Inbound logistics

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    Tesla plans deep vertical integration of battery supply

    2020-09-24T15:18:00Z

    Tesla has revealed a host of production innovations to make lithium-ion battery manufacturing more efficient and reduce costs, including in-house battery cell production, which could cut the miles travelled for the battery production by 80%, and the reduction of the cobalt content of the cathode, which would bring further supply chain savings

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    Monika Thielemann-Hald takes over as global head of automotive logistics at Hellmann

    2020-09-24T12:15:00Z

    Monika Thielemann-Hald has joined Hellmann Worldwide Logistics as global head of automotive logistics, replacing Martin Wehner who has moved to a new role at the company as chief commercial officer Europe.

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    Ford and Toyota talk about the benefits of returning to sender

    2020-09-24T08:30:00Z

    Carmakers used last week’s ALSC Live online conference to reveal a range of sustainable packaging strategies they were employing in an effort to cut waste along with cost.

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    Rivian outlines sustainable packaging initiative

    2020-09-22T16:32:00Z

    Electric vehicle start-up Rivian has revealed details of a plastic recycling initiative that aims by 2024 to collect 500,000kg (1.1m lbs) of single-use plastic annually and stop it from floating out to sea. Rivian will instead turn it into the containers it uses to move parts inbound to its production line.

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    Japan-UK free trade deal will benefit automotive industry

    2020-09-21T12:42:00Z

    Japan and the UK have secured a free trade agreement estimated to increase trade between the two countries by £15.2 billion ($19.25 billion). It will give UK companies exporting to Japan a competitive advantage in a number of areas as and promises to reduce duties and regulatory barriers on imported vehicles and parts from Japan. According to the UK government’s Department for International Trade, UK businesses will benefit from tariff-free trade on 99% of exports to Japan and government analysis shows that a deal with Japan would deliver a £1.5 billion boost to the UK economy

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    Yazaki’s proactive, risk-averse approach to the crisis a success, says Bo Andersson

    2020-09-21T12:29:00Z

    Yazaki is taking a more strategic and coordinated approach to the automotive supply chain as it continues to stabilise production in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Bo Andersson, Yazaki’s president of Europe and CEO and president of North America, says the company is looking for opportunities to consolidate and improve logistics planning and control, including through the use of third party logistics (3PL) providers, greater localisation, communication and inventory planning

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    Fully automated microfactories mean more resilient manufacturing says Arrival

    2020-09-19T14:21:00Z

    Electric commercial vehicle maker Arrival could have as many as 1,000 automated microfactories operating by 2026, with the first now under construction. Localised supply is a priority and the manufacturing and logistics will be supported by industry 4.0 technology

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    Better communication a key success factor for commercial vehicle sector

    2020-09-17T18:21:00Z

    The strong ramp-up in commercial vehicle production following the coronavirus shutdowns has been facilitated by better transparency and communication in the supply chain according to speakers at this week’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live conference. However, there is still room for improvement as the sector deals with the fallout of the coronavirus and new pressures on the inbound supply chain.

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    Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live Overview

    The first Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live virtual conference is here, with more than 70 speakers and 30 sessions. Read this overview for insight into the key topics and theme, including electric vehicle and battery supply chains, sustainable supply chains, digital transformation and supply chain resilience. Featuring interviews and keynotes from leading carmakers, tier suppliers, logistics providers and supply chain and trade experts. 

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    Toyota uses Fujitsu quantum computing to solve complex parts distribution

    2020-09-14T14:35:00Z

    Toyota Systems has been working with Fujitsu on a quantum computing tool to organise the complex distribution of automotive parts in Japan. The companies have carried out a joint trial using Fujitsu’s Digital Annealer, a digital technology capable of performing parallel, real-time optimisation calculations at a speed and scale not covered by traditional computing, to solve a delivery problem with 3m potential routes for parts deliveries

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    Meeting increasing demand for EVs in Europe depends on better battery supply

    2020-09-07T12:39:00Z

    Carmakers are investing colossal sums of money into low and zero-emission powertrain technologies. Even before the coronavirus crisis infected the finances of most manufacturers the survival of many of them hinged upon a return on investment and a successful transition to electrification over the coming years. 

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    Slovakian transport industry overcomes supply disruptions

    2020-09-07T09:30:00Z

    The disruption to the Slovakian automotive industry caused by the Covid-19 pandemic was short-term and has already subsided, according to Alexander Matusek, president of the Slovak Automotive Industry Association. However, for the future stability of the sector Matusek said there needs to be greater government support in stimulating sales. ...

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    Anita Pieper returns to plant logistics at BMW Leipzig

    2020-09-07T08:54:00Z

    Anita Pieper (pictured) has moved from her role as vice-president of vehicle distribution at BMW Group to a new role leading plant logistics at the carmaker’s Leipzig plant in Germany. Eugen Schantini has taken over her previous role and will now be responsible for global vehicle logistics.

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    Setting the scope for recovery and resilience at Seat

    2020-09-02T16:12:00Z

    Well before coronavirus became top of everyone’s mind, Seat had been implementing a range of supply chain and logistics technologies at its Martorell plant near Barcelona that supported better control, planning and handling of parts and material in its supply chain. These systems have helped Seat to restart production and to avoid a single stoppage as a result of material shortages, according to Juan Vivas, inbound manager of the Martorell plant 

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    Covid crisis boosts digital technology in supply chain

    2020-09-01T05:27:00Z

    Despite the huge health and economic problems caused by the coronavirus, the pandemic has also had a positive impact on some of the supply chain and logistics strategies of automotive and other manufacturing companies. Experts have said greater supply chain visibility and a new sense of purpose across often fairly independent corporate divisions are just two trends that are becoming more pronounced across manufacturing companies.

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    Orbis moves into Canton to support packaging management at Nissan

    2020-09-01T05:00:00Z

    Orbis has set up a new facility in Canton, in the US state of Mississippi, to provide packaging management services for Nissan North America. Orbis’ reusable packaging management services unit – Orbis RPM – will operate on-site within Nissan’s plant, and handle inbound and outbound material logistics

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    AL FVL Summer 2020

    Collaboration between the automotive, logistics and the tech sectors is growing by the day, with the coronavirus crisis accelerating digitalisation across the supply chain. Our latest digital edition explores systems standards and tech innovations, including new communication protocols for vehicle logistics in Europe, and a range of new supply chain technology at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Audi México, VW Zwickau, Seat Martorell and Renault F-1. 

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    Consortium to develop autonomous inbound services for Nissan UK

    2020-08-24T13:02:00Z

    Autonomous vehicle technology developer StreetDrone has secured funding as part of a wider consortium looking into the use 5G connected autonomous trucks for inbound shipments to Nissan’s assembly plant in Sunderland, UK

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    Nissan postpones closure of Barcelona plant and confirms parts distribution

    2020-08-17T08:30:00Z

    Nissan has delayed the closure of its vehicle and parts plants in the Catalonia region of Spain until December 2021 following strike action taken by workers. It has also confirmed it will maintain parts warehouse operations in Barcelona and is in discussions over the future of purchasing and logistics there

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    Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale | Part 2: Update from North America with Honda and Benteler

    2020-07-29T19:56:00Z

    Don’t miss the last Livestream Hour episode this season as our guests provide insight on how the coronavirus crisis is currently affecting the supply chain in North America, featuring Hector Martinez from Honda de Mexico and Maxim Serov from global tier 1 Benteler.