DB Schenker Logistics opens new Heathrow hub
Schenker Limited, the UK arm of the global services provider DB Schenker Logistics has formally opened their new headquarters building London Heathrow. Board members, customers, key suppliers and a team from SEGRO, Europe's leading developer and owner of industrial space joined the DB Schenker team yesterday to celebrate the completion of the 9,900 square meter facility, which will be the main airfreight hub for the UK.
“The facility is perfectly located for access to all areas of the airport and our 15 year lease shows real commitment to London Heathrow”, says Helgi Ingolfsson, Managing Director, Schenker Limited.
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The new hub was designed as a ‘green building’, which aims to emit 25% lower CO2 emissions than the standard and also features low and zero carbon air source heat pumps which run both the office cooling system and warehouse under-floor heating.
Utilising rainwater harvesting, a heat recovery ventilation system and both PIR (passive infrared) and photoelectric lighting controls the building will contribute to the group’s sustainability strategy DB 2020. DB Schenker intends to cut the specific CO2 emissions by 20 percent over 2006 levels by 2020.
“What we wanted was to make DB Schenker, Heathrow a very modern facility that is ‘The place to work’ at London Heathrow, a great environment for our people to work in. Beyond we wanted an eco-friendly facility to handle our airfreight customers cargo in, both now and in the future, I think we have achieved that”, Helgi Ingolfsson says.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany