Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics GmbH (SPPAL) has a new global setup. The business with mail and parcel as well as baggage and cargo handling systems is backed by a global network of regional companies and branch offices. Read more
The BMW Group has presented its third BMW Supplier Innovation Award. A total of eight suppliers were honoured for their outstanding achievements in innovation and development. Read more
On his visit to the Port of Duisburg at the end of March, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed the hope that exports to China over land might receive a timely boost. Ever since his visit interest in rail connections linking the Port of Duisburg and China has grown appreciably. In the near future, the German car industry in particular will be taking increasing advantage of the possibilities offered by rail links from Duisburg to China. For the first time cars produced by the top German manufacturers will begin loading. At Duisburg Intermodal Terminal (DIT) these vehicles, securely stowed in containers, are being loaded onto a train that will be making regular trips to Chongqing in China.
The Port of Duisburg is the starting and finishing point for several trans-continental rail links to China. Previously the capacity utilization of trains from China to Duisburg has been higher than in the opposite direction. However, today the first ever consignment of finished products from top German manufacturers at the DIT has made a significant contribution to expanding this rail link. There will thus now be no fewer than four trains leaving Duisburg for China every week.
Transport over land by rail is more than twice as fast as by sea and thus offers a significant competitive advantage for the sectors of industry involved. On the occasion of the Chinese President’s visit at the end of March, the Chinese Minister of Trade, Gao Hucheng, and the Chairman of Duisburger Hafen AG, Erich Staake, both made their support for the expansion of the rail system abundantly clear.
The trans-continental train connections were developed by Trans Eurasia Logistics (TEL), a Joint Venture founded in 2008 by the German DB AG and the Russian railways authority, RZD. The successful marketing and improved capacity utilization of trains on the outward journey to China are the result of close cooperation between TEL, DIT, and duisport agency, a subsidiary of Duisburger Hafen AG.
From 2015, USETEC – the world trade fair for used technology – will return to Karlsruhe. Once again, Hess GmbH and Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH will join forces as the organisers of the world‘s leading trade fair for the global used technology market. The next USETEC will take place from Monday, 13 to Wednesday, 15 April 2015 in Halls 1 and 2 and the outdoor area of the Messe Karlsruhe trade fair centre. The event thus returns to its original date and runs at the same time as the largest industrial show in Germany – the Hanover Fair. Read more
Norma Group, a global market leader for engineered joining technology, has significantly expanded its Distribution Services activities in the US. The newly established Distribution Center in Lake Orion, Michigan, provides sufficient capacity to ensure more efficient and flexible warehousing and shorter delivery times. It helped Norma Group to win new orders and strengthen its relationships with clients in the US market. Read more
arvato Systems will take charge of full IT services for Rheinmetall AG and its Automotive and Defence sectors as of 1 July 2014. This will support the continued growth of the Gütersloh-based systems integrator. The transaction requires the approval of the Bundeskartellamt, an independent competition authority in Germany. Read more
Global supply management solutions provider BravoSolution has expanded into the Australian market with a new office in Sydney. The team will support existing clients in the region, including DP World and Bupa. With a focus on Australia and New Zealand askey markets, the Sydney office will also act as the regional hub for the Asia Pacific market. Read more
Industry 4.0, the all-embracing cross-linking and integration of man, machine and systems, promises great potential. At the same time it remains unclear how future developments will actually unfold. In its latest analysis, ROI Management Consulting AG paints two distinct scenarios for the future together with their effects on the continuing role of manufacturing execution systems (MES), which today are of key importance in the IT structures of manufacturing companies. Read more
With the acquisition of the business of local manufacturer Taizhou Fuju Rubber Belt Manufacture Co., Ltd., ContiTech AG, Hanover, Germany, is continuing the expansion of its drive belt business in China. To date, the Chinese company, founded in 1993, has predominantly manufactured drive belts for the automotive replacement business and for industry in general. Read more
ThyssenKrupp Aerospace has acquired the aerospace operations of Willich/Germany-based Alimex Metallhandelsgesellschaft mbH.
ThyssenKrupp Aerospace is thus adding to its product portfolio and will continue Alimex’s business of distributing and processing aluminum mill products (rod, sheet, plate) for the aviation industry. All inventories and the customer network will also be transferred to ThyssenKrupp Aerospace. Alimex is withdrawing completely from the aerospace sector but will continue its other areas of business.
“The acquisition of Alimex’s aerospace business is a further step in our strategy to strengthen our market position and expand our product and service portfolio. For existing customers of Alimex, nothing will change – on the contrary, all supply and processing services will continue in the same quality and will be complemented by ThyssenKrupp Aerospace’s product line,” says Management Board member Sebastian Gudel.
At the Agritechnica 2013 trade fair in Hanover MANN+HUMMEL is presenting a range of coolant expansion tanks for mobile and stationary industrial applications. Sizes will be available with volumes from 1.5 to 8 litres. The series consisting of 24 coolant expansion tanks has a modular design with many combinations. This allows integration of the coolant expansion tanks in almost any installation space. Read more
In August 2013, AEB Ltd, a provider of supply chain management and global trade solutions, kicked off a comprehensive compliance campaign ahead of the Obama administration’s export control reform. Now AEB is offering free educational literature to explain how the reform affects British businesses, and how to ensure compliance with U.S. laws. Read more
In order to enhance sustainability within the supply chain the chemical companies BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, LANXESS and Solvay joined forces in the Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative. The TfS initiative has successfully concluded its first year of piloting sustainability assessments and audits in global supply chains.
TfS aims at developing and implementing a global supplier engagement program that assesses and improves sustainability sourcing practices, including ecological and social aspects. Participating suppliers will now only have to complete one form instead of multiple questionnaires with the relevant sustainability information provided to all participating buyers who would otherwise need separate sustainability assessments or audits from these suppliers.
The initiative is based on good practices and builds on established principles – such as the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Responsible Care Global Charter as well as standards developed by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Social Accountability International (SAI) and others.
Third Party Assessments and Audits
The TfS initiative involves assessments and audits of suppliers by independent experts:
• Assessments: TfS selected EcoVadis, a Paris-based rating company in sustainable supply management, as its partner for supplier sustainability scorecards. Assessment results and scorecard ratings are shared within TfS on a web-based collaborative platform.
• Audits: TfS separately is working with independent audit firms to measure the supplier’s sustainability performance against a pre-defined set of audit criteria tailored to the requirements of the chemical industry. They include management, environment, health & safety, labor & human rights, and governance topics. Audits comprise on-site examination covering, for example, production facilities, warehouses and office buildings.
During the initiative’s pilot phase, TfS members have initiated about 2,000 assessments and audits. In the next phase of implementation, which draws on the learnings from the successful pilot phase, TfS will increase its activities to further procurement markets and will look to continue growing by onboarding new members.
The bottle industry is capitalizing on the popularity of single-use PET bottles in particular, which has considerably gained market shares in the previous eight years already. The quality of plastic bottles is improving continuously; thus, they gain access to segments that traditionally used other materials. Read more
B&R has expanded their product line to include servo motors with high torque and an extended range of speeds. The highly efficient motors in the 8KS series provide up to 140 kW of power and stall torque up to 555 Nm. Available in two sizes with speeds up to 3,000 rpm, 8KS motors open up new possibilities for applications in a wide range of industries that require high power. In addition, these servo motors are available with either axial or radial fans, water cooling and optional mounting feet.
For high-powered servo drive solutions
This motor series is also the perfect complement for implementing high-powered yet energy-efficient servo hydraulic drive solutions together with B&R’s servo pump control. The variant with reinforced bearings, for example, makes it possible to set up high-torque belt feed axes for electric injection molding machines.
Simple integration and easy commissioning – just as expected
The servo motors in this series come equipped with a resolver interface, an optical encoder with EnDat interface and an embedded parameter chip, ensuring seamless compatibility with ACOPOSmulti drives and easy integration into B&R’s entire system landscape. As a result, 8KS motors can be installed and operated with the same comfort and ease that has come to be expected from all B&R motors.
The Bosch Group has presented the Bosch Global Supplier Award to its best suppliers. In total, the technology and services company has honored 38 suppliers out of nine countries with awards in five categories. Read more
Fraunhofer scientists developed pickling tape for local pre-treatment of aluminium. Read more
Hagen-based fashion store chain SinnLeffers has connected its network of suppliers and outlets to the logistics platform AX4 for a better control of staff requirements and logistics. Read more
ContiTech Vibration Control has expanded its range of sealing components for brakes. The purchase of a molded brake component business in France last year, now allows the company to manufacture micro composite parts for technologies like compact ABS systems, for example. Read more
Comparex, international provider of IT services in the fields of software licensing and licence management, has strengthened its position in the Dutch market with the acquisition of Agile Software and InfraControl. Both companies are currently part of the Dutch Solimas Group and will continue their activities under their own brand name. They will remain located in the city of Alphen aan den Rijn. Read more