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    Toyota chooses network optimisation tool from Agillence

    2021-07-22T15:39:00Z

    Toyota has started using a software tool from optimisation expert Agillence to plan and manage its inbound and service parts logistics networks

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    Gefco opts for Blue Yonder cloud technology

    2021-07-12T13:24:00Z

    Gefco is continuing its strategy to digitalise supply chain services with the adoption of warehouse and transport management software provided by Blue Yonder

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    Cross-sector partnership to promote sustainable materials sourcing in Chile

    2021-06-11T11:34:00Z

    Daimler, VW, BASF and Fairphone have set up the Responsible Lithium Partnership to to promote sustainable development and tackle the negative impacts of material sourcing, beginning with a multi-stakeholder initiative into the impact of lithium mining in Chile

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    BMW i Ventures invests in Plus One Robotics

    2021-05-07T14:39:00Z

    BMW’s venture capital fund – BMW i Ventures – has invested an undisclosed sum in Plus One Robotics, which provides vision software for logistics robots. The investment is aimed at driving automation across the supply chain and logistics industry, said BMW i Ventures. 

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    Greater cross-sector dialogue needed to solve chip crisis

    2021-04-27T10:16:00Z

    The current global shortage in the supply of computer chips to the automotive industry is causing significant disruption to production and looks likely to continue into next year. There are signs though that the current crisis could lead to new forms of partnership between the automotive and semiconductor industries, and a move away from the rigid hierarchy of the traditional automotive supply chain. That promises to lead to a more secure relationship for the future.

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    Watch: The (r)evolution at Volkswagen Group’s logistics

    2021-04-23T15:25:00Z

    Electrification, digital tools and sustainability goals are transforming Volkswagen Group Logistics processes across the carmaker’s global footprint. Matthias Braun outlines how the group is adapting its systems and relationships.

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    Think Tank: Pack to the future

    2021-04-23T15:25:00Z

    Experts from packaging suppliers DS Smith and ORBIS share new ideas, innovations and new opportunities in automotive packaging and container management that will play key roles in supply chain sustainability and eliminating cost in the European supply chain.

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    Watch: Building a viable and sustainable European battery supply base

    2021-04-23T15:25:00Z

    The huge demand for lithium-ion batteries is requiring massive investments and new supply sources across Europe, and experts from BMW Group, EV battery startup Britishvolt and packaging supplier ORBIS Europe reveal the supply chain opportunities and changes ahead.

  • How automation and data analytics can elevate performance with Einride, CNH and Blue Yonder
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    Watch: How automation and data analytics can elevate supply chain performance

    2021-04-23T15:25:00Z

    Digital supply chain experts from CNH Industrial, IT and software specialist Blue Yonder and freight automation startup Einride discuss how digitalisation can boost reliability, control and end-to-end visibility in logistics.

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    European carmakers need a circular approach to EV production

    2021-04-23T10:09:00Z

    To meet ambitious goals to cut vehicle emissions in Europe, carmakers are focusing all their efforts on increasing the number of battery electric vehicles (EVs) they make and sell. There were more than 1m EVs and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) sold in Europe last year but by 2030 that number is expected to hit 5m in annual sales. That will put a big demand on lithium-ion battery production as carmakers seek to localise supply.

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    SKF and Einride trial autonomous truck for cross-facility shipments

    2021-03-16T11:37:00Z

    Bearing manufacturer SKF is trialling an autonomous electric truck to transport parts between its factory and its warehouse in Gothenburg, Sweden. The vehicle has been developed with Einride, the Swedish transport provider that specialises in electric and autonomous vehicles (AVs), and is based on its Pod concept.

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    Cédric Chacon drives integration and talent at Gefco UK

    2021-03-08T11:15:00Z

    Gefco UK appointed a new managing director at the start of this year. Despite taking the helm during a stormy period, Cédric Chacon, a Gefco veteran, has ambitious plans to get the different divisions working together more closely and culture the sort of brand loyalty amongst customers that Apple is used to. Illya Verpraet reports

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    Opinion: The durable benefits of metal packaging

    2021-03-03T16:09:00Z

    The automotive and industrial industries have some of the most complex supply chains in the world. Evolving manufacturing processes, shifting consumer demands and new trends all impact the supply chain network for raw materials, components and finished goods. With the necessity to protect, move and sequence high-cost parts, metal solutions are becoming an increasingly popular packaging solution in these, and many other, industries.

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    The time is now to start integrating robotics into logistics operations

    2021-02-16T11:14:00Z

    Robotics have enabled major productivity gains in manufacturing, but as the technology becomes more affordable and labour gets harder to find and more expensive, it could start to play a bigger role in logistics, too, helping workers do their jobs more safely and quickly.

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    Watch: Rise of the robots

    2021-02-07T18:47:00Z

    What can automotive logistics learn from other industries when it comes to automation and robotics? Experts from Locus Robotics, GE Appliances and i9 Sports compare notes on how robotics can help efficiency as well as those working in logistics.

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    Locus Robotics: Material handling robots a boost for service parts

    2021-02-01T15:42:00Z

    What’s worse than having to locate a small part while staring at a wall of containers holding small parts? Accidentally sending the wrong part to a customer who is depending on you. Spare parts distributors are increasingly investing in automation that eases labor requirements and improves picking efficiency and accuracy in order fulfillment. 

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    Bridge over troubled waters

    2021-01-12T10:29:00Z

    Kuehne + Nagel is supporting its automotive customers’ transition to an electrified future with the provision of battery chain services. At an event the company held in December, mobility and materials experts discussed the challenges facing the industry.

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    Continental develops autonomous AGV for parts handling

    2020-12-18T16:51:00Z

    Parts supplier Continental is developing its own automated guided vehicle (AGV) for the movement of heavy parts in its production facilities. Autonomous AGVs are currently being trialled at plants in Zvolen (Slovakia) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany), and moving material for brake production. They can carry loads of more than a ton. 

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    Watch: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (Ep.4)

    2020-12-18T09:30:00Z

    This Livestream Hour episode discusses how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists.

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    Marco Prueglmeier leaves BMW to found innovation consultancy

    2020-11-30T14:53:00Z

    BMW’s project leader for logistics innovations and industry 4.0, Marco Prueglmeier, has left the carmaker to found an innovation consultancy called i2Market. The aim of the company is to provide industry with software development, robotics, automated warehousing, artificial intelligence and simulation.