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Audi using drone to locate vehicles at Neckarsulm

2020-08-03T10:24:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

In the latest example of Industry 4.0 technology being used across the VW Group for logistics applications, Audi is conducting a drone pilot project to more efficiently locate vehicles for dispatch at its Neckarsulm assembly plant in Germany…

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

2020-07-29T19:56:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

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.

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Watch: Q&A on North American vehicle ports – Livestream Hour

2020-07-28T21:50:00+01:00By Neemish Ladwa

Experts including Chris Connor from the American Association of Port Authorities and IT specialist Inform answer questions on North American port vehicle-handling operations, investments, digitalisation and insight on managing through the coronavirus crisis. 

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Sanjeev replaces Bose as head of Ford Global Centre of Excellence

2020-07-27T14:16:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Amlan Bose, vice-president of Ford’s Global Centre of Excellence, overseeing inbound logistics, supply chain, customs and compliance, digitalisation and automation at Ford’s International Markets Group (pictured), is leaving the carmaker after a tenure of more than 20 years…

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Better communication remains key for VW Group’s global logistics post-Covid

2020-07-27T13:09:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Good communication and operational transparency helped Volkswagen react quickly to the impact of the coronavirus on its global operations. Concurrently, collaborative support from its logistics providers has helped it restart operations, with improvements to the flow of inbound materials

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Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale Part 1: Global logistics lessons with the Volkswagen Group

2020-07-23T22:54:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As part of our finale for this season’s Livestream Hour, watch this exclusive interview with our special guest Matthias Braun, who leads digitalisation and concept development for group logistics at the Volkswagen Group, on how the carmaker has managed its supply chain through all phases of the coronavirus crisis so far, and lessons for the future

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 13 – Start-up OEM supply chains with INEOS Automotive

2020-07-22T20:49:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Watch this discussion to hear key insights and ask questions to our special guest panel including INEOS Automotive’s head of supply chain management, Marko Weisshaar

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Skoda’s CNC machines now ordering their own parts

2020-07-20T13:40:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Skoda has taken another step in the digitalisation of logistics processes at its transmission plant in Vrchlabí in the Czech Republic with the autonomous ordering and delivery of parts for the CNC processing line at the facility..

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Audi introduces smart logistics with Supermarket 2.0 system

2020-07-20T11:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Audi has introduced a logistics system in which automated guided vehicles (AGVs) move containers of parts in sequence to manned pick stations on the assembly line…

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Inform’s Justin Newell discusses software to optimise port operations

2020-07-16T10:55:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

Ports are immense operations both in terms of size and complexity, and this is where digital technology can make a big impact: optimising processes, reducing paperwork, organising the workforce and improving efficiency. Justin Newell, chief operating officer at Inform Software, speaks to editor Joanne Perry about the company’s recent work ...

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 12 – North American vehicle ports

2020-07-15T16:33:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This week’s show will feature insights into how leading automotive ports have adapted rapidly to manage the crisis, how they are using digital technologies and investing in smart infrastructure to better support the automotive supply chain.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 11 – Rebuilding greener supply chains

2020-07-08T16:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we look at the how the automotive industry is using new technology to design and execute greener, more sustainable supply chains including reduced emissions and responding to changing legislation. With insight from Kuehne + Nagel, University of Applied Science Stuttgart and CSR Europe.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 10 – The Rise of AI & Analytics in Logistics

2020-07-01T16:14:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the technology and processes that are accelerating more connected, data-driven supply chains, and the greater role they will play in the post-coronavirus automotive industry. With special guests from Volkswagen, research institute Fraunhofer ISST and tech startup SYNAOS.

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Xpeng Motors starts distributing P7 performance EV in China

2020-06-29T11:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Xpeng Motors has started distributing its Xpeng P7 high performance sports sedan this week to dealers across the country…

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The future of Ford’s untouchable supply chain

2020-06-29T11:25:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Ford is digitalising key aspects of its global logistics and supply chain management, including the recent insourcing of its fourth party logistics (4PL) logistics management in Asia Pacific, Africa and South America…

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Watch: Automotive Supply Chain June Update with Volkswagen Group and Visteon – Leadership in a Crisis

2020-06-25T10:11:00+01:00

Our coronavirus series provide critical information and strategic insight to help design more resilient automotive supply chains. In our June update, key decision makers, including from Volkswagen Group and Visteon, share insight on the challenges of leadership in a crisis and how to respond to build stronger supply chains.

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Watch: How Ford digitalised and insourced global supply chain processes | Your Questions Answered Part II with Amlan Bose

2020-06-24T22:08:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Ford is transforming its supply chain and logistics processes in a number of key regions, including creating an in-house 4PL and rolling out a dynamic transport management system. Following discussion on our popular Livestream Hour edition focused on digitalisation in supply chain and logistics, Ford’s Amlan Bose rejoins Christopher Ludwig to address audience questions on topics including challenges to rollout, whether the system and insourcing will spread to other regions, and how digital control towers are helping Ford in the Covid-19 crisis.

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ASB Logistics speeds up vehicle processing with help from Inform

2020-06-22T13:33:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Vehicle logistics provider ASB Logistics is using a new IT system from German software expert Inform to provide carmakers with a more flexible and faster processing service for the distribution of their vehicles, and the provision of value-added services such as repair and modification…

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Watch: ‘Covid is accelerating digital supply chain and production’ | Your questions answered with EY’s Bart Huthwaite

2020-06-19T18:18:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Following our popular Livestream Hour edition focused on digitalisation in supply chain and logistics, Bart Huthwaite, principal for automotive and transportation at EY, rejoins Christopher Ludwig to address audience questions on topics including digital twins, industrial IOT, trade wars and changing production models.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 9 – Automotive Supply Chain in Focus – Europe

2020-06-18T00:31:00+01:00

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss key challenges facing Europe’s automotive manufacturers and suppliers with electronics and wiring harness supplier LEONI and with PWC, covering the strategies required to continue to restart and recover, as well as the structural changes that may change the shape of the supply chain. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig. Register or login to watch.