Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Supply Chain Group CEVA Logistics Maintains Automotive Freight Development

New Vehicle Logistics Centre for Philippines
Shipping News Feature

PHILIPPINES – Even during the downturn seen across various sectors of the freight community worldwide it has been noticeable that the shipping of automobiles and associated products has often been the sector to hold its own. As currency and related wealth fluctuations change the geographical pattern of manufacturers and customers so we have seen a steady development of facilities to deal with the changing trade patterns. This month supply chain group Ceva Logistics has announced the launch of a multi user Vehicle Logistics Centre located at Santa Clara, Port of Batangas.

The new centre is a state of the art multi user automotive facility within the customs bonded area of the port. The facility is designed to keep imported Finished Vehicles in a two hectare storage space covered with UV Net and a 4,100 sq m PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection) facility which can process approximately 160 to 200 vehicles each day.

Ceva uses a Vehicle Management System (VMS), based its own Matrix technology solution which provides complete visibility of vehicle movement, from receipt to delivery, and allows customers to track and know where their vehicles are at any point in time. The VMS uses iPhones and iPads to substantially reduce the number of man hours it takes to process an order, to report on quality defects, saving cost, time and paperwork.

The launch of the new centre saw an official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting by Ceva’s senior executives and Ford Group Philippines vice president for Finance, Karthik Swaminath. Ford and Ceva have a long standing strategic partnership in automotive logistics in many locations across the globe. The opening ceremony was also graced by more than 120 guests including local government officials and representatives from Bureau of Customs, Philippines Ports Authority and Asian Terminals, local dignitaries and ambassadors, as well as many of Ceva’s valued customers.