Materials handling

  • ALCEE_opening_shot
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    Competing on a global stage – report from AL Central and Eastern Europe summit

    2018-11-21T17:09:21Z

    Over the last 15 years, the centre of investment in the European automotive industry has been shifting east. Delegates at the Automotive Logistics Central and Eastern Europe (ALCEE) summit in Budapest last week learned that the region now has a strong network of assembly and supplier plants, along with logistics ...

  • ZF_ drone_delivery
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    ZF trials drone deliveries at Friedrichshafen

    2018-11-13T13:32:50Z

    Component manufacturer ZF has started testing the use of a drone to distribute parts at its main plant in Friedrichshafen, south-west Germany. The prototype is being used to transport spare parts such as sensors and control cards from the plant’s central warehouse to various workshops, with the aim of proving ...

  • Jade-Weser-Port_9640_adapted
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    Imperial Logistics to run VW packaging centre in Wilhelmshaven

    2018-10-30T15:30:00Z

    Volkswagen Group has signed a contract with Imperial Logistics International to run its packaging centre at Jade-Weser-Port in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The centre is due to open next year. In a statement, Imperial Logistics said it would take over the operation in April. “We are happy ...

  • Audi Smart Factory 3
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    Q&A: Srini Muthusrinivasan

    2018-10-26T12:20:00Z

    What is meant by this term ‘the autonomous supply chain’? The word autonomous has got very prevalent today in the industry. [To understand] the idea of the autonomous supply chain, you’ve got to go back to the history of how we went all the way from the industrial revolution to ...

  • Skoda Kvasiny plant
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    Škoda deploys autonomous robots at Kvasiny

    2018-10-23T15:45:11Z

    Škoda Auto is deploying autonomous robots at its small parts warehouse at Kvasiny in the Czech Republic to work alongside its employees and make parts sorting and delivery more efficient. The use of the robots is part of the carmaker’s efforts to digitalise production processes under its 2025 Strategy, ...

  • BYD_bus
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    China's BYD invests in US bus plant

    2018-10-15T11:13:50Z

    Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has invested $5m in a 9,300 sq.m warehouse to free up space at its electric bus plant in Lancaster, California. The new building currently stores around 15,000 different parts and will further streamline the handling of materials and supplies into the 41,800 sq.m manufacturing plant, ...

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    Pressing a point

    2018-10-15T10:31:14Z

    Slightly to the north of Wolverhampton in the UK’s industrial Midlands – and perhaps more crucially just a few miles off a key transport route, the M6 motorway – lies one of the latest additions to the worldwide roster of production facilities for stamped automotive metal parts. In mid-September, Spanish-owned ...

  • September 19, 2018
    Article

    A crisis in human capital

    2018-09-26T16:52:00Z

    As the automotive logistics sector continues to automate and let technology take the lead, there are some important human factors to resolve if such plans are to succeed – as delegates at this year’s Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit found out While the US car market may ...

  • Start of production of the Audi e-tron
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    Smart logistics underpins Audi e-tron assembly

    2018-09-19T11:32:00Z

    Audi officially premiered its e-tron electric SUV at a summit event in San Francisco this week but production has been underway for a couple of weeks already at its plant in Brussels, Belgium, which is making the e-tron for global markets. Patrick Danau (left), managing director of ...

  • PSA_Souchaux
    Article

    Gearbox shortage halts Peugeot assembly

    2018-09-04T14:14:01Z

    Production of the Peugeot 308 was halted for a second day at the French carmaker's Sochaux plant in eastern France last week due to a shortage of gearboxes. T aking potential orders into account, the best solution was to temporarily halt the compact car ’s assembly at the plant, a ...