Yusen Logistics Expands Automotive Operations in Russia
Yusen Logistics has announced the expansion of its operations in Russia, with the opening of a new office at Togliatti.
Home to one of the world’s biggest automotive plant - the Renault Nissan AVTOVAZ assembly plant - with over 140km of production lines and the capacity to produce over a million cars per annum, Togliatti is at the very heart of the Russian car industry.
The surrounding area is also of vital importance, with over 800 first and second tier suppliers located within a 200km radius, including Ulyanovsk and Dimitrovgrad.
Dennis Pastukhov, Commercial Director, Yusen Logistics Russia, commented: “We are seeing major increases in demand for high quality supply chain solutions for the automotive industry and this new office at Togliatti represents the next step in our development to serve this key sector.”
Yusen Logistics is offering the following logistics services to the domestic automotive market in Russia: road freight to and from Togliatti; air freight services including final mile solutions, Inland port bonded and non-bonded transit operations, cross-docking and distribution services
Yusen Logistics is also offering international line haul solutions including: ocean freight forwarding via Novorossiysk, St. Petersburg, Nakhodka and the Baltic states including Finland; air freight solutions via Moscow and the Samara region, centred on Kurumoch airport, 60km from Togliatti and road freight services via Moscow and Smolensk.
The new operation builds on Yusen Logistics’ current infrastructure in Russia, where the company operates 11 sites, including 30.000 sq. m of warehousing, container sites and a fleet of trucks and container chassis.
Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China
Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel.
The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018.
KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management.
"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive.
After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected too trip 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total.
"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”
Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme
Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners.
Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”.
As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030.