A significant industrial zone of Luxembourg is located in the eastern part of the Grand Duchy, more precisely in Echternach. In the past decades, companies have settled here. This area stands out in particular for its high degree of innovation. As part of the International Supply Chain Day organized by Bundesvereinigung Logistik e.V and at the initiative of the Young Professionals Logistics and Supply Chain Luxembourg (YPL²), Fanuc Europe and IEE S.A have given a look behind their scenes.

In the morning, Andrea Scammacca, Head of European Supply Chain welcomed the 25 guests at Fanuc’s European headquarter. Japan’s leading player in robotics and industrial automation supports a large number of European offices in the areas of repair service, marketing, human resources, IT and administration, sales and service.
Following the introduction, as part of a factory tour the various company divisions were visited at the Echternach site. For the mostly logistics-friendly participants, the state-of-the-art spare parts warehouse was of particular interest. It grants the highest spare parts availability to European customers in conjunction with a dense distribution network.
The impressive repair center, which contributes to outstanding after-sales with its central repair service and in cooperation with a spare parts warehouse, also attracted the interest of the participants. Here at the latest, it became clear how much technology and know-how are in Fanuc’s robot-controlled applications and how much importance the company attaches to the quality aspect.

At lunchtime, IEE S.A hosted a lunch and networking opportunities at the behest of Mr. Udo Thommes, Head of Logistics & Supply Chain. The automotive supplier headquartered in Contern (L), where all major research and development units are located, opened a factory in Echternach in 1989. The relevant departments here are supply chain, assembly, production, process and production technology as well as quality assurance. Characterized by a very high degree of innovation, the company has continued to evolve in the past to become a leading supplier of intelligent automotive sensor systems.

After the company presentation, the visitors were able to get to know the different company products using the example of an exhibited automobile. During the guided tour through the incoming and outgoing goods, the impressive rolling mill and finally an insight into the various assembly and production lines, the participants learned even more about the sensors manufactured on site and their technical structure. The most well-known examples are the automatic seat occupancy recognition, various driver assistance systems or intelligent camera systems. Here, too, it soon became clear that only a consistently high level of innovation could have led to such corporate successes.

Afterwards, the participants exchanged each other’s findings in a relaxed atmosphere and the majority was sure to have spent an exciting day in Echternach.
YPL² says thank you to Fanuc Europe and IEE S.A for their willingness to actively contribute to the Day of Logistics!

Some twenty government agencies and State services have been working together with players from the private sector to gather on the “Logistics Portal” a comprehensive set of information for use by economic operators who are active in the domain of logistics and international trade.

Check it out here

That information portal brings together, in a single centralised location, information concerning the services offered by the Administration des Douanes et Accises (Customs and Excise Agency), the Administration de l’Enregistrement et des Domaines (Indirect Tax Authority), the Administration des Services techniques de l’Agriculture (Administration of Agricultural Technical Services), the Administration des Services vétérinaires (Administration of Veterinary Services), the Administration de l’Environnement (Environment Agency), the Office des Licences (Licensing Office), the Division de la Sécurité alimentaire (Food Safety Unit), the Division de la Radioprotection (Radiation Protection Department), STATEC, the Chamber of Commerce and others. It is aimed in particular at:

  • promoting Luxembourg as European logistics hub;
  • showcasing the multimodal platforms and high added-value services offered by our companies;
  • explaining the various steps to be taken in establishing or developing logistical activities in Luxembourg;
  • simplifying the administrative formalities connected with the import, export and transit of goods.

The Logistics Portal is available in French and English, and can be accessed at the web address www.logistics.public.lu. The website has been set up with the technical support of the Centre des Technologies de l’Information de l’État (State Information Technology Centre – CTIE), and interacts with the State administrative guide “Guichet.lu”.

The setting-up of the information portal is part of the Government’s “Single Window for Logistics” programme, which is coordinated by the Ministry of the Economy and implemented in close cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, the Customs and Excise Administration, the CTIE as well as the Cluster for Logistics and its members. It is also aligned with the national strategies “Einfach Lëtzebuerg” and “Digital Lëtzebuerg”.

The multiannual “Single Window for Logistics” programme aims at simplifying and digitising exchanges of data between all actors involved in the logistical chain. Several procedures have already been digitised to submit applications for official certificates, for example those concerning food products, plants, wood and live animals.

Press release by the Ministry of the Economy

KPMG Luxembourg is one of the first supporters of YPL². We were delighted to organize an event with them on the international Supply Chain Day 2017. During this event, key note speakers presented interesting topics – under a common theme “the logistician of tomorrow”, Nicolas Fedenko and Arnaud Hemricourt (both from KPMG Luxembourg) shared with us insights on Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in the supply chain.


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Under the motto “Navigating the future of supply chains” the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain management will organise its second annual eXplore conference on the 01 of March 2018. After the big success of the first conference last year which was focussing on the future of Supply Chain Management, the organisers and speakers will advise on how to tackle SCM in the future.  During the conference also the master students will display their thesis posters. You can find the full agenda and the registration form here, lets meet up over there.