Evolution Time Critical is continuing to facilitate the delivery of critical components to automotive manufacturers where traditional means of transport are failing amid the current severe weather, preventing expensive line stoppages
Emergency logistics is helping automotive manufacturers to avoid highly expensive delays to production by facilitating the delivery of critical components where standard deliveries are failing due to the treacherous snowy conditions. Evolution Time Critical is reporting an upsurge in demand for its services since the cold snap began, saving customers an estimated 30 million euros by preventing line stoppages. The company has made multiple urgent deliveries across Europe as manufacturers strive to keep production lines running amid serious traffic difficulties caused by the heaviest snow experienced in some parts of the continent in nearly 50 years. In some cases Evolution has despatched helicopters or arranged air charters to ensure on-time delivery at the manufacturers’ premises, reacting swiftly to incoming requests in order to ensure deadlines are met.
"It’s a highly challenging period for transport and logistics companies as many are not used to dealing with such treacherous conditions," comments Brad Brennan, managing director, Evolution Time Critical. "Many manufacturers are counting on emergency logistics providers to help keep production lines running as the traffic chaos increases the strain on already stretched supply chains. We calculate that since the snow disrupted European road networks we have helped manufacturers to avoid line stoppages of up to 30 hours, which, with line stoppages costing anything up to €20,000 per minute, represents a significant saving. In one instance we saved a UK-based manufacturer £270,000 by helping to prevent a 30-minute delay to their production line."
Evolution’s team responded to the manufacturer’s request and delivered the critical components all within the space of three hours, sending a vehicle to the supplier’s warehouse to collect the goods after the original haulier turned back due to treacherous driving conditions. The cargo was then loaded onto two helicopters for immediate delivery to the customer’s site.
In another recent instance, a shipment of components was delayed at Dover as the haulier reported that he would struggle to make the delivery by the customer’s 17.00 deadline due to serious problems on Britain’s disrupted road network. With the customer’s permission, Evolution had the trailer diverted to a site where the goods could be loaded onto a helicopter, arriving at the customer’s site with over 20 minutes to spare.
Evolution also despatched an emergency sprinter van from France in the past week to rescue a shipment of parts en route from a supplier in Spain to a UK-based manufacturer. Having received the call mid-afternoon, Evolution immediately despatched a local French sprinter van to intercept the trailer carrying the shipment from the supplier in Barcelona. Evolution’s team of analysts rapidly calculated that the customer would require two to three hours of buffer stock to keep their line going before the van arrived, and while the interception in Caen was being planned, they simultaneously arranged for a vehicle to collect further parts from the supplier’s site. These parts were then driven to a local airport where Evolution had positioned a light aircraft to transport them to a regional UK airport. Once in the UK, an Evolution vehicle was standing by at the airport to rush the parts to the customer’s factory, arriving at 04.00, two hours in advance of the sprinter van, allowing their production line to continue unaffected.
"Our experience of arranging urgent helicopter and air charters in all corners of the world is proving immensely useful," concludes Brennan. "As the cold weather continues, we will be on stand-by to support manufacturers with every tool at our disposal."