IT

  • Materials handling

    News » Faurecia deploys AGVs in Spain

    December 12th 2018 Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are now working alongside workers and robots at Faurecia’s car seat manufacturing plant in Vitoria-Gasteiz, northern Spain. Through a weightless handling system, workers transfer the car seat from the end of the line to the AGV, which then delivers it to a loading robot. The vehicle then takes the seat to […]
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  • In-plant logistics

    News » BMW ups the pace on industry 4.0 technology

    December 11th 2018 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 industry 4.0 in its production logistics, including […]
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  • South America summit

    News » Brazil needs investment and talent to flip the recession

    December 4th 2018 While the automotive sector in Brazil waits for political reform under its new president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, including investment in transport and infrastructure, logistics providers need to be creative in overcoming the existing poor state of the roads and ports. That is if the country is to exploit returning growth, including for export markets beyond Argentina. […]
  • Trailer tracking

    News » Carlson adopts Effitrailer telematics system

    November 27th 2018 Carlson Vehicle Transfer has adopted Michelin’s Effitrailer telematics system across its fleet of 150 finished vehicle carriers. Carlson, which is owned by Groupe Cat, transports finished vehicles across the UK and Europe. The Effitrailer system measures trailer tyre pressure, as well as providing an onboard data link and electronic braking system data analysis, along with […]
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  • Information technology

    Opinion » How industry 4.0 will disrupt automotive supply chains

    November 27th 2018 From Henry Ford’s assembly line to the emergence of electric cars decades later, the automotive industry has always been defined by change and industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution – is poised to bring the next big wave. Having already taken over the manufacturing space, this surge of automation and data exchange improvements will […]
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  • Country focus: Brazil

    Intelligence » Shifting gear

    November 26th 2018 Brazilian vehicle sales have been gathering pace recently, as the country tentatively recovers from its long recession. Light vehicle sales have shown some growth, while bus and truck sales have positively motored ahead. Vehicle sales this year, however, have been tarnished somewhat by stalling exports – especially to Argentina, which is the largest foreign purchaser of […]
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  • Packaging automation

    News » Hyundai Glovis deploys robots in South Korea

    November 23rd 2018 Hyundai Kia’s logistics division, Hyundai Glovis, has automated the packaging of semi-knockdown components at its logistics centres in Asan and Ulsan, South Korea. The move is the first step in a wider company initiative to increase productivity through the introduction of smart logistics. Machines are being used both to package the parts and construct the […]
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  • Central & Eastern Europe summit

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

    November 21st 2018 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 services that support high-tech manufacturing […]
  • 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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  • Start-ups & innovations

    Intelligence » Freight expectations

    November 20th 2018 Ask a range of logistics managers what their main pain points are, and you will soon hear a common theme – wasting time waiting for freight agents to get back to them. Delays occur, paperwork piles up and costs are often not clear. Moving cargo intermodally is a complex, billion-pound industry, yet many of the […]
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