Penske Truck Leasing is going to operate the electric truck in local distribution traffic in the Northwest Pacific and in California. In the course of 2019, Penske Truck Leasing Corporation will receive in total 20 fully-electric Freightliner trucks: ten medium-duty eM2 and ten eCascadia for heavy-duty transportation. In total the Freightliner’s innovation fleet will include 30 vehicles. The series production is planned for 2021.
“Penske is honoured to be the first company to put this new medium-duty electric truck into service,” said Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing. “I commend and thank Roger Nielsen and his team at Daimler Trucks North America for their outstanding collaboration and spirit of co-creation with us over the last nine months to bring this innovative technology to market. Penske is committed to providing the most effective vehicle technologies to our customers and driving innovation and sustainability when it comes to mobility.”
“We aim to be frontrunners with electric trucks just as we are with conventional trucks – and we deliver on this objective once again: With the hand-over of our Freightliner eM2 to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation, we now test electric trucks in all segments in day to day operations with our clients worldwide. When it comes to innovations the demands of our customers are pivotal for us. Together we develop solutions for the future of trucks”, Martin Daum, Daimler Board Member responsible for Trucks and Buses, emphasised.
The hand-over to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation is the first step towards electrification of the urban distribution traffic of the United States. Penske Truck Leasing Corporation is a leading global transportation services provider operating more than 270.000 vehicles and serving customers from more than 1.000 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. With a range of 230 miles, the Freightliner eM2 is perfect for last-mile delivery services.
The batteries charge up to 80% in about 60 minutes, thus providing 325 kWh usable capacity for up to 480 peak horsepower. The Freightliner eCascadia is based on the Cascadia, the most successful heavy-duty long-distance truck in the North American market. At start of series production, the eCascadia will have up to 730 peak horsepower. The batteries provide 550 kWh usable capacity, a range of up to 250 miles and have the ability to charge up to 80% (providing a range of 200 miles) in about 90 minutes.
BERGE GEFCO S.L., the new company owned 50-50 by the two partners, has now received full regulatory approval to unite forces in the Spanish market to enhance their client offering and develop new services. After ratifying the agreement between both groups, the company has been operational from 2nd January 2019 and is poised to become a dynamic market leader in the Spanish finished-vehicle logistics market.
In combining skills, experience and resources, BERGE GEFCO will significantly increase transport and warehousing capacities for customers. This will reinforce client value propositions for the Spanish market, already one of the world’s largest, with more than 3 million vehicles produced annually. Customers will benefit from 3.4 million square metres of storage space in warehouses and ports for housing 120,000 vehicles, with a fleet of more than 700 trucks and 100 railcar wagons to meet all their transport needs.
“This joint-venture will reinforce our leadership in the automotive logistics market,” commented Luc Nadal, CEO of GEFCO. “The new company will be well positioned to anticipate market needs in a highly dynamic context, and develop innovative solutions tailored to the needs of our customers, partners and employees.”
Jaime Gorbeña, President of BERGÉ y COMPAÑÍA stated, “We are very satisfied to have received a green light to start our operations and sign this alliance with GEFCO. We are convinced that it will not only reinforce our leadership in the Spanish finished-vehicle logistics market but also stimulate growth in the sector with innovative services based on the shared expertise of both companies.”
BERGE GEFCO will offer a vast portfolio of logistics solutions to current customers of the two partner companies, enabling them to better manage seasonal peaks in activity and benefit from dedicated resources. To meet increasing demand for speed and quality, the new company will place a strong focus on innovation to develop solutions closely matched to operational needs.
It will cover all logistics needs for both new and second-hand vehicles. Within the second-hand vehicles segment, it will be the only provider capable of managing all logistics and commercial services with its own resources. Its solutions for vehicle manufacturers, leasing companies and resellers will include transport, warehousing, technical services, inspections, refurbishments, delivery, trading, sales management (online/auctions/exports), administration and fleet management.
And that’s just the beginning of a 5-year expansion plan, which will ultimately result in a 250,000 square metre DSV logistics complex in the Roskilde-Hedehusene-Taastrup area – and close to 2,000 DSV employees working in the greater Copenhagen area.
Next to the DSV HQ is a defunct gravel pit. By the second half of 2019, DSV will begin levelling out the pit to construct an additional 150,000 square metre of prime logistics facilities. The building project will have several phases corresponding to the four projected logistics buildings.
“When we build to accommodate our clients’ growth, we have to think big, and we have to plan for more than the immediate future,” says Brian Winter Almind, Executive Vice President, Group Property and continues: “So, when the opportunity to buy more land right next to our existing HQ presented itself, we jumped at it. We’re very excited at the prospect of creating a giant logistics complex centred round the HQ location. It’ll be DSV’s largest logistics complex anywhere in the world”.
The first expansion to the existing global HQ will make room for 400 new employees to match the growth within the company’s Danish operations and global HQ support functions – and the second expansion will ultimately welcome around 800 new employees to the DSV workforce.
Over a 5-year period, DSV will be investing a total of DKK1 billion ($150 million) in the two expansion projects.
Neri brings more than 30 years’ experience in senior roles across businesses in Italy to his new role with a particular emphasis on turning around and developing companies. He has successfully put 2i Rete Gas, the leading gas retailer in Italy, back on track, he has driven Intermarine back to profitability and has also led Piaggio to significantly improve returns which allowed it to IPO in 2006.
He succeeds Christophe Poitrineau who is leaving CEVA to pursue other career opportunities.
Speaking about Neri’s arrival, Xavier Urbain said: “Gianclaudio brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of driving businesses forward to his new position. Our team there will be able to call on his turnaround skills as they progress the company in Italy to the next step of its development. We warmly welcome him to our team”.
During the Logistics Carrier Conference organised in Detroit by FCA US, the Neapolitan group was awarded as the best Ocean Carrier of the year for its extraordinary performance in the logistics sector.
A few days later, the Grimaldi Group was named EMEA Supply Chain Supplier of the Year by the multinational automobile company. The award ceremony took place on the 17th December at the Lingotto Congress Centre in Turin, during the FCA Annual Supplier Conference 2018.
Over the years, the Neapolitan group has received several awards as a strategic partner of FCA. In particular, this year it was awarded for showing a strategic and long-term view of the business with FCA, and for implementing a proactive approach by leveraging a strong investment plan.
Both prizes awarded for 2018 were collected by Costantino Baldissara, Commercial, Logistics & Operations Director of the Grimaldi Group, who commented: “The awards received this year by FCA are a source of great pride for us: they testify that our customers continue to choose and prefer our services, recognising their reliability and ever-increasing quality”.
With over 70 years of experience, the Grimaldi Group is a multinational logistics group specialised in Ro-Ro, car carrier and ferry operations. The Naples-based shipping company is a dedicated provider of integrated logistics services based on maritime transport to the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers.
APL Logistics is the go-to global supply chain specialist for companies in the Automotive, Consumer,Industrials, and Retail sectors. The operations in Ethiopia is backed by APL Logistics’ deep logistics expertise and global execution experience. The company will provide a comprehensive offering of high-tech and flexible logistics services that solve complex everyday issues across inbound and production logistics, multi-modal transportation, consolidation, order management, customs brokerage, and packaging.
Jens Sode, APL Logistics Regional Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said, “We are excited about the compelling growth prospects in Ethiopia, with rising consumption and rapid diversification of economic activities. With close proximity to Middle East, Europe, US and Asia, Ethiopia is a strategic location for exporters.”
“We chose to expand our presence to Ethiopia for its well-established infrastructure in terms of road and rail connectivity, especially with the Ethiopia- Djibouti corridor as the key conduit for trade. We believe that this expansion will also create an economic environment for Ethiopia’s expanding workforce, through job creation opportunities amidst a demographic dividend,” Sode added.
The process involves converting forty-foot reefer containers into heating containers – a flexible, mobile and ecologically sound solution that is also attracting great interest outside Hamburg.
The brown marmorated stink bug which originated in East Asia, has made its way via North America to Southern Europe, where it has already caused considerable damage. In Italy alone, this type of stink bug has destroyed up to 40% of the kiwi harvest in recent years. Concerned that the introduction of this bug may have a similar impact on their agriculture, countries such as Australia and New Zealand are determined to keep this pest out at all costs.
As the stink bug made it across the Alps this year for the first time, the Oceanic countries immediately tightened their import regulations. Since 1 September, export goods from Germany headed for Australia and New Zealand must be specially prepared, i.e. either gas- or heat-treated. This includes all vehicles that the Hamburg multi-purpose terminal Unikai send Down Under.
“We had just eight weeks to come up with a practical solution,” explains Hartmut Wolberg, Managing Director of Unikai. Heat treatment is the most popular solution for vehicles. Constructing a warehouse where the vehicles could be parked before shipping and the surrounding air could be heated was not an option.
This would have been impossible in the short time available, would have required an excessive amount of energy and would have been ecologically inefficient. It also would not have been flexible enough, considering the different types of vehicles that would need to be treated.
The vehicles are heat-treated at over 50 degrees Celsius for several hours. Three probes are used to determine whether the minimum temperature has been reached throughout the vehicle from under the hood to under the foot mats.
Wolberg said, “Our technical department came up with the clever idea of converting conventional reefer containers to heat containers.” Reefer containers have the ideal dimensions for vehicles and are well insulated and conducive to air circulation. “They’re also very flexible to use; each container can be heated according to the type of vehicle. Reefer containers are readily available. And if they’re not needed they can be stacked and stored away to save space, or even converted back to normal reefer containers. These are all advantages compared with an expensive warehouse construction,” adds Unikai’s Managing Director.
Unikai technicians came up with a corresponding concept, carried out the technical conversion work and connected external heat sources to heat the containers. Software solutions to control and monitor the heating system as well as for documentation of the process were also developed. A mobile app allows employees to follow all processes in real time.
Unikai currently has 28 forty-foot heating containers on site. Around 1,500 to 2,000 vehicles are heat-treated before each transhipment. “We treated around 16,000 vehicles for customers in Oceania using this system in Hamburg in the first season,” explains Wolberg. And more heat containers can be added if necessary.
Because Unikai is registered with the governments of Australia and New Zealand as a certified company, this intelligent system, which has also been registered at the patent office, is gaining considerable traction. Wolberg is convinced that vehicle exporters from Japan, the US and even France could apply this system.
Subject to the approval of the competent Antitrust Authorities, the transaction will be formalised shortly.
“The meeting of two family businesses in this way offers great potential for further developments and for new opportunities for the customers,” said Guido Restelli, Managing Director of Rhenus Logistics in Italy and in future part of the Management Board of Cesped.
Thanks to the strong presence of Cesped in the region Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto, Rhenus Logistics will strengthen its position on the Italian and European road traffic market. At the same time, the activities related to Air & Ocean transports are further developed.
Giorgio Flego, Managing Director of Cesped, continued: “As a family business, we are happy to be included in the Rhenus family.”
Taking into consideration the history, importance, geographical coverage and characteristics of their businesses, Cesped, Nuova Transport and Rhenus Logistics will continue to operate on the market with their own brands, structures and partner networks.
The move, which was to be introduced to move cars throughout the day as opposed to only at night by road, was proving to be commercially unviable.
“Last week, we moved about 227 cars through rake from Sriperumbudur to Walajabad rail-auto hub and Tiruvallur, thinking it was the easiest way to move cars,” said V. Anand, Senior Gneral Manager, Sales Logistics at Hyundai Motor.
“Though it was technically feasible, it is not so commercially. Hence, we are going back to moving cars through trailers,” he added.
In order to accommodate rail in its logistics chain, Hyundai Motors was having to move cars by road from its plant to Walajahbad car terminal near Kanchipuram, from where it was loaded on to trains, which then took them to Chennai Port for onward export.
In the process, the carmaker had to spend an additional ₹4,280 per car, a 346% increase to its logistics cost. Hyundai exports anywhere between 10,000 to 12,000 cars every month through the Chennai Port.