May 17, 2020

Waldeck Consulting to create an alternate reality at Multimodal 2016

Waldeck Consulting
Building Information Modelling
Project Lifecycle Management
Nye Longman
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Waldeck Consulting to create an alternate reality at Multimodal 2016
Waldeck Consulting will give Multimodal 2016 delegates a direct glimpse into the future by using cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) to bring its engine...

Waldeck Consulting will give Multimodal 2016 delegates a direct glimpse into the future by using cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) to bring its engineering projects to life.

Delegates will be walked through detailed animations of complex facilities at the swipe of a smartphone, along sections of the exhibit.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) based Project Lifecycle Management specialists will demonstrate how BIM, can offer huge benefits to the logistics sector through efficient facilities management and maintenance.

This year will be Waldeck Consulting’s third time bringing the latest technologies to Multimodal, building on the success of the past two years.

Sue Wright, Deputy Managing Director at Waldeck Consulting, said: “Multimodal is a fantastic platform to showcase the incredible interactive capabilities of BIM, and we are excited to share the very latest in augmented reality with delegates.

“BIM based solutions add value and assurance for the building of warehouses, distribution centres and numerous other assets within the transport and logistics sector. However, many businesses are not yet aware of the technology available and how it can benefit their capital investments.”

Visit stand 1151 to meet the Waldeck team and discuss their market-leading BIM based digital asset engineering, project lifecycle solutions and technical assurance capabilities.

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Jun 16, 2021

EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs

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Supply chains embroiled in Airbus-Boeing dispute will no longer be impacted by $11.5bn tariffs imposed on food and beverage, aircraft and tobacco

The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years. 

It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC. 

The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn. 

In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products. 

Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers  

  • The dispute began in 2004
  • Tariffs suspended for 5 years 
  • $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
  • $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date 
  • 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended

Both sides welcome end to tariffs 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.

“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.

Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”. 

The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."

This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.

Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”

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