Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services Calls On DHL to Transport Spare Parts and Tools
Lufthansa Technik Logistic Services (LTLS) will be drawing on DHL Global Forwarding to handle its transportation of spare parts and tools across the Atlantic.
The air and ocean freight specialist from the wider DHL group will make around 25,000 transatlantic shipments each year with a total mass of 550 tonnes, including journeys from Germany to America with other parts returning from Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Andreas Meisel, Managing Director of LTLS, said: “Optimising supply chains has become one of the key objectives in many industries; in the aviation industry this also includes Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) areas.
“With DHL Global Forwarding we have found a partner that has the necessary know-how and, with its global presence, the ability to tailor its solutions to meet our needs.”
Asides delivery of spare parts to LTLS storage facilities, DHL will arrange time-critical shipments and handle transport of AOG (Aircraft on Ground) items and hazardous materials.
DHL will also support LTLS with its freight control tower service, which monitors all transport flows and optimises processes through detailed analyses.
Thomas George, COO DHL Global Forwarding, commented: “Our industry knowledge and longstanding experience in the Aerospace and Aviation industry allow us to provide highly efficient solutions and – thanks to the strong teamwork with Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services – we continue to expand and build on these solutions.
“Establishing common standards ensures process stability, transparency and savings.”
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