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'Opportunities and Nightmares' as growth brings more complexity

The 13th annual Automotive Logistics Global conference saw record attendance and an optimistic industry. Which means more global and more complexity, as our report illustrates

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DETROIT 27 SEPTEMBER 2012:Recovering volumes of light vehicle sales sound like good news and, despite caution about the global economy, there was considerable optimism among delegates on the general direction of the North American automotive logistics sector.

Factors like the rise of Mexico and more production on global platforms means that logistics as a sector is seeing growth. Weak domestic freight trends, inventory lagging production and slowing exports to Europe and China are challenging, but so is the rise in intercontinental freight movements. In the words of one analyst who presented to the conference, manufacturers and logistics providers in North America have “opportunities and nightmares, depending on who you are”.

Perhaps nothing exemplifies the trends as well as the intercontinental network of General Motors. Christine Krathwohl, executive director of global logistics and supplier diversity, put it into figures: 108 plants (not including joint venture activities); 6, 500 daily material shipments; 2, 900 daily ocean container shipments; and 170 vehicle distribution centres.

GM is currently shipping 700, 000 TEUs of ocean freight per year, a number that has grown by about ten times in the last decade, she told delegates, and she expects a rise to 750, 000 TEUs in 2013. GM’s logistics budget on its own – without the spending associated with joint ventures – would rank it 270th on the Fortune 500 company list, said Krathwohl. “We have a leverage now that we never had before.

Ford’s Steven Harley, executive director for global material planning and logistics, echoed the corporate significance of logistics. “I presented to our leadership just last week and…we’ve got a big number in the business plan, ” he said. “If you can take a day or two out of the vehicle delivery chain, for example, that is like running two days in the factory. Even if it costs a little bit more, it could be a very worthwhile, especially in a period of high demand.”

Such complexity suggests that the relative importance of logistics in the automotive sector may well have surpassed the levels seen before the financial crash, even though overall light vehicle sales - at 14.3m forecast this year and 14.8m next – remain below their historic average.

The importance of logistics was in many ways demonstrated by the 2012 conference itself; a record nearly 500 delegates gathered to fill the MGM Grand Hotel in downtown Detroit. They met for two intense days of networking, learning and discussion in a program which included an introductory cocktail reception and a stylish mid-conference dinner. As usual, delegates will benefit from valuable copies of the formal presentations and invaluable contacts and intelligence.

Return to Manufacturing but unloved frieght

But the US recovery, though enviable by comparison with Europe, for example, is still “unloved”, at least in the freight sector, according to Benjamin Hartford, senior research analyst at Robert W. Baird. General freight and transport volumes have shown sluggish growth or even decline in some areas.

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