May 17, 2020

Nobert Dentressangle join Mitsubishi to launch new hybrid vehicle

Norbert Dentressangle
Mitsubishi Electric
hybrid
DAF
Freddie Pierce
2 min
The vehicle will deliver a 17% reduction in CO2 emissions
Norbert Dentressangle and Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. have teamed up to invest in the latest clean vehicle technology; introducing a new diesel/ele...

Norbert Dentressangle and Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. have teamed up to invest in the latest clean vehicle technology; introducing a new diesel/electric hybrid to the dedicated distribution fleet. 

Originally appointed by MEU-UK in 2008, Norbert Dentressangle (ND) is responsible for the distribution of products, including large industrial air conditioning units, Ecodan heating systems, spare parts and instruction manuals, to MEU-UK’s customers throughout the UK and Ireland. 
 
Using a mixed fleet of traditional 7.5 tonne and 18 tonne vehicles, ND handles upwards of 300 orders per day and delivers palletised product using a fleet of dedicated vehicles. 
 
In line with Norbert Dentressangle and MEU-UK’s shared commitment to minimising the impact of their activities on the environment and volume growth in the operation, the two companies took the decision to invest in a 12 tonne DAF LF Hybrid. It is anticipated that the vehicle will deliver a 17% reduction in CO2 emissions over a standard vehicle, along with an additional two pallet load capacity over the 7.5 tonne vehicles and better accessibility than the 18 tonne vehicles in the existing fleet, supporting improved operational flexibility.
 
Divisional Manager and Head of IT and Supply Chain Management for MEU-UK and MEU-Ireland, Michael Freeman said: “Norbert Dentressangle have proved themselves a valuable partner to Mitsubishi Electric, both through the distribution operation and through our shared commitment to the environment. As the market leader in providing heating, cooling and ventilation solutions for commercial and domestic buildings, Mitsubishi Electric recognises its responsibility to the environment – not only in terms of our products but also in how we operate. In partnership with Norbert Dentressangle, the introduction of this new hybrid vehicle provides further evidence of this commitment.”
 
Norbert Dentressangle already owns Europe’s cleanest fleet, with 90% of its trucks meeting Euro IV and V standards and, earlier this year, became the first company to take delivery of a Euro VI vehicle, two years before the new standards come into force. The company already operates a number of diesel-electric hybrid vehicles, both in the UK and in mainland Europe and continues to invest in technical and operational solutions which optimise vehicle capacity and utilisation, e.g., double-deck trailers, longer semi-trailers, composite tankers and aluminium semi trailers, and works closely with customers to measure the carbon footprints of their transport operations, using its Bureau Veritas certified CO2 emissions calculator.

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

DHL
Supplychain
COVID19
Logistics
3 min
Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.

 

This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go. 


 

Public-Private Partnerships

With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”. 

 

Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats. 

 

In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.

 

“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”. 


 

How Do We Sustain Immunisation? 

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”. 

 

Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared. 


Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.

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