Imperial Logistics drives productivity for Mercedes Benz
A contract for logistics services has been awarded to Imperial Logistics group company Resolve, by Mercedes Benz South Africa which has also resulted in the creation of 400 new jobs.
The contract award comes in the wake of the selection of the automobile manufacturer’s East London plant as one of only four Daimler AG sites worldwide to build the new Mercedes W205.
It will start producing this successor to the C-Class in 2014, with an investment of R5 billion in the new C-Class and the plant between 2011 and 2015, to boost its capacity.
Resolve’s Managing Director, Heinrich Strauss said the pressure is now on the plant to perform, and to maintain the seamless standards that have earned it numerous quality accolades, including awards from American JD Power and Associates.
He said: “The East London plant won JD Power and Associates’ Initial Quality Study (IQS) silver awards in 2012 and 2013, gold awards in 2011 and 2009, and platinum in 2010.
“InSync Solutions, which is part of Resolve, netted this contract for in-plant logistics services on the basis of its ability to deliver on world-class standards and its commitment to developing new logistics concepts in conjunction with the client.”
One such new logistics concept is an electronic Kanban system, co-designed and implemented by InSync and Mercedes Benz South Africa.
Strauss elaborates: “In today’s automotive production processes, speed and accuracy in the parts supply processes plays an even more critical role than ever before.
“The electronic Kanban system integrates the data of the manufacturing processes with the data of the logistics processes to synchronise in real time all requirements of the manufacturing processes with all activities within the part supply processes.
“With high levels of automation and visualisation of planning and execution information, the e-kanban system ensures increased speed and accuracy of parts supply.”
In excess of 400 newly-recruited employees will be trained by InSync to prepare them for the challenges presented by logistics processes in an automotive assembly plant.
“We are truly excited about the job creation potential and up-skilling opportunity in the Eastern Cape created through this contract,” added Strauss.
InSync’s responsibilities in its three-year contract with Mercedes Benz SA include the design and implementation of detailed material handling processes, with a strong emphasis on synchronisation and integration between upstream and downstream processes.
The scope of the contract also encompasses the operational planning of supply processes, coordination of the delivery of materials to the Body Shop and Final Assembly processes, ensuring warehouse data accuracy and stock integrity. “
By supplying what is needed, when it is needed, and in the amount needed according to actual vehicle requirements, waste, inconsistencies, and unreasonable requirements can be eliminated, resulting in improved productivity for our client,” Strauss concludes.
G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”