Materials handling

The latest news, analysis and in-depth reporting on the equipment, IT, trade flows and processes in automotive material handling, including automated guided vehicles, picking and kitting, cobots, knockdown kits and more.

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  • VW lineside logistics reduces Golf production time by an hour

  • Re-tooling of manufacturing plants and supply chain for EVs pose investment risk for OEMs

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    Electrification poses cost and technology risk for automotive supply chain

    2019-09-19T07:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

    The high R&D, production and supply chain costs of electric vehicles could mean that OEMs will be selling most at a loss for years to come, according to a report by Automotive from Ultma Media.

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    DB Schenker explores use of exoskeletons for logistics

    2019-08-21T12:33:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The company has been trialling the exoskeletons – structures worn on the body to electro-mechanically assist movement – at several logistics locations in Germany to help warehouse personnel during physically demanding tasks.

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    Distribution Down Under: How AIVs are smartening up Toyota’s new parts centre

    2019-08-02T11:34:00+01:00By Mike Farish

    Japanese carmaker Toyota has now commissioned what it describes as “the most advanced automotive distribution centre in Australia” as part of its strategy of transitioning from manufacturing to purely logistical operations in the country. Intelligent robots and sophisticated design are helping the carmaker to achieve new levels of warehousing efficiency…

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    Data and the digitisation of the supply chain

    2019-07-16T15:17:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    The automotive industry is being transformed by new vehicle technology, but operational processes are also undergoing profound changes driven by unprecedented levels of data

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    Wood you believe it? Materials handling with a difference

    2019-07-16T13:55:00+01:00By Mike Farish

    A new company based in Chemnitz is seeking to overturn conventional wisdom when it comes to material handling equipment – by using wood as a construction material

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    Running out of juice – will demand for battery materials outstrip supply?

    2019-07-09T10:47:00+01:00By Gavin du Venage

    As OEMs accelerate their EV programmes, there is growing concern that demand for battery materials will outstrip supply. Gavin du Venage considers the risks

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    Logistics 4.0: How smart technologies are lifting logistics to another level

    2019-07-04T11:12:00+01:00By Andrew Williams

    After a period of exploration, OEMs, tier suppliers and logistics providers are getting serious about making their operations smarter and more connected – Logistics 4.0 is here

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    MMK to build steel production and logistics facility in Togliatti

    2019-06-12T08:46:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Russian materials supplier, Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK), is building a 1.2 billion rouble ($18.4m) production and logistics facility in Togliatti following a deal signed with local government. The company said it was building the new plant because of high demand by the automotive industry for its metal products ...

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    Delivering a smarter factory

    2019-05-14T14:23:00+01:00By Malcolm Wheatley

    Magna Steyr’s vehicle assembly plant in the Austrian city of Graz is not a typical automotive factory; the site, which in 2018 brought its cumulative total production tally to 3.5m vehicles, produces vehicles under contract for OEMs such as Daimler, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover. Efficiency is important in any ...

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