May 17, 2020

XCMG's intelligent supply chain management platform passes China national acceptance testing

Supply Chain
Harry Menear
2 min
Heavy machinery manufacturer XCMG has reached another milestone regarding its intelligent supply chain platform
Xuzhou-based heavy machinery manufacturer XCMG announced this week that it had achieved another milestone in the development of its intelligent supply c...

Xuzhou-based heavy machinery manufacturer XCMG announced this week that it had achieved another milestone in the development of its intelligent supply chain platform.

The product, which has been in development for the past three years, is the first platform in China to use the Handle System developed by Dr Robert Kahn. On Friday, XCMG revealed that, in an important step forward, the platform had passed national acceptance testing. 

Designed to provide a four-stage solution for information traceability, intelligent storage, intelligent logistics and marketing and services, the platform has built to help XCMG to raise operational efficiency in its supply chain.

The Handle System allows XCMG's intelligent supply chain to trace information and connection between equipment and fundamental parts, as well as inventory inquiry of offsite components, real-time market and quality feedback, paper-less mobile warehouse management and more.


"The platform of XCMG intelligent supply chain is a crucial link in achieving information sharing and operational efficiency between XCMG's upstream and downstream companies. XCMG is dedicated to creating highly efficient and intelligent systems that will converge purchasing, logistics and information exchange to push forward Intelligent Manufacturing (IM)," noted Dawei Jiang,GM Xuzhou XCMG Material Supply.

Enabled and driven by the advent of the 5G era, XCMG has stepped up its  industrial internet development and IoT integration in recent years, and the new platform will form an integral element of the company’s ability to act and react to its increasingly intelligent supply chain process. 

"XCMG will continue to embrace this revolution, push forward the integration development of AI, 5G and industrial security with XCMG's Hanyun industrial information platform to create more value for customers," said Zhang Qiliang, general manager of Jiangsu XCMG Information Technology at a seminar on commercial 5G usage. 

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Jun 16, 2021

Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution

Macmillan Education
Grupo Espinosa
3 min
A proudly Mexican company servicing the publishing industry with best-in-class printing, storage and distribution facilities in the heart of Latin America

Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand. 

So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes,  basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”

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