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GXS Discusses Industry Challenges Over on

Over the past few months I have been submitting a number of articles to an automotive industry related website called  This is an excellent resources for anyone involved in the automotive industry and provides a number of news and thought leadership type articles.  I was given the opportunity to submit my thoughts on some of the key issues facing the automotive industry and it allows me to focus purely on key trends and issues facing the industry today. Given that I have not posted any blogs relating to the content I posted over on I thought I would just summarise some of the submitted articles by way of this blog entry. I will continue to submit articles to this site in 2013.

Global Vehicle Platforms: A Catalyst For Recalls? , 11th December 2012 – This article discusses whether there is a link between the automotive industry’s current interest in developing global vehicle platforms and the number of vehicle recalls that have occurred in recent years.  Global vehicle platforms have helped to significantly reduce costs, introduce standard parts and streamline supply chains around the world.  But what happens if one of these standard parts fails and it impacts multiple vehicle platforms, find out more by CLICKING HERE>>>

Consumerisation Of The Auto Industry: Fact, Not Fiction , 19th November 2012 – This article looks at whether the automotive industry is being influenced in any way by the consumer interest to connect the latest technology to in-car entertainment systems.  It also looks at whether the consumers preference to purchase goods online is changing the way in which car manufacturers should be producing their vehicles.  For example there is a growing trend to adopt build-to-order versus build-to-stock production processes, but is this change in production technique being driven by the consumer?, find out more by CLICKING HERE>>>

What Will Spark Interest In The EV Market?, 26th September 2012 – The electric vehicle industry is going through a tough time at the moment, so what needs to change in order for the industry to grow?  The current interest in electric vehicle platforms was driven by a global desire to reduce green house gases in order to create a cleaner environment.  The downturn in the economy in 2009 saw many governments offer incentives to car manufacturers to introduce electric vehicles to the market.  Despite new electric vehicles entering the market, consumer interest has been luke warn to say the least, but why is this?, find out more by CLICKING HERE>>>

As OEMs Near-Shore, China Prepares To Globalise, 31st August 2012 – The last decade has seen many companies globalise their operations into emerging markets such as China.  The opportunity to reduce costs was the primary reason for expanding into these countries but in recent years costs have increased significantly and ongoing strikes by Chinese factory workers has made many companies rethink their global sourcing strategies.  Many companies have brought production back to their home markets and at the same time Chinese companies are starting to globalise their own operations, but what will this mean for the global manufacturing industry, find out more by CLICKING HERE>>>

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Mark Morley

As Senior Director, Product Marketing for Business Network, Mark leads the product marketing efforts for a suite of cloud integration, IoT and IAM solutions that help companies establish an end to end digital ecosystem to connect people, systems and things. Mark also has an interest in how disruptive technologies will impact future business environments. Mark has nearly 30 years industry experience across the discrete manufacturing sector.

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