Sven Raudszus succeeds Mark Hellmann, who has played a key role in the development of the Asia Pacific region over the past 30 years, and has now decided to step down and pass on the new leadership role to the next generation.
Hellmann brings with Sven Raudszus an experienced manager to the international management team: He has been working in the logistics industry for 25 years, and has held various management positions in the Asian region; since 2016 as CEO Asia Pacific for Panalpina. In his new role as Regional CEO Asia Pacific at Hellmann, Sven Raudszus will report directly to Reiner Heiken, CEO Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.
"We are very pleased to have won Sven Raudszus for the position of Regional CEO Asia Pacific. He brings profound industry knowledge, but also valuable regional experience and expertise on board. The economic area Asia Pacific is a strategically important market for us, which we want to continue to expand in the region together with Sven Raudszus and his team," said Reiner Heiken, CEO Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.
The expansion will see the company strengthen its presence in the Brazilian market and manufacture standard air spring systems for bus, truck and trailer applications at a single location.
“We want to be closer to our Brazilian customers, supply them more efficiently and promptly, and support them more effectively. In the aftermarket in particular, we have to be able to meet demand very quickly and at short notice – and the new production capacities will ensure this,” said Alexander Papadimitriou, who is responsible for Continental’s Aftermarket Business for Commercial Vehicles in the air spring systems segment.
“Our customers in the region expect high-quality products that are manufactured locally,” said On-Site Project Manager Julio Lopes.
The aim is to achieve a significant increase in sales in the commercial vehicle sector. “The need for comfort and safety in modern buses, trucks and trailers is increasing noticeably in the Brazilian market – especially in the original equipment business. This trend will have a corresponding spill-over effect on the spare parts business,” said Papadimitriou.
Whereas metal leaf springs were previously a widespread alternative in the Brazilian market, demand is beginning to shift in the direction of air springs made of rubber and plastic. “Local demand goes well beyond comfort and convenience. With our portfolio, we will also ensure that requirements are met for lightweight solutions that reduce emissions while remaining as robust as conventional products,” explained Papadimitriou.
Continental is already active in Brazil – for instance, the technology company produces commercial vehicle tyres, manual and digital tachographs and tachometer displays for light and heavy commercial vehicles for the South American market.
SEAT is the first industrial manufacturer in Europe to have outdoor, automated guided vehicles with SLAM navigation (simultaneous localisation and mapping), 4G connection and induction battery charging. To date, eight AGVs are operating outside the production workshops at the Martorell plant to automate the transport of parts. The new vehicles join the 200 AGVs that are delivering parts inside the assembly workshops at the Martorell and Barcelona factories.
Each outdoor AGV and their carriages make up a 25-metre convoy with a maximum transport capacity of 10 tonnes and cover routes of 3.5 kilometres in length. Thanks to SLAM navigation, these vehicles are not guided by magnetic tape or wires, so maintenance costs are reduced, they are more versatile to adapt to new routes and their installation does not require any construction.
Altogether, the eight AGVs travel 240 kilometres a day. There are currently two ongoing routes between the press and metal shops on which vehicle side parts and mobile elements such as hatches and doors are delivered, a move which does away with truck transport between these facilities.
The fleet of outdoor AGVs enables a reduction of 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per year, since until now these deliveries were carried out using a truck and a tractor. The use of these AGVs makes deliveries more efficient and cost-effective, and reduces stockpiling at both the starting and destination points as well as vehicle traffic inside the factory. The project was developed in collaboration with ASTI Mobile Robotics and Telefónica.
SEAT Vice-President for Production and Logistics Dr. Christian Vollmer said, “In recent years SEAT has been introducing pioneering innovations in the field of logistics and this is another example of our commitment to becoming a benchmark for Industry 4.0. The implementation of outdoor AGVs enables us to optimise production and logistics processes in an efficient, sustainable and connected way.”
With this project, SEAT improves its efficiency and progresses towards its goal of making the Martorell plant a smarter factory through the Internet of Things in industrial environments where process automation and digitalisation is key.
In recent years, SEAT has applied technological innovations to its entire production cycle, such as the AGVs themselves, which are integrated in the production line for transporting parts, the use of drones for urgent parts delivery and collaborative robots which, combined with more efficient data management thanks to the use of artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain, enable more efficient, flexible and agile processes. All of these 4.0 novelties coexist with the factory’s 7,900 workers, who currently turn out 2,300 vehicles daily.
This first cargo ship of 2020, part of its FAR EAST service, will provide new business opportunities in RORO and static cargo to Spanish companies. It offers very competitive transits to the main destinations on the Asian continent; thanks to its large cargo capacity, 5.10 m high doors and ramps capable of holding 150 tonnes; helping to deliver and load said cargo.
In February, the Grand Champion will arrive and depart from Santander on February 13 – with a ramp capacity of 150 tonnes and a maximum door height of 5m-. Amethyst Ace, meanwhile, will leave on 25 February, with a ramp capable of holding up to 100 tonnes and maximum height of 5.10 m-.
This way, BERGÉ, which exclusively represents the cargo service “K” Line Car Carrier from Spain, will help to put Cantabria on the global logistics map, especially thanks to those larger vessels which have increased their cargo capacity, not just for vehicles and lorries, but also for all kinds of oversize goods, railway equipment, wind turbines or heavy machinery used in civil engineering.
The final destination of the fortnightly calls made by “K” Line Car Carrier ships will be ports in Singapore, Taipei, Kobe, Chiba and Toyohashi. They will also connect Singapore to the ports in Jakarta (Indonesia), Laem Chabang (Thailand), Batangas and Bauan (Philippines), Port Klang (Malaysia), Hai Phong and Ho Chin Minh (Vietnam), Ennore (India), Hambantota (Sri Lanka), Port Kembla, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle (Australia).
The automotive market in Egypt is expected to expand along with population growth and economic development, and the Alexandria port, which currently handles almost all of Egypt’s vehicle imports, is a multipurpose port that sees a variety of cargo and lacks storage space. Therefore, the new dedicated automotive terminal to be developed and operated by the consortium will be favourably received.
The new terminal will be Egypt’s first exclusive RORO terminal, and it will have a wharf area that allows two large Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC) to berth simultaneously. The terminal will additionally offer sufficient vehicle storage space to address increasing future demand.
The knowledge and experience that Bolloré has accumulated through its port operations in Africa will be utilised together with the achievements and know-how that Toyota Tsusho has acquired in a wide range of businesses inside Egypt and the skill and expertise that NYK has gained in its automotive transportation and terminal operations throughout the world, resulting in a rather valuable service from the three companies.
In accordance with its medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalisation and Green,” NYK is making efforts to optimise its supply chain and create new value through digitalisation and green initiatives. The group will continue its efforts to provide high quality, competitive auto-logistics services, making use of its considerable expertise and global network.
The site of the new terminal will cover approximately 21.2 hectares with parking slots for about 10,000 units. The commercial operations at the terminal is slated to commence by the end of 2021.
"As the Georgia Ports Authority enters its 75th year, we are proud to follow in the tradition of those who came before us, making exciting advances in capacity and technology to ensure our terminals remain at the forefront of global commerce," Lynch said. "This is the largest addition of container terminal space in Savannah in more than 20 years, and represents a powerful opportunity for Georgia to take on new trade.”
During his presentation, Lynch also announced that Garden City Terminal dock construction had been completed, and can now serve three 14,000-TEU vessels, and up to eight vessels simultaneously.
The improved dock and additional container yard space are part of a larger blueprint to increase the GPA's capacity to more than 9 million TEUs by 2030. By 2023, the GPA will add an additional berth, for a total of four big ship vessel slots.
"The expansion at our deepwater ports in both Savannah and Brunswick is helping to fuel growth, and in turn investment, jobs and increased competitiveness on the global stage," said GPA Board Chairman Will McKnight. "With the kind of investment and infrastructure development announced today, Georgia's ports will undoubtedly stay ahead of the curve and the competition."
In order to improve service, Savannah's Ocean Terminal will be partially converted to handle containers. Renovations at Ocean Terminal, located just downriver from the main container port, will include a new truck gate, upgraded container yards and rubber-tyred gantry cranes for container operations.
"This exciting new development will allow the GPA to continue to meet and exceed the needs of our customers," Lynch said.
Construction is currently under way on the upgrades. Phase I of the Ocean Terminal container yard is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
Lynch also outlined plans for the new Savannah Container Terminal, a nearly 200-acre facility to be built on Hutchinson Island. The new facility will have a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs when fully developed. Phase I is projected to come online in 2025.
To ensure the GPA remains on the cutting edge of port staffing and technology, Lynch announced an expansion of the Authority's Y.E.S (Youth learning Equipment and Safety) program, in which high school graduates are hired and trained for equipment operator careers. GPA hopes to begin hiring 50 recent graduates per year to help meet staffing needs.
Lynch also unveiled a new programme, dubbed GET SET (Sustainability, Efficiency, Technology). "The GET SET programme is a competitive juried contest for college students in Georgia, in which they will be challenged to put forth innovative solutions to issues faced by the maritime logistics community," Lynch said. "Students or student teams submitting winning entries will receive a cash prize totalling $25,000."
He said the Authority will be working with universities across the state to integrate the GET SET program into their curricula over the next year, with the first prize being awarded in the summer of 2021.
NYK aims to integrate ESG principles into management strategies by making efforts to reduce CO2 emissions per voyage through full use of the company’s technological capabilities, such as the development of energy-saving technologies and the optimisation of operations through the use of digitalisation and big data (e.g., autonomous navigation technologies). It has also positioned LNG fuel as one of the bridging technologies to realise future zero-emission ships. The company aims to have a clean transportation mode that will reduce the environmental burden of the entire PCTC fleet.
The shipbuilding contract was signed at NYK’s head office on January 31. NYK has concluded a contract with Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd. to build a second LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). With this new vessel, NYK will be able to provide more customers with a low-carbon transportation mode, and the company will continue its efforts to reduce its environmental load and contribute to the realisation of a sustainable society.
The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in 2022 and will become NYK’s second LNG-fueled PCTC. The first vessel NYK announced on September 24, 2019, was selected as a model project by Japan’s Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and will receive support from the ministries for technical verification of CO2 emission reductions during actual voyages.
The company is making a proactive effort to shift to LNG-fueled vessels as one solution to environmental concerns. In addition to these LNG-fueled PCTCs, an LNG-fueled coal carrier will be delivered in 2023. Additionally, in 2015 Japan’s first LNG-fueled ship, the tugboat Sakigake, was delivered, and in 2017 the world's first purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel entered operation.
Further, NYK is making use of the expertise and know-how the company has obtained through LNG transportation over the years to expand its range of businesses to include LNG-fuel supply and sale.