Ford of Europe was given a "Green Supply Chain" award thanks to reducing its CO2 emissions along its manufacturing processes. The key factor for Ford in getting this prize was the marque's reduction in truck hauling: Last year, Ford of Europe used 64 percent more sea and river mileage for its finished vehicle transportation. In Germany, Ford uses Rhine barges to move cars from its Niehl assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, to Antwerp in Belgium and to sea ports beyond. Between the continent and G
Although the automotive industry has been bracing for a Chrysler bankruptcy for some time, last week's official announcement of a Chapter 11 filing still came as a shock. One of the long-held assertions about bankruptcy was that once one domestic automaker filed, the others would eventually be forced to follow suit. The other belief was that bankruptcies would hamper the supply chain, which would in turn hurt other automakers besides the other Detroit 2.
Fearing that a couple dozen of its U.S. suppliers could shut down production, Toyota has established a "war room" to monitor suppliers and has begun to warehouse assembly components. While the move marks a departure from the automaker's "just in time" production philosophy, a mantra that associates stockpiling with inefficiency and waste, a bankruptcy by one of the Detroit 3 could knock-out a key supplier crippling the Japanese automaker's North American factories. It is a widespread problem, as