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    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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  • Materials sustainability

    News » BMW supports cobalt miners in Congo

    December 4th 2018 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 cobalt is sourced. In the […]
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  • Parts distribution

    News » Toyota Australia opens its largest parts warehouse

    November 26th 2018 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 parts and ship around 27,000 […]
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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 […]
  • 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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  • Contract developments

    News » Imperial Logistics to run VW packaging centre in Wilhelmshaven

    October 30th 2018 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 and proud to have been selected to manage and operate […]
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  • Supply chain autonomy

    Intelligence » Q&A: Srini Muthusrinivasan

    October 26th 2018 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 the digital revolution today. We […]
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    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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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » China’s BYD invests in US bus plant

    October 15th 2018 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, the company said. The facility […]
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