Start Ups

Profiles of the latest start-ups and innovations in the logistics space

Start Ups

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Nissan uses electric semi-trailers for vehicle deliveries to US


Nissan North America is working with Avant Garde Auto Logistics (Agal) on a project to move vehicles imported through the port of LA on electric semi-trailers, including the Ariya EV


The Future Is Neutral seeks to create a totally circular automotive supply chain


The Renault Group has announced plans for a new circular economy entity to make its supply chain carbon neutral and recycling-heavy, going forwards.

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Bonus: Logistics start-up pitches


Hear from logistics start-ups in blockchain and packaging as they pitch their business plans with the chance of becoming the next automotive logistics unicorn…

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Kia teams up with DB’s Encore on battery storage


Kia is working with Deutsche Bahn’s energy storage start-up Encore on the resue of EV batteries previously used in electric vehicles for new energy storage systems, with transport provided by DB’s logistics divisions 

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Watch: Finished vehicle logistics – delivering vehicles with better data


Experts from Designwerk Europe, Inform and Seoul Robotics discuss the latest technology designed to help carmakers get their vehicles to market more efficiently and sustainably in the face of ongoing disruption

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Carrypicker startup bets on artificial intelligence


An artificial intelligence system from the Hamburg-based startup Carrypicker is creating climate-friendlier logistics with smart scheduling of partial loads and routes. No dispatcher could ever match its performance.

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Charge the new era of automotive supply chains


Executives from Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) of Canada, SEA Electric and DSV discuss how electrification and digitalisation are changing supply chain requirements, including new partnerships, innovations and technologies to future proof growth and ensure efficiency.


Audi recycling packaging to make 3D assembly tools at Neckarsulm


Audi is recycling the plastic packaging used to ship sensitive parts to its Neckarsulm plant in Germany and turning it into 3D-printed tools for assembly operations


Material shortages are forcing a supply chain rethink in automotive


In the face of material shortages across the board, carmakers and their suppliers are looking a range of radical alternatives as part of drive toward more sustainable closed-loop supply chains


FVL North America returns to California in November!


Finished Vehicle Logistics North America  will be returning to California for a three-day event held in November focused on what needs to be done to mitigate supply chain disruption and ensure future success in outbound logistics

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Ineos finalises supply for Hambach takeover


Ineos Automotive has officially taken over operations of the Daimler plant in Hambach, France, after completing the purchase of the facility in December last year. It will start building the firm’s Grenadier off-roader in 2021, as well as continue to build the Smart EQ Fortwo until the end of its model cycle.


Watch: Sustainable packaging – unwrapping a greener automotive supply chain (EP.2)


This Automotive Logistics Livestream Hour episode focuses on efficiency and sustainability in automotive packaging, featuring packaging experts John Ferry from EV startup Lucid Motors and packaging consultant Rodney Salmon

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Magna to build Fisker Ocean electric vehicle in Europe


Magna International is going to build Fisker’s forthcoming Ocean SUV under contract at its manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria. Production of the electric vehicle (EV) will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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EV start-up Arrival to build microfactory in South Carolina


Arrival, the start-up that plans to build electric commercial vehicles in what it calls ‘microfactories’, has announced its first US production location in York County, South Carolina. It has also raised $118m from funds managed by BlackRock.

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Watch: A brand new Element at commercial EV startup Arrival


Tracey Yi, who is leading Arrival’s new component and procurement division, Elements, talks to Christopher Ludwig about the electric bus manufacturer’s unique supply chain and manufacturing localisation strategy.

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Watch: Believe the hype! What Hyperloop technology means for the (near) future of logistics


Hyperloop technology sounds futuristics but Hyperloop TT is already implementing a number of projects in logistics, including infrastructure in Dubai to port operations at the port of Hamburg. Chief strategy officer Juan Quintana details the company’s plans at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live.

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Watch: Building Lucid’s electric vehicle logistics network


Electric vehicle startup Lucid is launching its first production model with support from Glovis America in finished vehicle logistics. Head of logistics Greg Henninger shares details together with partners from Glovis on the unique challenge for EV outbound logistics.

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Watch: Launching start-up automotive supply chains


As new entrants, tech firms and EV start-up companies jump into the supply chain, this panel at Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live explored the logistics requirements with insight from startups Rivian and Ineos Automotive, and supply chain specialist Kuehne + Nagel.

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Xiaopeng Motors begins electric SUV exports to Europe


Chinese start-up carmaker Xiaopeng Motors (XPeng) has started exports of its G3 electric SUV to Europe, with the first models expected on the roads in November this year. The vehicle went on sale in the country in June. The vehicles were loaded at Xinsha Port in Guangzhou on September 24.


Rivian outlines sustainable packaging initiative


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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