Top materials handling stories – Page 3

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    Packing a punch

    2019-01-16T11:13:00Z

    Electric cars could revolutionise transport by providing a cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly way to travel. The International Energy Agency forecasts that there will be 13m electric vehicles (EVs) on the road globally by 2020, while PwC Autofacts predicts that 55% of all new vehicle sales will be fully ...

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    Bysouth becomes logistics chief at IAC

    2019-01-15T11:45:13Z

    Kelly Bysouth (pictured) has joined International Automotive Components (IAC) as chief supply chain officer, with global responsibility and operational control of procurement and logistics . She brings 25 years of related experience to the company, which is based in Luxembourg. [mpu_ad]Bysouth moves from Adient, where she held a variety of ...

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    BMW ups the pace on industry 4.0 technology

    2018-12-11T17:49:00Z

    BMW Group is to expand its use of industry 4.0 innovations in its production logistics, it has revealed. In 2015, BMW Group joined forces with the Fraunhofer Institute IML to develop the first self-driving Smart Transport Robots (STR). Three years later, the carmaker is increasingly relying on innovations from ...

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    BMW supports cobalt miners in Congo

    2018-12-04T16:10:23Z

    BMW has signed up to a pilot project to improve conditions for cobalt miners, their families and neighbouring communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). With batteries in high demand given the boom in electrical vehicles, global companies such as BMW have been turning their attention to how ...

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    Toyota Australia opens its largest parts warehouse

    2018-11-26T15:20:55Z

    The largest parts warehouse run by Toyota Australia has been officially opened at Kemps Creek, New South Wales. It is located on 6.4 hectares close to a network of motorways and major arterial roads in the Western Sydney conurbation. The new Toyota Parts Centre (TPC) will house more than 128,000 ...

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    Competing on a global stage – report from AL Central and Eastern Europe summit

    2018-11-21T17:09:21Z

    Over the last 15 years, the centre of investment in the European automotive industry has been shifting east. Delegates at the Automotive Logistics Central and Eastern Europe (ALCEE) summit in Budapest last week learned that the region now has a strong network of assembly and supplier plants, along with logistics ...

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    ZF trials drone deliveries at Friedrichshafen

    2018-11-13T13:32:50Z

    Component manufacturer ZF has started testing the use of a drone to distribute parts at its main plant in Friedrichshafen, south-west Germany. The prototype is being used to transport spare parts such as sensors and control cards from the plant’s central warehouse to various workshops, with the aim of proving ...

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    Imperial Logistics to run VW packaging centre in Wilhelmshaven

    2018-10-30T15:30:00Z

    Volkswagen Group has signed a contract with Imperial Logistics International to run its packaging centre at Jade-Weser-Port in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The centre is due to open next year. In a statement, Imperial Logistics said it would take over the operation in April. “We are happy ...

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    Q&A: Srini Muthusrinivasan

    2018-10-26T12:20:00Z

    What is meant by this term ‘the autonomous supply chain’? The word autonomous has got very prevalent today in the industry. [To understand] the idea of the autonomous supply chain, you’ve got to go back to the history of how we went all the way from the industrial revolution to ...

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    Škoda deploys autonomous robots at Kvasiny

    2018-10-23T15:45:11Z

    Škoda Auto is deploying autonomous robots at its small parts warehouse at Kvasiny in the Czech Republic to work alongside its employees and make parts sorting and delivery more efficient. The use of the robots is part of the carmaker’s efforts to digitalise production processes under its 2025 Strategy, ...

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    China's BYD invests in US bus plant

    2018-10-15T11:13:50Z

    Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has invested $5m in a 9,300 sq.m warehouse to free up space at its electric bus plant in Lancaster, California. The new building currently stores around 15,000 different parts and will further streamline the handling of materials and supplies into the 41,800 sq.m manufacturing plant, ...

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    Pressing a point

    2018-10-15T10:31:14Z

    Slightly to the north of Wolverhampton in the UK’s industrial Midlands – and perhaps more crucially just a few miles off a key transport route, the M6 motorway – lies one of the latest additions to the worldwide roster of production facilities for stamped automotive metal parts. In mid-September, Spanish-owned ...

  • September 19, 2018
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    A crisis in human capital

    2018-09-26T16:52:00Z

    As the automotive logistics sector continues to automate and let technology take the lead, there are some important human factors to resolve if such plans are to succeed – as delegates at this year’s Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit found out While the US car market may ...

  • Start of production of the Audi e-tron
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    Smart logistics underpins Audi e-tron assembly

    2018-09-19T11:32:00Z

    Audi officially premiered its e-tron electric SUV at a summit event in San Francisco this week but production has been underway for a couple of weeks already at its plant in Brussels, Belgium, which is making the e-tron for global markets. Patrick Danau (left), managing director of ...

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    Gearbox shortage halts Peugeot assembly

    2018-09-04T14:14:01Z

    Production of the Peugeot 308 was halted for a second day at the French carmaker's Sochaux plant in eastern France last week due to a shortage of gearboxes. T aking potential orders into account, the best solution was to temporarily halt the compact car ’s assembly at the plant, a ...

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    Audi starts electric motor production at Györ

    2018-07-25T09:44:51Z

    The first electric motors at Audi’s plant in Györ, Hungary, went into production this week and will be shipped to Belgium for fitment on the Audi e-tron, the carmaker’s first all‑electric model, which is being made at its assembly facility near Brussels. Current production capacity is approximately 400 electric axle ...

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    IAC deploys smart logistics at Halewood facility

    2018-07-18T10:20:35Z

    Global parts and systems supplier, International Automotive Components (IAC), is now using industry 4.0 manufacturing technology and smart logistics for the production of interior components at its plant in Halewood. Parts are supplied from the site to Jaguar Land Rover’s plant nearby and other carmakers in the country. Among other ...

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    Mercedes-Benz boosts local sourcing in South Africa

    2018-07-16T12:43:46Z

    Mercedes-Benz is enlarging its supply chain within South Africa as it expands production at its plant in East London, on the country’s east coast. The OEM has added 35 new suppliers based in South Africa to the plant’s supply chain, with seven being tier one suppliers and three sequencing suppliers. ...

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    Gefco expands services in Spain

    2018-07-13T10:29:24Z

    Gefco has expanded its operations in Spain with the opening of a new distribution centre near Ford’s Almussafes plant on the outskirts of Valencia and the extension of its spare parts logistics centre in Santa Fe. From the 3,500 sq.m distribution centre, which is located in Sollana, Gefco will be ...

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    Chinese EV battery maker forced to stop output

    2018-07-11T09:16:06Z

    A reduction in Chinese government subsidies to electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers has forced battery maker Shenzhen OptimumNano Energy to cease operations for six months. The majority of staff have been told to take paid leave for the rest of the year from July 1. Meanwhile, the government is reported to ...