May 17, 2020

International Week of Transport and Logistics coming up

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Freddie Pierce
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Traceability in the supply chain is a key focus in the report.
SITL Europe brings together all the innovative products and services dedicated to the supply, distribution and supply chain of tomorrow. It is the most...

SITL Europe brings together all the innovative products and services dedicated to the supply, distribution and supply chain of tomorrow.

It is the most complete concentration of transport and logistics users from the industry and retail and serves the entire community of goods transporters and suppliers of logistics services.

Given the economic context, SITL Europe chose to highlight the transport sector and the international influence of the exhibition for its 2014 edition.

The show boasts some 800 exhibitors including Norbert Dentressangle, DB Schenker and Marcedes-Benz Charterway. Nearly three quarters of Europe's top 20 logistics service providers will be present. 

Over 6,000 conference attendees are expected along with 40,500 professionals and 350 speakers from the industry. 80 countries will be represented.

The World Transport and Logistics Forum will be launched in tandem with the event on April 1, based on the concept of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos this year.  

More information can be found here

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

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. 

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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

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