Unholy Alliance – the scandal of the German “Yellow Angel” awards

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German shock at ADAC, Church of  Das Auto, & Automakers Unholy Alliance In an automotive scandal of Royal proportions, Germany has just had a rude awakening and realized to their chagrin that lies have been propagated under their noses for … Continue reading

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Ukraine: on the edge of Empires

Ukraine: on the edge of Empires by George Friedman reproduced by permission of Stratfor   The name “Ukraine” literally translates as “on the edge.” It is a country on the edge of other countries, sometimes part of one, sometimes part of … Continue reading

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WHAT NEXT? MORE PRESSURE ON SUPPLY CHAIN: NOW “NO LICENSE – NO FOREIGNERS DRIVING ON RUSSIAN ROADS”

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WHAT NEXT? No RU license equals no foreigners driving Russian roads Itar Tass, the Russian news agency, reported that effective November 1 2013, all foreign citizens will be required to hold Russian driving licenses, if they intend to drive in … Continue reading

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RUSSIA waging economic war

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LITHUANIA ACCUSES RUSSIA OF WAGING ‘ECONOMIC WAR’  Algirdas Šemeta, EU Tax and Customs Commissioner, may have won respite for beleaguered European transport and logistics providers but a battle is ongoing causing huge delays, trucks being offloaded on the Russian border … Continue reading

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GAZ Group & Magnetto Wheels create new wheel stamping joint venture in Russia’s Mo-town

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GAZ Group & Magnetto Wheels sign up to a new joint venture GAZ Group, the Nizhny Novgorod based car and LCV manufacturer cannot keep out of the news. Russia’s largest manufacturer of light commercial vehicles and contract manufacturer of cars … Continue reading

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Volkswagen becomes world’s most sustainable automotive group

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Volkswagen becomes world’s most sustainable automotive group For the first time, the Volkswagen Group has been listed as the most sustainable automaker in the world’s leading sustainability ranking. RobecoSAM AG classed the company as the Industry Group Leader in the … Continue reading

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Renault’s Avtoframos leads localisation in Russia

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Avtoframos leads Russian localization  Avtoframos (Автофрамос) Renault’s Russian automotive company (established in 1998, its name derived from Avto (auto), France and Moscow) has taken a clear lead amongst foreign car manufacturers in Russia in its localisation process. The company claims that 62% of components going … Continue reading

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Russia: the Bermuda Triangle of logistics ‘Illogical & incomprehensible’

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Russia: the Bermuda Triangle of logistics  “Illogical & incomprehensible” The Federal Customs Service of Russia (FCS) has announced that it plans to terminate its agreement the TIR Russian representative, the Association of International Road Carriers (AIH) on December 1st, 2013, … Continue reading

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MINSK V MOSCOW – ANOTHER TRADE WAR

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MINSK V MOSCOW – ANOTHER TRADE WAR  The turbulent relationship between Minsk and Moscow took a sharp turn for the worse as Minsk ordered the arrest and imprisonment of one of the Kremlin’s favoured business leaders, Vladislav Baumgartner. Baumgartner, CEO … Continue reading

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First steps to the next global crisis?

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Are these the first steps to the next global crisis? Logistics businesses have repeatedly put off reinvestment decisions in Russia fearing a repeat of 2008. The 2008 crash was brutal, bloody and battered the resolve of many business owners and … Continue reading

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