Modelling of the automotive distribution network by merging supply channels of manufacturers

Aurimas Vilkelis

Doctoral dissertation

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The dissertation investigates the issues of European freight distribution problems based on the example of automotive industry. The main object of the research includes distribution network connecting supply channels of output of European automobile manufacturers. The author‘s developed distribution model for finished vehicle production allows to identify badly interconnected transport regions and to adapt freight transportation alternatives that ensure more efficient utilisation of transport resources by the reducing empty runs and loading factor as well as demand of transport.

The dissertation consists of four parts including Introduction, 3 chapters, General conclusions, References and 7 Annexes.

The introduction reveals the investigated problem, importance of the thesis and the object of research and describes the main aim and tasks of the work, research methodology, scientific novelty, the practical value of results and defended statements. The introduction ends in presenting the author’s publications on the subject of the defended dissertation, offering the material of presentations made in conferences and defining the structure of the dissertation.

Chapter 1 provides an analysis of the factors that determined the evolution of automotive industry in the European Union. The analysis examines the solutions applied by different automotive manufacturers for production distribution and provides examples of good practices. The author analyzed the sources of scientific literature on solution of distribution problems of finished production.

Chapter 2 provides the author’s algorithm for establishing a connection of new vehicle supply to distribution centers and a hypothetical model of production supply and transport flow.

Chapter 3 provides a transport flow conection algorithm, which was used for the calculation of loading alternatives and thus ensured continued use of vehicles. Two distribution options are formulated for  elimination of  possible interruptions in the new vehicle distribution network: in the first, the entire flow of finished production was sent by road transport and, in the second, production flow was sent via road, rail and sea transport.

6 articles focusing on the subject of the discussed dissertation have been published and 4 presentations have been given in conferences on the national level. During doctoral studies, the author had were performed four internships: first two in the company Gefco Österreich GmbH in Austria, third one in ETH Zurich University’s, Transport Planning and Systems Institute in Switzerland and fourth one in FH Erfurt University’s, Transport and Spatial Planning Institute in Germany. The total duration was 7 months.

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