The Auto-Mobility Lifecycle is Changing Gears

Written by Karen Kinsella
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Automotive manufacturing is changing its pace. The direction towards mobility services has intermingled innovative research and development, 5G, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing advancements. These changes have enabled a dramatic transformation in consumer behavior that is drawn to a future of connected, autonomous, and environmentally friendly vehicles. 

As the impact of new technologies alter, the way people and automobiles interact today can fundamentally change the light vehicle market itself. Electrified vehicles have forced manufacturers to market plug-in or fuel cell vehicles to improve viability, while many manufacturers continue to explore hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Despite the form of electric vehicles, the change requires infrastructure modifications and manufacturing updates in existing production facilities.

Whilst mergers continue to explore joint collaborations between manufacturers using change techniques to re-use assembly and production equipment, typically the development of lineside robotic equipment is at the forefront of new technology, equipping vehicles with the latest design features.

The speed of change requires responsiveness and a level of expertise that will support an industry that typically plans years ahead. A production line refit, re-positioning of tooling and equipment, or a complex design and installation of new assembly plants demand a seamless transition in safeguarding any product launch. 

The graphic below highlights how the rapid rate of technology advancements and production change is unparalleled in any other sector:

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These new features result in manufacturing cycle opportunities across all mobility categories; new production lines, refit, and advanced manufacturing techniques, such as:

  • Weight reduction technologies
  • Advanced engine control technologies
  • Turbos
  • Advanced transmissions
  • Vehicle accessory electrification technologies
  • Sensors
  • Advanced batteries and battery inputs

Learn how Expeditors Auto-Mobility and Project & Energy Services teams meet the changing market needs for transportation lanes, manufacturing facilities, and plant upgrades or relocations. Our diversified project cargo transportation and management capabilities, paired with our automotive experts, provides confidence and stability in the changing auto-mobility lifecycle.

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Blog was originally posted on June 28, 2019 11 AM
Karen Kinsella

Written by Karen Kinsella

Karen is the Global Director, Automotive Vertical at Expeditors. She has an extensive and wide-ranging career within all sectors of the automotive logistics business for over 23 years. Karen has worked in all aspects of supply chain logistics, incorporating both inbound and outbound flows. Karen’s roles have encompassed responsibility for the commercial development of inbound parts flows, including logistics warehousing, linefeed sequencing, assembly, decanting operations, and inventory management. She also specializes in parts distribution throughout dealer networks, as well as the specialist sector of outbound distribution, finished vehicle distribution, and pre-dealer inspection processes. All activities extended to include multi-modal services, including road freight, air and sea freight, and rail solutions. Karen has a specialist knowledge of returnable packaging solutions, including pooled container management, supporting the areas of sustainability and environmental issues demanded by the marketplace.

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