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Register now: Industry 4.0 - A Challenge for Science, Economy and Society Industry 4.0: New solutions for the digitalization of the economy Beyond borders: New IWA based on Green Logistics' research Design Future Logistics: EffizienzCluster promoted innovations projects at  ETP ALICE-Conference Call for Abstracts for Agrifood SCM & Green Logistics-Conference InventAIRy is Relevance of Logistics and Supply Chain Management for Manufacturing ECM as a guest at the foundation of Urban Logistics Cluster in Lisbon Partner of EffizienzCluster are founding an Enterprise Lab at Fraunhofer IML Sustainable cluster-structures with LOG4GREEN ECITL 2014 became the InventAIRy to enable inventory taking from the air Europe on the way to the Innovation Union Right in the middle of it: EffizienzCluster at 31st International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin EffizienzCluster publishes new brochure Future Logistics Congress: Review in pictures // Viewpoint // New opportunities for logistics through cyber physical systems ABEKO - new associated project at EffizienzCluster ABEKO - new associated project at EffizienzCluster Annual Meeting 2014 LOG2020 completes Master Class Pilot Future Logistics Congress: Program is released // Viewpoint // Sustainability - Boost to green logistics or a real chance for transformation? Royal visit in Dortmund Green Logistics and European Intermodal Association focus on cooperation Best Paper Award ECITL 2014 Successful LOG4GREEN Workshop on Risk and Resilience

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19. May 2015

Register now: Industry 4.0 - A Challenge for Science, Economy and Society

The conference series "The Grand Challenges: Answers from North Rhine-Westphalia" continues on 3rd June 2015, 11.45 am to 01.15 pm in Brussels. This time the focus will be on industry 4.0 and the challenges ... more

The conference series "The Grand Challenges: Answers from North Rhine-Westphalia" continues on 3rd June 2015, 11.45 am to 01.15 pm in Brussels. This time the focus will be on industry 4.0 and the challenges for the science, economy and society. In interesting talks representatives from politics, innovative business operators as well as researchers will give answers regarding the challenges the internet of things causes.
The conference will be organized by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Please send your registration via email to event.nrw@lv-eu.nrw.de until the 22nd May 2015 with the following information: Surname, First name, Organisation, Position, Address and Phone. The programme can be found here.
 

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25. March 2015

Industry 4.0: New solutions for the digitalization of the economy

An intelligent and closely connected logistics, like it is advanced in the projects of the EffizienzCluster, needs secure solutions for dealing with increasing and more complex data. With the industrial data space ... more

An intelligent and closely connected logistics, like it is advanced in the projects of the EffizienzCluster, needs secure solutions for dealing with increasing and more complex data.
With the industrial data space the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and partners of the industry have launched a project – with support of the Federal Government (Federal Ministries of Education and Research, Economy and Energy, Traffic and Digital Infrastructure as well as the Federal Ministry of the Interior) – to create an internationally open data space for the economy.
Since the physical and the virtual economic world are increasingly merging, the need of an Industrial data Space like this is growing at the same time – especially with regard to Industry 4.0. The access and the use of the Industrial Data Space shall be open to all companies that observe the common standards. It is the aim to develop secure solutions for digitalization and in doing so to support the rapid change of the industrial production and business processes.
"Logistics research plays a decisive part as driver and companion of this development: Starting out from our conducting strategy >efficiency increase by autonomy < our EffizienzClusters’ projects address central questions of Industry 4.0 and make contributions to the solution ", says Thorsten Hülsmann, CEO of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH (ECM).
 

Further information (in German) can be found here.

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23. March 2015

Beyond borders: New IWA based on Green Logistics' research

A new international workshop agreement - IWA 16 - for the measurement and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the freight traffic refers to research results from EffizienzClusters’ project Green Logistics. ... more

A new international workshop agreement - IWA 16 - for the measurement and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the freight traffic refers to research results from EffizienzClusters’ project Green Logistics. IWAs are an instrument of the international organization for standardization (ISO) from which standards or norms can be developed by further processing.
“We have taken an important step because of the reference in IWA 16. In the future even logistic areas as a part of logistics services will be taken into consideration while talking about the environmental effects.” says project manager Dr. Kerstin Dobers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund/ Germany. “At the same time the reference to our project increases our international visibility.” Last year in May the secretary's office of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) had taken the acquirement of the IWA under the title “International harmonized method(s) for a coherent quantification of CO2 emissions of freight transport”.
In three workshops an international round of experts with more than 50 representatives from science and economy worked out the international agreement. The participants came from all of Europe, the USA, Brazil or New Zealand. It was the aim to identify existing gaps in the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions and to work out recommendations for the closure of these gaps - for example based on the results of Green Logistics. Altogether, the IWA 16 covers six gap analyses for the areas of street, track, splint, splint inland navigation, international maritime traffic, air and logistics areas. In the context of the gap analysis for logistics areas, well-chosen methods and processes were surveyed for determination and quantification of CO2 emissions, using the work of Green Logistics and two further research projects. During the project time of Green Logistics the partners developed a method with which the ecological effects of logistical processes and systems of the complete supply chain can be intended.
Further information about the IWA 16 can be found here.
 

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24. February 2015

Design Future Logistics: EffizienzCluster promoted innovations projects at ETP ALICE-Conference

Design Future Logistics: EffizienzCluster promoted innovations projects at  ETP ALICE-Conference

In the past years logistics transformed itself from a classic transport service provider to a performance-defining factor in global value networks. "Logistic competencies and innovations are no longer just ... more

Design Future Logistics: EffizienzCluster promoted innovations projects at  ETP ALICE-Conference

In the past years logistics transformed itself from a classic transport service provider to a performance-defining factor in global value networks. "Logistic competencies and innovations are no longer just needed on the streets and on the rail, but also in production.” explains Thorsten Hülsmann, CEO of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, at the conference „Design Future Logistics” in Amsterdam, hosted by the European Technology Platform ETP ALICE (Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe).

Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund the EffizienzCluster strongly supported the set-up of ETP ALICE. The interest group was founded in 2013. Today, the cluster is involved at all levels in supporting the interests of its cluster partners. For the EffizienzCluster, this is specifically about considering the research requirements of logistics companies in European calls for tender, in particular in Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation.

As part of the event “Design Future Logistics” a number of outstanding keynote speakers presented their vision which is reflected in ALICE roadmaps. Eric Ballot, Professor for Supply Chain and Logistics at University Mines Paris Tech, pointed out how Supply Chains can be re-organized with special regard to Physical Internets – quick, efficient und sustainable. Alan McKinnon, Professor at the Kühne-Logistics University Hamburg, explained the Logistics Research Agenda of Horizon 2020. Katrin Zeiler, Senior Project Manager Trend Research at DHL Customer Solutions and Innovations, partner of EffizienzCluster, has also been part of the panel.

In his contribution „Connecting Europe: “The relevance of logistics and supply chain management for manufacturing and production” Thorsten Hülsmann, CEO of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, illustrated the important role of logistics today and in the future.
“For logistics companies in Germany the management of complete and complex value chains and networks is obvious. However, the further development of technologies and processes is required.” says Thorsten Hülsmann. “With our involvement in ETP ALICE we want to support innovations in logistics so that in the future our logistics companies can furthermore show their competencies in global markets.”

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28. January 2015

Call for Abstracts for Agrifood SCM & Green Logistics-Conference

Until February, 15th, researchers can enhance their abstracts for the 1st International Conference in Agrifood Supply Chain Management & Green Logistics. The conference takes place in Porto Carras/ Greece from ... more

Until February, 15th, researchers can enhance their abstracts for the 1st International Conference in Agrifood Supply Chain Management & Green Logistics. The conference takes place in Porto Carras/ Greece from May 27th until May 30th. More than 150 participants are expected.
Co-Organizer of the conference is our cluster-partner Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
More information regarding the Call for papers as well as the conference can be found here.

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15. January 2015

InventAIRy is "Innovative Logistics Solution 2015"

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The group and factory logistics of Volswagen AG and the Institute for Prodcution Management (IPM) jointly elected the research project InventAIRy as one of ten “Nominated Supplier” – out of 190 ... more

InventAIRy is

The group and factory logistics of Volswagen AG and the Institute for Prodcution Management (IPM) jointly elected the research project InventAIRy as one of ten “Nominated Supplier” – out of 190 applications.
As a Nominated Supplier, the researchers are presenting their solutions on January, 28th, on the Innovative Logistics Solution Day 2015 in Wolfsburg/ Germany.
The researchers of InventAIRy, the youngest associated project of EffizienzCluster, are working on a flying inventory. In Germany, all enterprises are obligated to do the stocktaking, which can be time-consuming and expensive. The technological improvement offers a new way for the inventory of warehouses – in indoor as well as outdoor areas.

Further information of the project can be found here.

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19. December 2014

Relevance of Logistics and Supply Chain Management for Manufacturing

Meeting in their first joint workshop, key experts in advanced manufacturing and logistics agreed that not only is advanced manufacturing in Europe reliant on smart logistics and supply-chain management but that ... more

Meeting in their first joint workshop, key experts in advanced manufacturing and logistics agreed that not only is advanced manufacturing in Europe reliant on smart logistics and supply-chain management but that they face mutual and related challenges.
Logistics connect Europe’s manufacturing networks and therefore have a key role to play in Europe’s re-industrialisation and the future of advanced manufacturing. With this important connection in mind EFFRA, EffizienzCluster and Fraunhofer IML co-hosted a discussion to explore areas of mutual interest and collaboration at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia - a German region currently supporting innovation activities on this topic.
After presentations from representatives from industries as diverse as chemicals and construction equipment as well as research organisations and the European Commission, participants identified the need to leverage potential cooperation and integration of networks, develop adaptable value-added networks based on smart factories and integrate such factories with customers and markets via smart supply-chains.
EffizienzCluster CEO, Thorsten Huelsmann, and EFFRA Managing Director, Zeljko Pazin, stated that “the Factories of the Future partnership is working to support the implementation of ICT & manufacturing strategies that will support manufacturers and their suppliers in managing the dynamics of supply-chains and a need for quick decision making. Collaboration with the logistics community, both within the partnership and beyond, it is highly important to overcoming mutual challenges”.
Participants included the European Commission’s Directorates for Research, CONNECT (ICT) and Enterprise, industry (including Bayer, Proctor and Gamble and Volvo CE) and research (Fraunhofer IML and the Aristotle University Thessaloniki) as well as the Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE) Platform.
 

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17. December 2014

ECM as a guest at the foundation of Urban Logistics Cluster in Lisbon

The expertise of EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr is asked all over Europe – in the last week at the Urban Logistics Cluster Lisboa e Vale do Tejo in Portugal. Before the official foundation ceremony the cluster ... more

The expertise of EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr is asked all over Europe – in the last week at the Urban Logistics Cluster Lisboa e Vale do Tejo in Portugal.
Before the official foundation ceremony the cluster management got in contact with the employees of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH to ask for a contribution to the Kick-off event.
“Requests like those are a symbol for the success of our internationalization strategy”, says Thorsten Huelsmann, CEO of ECM. “As the largest research and innovation cluster of logistics, we are proud to be one of the key contact persons for international partners from science, economy and the public sector.”
The Urban Logistics Cluster Lisboa e vale do Tejo was founded by the EU-project Dorothy, short version of Development of regional clusters for research and implementation of environmental friendly urban logistics’. At Dorothy, four European regions – Lisbon and Vale do Tejo at Portugal, Toskana in Italy, Oltenien in Rumania and Valencia in Spain – exchange Know-How and Best practices regarding regional activities of logistics to secure the urban supply. At the end the partners develop a corresponding action plan. The project started last year and has a duration time of 36 months.
The contact between the Urban Logistics Cluster Lisboa e vale do Tejo and EffizienzCluster was born at the European Forum of Logistic Clusters in Brussels this year, the closing event of the EU-projects LOG4GREEN und LOG2020, in which EffizienzCluster has been a project partner.

As a representative of EffizienzCluster in Lisbon, Nomo Braun visited the founding event.
More than 90 people from 53 organizations and enterprises followed his speech regarding the successful development of the Leading-Edge cluster EffizienzCluster. His message: “You have to focus on the strengths of your partners and industry. In doing so, you have to follow a clear aim and set corresponding milestones – an international focus should always be included.”
 

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09. December 2014

Partner of EffizienzCluster are founding an Enterprise Lab at Fraunhofer IML

Partner of EffizienzCluster are founding an Enterprise Lab at Fraunhofer IML

Foundation of DB Schenker Enterprise Lab for Logistics and Digitization (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Michael ten Hompel, managing director of Fraunhofer IML; Michael Kadow, Head of Business Excellence at DB Schenker, Thomas Schulz, member of the managing board of Schenker AG; Dr. Hansjörg Rodi, CEO of Schenker Deutschland AG; Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, chair holder »Supply Net Order Management« at TU Dortmund.

The Fraunhofer Institute of Material Flow and Logistics and DB Schenker now signed the contract for the “DB Schenker Enterprise Lab for Logictics and Digitization”. The cooperation of the two EffizienzCluster ... more

Partner of EffizienzCluster are founding an Enterprise Lab at Fraunhofer IML

Foundation of DB Schenker Enterprise Lab for Logistics and Digitization (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Michael ten Hompel, managing director of Fraunhofer IML; Michael Kadow, Head of Business Excellence at DB Schenker, Thomas Schulz, member of the managing board of Schenker AG; Dr. Hansjörg Rodi, CEO of Schenker Deutschland AG; Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, chair holder »Supply Net Order Management« at TU Dortmund.

The Fraunhofer Institute of Material Flow and Logistics and DB Schenker now signed the contract for the “DB Schenker Enterprise Lab for Logictics and Digitization”. The cooperation of the two EffizienzCluster partners agreed on an initial term of three years.
The work in the lab will be focused on the subjects Internet of Things and Services, Industry 4.0, Big Data and Cloud Computing – done by fixed scientific personnel in own premises.
The „Fraunhofer Enterprise Labs“ are a success story: DB Mobility Logistics AG is already the third Lab-Partner after Sick AG and Würth. They all decided on joint research between science and economy.

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02. December 2014

Sustainable cluster-structures with LOG4GREEN

All over Europe, the logistics sector is working on the future role of logistics – but the structures are different from country to country and from region to region. Within the European Project LOG4GREEN ... more

All over Europe, the logistics sector is working on the future role of logistics – but the structures are different from country to country and from region to region. Within the European Project LOG4GREEN partners from six countries jointly worked on concepts to strengthen the competitiveness of each region regarding the sector of logistics, learning from the best practices of the partners. Last week, the project ended after 36 months.
During this process, the special role of EffizienzCluster as the biggest research and innovation cluster in Europe became clear. The leading-edge cluster took the chance of the project and extended its internationalization strategy and built up new cooperation.

Sustainable partnerships also could have been established e.g. between the second German partner of LOG4GREEN – the University of Duisburg-Essen – and the University of Klagenfurt (Austria). The two partners jointly applied for further projects in the Horizon 2020 program.

More information about the project.
 

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07. November 2014

ECITL 2014 became the "Meeting point in Europe"

ECITL 2014 became the

From the left to the right: Chang Yoon Seok, Korea Aerospace University; Prof. Dr. Uwe Clausen, Fraunhofer IML; Dr. Günter Horzetzky, Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia ; Thorsten Hülsmann, EffizienzCluster Management GmbH; Prof. Dr. Jens Schumacher, University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg

The 7th European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics (ECITL 2014) emphasized once again the significance of IT for logistics. Scientists and experts in the field of logistics illustrated which possibilities ... more

ECITL 2014 became the

From the left to the right: Chang Yoon Seok, Korea Aerospace University; Prof. Dr. Uwe Clausen, Fraunhofer IML; Dr. Günter Horzetzky, Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia ; Thorsten Hülsmann, EffizienzCluster Management GmbH; Prof. Dr. Jens Schumacher, University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg

The 7th European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics (ECITL 2014) emphasized once again the significance of IT for logistics. Scientists and experts in the field of logistics illustrated which possibilities and chances are offered by implementing intelligent software. The international character of the conference with speakers and participants from 20 different countries showed the significance of the subject for logisticians all over the world. The EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr that hosted the conference together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistic IML in Dortmund once again became the “meeting point in Europe”.

ECITL 2014 took place in Dortmund from Wednesday, 5th November, until Friday, 7th November. The conference was opened by Prof. Dr. Uwe Clausen, Managing Director of Fraunhofer IML, and Dr. Günther Horzetzky, State Secretary at the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The ECITL is based on an initiative by the European Commission and the responsibility for the organization lies in the hands of the University for Applied Sciences Vorarlberg. The event is always hosted by a different European organization each year.

Logistics and IT are growing together

The subject of this year’s conference has high priority for the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr. IT is playing a more and more important role in logistics, yet the reverse is also true: Logistics is one of the most important sectors for IT. Thorsten Hülsmann, Managing Director of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, pointed out that logistics and IT are growing together as “hybrid services” in the cluster: “Very early on we recognized the importance of software and modern information and communication technologies (ICT) for logistics and adjusted our research projects accordingly. The majority of our current 40 projects and associated research projects is based on the implementation of intelligent information and communication technologies and new software solutions – also in transport logistics.“

Members of the European Commission numbered among the top-class speakers at the ECITL. In one session, Fleur Breuillin from the European Commission, DG MOVE, referred to the significance of e-Freight for more sustainability and efficiency in logistics with respect to the future of logistics. Wolfgang Höfs, group leader “Strategic Planning and Communication“, talked about logistics in the digitalized economy and society in his speech.

Best Paper Award goes to Finland

The award for the Best Paper emphasized the high scientific expectations at ECITL 2014: Eetu Pilli-Sihvola from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in Espoo received the award for a speech about a “Decentralized Approach to Logistics Execution Monitoring in a Multi-actor Network“. The prize was awarded in the Industrieclub Dortmund as part of the cultural visit – one of numerous opportunities provided for intensive networking.

“Industrial Tours” present innovative logistics

Within the ECITL the participants take the opportunity to familiarize themselves with innovative logistics in the region: As part of so-called “Industrial Tours“ organized by the City of Dortmund Economic Development Agency each delegation visited the IKEA European Distribution Centre in Dortmund and the warehouse and production facility of Atlas Shoes, also in Dortmund.

For more pictures just visit us on our Facebook channel https://de-de.facebook.com/EffizienzCluster

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03. November 2014

InventAIRy to enable inventory taking from the air

In Germany, companies have a legal obligation to take inventories. However, this stocktaking can be very time-consuming and expensive in many cases. The research project “InventAIRy – Identification ... more

In Germany, companies have a legal obligation to take inventories. However, this stocktaking can be very time-consuming and expensive in many cases. The research project “InventAIRy – Identification with autonomous flying robots”, which is the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr’s most recent associated project, is currently working on “flying inventory taking”.

The technological progress being made by flying robots provides companies with new possibilities for inventory taking – in both indoor and outdoor storage areas. “The versatility of flying robots combined with the ability to carry payloads of several kilograms, their stable flight patterns and ability to fly autonomously based on GPS are leading to more and more areas of application for this technology – including in warehouse environments”, explains project leader Dipl.-Logist. Marco Freund at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML. It is thanks to its sensor technology that the autonomous flying robot InventAIRy can navigate independently through warehouses and take inventories. It gets its cognitive abilities from its sensors. The warehouse set-up is measured and recorded optically by means of motion and camera sensors so the robot can position itself in the area and carry out an integrated dynamic identification of its environment. Satellite navigation systems are also used to accurately determine the robot’s position in outdoor areas. Objects within a warehouse, such as load carriers equipped with identifiers, can also be detected by the service robot. Because of the high flexibility of the system, InventAIRy is suitable for a multitude of warehouse types and operational scenarios. It is not necessary to set up any local infrastructure either.

InventAIRy is the ninth associated project within the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr. The work of the researchers in this project is very much in line with the Cluster’s principle of “increasing efficiency through automation”.
InventAIRy is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the technology programme “Automation for Industry 4.0”. It started in January 2014 and will run for a period of 36 months. In addition to Fraunhofer IML, partners in the project include Aibotix GmbH, Panopa Logistik GmbH, University of Bonn and the forwarding company Wiedmann GmbH & Co. KG.

Please find more information about InventAIRy here.
 

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21. October 2014

Europe on the way to the Innovation Union

Europe on the way to the Innovation Union

As one of their central outcomes, the EU-funded projects LOG4GREEN and LOG2020, both associated projects of EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, celebrated the first European Forum of Logistic Clusters on 14-15 October ... more

Europe on the way to the Innovation Union

As one of their central outcomes, the EU-funded projects LOG4GREEN and LOG2020, both associated projects of EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, celebrated the first European Forum of Logistic Clusters on 14-15 October in Brussels. About 200 participants from over 20 countries, including Brazil, USA and Australia, participated in the forum. The event attracted scientists and company representatives from many important European logistics regions. The participants took advantage from keynotes on the role of logistics for smart regional development and intriguing and lively in-depth exchanges between panellists covering the range of today’s most relevant logistics topics. During breaks, the networking opportunities at posters and regional booths were very well received.

Clusters and Smart Specialisation Strategies as vehicles for more competitiveness

The first day of the conference focused on the role of clusters and their role in transforming Europe into an Innovation Union. Dimitri Corpakis, Head of the Unit ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation’ in the DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission stressed that the innovative performance of European regions still differ at lot. To change this, the European Commission aims at improving the framework conditions for innovation. Both Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds contribute to ensure smart, inclusive and sustainable growth in Europe. Clusters play a crucial role in boosting all regions for more innovation: as intermediaries and important door openers, they serve at the same time as cooperation platforms especially for small and medium businesses. Keir Fitch, Head of the Unit ‘Research and Innovative Transport Systems’ in the DG Move at the European Commission stressed that the logistics sector and their hubs and clusters are crucial for the entire European market. Jacob Stoumann of Oxford Research pointed out that the work of clusters is not always easy as the results are not always directly visible. He encouraged the actors and sponsors involved in cluster initiatives to show some stamina: to build trust and to explore common interests may take several years. However, both are basic for all kind of cooperation in clusters.

For the logisticians among the participants, the first day was of high interest as it gave insights into the strategies of the Commission and the benefits of working in clusters. Moreover, Claire Nauwelaers, an independent international expert in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, explained the chances of setting up a regional smart specialisation strategy: complementary to cluster strategies, smart specialisation is a good starting point for building upon individual characteristics of regions and strengthening their competitiveness.

Collaboration is key for future logistics

The second day was devoted to six topics that had been defined as particularly relevant for the future by the research projects LOG4GREEN, SoCool@EU and LOG2020, the third organiser of the conference. In six breakout sessions, stakeholders from academia, industry and the public sector intensely discussed main challenges, good practice examples and still existing problems to be solved in the forthcoming years. In the session on ‘Green investments in supply chains: the inevitable choice towards competitiveness’ panellists agreed that measures towards more sustainability in logistics provide great opportunities not only for the environment, but also for economic efficiency and cost savings. Collaboration across the entire supply chain as well as global, or for the start at least European, standards are key for further success. However, the panellists discussed quite controversially on the question whether regulation or incentives would be a better trigger to boost sustainability in logistics.

In the session ‘Meeting the challenges of sustainability: requirements for tomorrow’s Supply Chain Executives’ presenting the results of the Erasmus project LOG2020, the panel discussed requirements and developments in the field of education and training of logisticians and supply chain managers. The Master Class, developed during the LOG2020 project, aims at training executive logistics managers to be properly prepared for the inevitable challenges the future holds. Respecting scientific progress, the MasterClass focus on how to optimise supply chains of today and in future scenarios. One of the main questions discussed was to what extend and how fast educational institutions react on these changes. Denyse Julien from Cranfield Management University as well as Ton de Kok from the TU Eindhoven and Tias Nimbas assured that education and training programmes are well adapted: new concepts and formats are being developed continuously to meet fast changing demands.

The organisers of the Forum are enthusiastic about the great success of this first European Forum of Logistic Clusters. Supported by positive feedback from participants, the clusters sharing the organisation of the conference can well imagine continuing the forum as a biannual event.

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14. October 2014

Right in the middle of it: EffizienzCluster at 31st International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin

“At the moment, there are a lot of thrilling possibilities for logistics companies to get involved in shaping research in Europe and implementing challenging project ideas. It is, however, more important than ... more

“At the moment, there are a lot of thrilling possibilities for logistics companies to get involved in shaping research in Europe and implementing challenging project ideas. It is, however, more important than ever for partners from different European countries to cooperate in leveraging new technologies and solutions together“, says Dr. Christian Jacobi, Chairman of the Board of the EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, in the run-up to the 31st International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin from 22nd to 24th October 2014 in an appeal to logistics companies in Europe to share their knowledge and best practices with each other more in future and to kick off joint projects together. “There are a lot of attractive research fields and the range of calls for tenders is huge.” At the International Supply Chain Conference, international guests will have the chance to discuss these topics with the top representatives in the cluster: The EffizienzCluster lounge at the Schweizerhof will be the “Meeting point for Europe“.

Number of research and innovation projects in Europe to increase

The EffizienzCluster stands for a significant increase in research and innovation projects in logistics within the European Union. It is their declared aim to integrate companies in the development of comprehensive strategies for research, innovations and market development at a European level. The cluster provides companies with support when it comes to research funding at an operational level, too. Thorsten Hülsmann, Managing Director of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH: “We analyze the potentials for research projects and innovations on the European market both with companies and for companies. At the same time, we bring companies together with the best universities, colleges and institutes for logistics in the whole of Europe and network companies with potential business partners.“

European network is available for companies

For that purpose, EffizienzCluster has built up a well-functioning network in Europe: As co-founder of the European technology platform ETP ALICE (Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe) and member in the Steering Group of ETP, the EffizienzCluster is helping to develop a strategic roadmap for European research funding for logistics. Last but not least, it makes sure that the roadmap includes technological developments relevant to the cluster partners. By means of strategic and operative cooperations with top institutions in European logistics research, such as DINALOG in the Netherlands, or cooperations with organizations and initiatives like the European Intermodal Association EIA, Green Freight Europe or Lean & Green, topics can be dealt with in a European context right from the beginning – this can be important with regard to the standardization of logistic solutions. The EffizienzCluster is also a member of various consortiums in EU research projects.

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07. October 2014

EffizienzCluster publishes new brochure "Meeting Point Europe"

As the largest research and innovation cluster of logistics in Europe, EffizienzCluster supports and encourages logistics companies to start research at a European level - facing growth and innovations. The Cluster's ... more

As the largest research and innovation cluster of logistics in Europe, EffizienzCluster supports and encourages logistics companies to start research at a European level - facing growth and innovations.
The Cluster's new brochure "Meeting Point Europe" presents the organisations, initiatives, alliances and congresses where employees of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH are actively working on future trends of logistics with an international focus. Especially the needs of EffizienzCluster's partners are communicated and represented. Examples are the European Technology Platform ALICE, Alliance for Logistics Innovations through Collaboration in Europe, as well as well-known institutions and initiatives like DINALOG in the Netherlands or the European Intermodal Association (EIA), Green Freight Europe and Lean and Green.

The brochure also offers information regarding European Funding, especially Horizon 2020. It can be downloaded here or ordered from EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, info@effizienzcluster.de.

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17. September 2014

Future Logistics Congress: Review in pictures

Future Logistics Congress: Review in pictures

From the 16th to 17th of September 2014, the Future Logistics Congress took place in Dortmund, Germany. The congress gave an overview about the potential that the 4th industrial revolution provides for the sector ... more

Future Logistics Congress: Review in pictures

From the 16th to 17th of September 2014, the Future Logistics Congress took place in Dortmund, Germany.
The congress gave an overview about the potential that the 4th industrial revolution provides for the sector logistics. So this year the congress focused on the “Principle of Networking”. Renowned representatives from business and science offered an insight into their worlds of experience giving new ideas and impetus for your work.
More than 500 visitors and 13 exhibitors discussed in numerous sessions about the innovations in logistics.
More impressions of the Future Logistics Congress are available on our Facebook page.

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21. August 2014

// Viewpoint // New opportunities for logistics through cyber physical systems

// Viewpoint // New opportunities for logistics through cyber physical systems

The immense significance of logistics for the German economy is undisputed today, particularly in the light of constantly increasing tendencies towards internationalization and the increasingly complex structures ... more

// Viewpoint // New opportunities for logistics through cyber physical systems

The immense significance of logistics for the German economy is undisputed today, particularly in the light of constantly increasing tendencies towards internationalization and the increasingly complex structures within production, markets and competition. Logistics has developed from being purely about transportation to now play a performance-defining role in global value added networks. In this context, the internet of things and cyber physical systems for logistics are of fundamental importance towards achieving the efficiency required of logistics within global value added networks, in particular with respect to individual order processing, and towards fulfilling key supply and waste disposal tasks for households, retail and production sites.

The internet of things and cyber physical systems for logistics play a central role in dealing with the challenges facing both society and logistics. According to the modern perception of logistics, the two are inextricably linked. It was logistics that developed the vision of the internet of things more than a decade ago and made significant contributions towards realizing this vision. To put it briefly, logistics sees the internet of things as things controlling themselves: intelligent devices should learn to think and goods should organize their own route to the destinations all by themselves. When logistics first expressed this vision it was hardly to be expected that the principle of self-control would lead to a fundamental reorientation of logistics and to a revolution in business.

The internet of things has become a driver for the 4th industrial revolution which is currently on everybody's lips as the future project industry 4.0. According to Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, president of the National Academy for Science and Engineering acatech, "Industry 4.0 enables batch sizes of one to be produced at the same cost as a mass product, and the requirement-oriented optimization of value adding processes in real time. Active, autonomous and self-organizing production units are replacing passive, plan-oriented production systems. The intelligent product actively supports the production process. Production becomes highly flexible, highly productive, resource-preserving and urban-compatible."

Cyber physical systems form the basis for the fourth industrial revolution: informational components (cyber) and mechanical or electronic and sensory components (physical) merge with each other to form an intelligent system, a cyber physical sytem, in short a CPS. CPSs are more than an individual sensor application or an individual intelligent assistance system that helps people to perform specific activities (an embedded system). They stand for the networking of efficient intelligent embedded systems, mobile services and worldwide data sources to form complex entire systems. CPSs use the internet as a business web, i.e. as a platform for business co-operations – with the objective of generating added value by means of new applications, new services and co-operations at the complex systems level. Cyber physical systems see the internet of things really taking shape. Connecting the virtual world of data with the physical world of goods requires an increasing merging of logis tics and ICT competencies and the integration of ICT competencies in logistics.

It is an important task for logistics to guarantee the functionality of globally established production and logistics networks (supply chains). The basis for that is the complete transparency of all material flows in the supply chain which, from now on, can be guaranteed in a new dimension by the internet of things and the cyber physical systems. Such transparency enables products to be traced and therefore leads to sustainability for all the participants in a supply chain – from the supplier of raw materials right through to the consumer. Cyber physical systems play an important role also in intralogistics. Where individual and business transports are concerned, the principle of the internet of things with cyber physical systems helps to connect all transport processes with the associated information. Thus, control alternatives can be identified and efficiently exploited at any time. Further approaches in this field are the shared use of transport and logistics infrastruct ures (e.g. transshipment areas, distribution transportation, goods transfer systems) by companies and service providers as well as new solutions for "last mile" distribution and goods transfer.
These considerations result in a plethora of new solutions which could be the impetus for companies in the logistics sector in North-Rhine Westphalia to achieve more through innovation and research as EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr presented in a position paper worked out by various scientist.

// Written by Thorsten Hülsmann, CEO, EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, Germany

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14. August 2014

ABEKO - new associated project at EffizienzCluster

Future Production and logistics systems will become highly interactive socio-technical systems. Intelligent objects and intelligent work and operating resources will be linked to each other via internet technologies, ... more

Future Production and logistics systems will become highly interactive socio-technical systems. Intelligent objects and intelligent work and operating resources will be linked to each other via internet technologies, will interact with each other and revolutionize production control. The design of logistics processes will also be influenced by demographic change. In this context, an innovative assistance system will put companies in a position to proactively manage the development of their employees’ expertise.
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16. July 2014

ABEKO - new associated project at EffizienzCluster

Future Production and logistics systems will become highly interactive socio-technical systems. Intelligent objects and intelligent work and operating resources will be linked to each other via internet technologies, ... more

Future Production and logistics systems will become highly interactive socio-technical systems. Intelligent objects and intelligent work and operating resources will be linked to each other via internet technologies, will interact with each other and revolutionize production control. The design of logistics processes will also be influenced by demographic change. In this context, an innovative assistance system will put companies in a position to proactively manage the development of their employees’ expertise.
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04. July 2014

Annual Meeting 2014

Annual Meeting 2014

Intense discussion – intense working: During the Annual Meeting of 2014, representatives from economy and science have expedited the strategic development of EffizienzCluster LogsitikRuhr. On July 16th over ... more

Annual Meeting 2014

Intense discussion – intense working: During the Annual Meeting of 2014, representatives from economy and science have expedited the strategic development of EffizienzCluster LogsitikRuhr. On July 16th over 100 experts have met in Mühlheim an der Ruhr to verify the importance of research results of other projects for their own work through five different workshops. The workshop “Performance improvement in logistics” presented different approaches to potential analysis and forecasting techniques for future logistic challenges, a workshop regarding methods of sustainability debated different practices of sustainability measurements for logistics. Possibilities of the localization of products and goods as well as the transferability of solutions from the furniture industry to the trade industry, and vice versa, were discussed in the workshop “AutoID along the Supply Chain”. Pictures and impressions of the Annual Meeting can be found on our Facebook page.

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04. July 2014

LOG2020 completes Master Class Pilot

The LOG2020 Master Class "Supply Chain of the Future" has passed its baptism: During its pilot that has taken place from January to June 2014, eighteen logistics managers and directors from different European ... more

The LOG2020 Master Class "Supply Chain of the Future" has passed its baptism: During its pilot that has taken place from January to June 2014, eighteen logistics managers and directors from different European countries intensively studied and discussed on challenges and opportunities in Supply Chains in the 21st century. "Both, the participants as well as the participating research institutions gained essential knowledge on a practical and a scientific level," says Henk Zijm, Scientific Director of DINALOG and Chair of the Executive Board of LOG2020. "On this basis we will continue to develop the Master Class further to make it accessible to all logistics executives across Europe."

An important added value of the Master Class was in the composition of the group: The participants – highly qualified and with about 5-20 years of experience in supply chain management – represented different levels and areas of logistics. Everyone was able to contribute his specific view; all participants benefited from this intense exchange across sectors and positions. The scientific approach in the Master Class was consistently perceived as enriching and as impulse to set new priorities in their daily business as well as to think about appropriate changes.

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04. July 2014

Future Logistics Congress: Program is released

The program of the Future Logistics Congress is released and can be downloaded here. The program contains renowned representatives from business and science for examples Reinhard Clemens, Member of Board of Telekom ... more

The program of the Future Logistics Congress is released and can be downloaded here. The program contains renowned representatives from business and science for examples Reinhard Clemens, Member of Board of Telekom or the logistics expert Frank Sportolari, President of UPS Germany. They will provide insight into their worlds of experience giving new ideas and impetus for your work. So the first day of the Future Logistics Congress promises exciting lectures and controversial discussions. Please register via the registration form at the end of the program.

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12. June 2014

// Viewpoint // Sustainability - Boost to green logistics or a real chance for transformation?

// Viewpoint // Sustainability - Boost to green logistics or a real chance for transformation?

Freight transport in the EU is likely to increase by up to 80 percent by 2050. At the same time, traffic-related CO2 emissions are supposed to decline by around 70 percent compared to 2008. Is logistics able to ... more

// Viewpoint // Sustainability - Boost to green logistics or a real chance for transformation?

Freight transport in the EU is likely to increase by up to 80 percent by 2050. At the same time, traffic-related CO2 emissions are supposed to decline by around 70 percent compared to 2008. Is logistics able to manage this balancing act?

Already today, many talk about "green logistics". People aspire to a technological transformation of the economy: Greenhouse gas will be reduced through technology and efficiency investments. But will this be enough considering today’s processes? Scottish prawns sent to Thailand to be peeled, and then sent back to Scotland; Jeans, carried around the world for four times before wearing it for the first time; yoghurt, counting 9,000 km before it gets on the shelves. Logistics is a core part of the problem.

More and more people believe that there need to be a basic behavioral and structural change. Ecological and social questionable processes need to be reconsidered in order to truly act sustainable. Companies need to act. Not only because consumers will increasingly ask for secure and resource-friendly products and delivery; but because prices for raw materials and energy will rise.

Logistics is in a pole position facing these challenges since logistics and supply chain management have the ability to considerably contribute to present-day problem solutions if not to a process of transformation. It will be the task of a new generation of logisticians to understand their discipline as the core of the solution.

// Written by Dagmar Grote Westrick, EffizienzCluster Management GmbH

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27. May 2014

Royal visit in Dortmund

Royal visit in Dortmund

Today, 27 May 2014, King Willem-Alexander, King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Queen Maximá visited the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics. They visited the research halls and the ... more

Royal visit in Dortmund

Today, 27 May 2014, King Willem-Alexander, King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Queen Maximá visited the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics. They visited the research halls and the laboratories of the research institute and got to know the opportunities that Industrie 4.0 offers for logistics and social life. On the occasion of the royal visit, EffizienzCluster and DINALOG, Dutch Institute für Advanced Logistics, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to intensify the cooperation between the two clusters in the future.

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12. May 2014

Green Logistics and European Intermodal Association focus on cooperation

Green Logistics and European Intermodal Association focus on cooperation

To set global standards, strong cooperations with strong partners are more then essential. Because of this, EffizienzCluster project Green Logistics and the European Intermodal Assoziation signed a Memorandum of ... more

Green Logistics and European Intermodal Association focus on cooperation

To set global standards, strong cooperations with strong partners are more then essential. Because of this, EffizienzCluster project Green Logistics and the European Intermodal Assoziation signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Both initiatives are working on methods and concepts to measure resource consumption and emissions.
Today's reality shows the relevance of the topic: Uncertainties about the actual ecological effects combined with the lack of knowledge about possible, more ecological alternatives and their economic impacts make it difficult for small and medium-sized as well as large companies to design their logistics to be eco-efficient. That's what the partners want to find answers for.
In future, Green Logistics and European Intermodal Association will focus on the exchainge of knowledge and information especially reagrding "Green Logistics", develop further research questions and find the right answers in collaborative projects.

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08. April 2014

Best Paper Award ECITL 2014

Best Paper Award ECITL 2014

Gebrüder Weiss, one of the leading transport and logistics companies as well as partner of EffizienzCluster, just introduced an award for the best-ranked scientific paper submitted to ECITL 2014. Take your ... more

Best Paper Award ECITL 2014

Gebrüder Weiss, one of the leading transport and logistics companies as well as partner of EffizienzCluster, just introduced an award for the best-ranked scientific paper submitted to ECITL 2014. Take your chance and download the Call for Papers now! The winner will be announced at the galadinner of ECITL at 6 November 2014 at Industrieclub Dortmund.
This year's hosts of ECITL are Fraunhofer IML and EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr. Participants from all over Europe will meet in Dortmund from 5 - 7 November to discuss latest research results and trends regarding ICT in transport logistics. For more infromation, please visit www.ecitl.eu.

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19. March 2014

Successful LOG4GREEN Workshop on Risk and Resilience

Recent approaches on urban supply are creating a vision for a future where urban environments are cleaner, safer and more responsive to the fast dynamics. The need for sustainable and smart cities increases steadily. ... more

Recent approaches on urban supply are creating a vision for a future where urban environments are cleaner, safer and more responsive to the fast dynamics. The need for sustainable and smart cities increases steadily. Thus, for urban suppliers, dealing with uncertainty in the supply chains day by day, resilience is an evolving concept and design model that differs from traditional risk management. Considering limited forecasting capacities and sometimes non-linear behaviour of complex dynamic systems, managing risk and resilience is a growing topic for all of them. Get more Information!

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