Manufacturing, logistics and procurement - May 2019

29 May 2019

On 3 April 2019 the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) was launched. Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT at the European Commission, held a speech. In his speech he highlighted the significant potential of blockchain across a wide range of sectors and in connection with many other technologies - and the challenges faced in bringing this fledgling technology into the global mainstream.

Strategic cooperation in the fresh food chains
In the study Strategic cooperation in the fresh food chains (in Dutch, 12.67 MB), EFMI was commissioned by CBL (in Dutch) to analyse various practical examples. This has led to a number of insights. Mutual trust in chain partners is of paramount importance in order to deal with uncertainties and the ever more rapidly changing society. It is also very important to offer innovative and distinctive concepts and insight into consumer needs.

Test environment for AGVs and other robots
The Fieldlab Advanced Manufacturing Logistics (AML) has launched a real-life test environment on the Brainport Industries Campus (in Dutch). In this test environment, the fieldlab will experiment with AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) and other robotics. The aim is to gather knowledge about all the logistic processes, so that companies in the manufacturing industry can produce more efficiently.

Supply chain technology trends
Gartner has identified the top-8 supply chain technology trends in 2019. The trends include Artificial Intelligence (AI), IoT, digital twins and blockchain.
The second annual JDA & KPMG Digital Supply Chain Investment Survey details the key innovation investments across retail, manufacturing and logistics in 2019. The survey reveals that supply chain traceability and visibility continue to be the highest investment area for supply chain executives (77%). You can download the report after filling in your details.
CBS (in Dutch) reports that in 2019 NL companies expect to invest 8% more than in 2018 in tangible fixed assets such as machinery and buildings. In the autumn of 2018, a decrease of 7% was expected for 2019.

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