Kuehne + Nagel partners with the Irish Dairy Board to support its global expansion
The Irish Dairy Board (IDB), which already supplies international market leading brands of butter and cheeses such as Kerrygold, Dubliner Cheese and Pilgrim’s Choice to over 90 countries is preparing for expansion from 2015. The abolition of EU milk quotas the same year will see the Group significantly increase its production, and it plans to take its leading products to new markets around the world.
To support this expansion strategy, Kuehne + Nagel will provide a logistics solution to the IDB that is both global and flexible enough to handle the forecasted increase in product volumes, as well as maintaining the highest standards of quality control for food handling.
Fran Dodd, Purchasing Manager at IDB said: “As a customer focused export business we need to know that our route to market is secure and that we deliver a best in class logistics service to our customers.
“We need to be certain that our products will arrive with our customers in the same premium quality as when they left our door. As we continue to grow our business and open new markets for Irish dairy products, we are confident that our partnership with Kuehne + Nagel will help us deliver our iconic brands and dairy ingredients, to all our customers, old and new.”
Under a new three-year agreement, K+ N will manage global transportation operations, including distribution of IDB products by deep-sea freight with global planning, visibility and measurement tools provided by KN Login, the logistics provider’s web-based IT platform. In addition, continuous improvement projects will ensure optimum supply chain performance.
Pamela Doyle, National Manager for K + N Ireland, commented: “The need to be globally competitive is felt as much by Irish exporters as any in Europe. Improved supply chain efficiency and speed to market are critical advantages that Kuehne + Nagel can help provide to the IDB at this exciting time of growth.”
The IDB, who has annualised sales in the region of €2 billion with headquarters in Dublin, employs some 3,100 people globally.
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