Packaging and Container Management

 


 

Packaging and Container Management

 

 


 

A safe way to move dangerous goods

Forecasts suggest there will be 10m electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2020, with China and Europe leading the trend backed by government regulation to cut emissions. This means more lithium batteries moving around in their own dedicated supply chain. As hazardous cargo, however, there are special considerations for the packaging provider when dealing with batteries.In this article, we look at the main considerations an OEM and their packaging provider need to keep in mind and the regulations governing the shipment of lithium batteries, including how the packaging supplier works with the battery supplier, logistics provider and carmaker in safely transporting lithium batteries from point of origin to EV assembly plant.

 

 


 

Packaging and Container Management

 

 


 

Smart packaging for the aftermarket

The traditional idea of vehicle ownership is shifting towards something more like fleet ownership, as shared and fractional ownership schemes take off and ride-hailing services proliferate. Vehicles will require more regular servicing and uptime of the vehicle is a major priority, meaning so too is the timely delivery of aftermarket parts to service centres. What role does packaging play in this and how can the latest packaging technology help to ensure fast and accurate delivery of parts to the dealers? This article will examine smart packaging for the shipment of aftermarket parts and what the main priorities are for the OEM and suppliers of those parts.

 

 


 

Packaging and Container Management

 

 


 

Priorities for knockdown packaging

Many OEMs transport complete knockdown kits (CKDs) of their vehicles overseas in containers for reassembly in the markets in which those vehicles are sold. There are various reasons for this, including lower tariffs on imported kits in containers, compared to those on finished vehicles. Those kits need to arrive in the same mint condition in which they left, with all components intact, and they need to do so in a cost-effective way, making the most of the space available. This requires attention to the frames and packaging used to protect them in transit and the way in which they are fitted into containers. This article will consider some of the latest developments at the established CKD centres that European vehicle-makers have, whether run in-house or by their logistics providers. It will also look at the main considerations for those managing a CKD packaging facility and their top priorities and concerns when packaging kits for overseas.

 

 


 

Other articles include:

  • Global news roundup of relevant automotive packaging stories
  • Report from the dedicated packaging lab at Automotive Logistics Europe
  • Top five packaging challenges and objectives
  • Out of the box – five futuristic packaging concepts
  • A look ahead at future trends, such as sensor-based packaging for tracking and 3D printing,
    amongst other creative ideas
  • Industry leaders’ Q&A: dow do you become an automotive packaging engineer?