GEFCO launches new £10 million supply chain hub in Liverpool UK

GEFCO launches new £10 million supply chain hub in Liverpool UK

GEFCO UK, a subsidiary of the GEFCO Group has opened a new purpose-built logistics solutions centre in north-west England.

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The facility, based in South Liverpool, provides storage and sequencing operations for tier one suppliers and OEMs in the region and is expected to create 100 jobs locally.

The centre was officially opened during an inauguration ceremony which took place on October 5 and was attended by Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport and Climate Change and Lord Mayor of Liverpool.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: "This investment by the global company GEFCO Group is another vote of confidence in Liverpool.
"We are rightly proud of the huge success of the automotive sector in Liverpool City Region and the associated jobs the sector creates. It is among the best in the world, and only by providing the right environment for the surrounding supply chain can we ensure it continues to thrive in to the future.
"This is another boost to Liverpool's ongoing renaissance which is seeing huge investment pouring into the city, helping us compete globally, secure more employment and create a city that can sustain itself."

A £10 million ($13 million) purpose-built 12,000m² state-of-the-art sequencing and value added facility

The new centre, based in Speke, is ideally located in close proximity to automotive manufacturing sites in neighbouring Halewood and will open up opportunities for significant business growth for GEFCO.
The £10 million, purpose-built 12,000 m² state-of-the-art sequencing and value added warehouse facility is designed to provide a range of storage, inbound sequencing and outbound transportation services to support the supply chains of GEFCO customers.
The key features and services that are provided by the facility include: inter-sequencing of different suppliers and multi-commodity solutions, simplified and reduced point of fit delivery, live stock visibility, hourly inbound flows to plant, Quality Engineering Assurance (QEA) activity and Right First Time (RFT) sequencing operations.

A milestone in GEFCO's automotive sequencing capabilities

Zsolt Vecsera, Managing Director, GEFCO UK said: "The opening of this facility represents a major milestone in the growth of our automotive sequencing capabilities and the value added services we can provide to our customers.
"Over the past year we've seen excellent progress both domestically and for the wider GEFCO group, in part due to our enhanced investment policy.
The new centre will enable us to future-proof both the GEFCO business for our customers' growing demands and future requirements and we are delighted to create new jobs and strengthen manufacturing resources in the region".

A truly integrated logistics offering

The new facility represents an integral part of GEFCO's integrated logistics offering, which incorporates flows management, multi-modal solutions, logistics engineering and fiscal and customs procedures management. It marks the next step in the development of a blueprint for GEFCO's supply chain excellence programme which will be rolled out in other strategic locations worldwide, notably Slovakia, France and Spain.

GEFCO's warehousing business is operated over 700,000 square metres of space globally, across 59 facilities, employing over 2,400 people worldwide. Its extensive strategic and operational knowledge is essential for the supply of customers' production chains and the distribution to their sites and points of sale.

CEVA expands Centre of Logistics Excellence and celebrates 10th birthday

CEVA expands Centre of Logistics Excellence and celebrates 10th birthday

To jointly celebrate its tenth birthday and to enhance the scope of its training and education capabilities, CEVA Logistics has launched its newly expanded European Centre of Logistics Excellence in the presence of key customers and suppliers.

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Guests and customers heard from key speakers including CEVA's Executive Vice President in the UK, Ireland and Nordics, Michael O'Donoghue on the last decade of supply chain and also from Dr Witold Bahr from Aston University on the role of academia in supply chain.

The day focused heavily on exploring new technologies within the industry and one of the highlights was when CEVA's Vice President for IT, Olivier Choquet, took guests through live demonstrations of desktop robots connecting to a virtual assistant, Internet of Things buttons, virtual reality tours of CEVA warehouses and showed footage of how drone technology can be used effectively in warehouses.

Guests also had the opportunity to tour the refreshed Centre which includes a live 'final mile' demonstration, an interactive warehouse area and presentations on all aspects of a supply chain.

Following the launch, guests joined CEVA's UK, Ireland and Nordics Board for a BBQ lunch to celebrate the companies tenth birthday and to toast to the next decade of partnerships.

TomTom online services and map data to power Michelin's mobile app for truckers

TomTom online services and map data to power Michelin's mobile app for truckers

TomTom has been selected to power Michelin's new mobile application for truck drivers called Michelin RoadConnect.

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TomTom's online services and map data will be used to help drivers find suitable routes and provide estimated journey times. Michelin RoadConnect, available on Android (and iOS before the end of 2017), gives truck drivers information about their current route as well as important stops along the way.

"Working with the transportation and logistics industry, TomTom is transforming mobility across the world," explained Anders Truelsen, Managing Director of TomTom's Licensing Business. "By maximising the value of our global map and online services, Michelin's truck clients are better enabled to drive more efficient transportation routes."

"We found that TomTom could understand our requirements," added Xavier Gosselin, Michelin RoadConnect project manager. "Our key objectives were to provide the best routes for truckers and get a system that we could enhance with our ideas; we tested a number of systems and found the TomTom API to be a complete and adapted solution for mobile integration."

P3 races forward with accelerated delivery programme on Lamborghini and Ducati's new Italian logistics hub

P3 races forward with accelerated delivery programme on Lamborghini and Ducati's new Italian logistics hub

Leading European logistics property developer and long-term investor P3 has won the tender to develop a new 30,000 m2 Build-to-Suit (BTS) warehouse for Automobili Lamborghini (Lamborghini) and Ducati Motor Holding (Ducati) at P3 Sala Bolognese park, near Bologna in Italy.

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It is P3's first BTS project in Italy. The new logistics facility will be the central European storage and distribution hub for Lamborghini and Ducati Genuine Parts.

The globally-renowned automotive brands are new customers for P3. They have their headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese and Bologna respectively, both less than 15 kilometres from P3's park.

The development is on a very tight delivery timetable. Work has already started on site and completion is due before the end of this year (2017). Achieving the necessary timescale has been made possible thanks to the partnership approach of the municipality of Sala Bolognese, which has supported the project since it was first proposed.

The new 30,000 m2 building will include 700 m2 of offices. It will have a 12 metre clear internal height, 5 tonnes per m2 floor loading and will be heated to maintain a minimum 18o C temperature throughout the year.

In line with all new P3 BTS projects, the warehouse will have a number of environmentally-sustainable features, including LED lighting, thermal insulation and solar panels on the roof to heat the water used in the offices and for the office heating and cooling systems. In addition, it will use well water for irrigation, further reducing environmental impact. A cycle path is planned to link the train station to the park.

The new Lamborghini and Ducati logistics hub will be the second P3 warehouse at Sala Bolognese. It will occupy a site of approximately 11 hectares, including land for a 5,000 m2 expansion. There is also an additional three hectares of land for further BTS development for other customers.

Jean-Luc Saporito, Managing Director of P3 in Italy, said: "We are honoured that such prestigious global brands as Lamborghini and Ducati have chosen P3 to develop their new warehouse, demonstrating that our high-quality buildings continue to attract top customers from across the world. Along with our partner, general contractor Techbau, we would like to thank Sala Bolognese Mayor Emanuele Bassi, together with Direttore Area Tecnica Maria Grazia Murru, who have both been extremely supportive, expediting the administrative procedures and actively collaborating with the Metropolitan City of Bologna and all the other local authorities involved in the process."

"P3's approach to business is based on the same values that guide our work: understanding customer needs and always finding the best and fastest solutions," said Francesco Milicia, Supply Chain Director Ducati. "We are proud to be collaborating with P3, building a solid working relationship based on flexibility and partnership."

This project is the latest in a number of developments that P3 has undertaken for customers from the automotive industry, which is currently one of the major sources of demand for logistics space across Europe. P3 has customers from this sector across all nine of the countries in which it has parks.

Other projects include Volkswagen wheel supplier PTG's new premises at the P3 Bratislava D2 park – one of the most technologically-advanced facilities of its kind in Europe – which started shipping its first wheels to the VW plant 14 km away in May this year (2017), and a 20,000 m2 BTS automotive parts distribution centre at P3 Niedersachsenpark in north-west Germany, occupied by Peugeot Citroen Deutschland GmbH.

MF Studio provided legal advice to P3 during the tender process for the Lamborghini and Ducati warehouse, while technical building consultancy support was supplied by civil engineers SFRE.

Freight Transport Association renews call for London Freight Commissioner

Freight Transport Association renews call for London Freight Commissioner

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is renewing its call for a Freight Commissioner for London, to ensure the city can keep trading effectively.

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FTA, which represents more than 16,000 businesses transporting goods and services across the UK and Europe, says there is an urgent need for a strong voice to champion freight transport. In its response to the Mayor's Transport Strategy, FTA reiterates its joint call (with the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry) for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan make the appointment a priority and help to support London's businesses through the uncertainty of Brexit.

According to the FTA, a Freight Commissioner, working directly under the Mayor, would help to ensure the effective implementation of the Mayor's Transport Strategy freight recommendations and develop a long term operational plan for the sector.

"London's population is set to grow from 8.6 million to an estimated 10 million people by 2030," says Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy for London at FTA. "This rapidly growing city already depends on reliable and efficient logistics to deliver food, clothes, documents, medicines, building and construction materials and keep life moving 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Freight is the cog around which the whole City turns – without it, London will struggle to grow further.

"London's prosperity is built on the successful movement of goods as well as people. From home shopping deliveries, to construction materials for new houses and office blocks, every resident and business relies on the logistics industry to provide the goods and services they need. And the waste left behind must be cleared up before another day begins.

"The logistics required to keep London moving are becoming increasingly complex, and need to be prioritised. Operators have made huge strides in improving the efficiency of deliveries and servicing the capital, in co-operation with the Mayor and Transport for London, to reduce emissions and improve safety. As London's economy reinforces its position at the heart of 21st century Britain, its freight businesses urgently need – and deserve – a champion who can ensure they are supported in providing the high-quality and reliable service Londoners have come to expect. They deserve the support of a dedicated, distinctive voice that a Freight Commissioner would provide."

Every year more than 130 million tonnes of freight are moved in and out of London by road alone, with movements by rail and water also vitally important. 3% of the capital's workforce, equating to around 230,000 people, is employed in the logistics sector , with many thousands more businesses depending on the successful movement of goods in and out of the city every day.

More and heavier charters add to St Louis Lambert Airport's bright cargo prospects

More and heavier charters add to St Louis Lambert Airport's bright cargo prospects

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) in the US has experienced a boom in cargo charter activity in 2017.

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For the year to date, the airport has witnessed a 30% increase in freight charters, compared with the same period in 2016. The average weight of cargo on flights has increased almost four-fold to 45,982 lbs (20,857 kgs).

In September, the airport also saw its two heaviest charter movements in some years: 216,681 lbs (98,264 kgs) and 233,000 lbs (105,665 kgs), uplifted by 747-8F aircraft operated by AirBridge Cargo; these were the first ever operations into STL by the 747-8F. STL also recently saw the first visit to the airport of the An-124 in 5 years.

The mainstay of the charter flights has been the region's thriving automotive and aerospace industries.

STL Cargo Development Director David Lancaster said: "The recent growth in total charter tonnage, the regular appearance of larger aircraft and the heavier loads being carried all point to a growing recognition of the benefits of using St. Louis Lambert for cargo charters.
"The cargo handling facilities and space here are exceptional for an airport with our traffic levels, and all cargo charters are handled by WFS. Local manager Steve Rogers and his team do an outstanding job and are great partners in developing this business. We pride ourselves on being an easy airport to work with, having no slot restraints or congestion and a great location in the geographic centre of the United States."

He concluded: "With this upsurge in charter activity, the recent opening of our livestock handling centre, the imminent launch of new international services by WOW and the steady growth of non- stop domestic markets, the prospects for cargo through STL look better than at any time since the closure of TWA's hub operations in 2002."

Lesjöfors Automotive Springs acquires new 65,000 sq ft facility in the UK

Lesjöfors Automotive Springs acquires new 65,000 sq ft facility in the UK

Lesjöfors Springs has acquired and relocated to a brand new purpose-built UK distribution centre in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

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Thanks to continued growth in the automotive aftermarket, the UK's leading spring supplier has moved into a 65,000 sq ft facility, offering almost 50% more storage capacity than its previous premises, with improved transport links to the motorway network and easy access for heavy goods vehicles.

Robert Glynn, Managing Director of Lesjöfors Springs UK, said: "The acquisition of a new, purpose-built facility for Lesjöfors UK is great news for the company, our customers and the UK automotive aftermarket. It underlines our ongoing commitment to developing the business in the coming years, and goes hand in glove with our growing UK manufacturing presence.
"The increased space, improved materials handling and warehouse management solutions, position us well to maintain our 99% service rate and to meet whatever demands the market throws at us, whilst allowing us to remain competitive through efficiencies."

The new unit has been designed and built to Lesjöfors' exact specification, with potential to extend the warehouse by a further 15,000 sq ft should the need arise.

The new site is exceptionally well-located, right on the motorway network, beside the M62, with a dedicated entrance, providing privacy and security.

Lesjöfors Automotive produces an extensive range of springs for the European car and light commercial vehicle market, manufacturing the world's largest range of coil springs for the automotive aftermarket. In addition to replacement coil springs, Lesjöfors also supplies market leading ranges of gas, leaf and sport springs.

UECC appoints ex-Höegh head of sales as Chief Operating Officer

UECC appoints ex-Höegh head of sales as Chief Operating Officer

UECC has hired Mr. Per Christian Mørk as Chief Operating Officer, he will report directly to Mr. Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC.

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Per Christian comes from the position of Head of Sales Region Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania at Höegh Autoliners to join UECC. He started his career with Statoil in 2002 as a Market Analyst, joining Höegh Autoliners in year 2007 where he has been in various roles.

He holds two Master degrees: Master of Business Administration from University of Klagenfurt in Austria, and Master of Management in "Energy Market Challenges" from BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo.

"Per Christian carries with him deep knowledge in commercial, trade and operation in the market we operate in. With his international shipping background, he understands global sales, go-to-market strategy and customer satisfaction in a way that UECC targets to achieve," said Glenn Edvardsen.
"He will be joining an energetic and united team at the perfect time to spearhead UECC's sales and operational expansion."

"What I found most compelling about UECC was its vision to be the leading provider in the Roro transportation in Europe," said Per Christian. "UECC took the market position of being a technological pioneer by being the first in the industry for building and deploying two dual fuel LNG vessels. I believed UECC is poised for even greater success and I'm looking forward to helping take the company to the next level in its Roro transportation dominance in Europe."

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