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Kuehne + Nagel launches lithium battery logistics

SCHINDELLEGI, Switzerland: September 13, 2017. Kuehne + Nagel has launched 'KN Battery Chain' – a supply chain solution for shipping large lithium batteries as more and more auto manufacturers switch to hybrid or all-electric vehicle production.

tesla-batteryK+N expects the worldwide demand for battery-powered vehicles (BEV) will rise 300 percent prompted by government regulations to meet CO2 emission targets and changing consumer behavior.

China, France and the UK have all announced plans to ban the production and sale of fossil fuel-powered cars around 2040. The Trump Administration has not announced similar goals.

Designed for the automotive industry and high-tech customers, K+N said it is providing end-to-end logistics management to simplify BEV supply chain complexity, real-time monitoring of physical parameters and location, specialized packaging, labeling, testing and inspecting, battery recycling, Customs brokerage and environmental performance measuring.

The company said the new service is certified against ISO9001 standard for quality management and the automotive standard ISO16949 covering sea, air, rail and road transport from the manufacturer to the assembly line, and to warehousing for production logistics and aftermarkets, as well as returns of used and faulty batteries from dealers.

K+N CEO Detlef Trefzger commented: "KN BatteryChain demonstrates our capability to anticipate industry trends from which we derive industry-specific solutions in time. I am convinced that this innovative solution developed in close cooperation with our customers and partners will set industry standards for the supply chain along the entire battery life cycle and support our automotive customers and the aftermarket to grow their businesses."

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