All Packaging articles – Page 7

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    Palletisation grows in India


    The use of pallets in the Indian automotive sector is patchy and influenced by a lack of infrastructure but there are signs that palletisation is about to be embraced.Low take-up of pallestisation;Need for infrastructure improvement;Stabilisation of sizes;Who will be the first to jump?;Parameters for pallet standards.Seldom in the history of ...

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    A rise ahead for European packaging


    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 forecastChallenges for the packaging industryThe standard argumentReturn to senderPlunging into container pooling?Although ...

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    Global news in brief


    NYK adds Guangzhou to China offeringNYK has increased its dedicated car terminal activity in China by taking a 12.5% stake with three Chinese shareholders in Guangzhou port operator Nansha Automotive Terminal (NAT). The move means NYK will now be supporting automotive shipments in China’s four major ports, having already established ...

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    Packed with potential


    Manufacturers in North America have emerged from the crisis with a renewed appreciation for the cost-saving potential of packaging, with more consideration at the part-design phaseSilver liningsRoom for improvementIt's all gone southAutomotive packaging technology tends to evolve at the pace of vehicle programmes. Carmakers and suppliers may feel the pressure ...

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    The business case for container pooling


    There is an old Chinese proverb which states “To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous”. And how uncomfortable times have been for many players in the automotive industry over the past few years with fluctuating production demands, increasingly global supply chains, and ...

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    Perfecting the Pallet


    A committe of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has created a standard for disposable and reusable packaging, which it hopes will be adopted internationally. The goal is for sizes to fit all modes, while aiming for the highest efficiency for sea containers.According to Paul Phelps, committee co-chair and a ...

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    RFID to reduce loss on returnables


    The Joint Automotive Industry Forum (JAIF) has drawn up a new set of guidelines for RFID tracking and tracing of returnable containers in the supply chain. The Global Guideline for Returnable Transport Item (RTI) Identification is the result of a project looking into problems affecting ownership, maintenance, losses and special ...

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    Global news in brief


    GM confirms closure of AntwerpDespite speculation last week that GM Europe was in talks with China’s Geely over the future of its Opel plant in Antwerp, the company confirmed this week that the plant will close and that there will be no further negotiations for vehicle assembly there beyond the ...

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    An emerging case for change


    Supply chains in emerging markets present unique challenges for packaging. Companies are now beginning to adopt the best of the established techniques, and are developing some interesting new approaches of their ownTata introduces pooled packagingWestern packaging providers move into ChinaStandards are a major concernWhat to do when suppliers aren't where ...

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    Global news in brief


    Renault opens new spare parts logistics centreRenault has opened its new spare parts and accessories centre in Oarja, Romania, around 30km from the Dacia plant in Mioveni. The 65,000m2 warehouse holds Renault’s largest spare parts and accessories distribution centre outside France, with capacity for more than 70,000 part lines. The ...

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    Chinese OEMs trying out greener packaging


    By Namrita ChowChina’s tier suppliers and OEMs are looking for greener logistics service providers, although like their counterparts in other parts of the world, their objectives appear often to be more economic than ecologic. It is this thinking that is leading some Chinese OEMs to consider a switch to ...

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    Is sharing a box worth it?


    Container pooling tackles some important hidden costs in the inbound supply chain. But are the opportunities offered by the approach being ignored as OEMs and suppliers struggle with larger problems?Pool playersA pool, not a puddleImpact of the crisisCurrent challenges but future opportunityTracking the boxesPackaging in the inbound automotive supply chain ...

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    When will packaging be king?


    A panel of packaging engineers and experts from automotive manufacturers discusses with Maxine Elkin why packaging needs to have more recognition from management and at all stages of the supply chainThis year our panel of packaging experts has once again pointed to pallet standardisation as a central theme for automotive ...

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    Packing a punch


    We sort through the tiresome marketing jargon to identify the real innovations in packaging for automotive, and report on the benefitsInnovation is among those words editors should always treat with scepticism (other bugbears include optimisation, continuous improvement and synergy). A purchasing manager or logistics executive should use no less caution ...

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    Collapse means growth for packaging supplier


    Netherlands-headquartered packing provider VMT Ecopack has won Frost and Sullivan’s 2009 European Automotive Packaging Growth Strategy Leadership of the Year Award in recognition of its demonstration of “an exceptional growth strategy” within the automotive industry. “The commitment to reduce the logistics costs of its customers through innovative packaging solutions is ...

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    PowerID helps CHEP with RFID in South Africa


    Pallet and container pooling provider CHEP is currently rolling out the use of a battery-assisted, passive (BAP) RFID tags provided by PowerID to track pallets and FLC containers for its automotive and retail customers in South Africa. CHEP, which has been working with PowerID since early 2008, opted for the ...

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    CHEP expands business in Turkey


    Pallet and container provider CHEP is expanding its activity in Turkey to support the growth in automotive supply for OEM and tier suppliers from there to markets throughout Europe. “Turkey is becoming an increasingly important player in the automotive industry,” said Rainer Sandow, Vice President, Automotive Europe, CHEP. “We ...

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    Ficosa chooses Chep for parts protection


    Ficosa Otomotiv San, the Turkish division of the Spanish automotive parts maker Ficosa Group, will use CHEP’s folding large containers (FLCs) at its plant in Bursa for transport of wire harnesses to a number of its plants in Eastern Europe.According to Dan Walsh, Sales Director at CHEP, the pallet and ...

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    Gefco provides packaging solution for Ford


    Ford has outsourced its materials handling management for engine production at Dagenham in the UK to European logistics provider Gefco UK. The LSP is now helping manage Ford’s container logistics through its GefBoxSystem, which provides reusable plastic boxes, pallets and covers for parts required by engine plant in southeast England ...