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    Intelligence » A clean answer to complex reverse logistics packaging

    February 11th 2019 The use of returnable packaging is on the increase, driven by a range of factors including increased standardisation of load carriers and more modular packaging concepts. At the same time as product and part number complexity increase, and automotive production and distribution networks spread further across the globe, packaging companies must keep pace by developing […]
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    Intelligence » Coming up with a strategy for transformation

    February 8th 2019 CHEP’s core business is all about managing and owning reusable packaging assets. Providing that service for its customers takes away the pain and hidden costs of running the service themselves, while giving them control and visibility of their inventory throughout the supply chain. That service is going to become all the more important according to […]
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  • Packaging & container management

    Intelligence » Q&A: Scott Krebs, Orbis

    February 8th 2019 What does Orbis see as the main problem in providing accurate data on where a container is, whether empty or full, and what is it doing to solve some of these problems for its automotive customers? In the automotive industry, one of the biggest obstacles is standardisation. Toyota puts identification on its packaging [that is] […]
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  • Supply chain digitalisation

    Intelligence » Delivering a smarter factory

    February 7th 2019 Magna Steyr’s vehicle assembly plant in the Austrian city of Graz is not a typical automotive factory; the site, which in 2018 brought its cumulative total production tally to 3.5m vehicles, produces vehicles under contract for OEMs such as Daimler, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover. Efficiency is important in any automotive operation – but for […]
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  • Logistics excellence

    News » Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe 2019 launched

    January 23rd 2019 Automotive Logistics is proud to announce the return of the Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe. Following in the footsteps of last year’s highly successful inaugural event, the Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe 2019 will once again recognise excellence and innovation in every corner of the automotive logistics sector. Last year’s inaugural Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe celebrated […]
  • Packaging & container management

    Intelligence » The long way home

    January 22nd 2019 For inbound automotive supply chains, returnable packaging just makes sense. No carmaker wants to spend money on wood, paper and cardboard again and again, only to have to fork out straight away for costly waste disposal. Far better to pay once for a robust, reusable container that provides better protection for parts and can, ideally, […]
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  • International trade

    News » ACEA warns of EU steel import tariffs

    January 22nd 2019 European Union (EU) measures to protect the steel industry “pose a real risk” to the competitiveness of the region’s car sector, according to Erik Jonnaert, secretary-general of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). A total of 26 categories of steel from all countries will be limited to a quota, based on the average of imports […]
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  • Packaging & container management

    Intelligence » Stepping up the quality

    January 21st 2019 There are several advantages of shipping vehicles in kits rather than as completely built units, including lower costs for transport, better customs import conditions and the support of local government in exchange for providing employment to the workforce. A major disadvantage, however, is that defective, damaged or lost goods may delay assembly. Therefore, the kits […]
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    Intelligence » The quest for greater unity

    January 18th 2019 One of the main priorities for inbound supply chain managers from a packaging perspective is the proper management of returnable containers and packages so they are delivered as quickly, efficiently and economically as possible. To achieve this, many North American OEMs have up to now insisted on their own forms of labelling, leaving tier suppliers […]
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    Intelligence » Packing a punch

    January 16th 2019 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 electrified vehicles by 2030.  One […]
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