Dr Marco Schröter becomes Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Rhenus

Dr Marco Schröter becomes Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Rhenus

Dr Marco Schröter has been appointed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board for the Rhenus Group.

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The experienced economic expert has spent many years gaining experience at renowned industrial and logistics companies. He follows in the footsteps of Reinhard Lohmann, who has left the Supervisory Board, having reached the age limit for members.

Reinhard Lohmann had been active on the Rhenus Supervisory Board since 1998 – i.e. from the time when the RETHMANN Group took over Rhenus. Reinhard Lohmann initially worked as the Commercial Manager at the RETHMANN Group, then as its CFO and later as Chairman of the Board. Following his departure from the Management Board, he moved to the Group's Supervisory Board. He led the supervisory boards of the three divisional companies, Rhenus, REMONDIS and SARIS, as chairman for many years.

Dr Marco Schröter has been a member of the Supervisory Board at Rhenus since the beginning of 2017 and has now been appointed as its Chairman. Dr Marco Schröter was able to gain extensive experience in the international logistics business as a long-standing member of the board at Schenker AG. The 54-year-old most recently supported the Solera Holdings company as its Business Transformation & Integration Officer.

Dr. Marco Schröter previously worked as CFO for Nokia Siemens Networks and was a member of the board there – and he was the Labour Director for Infineon Technologies AG. The economist, who has a Ph.D., also spent part of his career working in various positions at Stinnes AG.

The Supervisory Board at Rhenus consists of three members. The Deputy Chairman is Dr Martin Rethmann and Georg Rethmann completes the group.

Grimaldi takes over Marittima shipping agency to control Savona terminal

Grimaldi takes over Marittima shipping agency to control Savona terminal

Italian shipping line Grimaldi has bought out its agent at the port of Savona in Italy, Marittima Spedizioni, putting the shipping line in direct control of Savona Auto Terminal at the port.

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The Grimaldi Group extends its logistics-port network through the acquisition of the company Marittima Spedizioni srl, a shipping agency operating in Savona since 1973. Historical partner of the Neapolitan group for the handling of rolling goods (cars, vans, trucks, etc.), containers and passengers in Savona, Marittima Spedizioni is the owner of Savona Terminal Auto srl, concessionaire and terminal operator in the Ligurian airport.

Located in the Docks High Alps and a short distance from the quay, Savona Terminal Auto operates on 120,000 square metres of which 10,000 covered, with a storage capacity of over 6,000 cars. With an annual traffic potential of 250,000 vehicles, the terminal is one of the most important points of import and export in Northern Italy for major global car manufacturers and is proposed as an integrated service centre for the automotive industry, as well as a hub for the Motorways del Mare. The number of employees employed by the Marittima Spedizioni and Savona Terminal Auto companies is about 70 people, who carry out administrative and yard management activities.

"Savona is today one of the main Italian centres for sea traffic related to the automotive sector", said Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of the Group. "We therefore chose to expand our presence along the entire logistics chain, investing in the port of Savona, to support our traffic flows and offer our customers not only shipping but also integrated logistics services", he concluded.

The President of the Port Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea, Dr. Paolo Emilio Signorini, noted with satisfaction the interest shown by the Grimaldi Group with the acquisition of Marittima Spedizioni and consequently of the Savona Terminal Auto, terminal that in recent years it has moved on average over 750 ships a year and with a forecast of growth both in terms of the traffic handled in the port basin of Savona and in Genoa, similar satisfaction is confirmed by the direct and indirect employment commitments.

Savona Terminal Auto joins the extensive network of over 20 port terminals in 12 countries around the world and operated by Grimaldi Group companies. In Italy, the Group manages terminals in the ports of Salerno, Monfalcone, Civitavecchia, Catania, Gioia Tauro, Livorno and Palermo.

There are numerous maritime services that the Grimaldi Group offers to and from the port of Savona for the transport of rolling goods. Currently the Ligurian port is connected to Spain and Morocco with several Motorways of the Sea, as well as to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and North America, through the multipurpose ro-ro Euro-Aegean and Med-North America services. Finally, the Grimaldi Group operates a regular mixed ro-ro pax freight/passenger link between Savona, Barcelona and Tangier.

Tesla Semi orders keep rolling in – UPS pre-orders 125 Tesla electric trucks

Tesla Semi orders keep rolling in – UPS pre-orders 125 Tesla electric trucks

UPS, which operates one of the largest commercial trucking fleets in the world, today announced it has placed a reservation for 125 of Tesla's new fully-electric Semi tractors.

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The new tractors will join UPS's extensive alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet, comprised of trucks and tractors propelled by electricity, natural gas, propane and other non-traditional fuels.

UPS has provided Tesla real-world UPS trucking lane information as part of the company's evaluation of the vehicle's expected performance for the UPS duty cycle. UPS frequently partners with suppliers of emerging vehicle technologies to help them develop solutions that prove ready for stringent UPS use-cases.

Tesla's Semi tractor claims up to 500 miles range on a single charge, an unparalleled cabin experience for drivers, enhanced on-road safety and significantly reduced long-term cost of ownership. Safety features include: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automated lane guidance, and brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire with redundancy. Tesla's driver-assistance features have been found by the US government to reduce crash rates by 40%. Tesla expects to begin production of the vehicles in 2019 and UPS will be among the first companies to put the vehicles into use.

UPS's preorder of Tesla vehicles complements and advances the company's overall commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations 12% by 2025, a goal developed using a methodology approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

UPS has established a goal for 25% of the electricity it consumes to come from renewable energy sources by 2025. In addition, by 2020 UPS plans that one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from 16% in 2016. The company also set a new goal that by 2025, 40% of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6% in 2016.

The company operates one of the largest private alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets in the US, and more than 8,500 vehicles throughout the world. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), propane, and renewable natural gas (RNG)/biomethane.

UPS also operates one of the world's safest commercial fleets, investing more than $194 million in global health and safety training in 2016. The company continues to install in-vehicle collision mitigation technology for its class 8 fleet.

Recently, UPS was recognised among Just Capital's "Just100," capturing the top ranking in its industry for environmental commitments and action. UPS has also been named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the fifth consecutive year and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the 13th straight year.

DB Schenker plays a key role for DB's new climate target

DB Schenker plays a key role for DB's new climate target

Under the new DB Group target to reduce greenhouse gases by the year 2030, DB Schenker has undertaken to reduce its specific emissions of greenhouse gases by a minimum of 40% compared to 2006.

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The DB logistics subsidiary is part of the new Deutsche Bahn climate target, which envisages halving its specific carbon emissions by 2030.

DB Schenker accounts for almost two thirds of the total emissions of the DB Group, so that the logistics company plays a key role in achieving the target. At the beginning of 2017, Schenker already undertook to achieve carbon-neutral growth by 2030. Accordingly, the specific annual targets were increased by up to 3% per annum for land and air traffic as from the year 2020. Further reductions are also planned for ocean transports, despite the fact that DB Schenker already achieved a reduction of 62% per TEU-km between 2006 and 2017.

Around 95% of carbon emissions at DB Schenker are generated by service providers, which involve roughly 40,000 companies worldwide. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in this sector, the DB logistics subsidiary is supporting its partner companies by launching numerous campaigns, networks and – through its national companies – in the form of research on new technologies, pilot project schemes and assistance in obtaining funding.

In Paris, DB Schenker France is introducing a change to e-mobility for distribution/collection for system freight cargo. "On launching this program in Paris, we one of the first companies to set the course for carbon-free city logistics," said Tariel Chamerois, Sustainability Manager at Schenker France and Vice-President of CLECAT, the European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customer Services.

Comprehensive campaigns have also been launched in Sweden to promote the transition to green power in the transport business. Even today, Schenker Sweden already uses sustainable biofuels in around 800 vehicles, replacing roughly a third of its diesel consumption with renewable energy.

"The greatest challenge will be to discontinue the use of fossil fuels. In the land transport segment, the goal is already in sight: We have rail operations with a growing share of green power even on intercontinental routes, which could help promote the modal shift from air and ocean transport. There is pressure to promote innovation and funding programs are available. Air and ocean transports, however, need a new technology that is still in its infancy, although that segment threatens to explode worldwide by 2050," commented Andrea Dorothea Schoen, Carbon Controller and Head of DB Schenker's climate protection program. "In that respect, it is vital for all actors along the supply chain to cooperate with the policy makers."

IFOY logistics innovation AWARD 2018 finalists announced

IFOY logistics innovation AWARD 2018 finalists announced

At the beginning of the year, the IFOY organisation announced the nominations for this year's IFOY Award.

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From all entrants, the jury selected 13 products and solutions from BYD, Jungheinrich, Liebherr, J. D. Neuhaus, Still, Gebr. Schulte, Wegard and Witron to compete for the world's best logistics products and solutions of the year.

In February, the finalists will compete in the second round at the international IFOY Test Days on the premises of IFOY partner CeMAT. The IFOY test measures the hard facts. The scientific IFOY Innovation Check, which is prepared by specialists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund, the Chair of Technical Logistics at the University of Dresden and the Chair for Machine Elements and Technical Logistics at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, focuses on the innovation value.

"What is special about the IFOY test series is that the finalists are not compared with each other, yet with their competitors' devices on the market. Only those who surpass their direct competitors in terms of innovation are among the best in the world", explained Anita Würmser, chairperson of the IFOY jury. In addition, jurors from all over the world travel to Hanover to test the nominated devices themselves. Among other things, the IFOY Award assesses innovative quality, technology, design, ergonomics, handling, safety, cost effectiveness and sustainability.

The winners will be chosen by a jury made up of 26 renowned trade journalists from leading logistics media in 18 countries around the globe. The trophies will be awarded on the opening night of the world's leading intralogistics trade fair CeMAT in Hanover.

Nominated in the category "Counter Balanced Truck": BYD, Still

Nominated in the "Warehouse Truck" category: Jungheinrich, Still, Wegard

A further nomination goes to the Still OPX-L 16 horizontal order picker introduced in December. The flagship of the new and versatile OPX order picker series has a rated load capacity of 2.5 tons and sets a new benchmark in terms of ergonomics. The comfortable all-rounder is designed for maximum performance in the tightest working environments and over long distances.

The fourth nomination in the Warehouse Truck category goes to the modular tugger train of the Hamburg-based start-up Wegard. "Wegard Trail" tugger train trolleys are the world first to utilise an autonomous electronic steering. It can thus be combined from different trolley types to meet specific requirements and does not require a special tractor. For the first time, driving maneouvres such as sideways parking, precise positioning and reverse driving are also possible.

J. D. Neuhaus and Liebherr nominated for "Crane and Lifting Appliance"

The jury presents two nominations at the premiere of the Crane and Lifting Appliance category.

With the 500-mini air hoist, J. D. Neuhaus has won a nomination for its world premiere.

The second nomination goes to Liebherr's MK 140 electric mobile construction crane.

"Special of the Year" finalists: Jungheinrich, Gebr. Schulte, Still

The Jury has announced three nominations in this year's Special of the Year category.

Jungheinrich claims its fourth nomination for the cross-technology battery charging system SLH 300.

Still entered the IFOY finals with the EASY Drive steering wheel developed for the OPX horizontal order picker.

"Integrated Warehouse Solution" nominated by Jungheinrich and Witron

In the supreme discipline of Integrated Warehouse Solution, two suppliers were nominated.

As the general contractor for technical solutions, Jungheinrich completed the expansion of the Keller & Kalmbach central warehouse by the end of 2016.

The second nomination goes to Witron Logistik + Informatik GmbH for the Migros Distribution Center Suhr AG in Switzerland.

Schenker Jinbei Logistics opens its new Shenyang-Tiexi Logistics Center

Schenker Jinbei Logistics opens its new Shenyang-Tiexi Logistics Center

Schenker Jinbei Logistics (SJL), the joint venture between DB Schenker and Jinbei Automotive, officially celebrated the opening of its multi-user facility in Shenyang, the Shenyang Logistics Center (SLC), in December 2017.

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According to Schenker Jinbei Logistics, the Shenyang Logistics Center is the second biggest logistics centre in China, covering 42,000 square metres, and the joint venture has invested $30 million in the facility. The facility was constructed in two stages: the first section, covering 19,000 square metres, was ready at the end of 2016 while the second, comprising another 23,000 square metres, was finished on December 12th.

SJL was formed in February 2015 to offer best-in-class logistics services in the City of Shenyang. As the northern city is renowned as an automotive hotspot, the facility primarily serves companies in the car manufacturing sector, but is also open to customers from all other industries. SJL provides the full range of logistics services including customised logistics solutions, supply chain management, pick and pack, just in time/sequence inventory, inventory management, quality control, cross docking and vendor managed inventory to its customers in the Shenyang-Tiexi Logistics Center.

The company said the centre provides the full range of logistics services including customised logistics solutions, supply chain management, pick and pack, just-in-time/sequence inventory, inventory management, quality control, crossdocking and vendor managed inventory.

The warehouse is close to the plants operated by BMW's joint venture with Brilliance Automotive – BMW Brilliance – and will be supporting production there but will also be available for aftermarket logistics and it will also be supporting customers from other industries said the company.

"The completion of the Shenyang Logistics Center is the culmination of years of planning and execution. It is another important milestone for us as a leading logistics provider in China, further manifesting our growing footprint in the world's largest automotive market", said Thomas Sørensen, CEO North/Central China, Schenker China Ltd., at the opening ceremony in Shenyang.

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