Increasing uncertainty in Automotive Logistics sector, new Ti report reveals

11th February 2021, Bath, UK –  Automotive Logistics 2021 offers a comprehensive view of the past, present and future of the automotive logistics sector.

With the introduction of electric vehicles and autonomous systems, the impact on both supply chain management and logistics is profound. There are many other significant issues affecting the industry, such as Covid-19, all of which are dealt with in Automotive Logistics 2021.

What are the major factors affecting the global automotive industry in 2021 and beyond?

  • Due to Covid-19, car manufacturers have been experiencing serious supply chain disruptions, and this is set to continue with many OEMs and tier suppliers reducing capacity at plants, if not closing them entirely for the foreseeable future on a now global basis.
  • Powertrains are evolving rapidly. For the first time in a century there are serious alternatives to the internal combustion engine. BMW, Honda and Toyota are already marketing several electric powered vehicles, whilst IC-hybrids are commonplace and by 2030 all petrol and diesel cars will be phased out in the UK.
  • The use of steel is declining, as vehicle manufacturers look to reduce the weight of cars. Jaguar, AUDI and Ford are already using aluminium extensively in their vehicles, whilst BMW has introduced carbon fibre chassis technology. 
  • Guidance is becoming automated, with ‘active cruise control’ and ‘collision avoidance’ systems being used as the basis for wider capabilities in semi-autonomous vehicles.
  • Continued change in emerging markets. If measured by numbers of cars sold, China is now the largest market, but car sales have fallen for three consecutive years.
  • Decline in developed markets. The US, the UK and Germany are all struggling and suffering from slumps in sales. Many developed markets are only now compensating for the loss of sales experienced between 2007-2012 and in 2020 have been hit by Covid-19.
  • Automation is increasingly used at assembly plants. Line feed is increasingly using automated guided vehicles, whilst consolidation operations are utilising automated racking and retrieval systems.

In addition to these fundamental issues, Automotive Logistics 2021 provides in-depth profiles of the supply chain and logistics strategies of 12 major vehicle manufacturers, as well as market sizing and forecasting for regions and countries.

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