Increased use of emergency logistics shows how important eastern European suppliers have become to the global automotive industry, a key player said on Monday.

Evolution Time Critical (ETC), which specialises in emergency logistics arrangements for the motor industry, said it had experienced a huge rise in demand as eastern Europe is increasingly relied upon.

“This proves that eastern Europe has become an essential part of the automotive supply chain,” managing director Brad Brennan said. “OEMs and component suppliers turn to us when a shipment is both urgent and important. The huge rise in the work we’re doing in these countries shows how important they have become to the automotive industry.”

The logistics firm steps in to guarantee delivery of important components when conventional supply chain logistics cannot fulfil the need. It has seen demand from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia grow to more than three times its 2003 levels.

With OEMs establishing manufacturing facilities in Russia, the industry’s centre of gravity is increasingly shifting eastwards, further increasing these countries’ importance, ETC noted.

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“All sorts of factors can trigger the need for emergency logistics,” said Brennan, “from disruption of the existing transport route to a sudden surge in demand for the finished product. What it always means though, is that the shipments we are delivering are essential.

“The reason we’ve been so busy in eastern Europe is because the region has become so important to automotive manufacturing.”