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December 2018

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June 2018

Two major successes in the USA

Good news from our USA business: This year will see the launch of not just one, but two major projects.

First up, we will start operation of a completely new location in the port city of Charleston, South Carolina on July 1. Charleston is a rapidly expanding region with great future potential. On an operating area of 40,000 square feet, some 30 team members will carry out sequencing activities for suppliers from the commercial vehicle. It’s a massive success for the team of our American subsidiary BLG LOGISTICS Inc. That’s because it gives the company its first major footprint outside Vance, Alabama, where it was founded in 2004.

May 2018

January 2018

BLG LOGISTICS creates 170 new jobs in Bremerhaven

On the basis of the works council agreement signed today by the works council of BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven and BLG LOGISTICS, up to 170 new employees will be hired at BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven in the next months. For the first time ever, about 100 of the new jobs will be part of a recently adopted part-time employment model that offers family and care-friendly shift times and a shift length of six hours.

Powerful future support by Robots when emptying containers

40-foot standard containers are the most frequently used sea containers worldwide. With internal dimensions of roughly 12 by 2.3 by 2.4 meters, they have a loading volume of 65 cubic meters and a cargo load of up to some 26 tons. Unloading these containers is heavy work, still mainly carried out manually in the world's ports. Now there are plans for an innovative robot to take over this job. The research is being carried out by BIBA – the Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics at Bremen University, in cooperation with development partners BLG Handelslogistik and SCHULZ Systemtechnik in Bremen plus FRAMOS in Taufkirchen near Munich. The new project is named “Interactive Robot System for Unloading Sea Containers” (IRiS).

BLG to operate new distribution center for IKEA

On Thursday this week, the foundation stone was laid for a new distribution center in Elsdorf. BLG LOGISTICS will start operations there from fall 2018 for its customer IKEA. From Elsdorf, BLG will in future be responsible for goods supply to final customers throughout northern Germany.

December 2017

Airbus, BLG Logistics and Mercedes-Benz prepare employees for the digital transition

  • The project “CROSS” (Competence Rotation Over Several Sectors) promotes cross-sector exchange between companies
  • Participants complete a three months internship in a partner company with the aim of enhancing cooperativeness and willingness to change
  • The exchange is scientifically supported by Jacobs University
  • The pilot project is to be extended to other cooperation partners after successful completion

Beginning in September, 14 employees of the companies Airbus, BLG Logistics and Mercedes-Benz successfully completed a cross-sector exchange. The objective of the program was to strengthen the cooperativeness of the employees, to gather new experiences in a different corporate culture and to enhance willingness to change. The project named “CROSS” (Competence Rotation Over Several Sectors) is supported scientifically by Jacobs University and includes three months practical experience in a partner company, qualification measures and workshop days. The program was implemented for the first time and meets the needs of the increasing digitization and networking of the Automobile and Aviation industry as well as in the logistics sector.

Peter Theurer, site manager at the Mercedes-Benz Plant Bremen: “At Mercedes-Benz we understand the digital transition as a chance and want to actively shape it – within and beyond our plant railings. For that we count on a team that is ready to try new things. The project ‘CROSS’ offers our employees the chance to look further than the four walls of their own company, to accept new challenges positively and to make progress. With Airbus and BLG Logistics we have found two great partner companies. Through that we build synergies for the science location Bremen.”

André Walter, site manager at Airbus: “Also in civil aviation we at Airbus have been preparing our employees for years for the digitization and for the jobs of the future. We have to support especially the older generation on this path. That’s exactly where the CROSS project comes in, that additionally provides the participants with insights in other industries. A great opportunity for young and old.”

Dieter Schumacher, Labor Director BLG Logistics: "CROSS delivers an innovative approach to evolve the concepts of life-long learning. The work assignment in partner companies is suitable for employees of all stages of life and does more than contributing to broadening the personal horizon. It also provides positive impetus for the involved companies. I was especially impressed by the dedication, with which all participants approached their new tasks.”

Prof. Dr. Arvid Kappas, Dean at Jacobs University: “Im delighted that we as Jacobs University could contribute with our workshops and trainings to the success of the pilot project. The CROSS project brings together economy and science. It is an innovative continuing education program, which could become a role model for others.”