• Supply chain planning

    Opinion » Economic nationalism to force a lane-change

    November 20th 2018 Typically, the world experiences waves of economic nationalism every three decades but these are often limited to one region each time. Today we’re experiencing a global wave of economic disruption across multiple regions simultaneously. In reaction, automotive manufacturers are having to increase the flexibility and agility of their supply chains – increasing pressure on suppliers […]
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  • Digitalisation

    News » Technology to prove key to evolution of supply chains

    November 13th 2018 The automotive industry is being reshaped by the rise of electric and autonomous vehicles but will only stay ahead of the curve in an age of greater supply chain complexity by adopting wider digitalisation as part of its routine operations, delegates at the JDA conference in Barcelona were told last week. “The automotive industry has […]
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  • In-plant logistics

    News » ZF trials drone deliveries at Friedrichshafen

    November 13th 2018 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 that such flights are both […]
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  • Material handling

    News » Škoda deploys autonomous robots at Kvasiny

    October 23rd 2018 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, which embraces industry 4.0 technology. “In […]
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  • In-plant logistics

    Intelligence » Showing robots the ropes

    October 12th 2018 Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in the eastern German city of Dresden is arguably one of the more unusual automotive manufacturing sites in the world. Named due to its highly glazed exterior, it is not only the production location for the company’s e-Golf but also home to a number of other related activities. These include acting as […]
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  • Driverless vehicles

    News » MAN and HHLA begin new trial of autonomous trucks

    October 10th 2018 Germany’s MAN Truck & Bus has begun working with Hamburg port operator HHLA to trial autonomous driving technology on a 70km stretch of the A7 motorway and a container terminal at the port (pictured). The Hamburg TruckPilot project will analyse and validate the requirements for customers in the real world and integrate autonomously driven trucks […]
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  • Technology

    News » VW Brazil launches logistics portal

    September 26th 2018 Volkswagen Truck & Bus is to launch a digital logistics portal in Brazil in tandem with the group’s digital brand, Rio. The Rio portal, which is based on vehicle data intelligence and stored in the cloud, will offer up to 20 services, which are currently purchased individually. These range from ordering parts, overhauling security monitoring and […]
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    Intelligence » From the industry: Driving predictive maintenance 

    August 30th 2018 Connected cars are set to hit the mainstream: market penetration is expected to soar from 38.9% in 2018 to 80.7% in 2022, according to statistics provider Statista, which will have a significant impact for logistics companies working in the aftersales market. In particular, connected cars are paving the way for predictive maintenance, which offers additional […]
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  • People moves

    News » Dana McBrien takes lead role at AutoSphere

    August 24th 2018 Dana McBrien (pictured) has moved from his role as associate chief advisor at Honda North America to become ‘guiding architect’ for AutoSphere, a digital supply chain system (previously referred to as the Automotive Supply Chain Data Ecosystem) developed by US information technology and packaging specialist, Surgere. McBrien worked for Honda for 34 years and held […]
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    Intelligence » Battling a perfect storm

    August 14th 2018 The finished vehicle sector in North America is dealing with a lot of challenges at the moment. There is a basic imbalance in the number of vehicles that the US imports and exports with its global trading partners, which contributes to ongoing problems involving congestion and limited capacity on hinterland feeder services, something compounded by a […]
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