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LOGISTICS 7


Better rail infrastructure called for in Sweden


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alls were made for better use of rail infrastructure in Sweden as a means


of meeting climate change agreements during the recent Transport Conference organised by the Port of Trelleborg. Green Cargo’s chief executuve Jan Kilström said that it is much cheaper by truck than rail and the competitive situation has changed when track fees have gone up, oil prices have dropped


and there’s access to cheaper labour. This does not rhyme with the climate agreement. “The conditions for railway transport must change!” he said. Politician Karin Svensson Smith also wants to see a shift to rail and stressed that rail infrastructure should be organised so that it becomes better and cheaper. Policy instruments, compensation and fees for heavy traffic or wear and tear of the road network were


Autonomous truck movements at depots?


Driverless trucks that manoeuvre around warehouses and depots could soon be a reality with technology developed by Knorr- Bremse. The German company has built an autonomous semi-trailer rig that can drive itself into a loading bay and back across the yard without a driver. This and other driver assistance systems were demonstrated in the


New Mobility World arena held during the IAA show in September in Frankfurt. “Everyone’s talking about


Highway Pilot, the truck that drives onto the autobahn and handles everything automatically,” said Dr Peter Laier, board member at Knorr-Bremse AG responsible for commercial vehicle systems. “And while that will certainly happen, it’s a long-term prospect. For our


some suggestions. “We have only one earth.


How hard can it be?” concluded Svensson Smith. Tommy Halén , chief executuve


Port of Trelleborg, raised a number of issues such as ’core’ ports, what it means to be a core port and how do you use them. He asked why is there no national cross border strategy for freight transports and rail transports? “They talk just about one way out of Sweden, namely the


Öresund Bridge, even though 90 per cent of Sweden´s exports and imports pass through the ports.” Halén raised the issue of


competitive neutrality and increased fairway and pilotage dues are important issues. The response from Svensson Smith was that there will be a proposal, among other taxes for the heavy traffic, for wear and tear of the road network which will contribute to a fairer distribution of charges.


part, we will be actively shaping the route to the Highway Pilot and continuously expanding our


portfolio in the field of driver assistance systems and automated driving.”


Corrugated giant DS Smith invests in growth


DS Smith, Europe’s leading supplier of recycled corrugated packaging, officially opened its newly-built display and consumer packaging plant in Erlensee, Germany, in November. The plant is part of its


investment programme designed to help the leading European packaging and supply chain specialist achieve its ambition to


double in size. Construction of the new facility, said to be the largest and most efficient of its kind in Europe, began in August 2015 and was completed in September this year. DS Smith has invested some €50 million in the project - developing the new plant and equipping it with the latest printing and finishing technology. The 45,000 square metre site


comprises production and logistics facilities plus conference rooms and offices. It replaces the company’s


previous site ten kilometres away at Hanau, which could no longer meet the requirements of DS Smith’s industrial business model. The plant will also consolidate the display and consumer packaging activities of DS Smith in the region, to


maximise efficiency. All 250 members of staff


from the previous site have transferred to the new site, ensuring the business maintains all current expertise from within the business. The total number of employees will increase within the next couple of years to enable DS Smith to achieve its ambitious display and consumer packaging growth strategy.


November/December 2016


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