Truck drivers have big heart for small children

Truck drivers have big heart for small children

When around 125 trucks drive onto the large motorway service area in Schwabhausen, near Gotha in the German state of Thuringia, quite a few of the people watching have tears in their eyes and goosebumps . This is because there’s a child in every driver’s cab that is enjoying a very special happy day today. ‘A Happy Day of Life’ is the name of the annual charity event that gives children and young people from difficult backgrounds the opportunity to go for a ride in a real truck.

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Wanted: smart mobility concepts for city logistics

Wanted: smart mobility concepts for city logistics

How can metropolises rescue themselves from gridlock? How can the logistics for the last mile or the last hundred metres be made more efficient and more environmentally friendly? The University of Duisburg-Essen’s eleventh Scientific Forum for Mobility came up with some exciting responses to these questions – from high-speed transport pods and underground transportation to retrofitting with electric drives.

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Autonomous driving in cities – opportunity or risk?

Autonomous driving in cities – opportunity or risk?

The transport infrastructures of large cities are reaching the limits of what they can handle. The roads are becoming congested with an increasing number of delivery services and individual mobility solutions. Is autonomous driving the answer? Would it make urban mobility safer, more efficient and cleaner – or would it just mean even more vehicles on city roads, thus causing the system to break down completely?

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A quick route to Asia: the new Silk Road

A quick route to Asia: the new Silk Road

The new Silk Road is bringing the idea of ancient trade routes into the modern age – the gargantuan infrastructure project is set to fundamentally change logistics in Asia. But what realistic potential does the megaproject actually offer? Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has used the rail link for several years, including for Porsche. An intercultural project at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences is looking at what the Silk Road means for the neighbouring countries and the people who live there, with students following the trading route over land from Hamburg to Shanghai.

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A clean sweep: Cologne street-cleaning service goes electric

A clean sweep: Cologne street-cleaning service goes electric

The Mercedes-Benz Vario hasn’t been consigned to the history books yet, as Cologne’s municipal waste management company AWB will soon start using an electric version of the iconic truck for the first time. The 7.5-ton truck is set to put a new spin on urban mobility in the cathedral city. The commercial vehicle is driven by a spectacular piece of high-tech engineering: the eTransport drive axle from BPW.

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FUTURE LAB

Who will win the clash of economic systems?

Digital transformation is much more than just technology hype. It is putting nearly everything to the test – business models that have been successful for decades as well how we interact with one another in society. To what extent can a social market economy thrive in the face of digitised logistics? What opportunities does Europe have in the clash of economic systems between the USA and China? And how can logistics companies handle these upheavals?

Will artificial intelligence replace the dispatcher?

Indem selbstlernende Algorithmen Echtzeit-Tracking ermöglichen, können sie Transport und Logistik radikal verändern. Das ist keine Theorie mehr, sondern gelebte Realität für Unternehmer der Branche: Die Online-Spedition Cargonexx hat ihr Geschäftsmodell auf künstlicher Intelligenz aufgebaut, und Spediteur Hubertus Kobernuß vernetzt sich mit dem Start-up Evertracker. Warum ist es wichtig, jetzt aktiv zu werden?

Why digital transformation starts with your own employees

Digitisation, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things demand a great deal from those involved in the logistics industry. These challenges are inescapable: change has become a must. How can companies tackle digital transformation and secure their futures? Find out here why you will fall behind without outside input and how decision makers can now take the wheel.

eLOUNGE

A clean sweep: Cologne street-cleaning service goes electric

The Mercedes-Benz Vario hasn’t been consigned to the history books yet, as Cologne’s municipal waste management company AWB will soon start using an electric version of the iconic truck for the first time. The 7.5-ton truck is set to put a new spin on urban mobility in the cathedral city. The commercial vehicle is driven by a spectacular piece of high-tech engineering: the eTransport drive axle from BPW.

KA-RaceIng: full speed ahead with electric racing cars

Constructing your own racing car and putting it to the test in an international competition? Now that’s exciting stuff. In Karlsruhe, this dream is being lived by students who have joined KA-RaceIng, an association affiliated with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Modular electric trucks for city logistics

Diesel out, electric drive in – a truck with a diesel engine can become a sparkling clean electric truck for city logistics. In order for this transformation to succeed, researchers at RWTH Aachen University are developing a modular system with all the necessary components. The heart of the system is the eTransport electric drive axle from BPW.

KA-RaceIng: full speed ahead with electric racing cars

KA-RaceIng: full speed ahead with electric racing cars

Constructing your own racing car and putting it to the test in an international competition? Now that’s exciting stuff. In Karlsruhe, this dream is being lived by students who have joined KA-RaceIng, an association affiliated with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Modular electric trucks for city logistics

Modular electric trucks for city logistics

Diesel out, electric drive in – a truck with a diesel engine can become a sparkling clean electric truck for city logistics. In order for this transformation to succeed, researchers at RWTH Aachen University are developing a modular system with all the necessary components. The heart of the system is the eTransport electric drive axle from BPW.

SUCCESS STORY

A quick route to Asia: the new Silk Road

The new Silk Road is bringing the idea of ancient trade routes into the modern age – the gargantuan infrastructure project is set to fundamentally change logistics in Asia. But what realistic potential does the megaproject actually offer? Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has used the rail link for several years, including for Porsche. An intercultural project at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences is looking at what the Silk Road means for the neighbouring countries and the people who live there, with students following the trading route over land from Hamburg to Shanghai.

Tools for digitalisation and successful transformation

Tools for digitalisation and successful transformation

The Ulm-based logistics provider C. E. Noerpel GmbH is really getting to grips with digital transformation. The solutions that the company has implemented with carefully selected digitalisation tools are set to bring rapid benefits to employees and customers. The focus is therefore on controlling warehouse processes with control centres, replacing existing freight-forwarding software with a company-wide solution and establishing a modern data management system.

Green logistics in practice

Green logistics in practice

Meyer Logistik is very interested in new technologies that make transport more sustainable for people and the environment. The family-owned company is particularly keen on alternative drives that enable green logistics. The company, which specialises in temperature-sensitive goods, also works closely with suppliers, customers and universities.

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SUCCESS STORY

A quick route to Asia: the new Silk Road

A quick route to Asia: the new Silk Road

The new Silk Road is bringing the idea of ancient trade routes into the modern age – the gargantuan infrastructure project is set to fundamentally change logistics in Asia. But what realistic potential does the megaproject actually offer? Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has used the rail link for several years, including for Porsche. An intercultural project at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences is looking at what the Silk Road means for the neighbouring countries and the people who live there, with students following the trading route over land from Hamburg to Shanghai.

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Tools for digitalisation and successful transformation

Tools for digitalisation and successful transformation

The Ulm-based logistics provider C. E. Noerpel GmbH is really getting to grips with digital transformation. The solutions that the company has implemented with carefully selected digitalisation tools are set to bring rapid benefits to employees and customers. The focus is therefore on controlling warehouse processes with control centres, replacing existing freight-forwarding software with a company-wide solution and establishing a modern data management system.

read more
Green logistics in practice

Green logistics in practice

Meyer Logistik is very interested in new technologies that make transport more sustainable for people and the environment. The family-owned company is particularly keen on alternative drives that enable green logistics. The company, which specialises in temperature-sensitive goods, also works closely with suppliers, customers and universities.

read more

SMART CITY

Autonomous driving in cities – opportunity or risk?

The transport infrastructures of large cities are reaching the limits of what they can handle. The roads are becoming congested with an increasing number of delivery services and individual mobility solutions. Is autonomous driving the answer? Would it make urban mobility safer, more efficient and cleaner – or would it just mean even more vehicles on city roads, thus causing the system to break down completely?

Wanted: smart mobility concepts for city logistics

How can metropolises rescue themselves from gridlock? How can the logistics for the last mile or the last hundred metres be made more efficient and more environmentally friendly? The University of Duisburg-Essen’s eleventh Scientific Forum for Mobility came up with some exciting responses to these questions – from high-speed transport pods and underground transportation to retrofitting with electric drives.

Smart solutions for city logistics

Life in the city is becoming more and more convenient, thanks in part to new logistics services.
To ensure that these are organised in the most resource-friendly way possible, logistics providers, customers and cities need to collaborate on innovative solutions for the last mile.

Wanted: smart mobility concepts for city logistics

Wanted: smart mobility concepts for city logistics

How can metropolises rescue themselves from gridlock? How can the logistics for the last mile or the last hundred metres be made more efficient and more environmentally friendly? The University of Duisburg-Essen’s eleventh Scientific Forum for Mobility came up with some exciting responses to these questions – from high-speed transport pods and underground transportation to retrofitting with electric drives.

Smart solutions for city logistics

Smart solutions for city logistics

Life in the city is becoming more and more convenient, thanks in part to new logistics services.
To ensure that these are organised in the most resource-friendly way possible, logistics providers, customers and cities need to collaborate on innovative solutions for the last mile.

LOGISTICS HERO

Truck drivers have big heart for small children

When around 125 trucks drive onto the large motorway service area in Schwabhausen, near Gotha in the German state of Thuringia, quite a few of the people watching have tears in their eyes and goosebumps . This is because there’s a child in every driver’s cab that is enjoying a very special happy day today. ‘A Happy Day of Life’ is the name of the annual charity event that gives children and young people from difficult backgrounds the opportunity to go for a ride in a real truck.

DocStop: Medical help for truck drivers

DocStop: Medical help for truck drivers

Professional truck drivers who need medical assistance during a journey often do not know how to find a doctor near them who can treat them at short notice. And where can they park their 40-tonne truck during the visit? The DocStop initiative has created a network that provides truck drivers with quick and straightforward help in such situations.

Campaigning on behalf of drivers

Campaigning on behalf of drivers

The association “Allianz im deutschen Transportwesen e.V.” gives truck drivers a voice and advocates fair wages and accident prevention.

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The smart spare parts store

The smart spare parts store

Finnish commercial spares dealer Trailcon – a BPW Group subsidiary – has developed a container that functions as a mobile spares store, giving workshops round-the-clock access to parts.

Revolution at a click: digitisation of semi-trailer running gear

Revolution at a click: digitisation of semi-trailer running gear

Thanks to the unique ‘digital DNA’ of all components, BPW is revolutionising how semi-trailer running gear is configured, ordered, produced, assembled and maintained. The digitalisation of all components and processes is making it much easier to find spare parts.

The smart spare parts store

Finnish commercial spares dealer Trailcon – a BPW Group subsidiary – has developed a container that functions as a mobile spares store, giving workshops round-the-clock access to parts.

BIG PICTURE

Rolling Artworks

In 2017, the Tyrolean haulier Silo Melmer celebrated its 70th company anniversary with this airbrush picture on one of its silo vehicles.

Playground for oldtimer friends

In Germendorf in Brandenburg, Germany, historical commercial vehicles come alive once a year: At the “historical construction site” their owners can then test them in real operation in the sand of a landfill.

A turbine goes into the air

Road, rail or waterways are generally available for the realisation of large-volume and heavy transports. But sometimes it has to go particularly fast – and then there is only one solution: air freight.

Giant pressure cooker on the motorway

Attention: the A26 motorway is completely closed – a 165-ton pressure cooker is on the road! This research autoclave, which works in a manner similar to the kitchen appliance, cures aircraft parts under high pressure and at a high temperature.

Heavy haulage in the scorching desert sun

The ultimate in heavy haulage: heavy transport specialist Mammoet has moved 1,048 tons of heavy freight to a desert region using a special vehicle – the SCHEUERLE KAMAG K25.

On the road in South Africa

Four trailers with a total of 15 BPW axles and suspensions are coupled in series on a traction unit from Unitrans – one of South Africa’s most important vehicle operators.

Hyperloop goes piggybacking

An electromagnetic levitation system that transports passengers and goods at breakneck speed in transport capsules through vacuum tubes – this vision appeared like science fiction just a few years ago.

Joining forces

Weighing 60 tonnes and a considerable 5.30 metres high and also wide, this dumper truck was transported to its new operating site in Rohrdorf in the Bavarian Pre-Alps.

Rolling Artworks

Rolling Artworks

In 2017, the Tyrolean haulier Silo Melmer celebrated its 70th company anniversary with this airbrush picture on one of its silo vehicles.

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