DB Schenker has announced plans to introduce 3D printing as well as storage and transport of lithium batteries to its core services for the automotive industry.
The German logistics provider said it wanted to devote its energy to meeting the technological requirements of additive production and maintaining progress in the field of 3D printing.
“The major benefit for customers takes the form of reduced warehousing costs, as spare parts are manufactured only when they are required. Faster production reduces delivery times,” the company said.
Giving a nod to the rising importance of electric-powered and hybrid vehicles, DB Schenker said it also planned to strengthen its position by specialising in storing and transporting lithium batteries. Their logistics entail “extremely complex processes”, it said, because car batteries are classified as hazardous items and require special transport and storage arrangements.
The company, which caters to the inbound, finished vehicle and aftermarket logistics sectors, said its plans for battery storage and 3D printing were both being put in place to meet the rising expectations of customers in the automotive sector.