current trends in automotive engineering include modular technology and mechatronics. more...
--- Trends in thermoplastics
Seeber Roechling Automotive is one of the worlds leading manufacturers of systems and components made of polymer materials and natural fibre plastic composites on and around the engine as well as for the underbody and interior of modern vehicles. more...



























































































































































































































































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