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Panalpina investigates 3D printing 03 February 2016

Research findings will find their way into wider service offering

Three years ago, Panalpina and Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University in Wales (UK), set out to search for the ‘hidden formula’ for lean inventories. This innovative partnership between the university and the global logistics and freight forwarding company has allowed the Company to launch D2ID, a new inventory forecasting application. The co-innovation approach has been so successful, that the research is now being expanded to include new manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing.

The follow-up projects with the Cardiff Business School and the Cardiff School of Engineering launched in January 2016, will focus on new manufacturing technologies. The aim is to help Panalpina’s customers identify the right products that could be switched from traditional to new, additive manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing.

As with the first round of research, the findings will find their way into Panalpina’s wider offering of Logistics Manufacturing Services which has already successfully transformed the manufacturing and logistics strategy of important high-tech customers.