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19 November 15

Realizing a sustainable supply chain: the SYNCHRO-NET European project



Developed under the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union, the initiative has the participation of 19 companies and received a grant of 7.3 million euros.


Madrid, 15 of June 2015: DHL Supply Chain, DHL business unit, the world leader in the field of logistics and transport, announces the launch of the SYNCHRO -NET initiative, under the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union, it will focus on the development of a new generation chain eco- efficient, sustainable and cost effective supply. The program, whose coordination is under the responsibility of DHL, has received a grant of EUR 7,301,194.5 and has the participation of 19 companies from 10 countries.


As explains Rafael Salinas, of DHL Supply Chain Iberia, “DHL has always shown a high level of commitment and collaboration with innovative and pioneering initiatives. It is our honor and proud to be part of this ambitious European project. Since DHL Supply Chain will make a special effort to coordinate the initiative, which we take responsibility, work permits fluid and lined all the companies involved.”


The SYNCHRO -NET project, which is expected to complete in 2019, will be realized a supply chain capable of guaranteeing strong logistics solutions to companies, while allowing them to increase the level of service they provide to their users, are cost effective and help them reduce their carbon footprint.


SYNCHRO-NET show that the model slow steaming (full utilization of the cargo space of transport fleets and control its speed) in combination with a synchro-modal logistics optimization can bring significant improvements such as, the reduction of between 20 % to 25 % in costs and linked to the use of fuels for maritime transport emissions; increased between 25% and 30% of the replacement of road transport by rail and the consequent reduction of between 12% and 15% in kilometers traveled by the trucks; or decreasing between 5% and 10% of finished product inventories that importers and manufacturers have to keep stored.To achieve these objectives, the project will incorporate key parameters such as Synchro-modal Real -time Logistics Optimisation modules (e- Freight- enabled); intelligent systems simulation and load control; models of statistical analysis of risk / benefit; Dynamic solutions Stakeholder Impact Assessment; and collaborative structures involving business, operation and management architectures.


Thanks to the work of all partner companies in the project, many of them SMEs, and to urge that the European Union gives to innovation through the Horizon 2020 SYNCHRO-NET will be realized a new model of supply chain, more resilient, safe and Flexible, from start to finish, ensuring significant cost savings and a drastic reduction in emissions to the environment.


(*)Companies participating in the SYNCHRO -NET project are: DHL, MJC 2 Bureau Veritas , Politecnico di Torino ,  Circle, Cork Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer , Sam- Electronics, Kongsberg Maritime, Software AG , Centre de Recherche Pour L’architecture et L ‘ industrie Nautiques , Cross -border Research Association, China Shipping Agency,Syco Hedvig Haberl, Kuehne+Nagel, EMC Information Systems International, Rail Safety and Standards Board Limited, Hydrocean, Circle SRL y London Economics.


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