Qoros signs logistics contract in China & Europe with Unipart
Unipart has announced a ground-breaking five year, full-spectrum aftermarket logistics contract with Qoros Automotive Co. Ltd., which is based in Changshu, China.
Qoros, expected to be the first car brand based in China to sell successfully in Europe, has turned to the group as a partner to ensure customers benefit from world class standards of aftersales service.
Unipart Chairman and CEO John Neill said: "Unipart is delighted to be working alongside Qoros. Our success in delivering a world class customer experience in China, which few UK based companies have been able to do so effectively, is premised on the knowledge and confidence that we can extend The Unipart Way – our philosophy that unlocks hidden potential in people.”
Kevin Phelps, Aftersales Director of Qoros commented: "This is an exciting time for Qoros and Unipart. Both companies are committed to outstanding customer service, and look forward to working together to building a successful dealer network.
“We are confident that we will deliver an exceptional experience for our customers. We are very happy that Unipart is there to support us on that journey".
The logistics contract is another major step forward in China for Unipart, and an important entry into the domestic Chinese automotive logistics arena.
Since 2008, Unipart has operated a rapidly expanding but specialised automotive aftersales supply chain business in China, which has supported significant volume growth for automotive clients into, and within, China.
The UK group will manage a dedicated Qoros aftersales warehouse in Changshu (Eastern China). From its Suzhou-based headquarters, Unipart will provide a turnkey solution covering forecasting right through to reverse logistics, warranty management and supply chain finance services.
Carl Williams, General Manager for Unipart (Suzhou) Logistics Co. Ltd., added: "We're hugely excited about the opportunity to work with Qoros. We are very fortunate to be at the start of the journey and to be able to design the most appropriate supply chain solution from the ground up.”
The Unipart Group is based in Oxford in the UK. For more information visit: www.unipart.com
Further information about the Qoros brand, the company and its products is available at http://www.qorosauto.com/en/. m
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