On 23 and 24 September 2021, the “Executive Logistics Summit” took place at the Krone Future Lab in Lingen, a new exclusive event format by KRONE in cooperation with the ETM publisher for top decision-makers from the transport and logistics industry. The two-day programme offered the opportunity for an exchange of experts on the mega-topics of digitalization, sustainability and automation in three practice-oriented workshops. More than 120 guests followed the top-class workshops. Two particular highlights were the keynote speech by Hildegard Müller, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry, and the keynote speech by Dr Philipp Rösler, member of the supervisory board of Brainloop AG and former Vice Chancellor.
Furthermore, there was the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of the Krone Future Lab, which was officially inaugurated on 21 September. The modern validation centre has, among other things, two servo-hydraulic test benches and a performance test bench, as well as a test track around 1.1 km long. The lifetime of 1 million km of a trailer can be mapped with this validation technology in fast motion in just a few weeks.
On 24 September, Krone offered an exclusive preview that generated great interest among the participants: the first prototype of the KRONE eTrailer, which saves up to 20 percent fuel and thus also CO2. By combining the eTrailer, which is equipped with a powerful electric axle, and a diesel tractor unit, the entire semi-trailer system becomes an electric plug-in hybrid. The background to this development is a strategic partnership between Krone and Trailer Dynamics.