Microsoft and the BMW Group have announced a new community initiative to enable faster, more cost-effective innovation in the manufacturing sector. The two organisations will establish an Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP). The initiative is expected to support the development of smart factory solutions that will be shared by OMP participants across the automotive and broader … Continue reading Microsoft and BMW partner to build future Industry 4.0 solutions
Amazon and Volkswagen have announced a multi-year, global agreement to build the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud, a cloud-based Industrial digital production platform that will transform the automotive company’s manufacturing and logistics processes. Volkswagen will rely upon the breadth and depth of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) portfolio of services, including IoT, machine learning, analytics, and compute services to … Continue reading Volkswagen partners with Amazon to automate its manufacturing and logistics processes
While Australia’s car manufacturing industry has closed after more than a century, other opportunities are opening in the sector for design and logistics. In recent years, we have seen the closure of Toyota, General Motors Holden, Ford and Mitsubishi’s manufacturing plants. Since reports first surfaced of the planned closures back in 2013, many analysts have … Continue reading The changing face of logistics in the Australian automotive sector
Industrial AI and IoT software developer, Uptake, and Rolls-Royce have joined forces to extend Rolls-Royce’s digital ecosystem. According to Uptake, the company will demonstrate how its capabilities can help Rolls-Royce implement a data-science-first approach to optimising the performance of its Trent engine fleet, the market-leading engine family for widebody aircraft. Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare® service enables customers to maximise the availability of … Continue reading Rolls-Royce partners with AI software developer to boost engine reliability
The BMW Group has revealed that it is increasingly relying on innovations from the fields of digitalisation and Industry 4.0 in production logistics. The company has increased focus on applications such as logistics robots, autonomous transport systems at plants and digitalisation projects for an end-to-end supply chain. According to the company, innovations coming out of … Continue reading BMW invests in automated logistics
Supply-chain consultancy TM Insight has appointed Rob Turner, former General Manager – Business Development and Solutions for logistics company Toll Group, as a Director of its Supply Chain division. Turner has designed, built and operated automated warehouses across multiple industry sectors including retail, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), general merchandise, automotive and healthcare. “TM Insight’s reputation, … Continue reading Former Toll Group GM joins supply chain firm TM Insight
Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) has entered into a binding agreement to sell its refrigerated logistics business – comprising its Rand, Harris, Scott’s and JAT operations – to CC Logistics (Australia), a wholly owned subsidiary of HNA Group, for $400 million. The sale will comprise approximately $280 million in cash, and the acquisition by HNA of … Continue reading HNA International acquires AHG Refrigerated Logistics
Transport and logistics provider DHL will help provide the supply chain for Castrol’s new cellular oil system technology, NEXCEL. According to DHL, the company will be responsible for delivering NEXCEL to the automotive industry and its aftersales market, while also developing a global supply chain strategy for the Castrol technology. NEXCEL is intended to replace … Continue reading DHL to support global supply chain for Castrol oil
Nissan commercial fleet vehicles will be provided with next generation connected vehicle technologies in an agreement between Nissan Europe and Telogis, although it is not known if the agreement will flow through to Australian vehicles and fleets. The application of the new technologies is expected to provide fleet owners, drivers and fleet customers with … Continue reading Nissan Europe gets connected vehicle technologies – no news when Australia gets update
Truck drivers are claiming a victory over industry lobby group NatRoad in the latter’s bid to pay drivers less by seeking an exemption from rules in NSW setting minimum pay rates. The NSW Industrial Relations Commission this morning dismissed NatRoad’s application for an exemption, which was opposed by the Transport Workers’ Union and other industry … Continue reading NatRoad application for truck driver exemptions dismissed
As cost pressures bite on suppliers to Australia’s major industries, safety can often be the first casualty of cutbacks to operating costs. In very price-sensitive industries, such as transport, vehicle maintenance and logistics, cutbacks can lead to contractors turning to non-OEM parts for systems vital to road safety and on-time performance of vehicles. Of all … Continue reading Quality key to safety on the road
More than $3 billion worth of time is being lost per year due to traffic in Australia’s busiest cities, according to research conducted by TomTom. The TomTom Traffic Index Report has found traffic in Australia’s 10 busiest cities is increasing overall travel times by 25 per cent, on average. This is extending the time commercial … Continue reading Report claims congestion costs Australia $3.3 billion annually
Navman’s latest GPS models comes with a range of safety features such as Full HD Recording, High Quality Glass Lens, G-Shock Sensor, Optimised Day/Night Recording as well as GPS Tracking come standard in Navman’s latest MiVUE. Navman’s entry level MiVUE 630 was created to enable to accurately record all the evidence required to help you show … Continue reading Navman releases new GPS range with extra safety features
Global crane manufacturer and service leader Konecranes is extending its technology and leadership involvement in the steel industry by being a major sponsor of the Australian Steel Convention for the 5th year in a row. At this year’s convention, hosted in Melbourne CBD from September 11-13, Konecranes, which employs over 12,000 people across 600 locations … Continue reading Konecranes set to steel Melbourne show
Holden is recalling 27,074 Commodores, Commodore Utes and Caprices because of a problem with their windscreen wiper motors.
South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has criticised the federal government’s decision to end the Automotive Transformation Scheme in 2018, saying it will speed up the demise of the sector.
Ford could cease manufacturing cars in Victoria before 2016 if the government cuts assistance to the car industry, according to the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU).
Car makers are increasingly responding to the pollution problems that are a part of Chinese cities by selling cars with internal air purifiers.
Toyota continues to lead worldwide car sales, with the Japanese company leading GM and Volkswagen.
According to a new study, the end of the car industry in Australia could see up to 200,000 jobs lost.