May 17, 2020

Hyperloop study for Dubai’s Jebel Ali port

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Hyperloop One Dubai
Hyperloop DP World
Hyperloop Jebel Ali Port
Jennifer Johnson
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The study will assess the business case for Hyperloop at Dubai's Jebel Ali port.
Elon Musks Hyperloop high-speed transport system could be coming to Dubai following the signing of a partnership with freight company DP World this week...

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop high-speed transport system could be coming to Dubai following the signing of a partnership with freight company DP World this week.

As per the agreement, Hyperloop One — one of the companies trying to bring the concept to life — will conduct an economic and feasibility study of how the transport system could improve DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali port.

The study will assess the business case for using Hyperloop technology to move freight from container ships docked at the port to an inland container depot.

"Hyperloop One is developing a new mode of transportation that will allow the world to transport people and goods inexpensively, safely, and with energy efficiency at speeds never thought possible," said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World.

"It is an innovative solution that holds tremendous potential for enhancing our operational efficiencies and ensuring smoother and faster trade flows. As a global trade enabler, we think ahead and foresee the future by being ready for it. The Hyperloop is an excellent example of positive future change and growth."

If cargo is directed to a new inland hub, there will be additional space freed at Jebel Ali for profitable use. The study will provide initial details on the design of a right of way, operating costs and potential finance solutions.

"By eliminating the barriers of time and distance, we believe we can increase the volume of freight DP World moves through the port using a Hyperloop to a new inland depot, which supports more revenue and profit for all stakeholders," said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One.

"A Hyperloop system fits very seamlessly with existing transportation corridors, minimizing any impact on urban Dubai and reducing freeway congestion and emissions."

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Aug 3, 2021

Airbus Expanding Local Supply Chain in China

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Supplychain
China
Manufacturing
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Airbus is building a “vertical integration supply chain” in China, according to reports, strengthening foothold in fastest growing aviation market

The reshaping of Airbus’ global supply chain during the pandemic will shift greater focus to China, the world’s fastest growing aviation market, according to China Daily.

Yang Xiaoyu, the company’s Head of Flyable Procurement in China and East Asia, says Airbus is building a “vertical integration supply chain” to source parts and materials, assemble, and deliver aircraft locally. 

Yang Xiaoyu says the strategy will “lower costs of transportation and raise efficiency”, adding that Airbus will also work collaboratively with local Chinese suppliers to bring them “in line with global standards of Airbus”, strengthening its ties and capabilities across the territory. 

China on Track to World’s Largest Aviation Market 

 

Further expansion into China is unsurprising given the nation’s continuing emergence as the world’s economic superpower. It is steadily becoming the world’s biggest aviation market, and is a strategic territory to Airbus for deliveries and global production. 

China already accounts for around a quarter of Airbus’s global commercial aircraft production, with more than 1,700 Airbus commercial jetliners in service in China as of the end of 2018. Even under the pandemic Airbus delivered 99 plane to China in 2020 and 64 in the first half of 2021, despite on-going disruption and widespread downturn in aviation.

China Central to Airbus Supply Chain Expansion 

 

The country is also a strategic hotspot in Airbus’ global supply chain. The European aerospace giant established a final assembly line (FAL) in Tianjin, a port city in northeastern China, in 2008. It was the first to be built outside the borders of its four founding European countries - France, Germany, Spain and the UK. 

It expanded the site to include a wide-body completion and delivery centre in 2017. In July 2021, the production site delivered the first Airbus A350 to China Eastern Airlines. George Xu, Airbus Executive Vice President and Airbus China CEO, said: “This is a new milestone in the long-term cooperation between China and Airbus, which further demonstrates Airbus’ commitment to the country.”

Credit: Airbus

 

As of the end of June 2021, China Eastern Airlines operated an Airbus fleet of 413 aircraft, including 349 A320 Family aircraft, 55 A330 Family aircraft and nine A350 aircraft.

Today Airbus has around 200 Chinese suppliers. These include a composite manufacturing centre in Harbin, as well as engineering, customer support and training centres located in Beijing. 

 

Top image: Airbus / The first A350 delivered from China to China Eastern Airlines 

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