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    Watch: Increasing automotive logistics automation

    2020-09-28T17:00:00Z

    Manufacturers are looking for opportunities to automate more logistics processes and operations, with significant opportunities to be found in packaging equipment. In this panel from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live, hear how Ford India and Macro Plastics are exploring new systems and equipment.

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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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    Macro Plastics

    2019-04-25T15:05:00Z

    Macro Plastics is the leading manufacturer of returnable and sustainable packaging solutions designed to optimize the global supply chain. The IsoBin Family of foldable bins are designed optimize the worldwide transportation of automotive parts. High capacity, light tare weight, IsoBin containers deliver greater cost efficiencies ...

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    Ford Europe packaging: Heading to the pool

    2019-04-12T13:00:00Z

    Ford’s Kuly Malka has overseen a transformation in the carmaker’s European packaging and container management

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    Coming up with a strategy for transformation

    2019-02-08T17:17:00Z

    CHEP has launched a strategy to support the digital transformation of its offerings and of the automotive supply chain, including vehicle electrification and tracking packaging assets

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    One box still does not fit all

    2017-11-07T15:23:00Z

    A look at automotive packaging developments over the past 20 years

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    Ocean container packaging: Hammering out a waste of space

    2017-01-13T14:50:51Z

    More efforts are taking place to improve efficiency, cost and quality through the better use and construction of packaging within container transport The expansion of international supply chains has placed increased pressure on maximising the use of ocean containers when shipping global automotive parts. While freight rates, storage and port ...

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    Unpacking conventional wisdom

    2016-04-01T09:00:31Z

    Whether one-way or returnable, owned by OEMs and tier suppliers or rented from specialist providers, current packaging models are being re-evaluated in the search for efficiency and cost-savings. Within the North American manufacturing operations of global automotive supplier Magna International, a fascinating pilot project is underway. After a year-long study ...

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    Logistics experts say it's time to pack in waste

    2015-09-24T00:53:37Z

    Ask anyone in the logistics industry what is the most wasteful part of the business and seven out of ten people will tell you its shipping air. Ask them what the root cause is and ten people will tell you something different. However, there was agreement at this week’s Automotive ...

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    To protect and serve

    2015-04-07T12:00:07Z

    The conflicting demands of part protection, transport efficiency and line-side access often require innovative solutions from packaging designers Carmakers and their suppliers increasingly recognise the importance of getting inbound packaging right, to boost quality by eliminating transit damage, save costs by allowing more components to be squeezed into a truck, ...

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    Aiming to go the distance

    2014-12-22T06:30:05Z

    Reusable packaging is on the rise in international supply chains for tier ones. Executives are also interested in returnable pools, though they remain difficult over long distances The tier one supply chain, both inbound and outbound, continues to grow more complex. As tier suppliers respond to OEMs’ global platforms – ...

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    How best to track the pack?

    2014-09-23T17:26:02Z

    Recently developed RFID tags are becoming gradually more accessible to the masses, but do the benefits of this technology outweigh its initial expense. Track-and-trace technology enables users to locate and identify items throughout the supply chain. Methods adopted for such purposes on the returnable transit packaging used for moving automotive ...

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    Is expendable packaging too expensive?

    2013-12-09T17:21:22Z

    Depending on its use, received wisdom about one-way packaging in the automotive supply chain does not necessarily apply In this story... Tipping toward one-way Returnable reasoning Container r isks Mixed solutions In an assembly plant somewhere in Detroit, there’s something going on that, according to conventional ...

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    A rise ahead for European packaging

    2011-04-01T10:55:05Z

    Large increases in new global vehicle programmes are expected to drive up demand for packaging across much of Europe, but manufacturers still want to see more recyclable and returnable packaging, particularly on an intercontinental basis. Demand, volume and sales forecast Challenges for the packaging industry The standard argument Return to ...

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    Executives on the move

    2010-04-14T00:00:00Z

    Effective immediately, Elliot Swiss (pictured) has become the director of supply chain operations for Opel/Vauxhall , responsible for a broad range of supply chain activities at General Motor’s European division. Swiss has most recently been Opel/Vauxhall’s director of logistics, with responsibility for all inbound component and powertrain movement in ...

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    Frustrated carmakers to meet wary suppliers

    2010-01-20T00:00:00Z

    Carmakers trying to raise the efficiency of their logistics networks are facing service providers that might not be able to rise to the challenge. And while OEMs make renewed calls for more open discussion with their providers, the reality is that they will need more than words when they meet ...