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The purpose of the "digital factory” is the holistic planning, realisation, control and continuous improvement of all major factory processes. "Digital factory” therefore refers to real factory planning from product development and production planning right up to commissioning, all of it digital. Any part of a factory can be planned, mapped and simulated using software.
The 64th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover will be officially opened on 20 September 2012 by the Federal Minister of Transport, Dr Peter Ramsauer (CSU). Until 27 September, more than 1,800 exhibitors will present technological highlights in the commercial vehicle, transport, trailer and supply industry at the world’s most important trade fair for transport, mobility and logistics.
Today telematics is a crucial instrument for transport companies when it comes to increasing efficiency and reducing costs. Telematics systems not only allow positioning, but also serve communication between the driver and the dispatch office, and carry out automatic route planning and truck navigation.
After several years of research work, one of the world’s largest field trials for vehicle-vehicle and vehicle-infrastructure communication (car-to-X communication) has started in the Rhine-Main region.
The European Commission is preparing a CO2 Regulation for heavy commercial vehicles. However, in comparison with passenger cars, the truck market is much more varied – ranging from construction site tippers to long distance trucks. There is such a large number of variations and bodies for heavy commercial vehicles that a "standard solution” makes no sense in relation to CO2.
"Commercial vehicles: driving the future” is the motto of this year’s 64th International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) Commercial Vehicles being held in Hanover from 20 to 27 September. Beyond all doubt the engines of the future – but also of the present – include electrical drives.
Telematics is a key technology for modern freight transport. Through intelligent control of traffic flows the control systems optimally exploit the road network and thus make a crucial contribution to efficient use of infrastructure.
In July 2012, 248,000 new passenger cars were registered in Germany. This corresponds to a fall of 5 per cent. In the first seven months of this year, the domestic car market totalled nearly 1.9 million units, thus matching last year’s level.
The prices for admission to the world’s leading trade show for mobility, transport and logistics, the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicles, remain unchanged. "We have exploited additional efficiency potentials and are able to keep IAA admission prices at the 2008 level [...]
While the major international markets outside Europe were all recording double-digit growth in passenger car sales in June, the Western European passenger car market remained slightly below last year’s level. It was stabilised by the keen demand on the German and British markets in particular.
20th "Handelsblatt” annual conference "The automotive industry – on the way to the car of the future
"The people of the future will be mobile. The need for individual mobility is increasing all around the globe. Passenger and freight transport will expand considerably in the coming decades, especially in the growing emerging economies,” declared Dr Kay Lindemann, Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
In the first half of this year the German group brands increased their sales of light vehicles (passenger cars and light trucks) in the US by 21 per cent to 591,700 units. They therefore expanded faster than the market as a whole, which grew by 15 per cent to 7.25 million vehicles.
"Commercial vehicles are the backbone of modern industrialised societies. In Europe commercial vehicles carry around three quarters of all freight traffic. All the other modes of transport – inland shipping, aircraft and the railways – are dependent on trucks,” stressed Matthias Wissmann.
After a stable growth trend in the first four months of this year, new passenger car registrations on the German market fell in May by nearly 5 per cent, to 290,000 units. Here it must be remembered that May 2012 had two working days fewer than the same month last year.
The German automotive industry firmly rejects a toll for passenger cars, even in the form of a toll sticker, and welcomes the clear statement by the German Chancellor. "An additional burden on motorists cannot be justified particularly with the argument of securing funding for the road infrastructure,” emphasised Matthias Wissmann, President of the VDA.
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