September saw a 6% decline in UK car production, according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) due to ‘severe supply chain issues affecting manufacturers’. However, Phil Chesworth, Managing Director at Midland Pallet Trucks says that improved warehouse management could help with the supply chain issues affecting UK car production.
Improving supply chain logistics is crucial for increasing car production businesses’ output, which will help the country’s economic recovery and boost job opportunities.
The challenges in supply chains are high energy costs and material and logistic costs. Phil says that “cutting down logistics costs relies on better managing warehouses and inventory control. To help improve supply chains, warehouse managers need to ensure that their operations are optimised. This would help to keep the supply chain moving, mitigating the risk of bottlenecks”.
Investing in equipment optimised for managing the particularities of automotive warehouses is one of the ways that car production operations can be improved.
Automotive industries require the use of high-quality pallet trucks and wide manual stacker trucks that allow for the precise handling of materials. Additionally, high-lift trucks can help minimise storage surface area, optimising vertical storage and minimising required aisle space. As a result, warehouses can increase productivity and efficiency.
The use of jacks with the ability to lift pallets higher also allows staff to repeat repetitive tasks faster and decreases the potential risks of injury for warehouse employees. This means that downtime is reduced, as well as the need for compensation payouts. These factors increase revenue potential for manufacturers in the automotive supply chain.
Improving logistics along the supply chain will improve the overall infrastructure that supports the UK’s automotive industry. In turn, the investment potential increases. This will help with the recovery of car production numbers and give the UK the best chance of competing with foreign car production industries.