Yusen Logistics and Mazda in automotive spare parts logistics joint venture
Mazda Logistics and Yusen (Asia), a joint venture formed by Yusen Logistics Thailand and Mazda Logisti...
Mazda Logistics and Yusen (Asia), a joint venture formed by Yusen Logistics Thailand and Mazda Logistics, has started providing full-scale automotive spare parts logistic services on behalf of Mazda Motor Corporation in Thailand.
MLYA aims to provide automotive spare parts logistic services on behalf of Mazda in roughly 100 countries, including Thailand and other ASEAN countries, as well as Australia. Its main operations include warehouse management of automotive parts (storage, packing, picking, loading/unloading), distribution, customs clearance, import/export, air and ocean freight forwarding. It provides logistics services from its 22,281 m2 warehouse in the Bangna district of Bangkok.
Launched in January 2013, MLYA began warehouse operations in July of that year, with collection and delivery services initiated in Thailand. It also started full-scale export operations in January 2015, gradually expanding its businesses.
Hidesuke Takesue, president of Mazda Sales in Thailand, said: “In the automotive business, enhancement of the system for spare parts provision is an extremely important factor that significantly affects the image and reliability of a brand. With the full-scale operations of MLYA, we have implemented a structure that can meet and exceed customer expectations in the rapidly expanding Asia and Oceania region.”
MLYA will strive to improve the quality of its operations to provide logistics support to the spare parts business of Mazda Motor Corp.
The automotive business is a sector targeted for enhancement under the Yusen Logistics Group’s Medium-Term Business Plan, entitled “GO FORWARD, Yusen Logistics -Next Challenges-." The company will combine its expertise in automotive logistics with its warehouse and global network, which is one of the largest among Japanese logistics companies, to offer tailored automotive logistics services that suit the needs of customers.
For the full press release, visit: http://www.jp.yusen-logistics.com/eng/news/2015/news_20150619.html
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