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Dachser whirls into action to prevent car plant stoppage

[ February 3, 2021   //   ]

Dachser México’s Critical Cargo arm used a helicopter to move critical supplies to avoid a production line work stoppage for a car manufacturer. The 255-mile trip from the supplier’s site in Celaya to the plant outside Mexico City typically requires five to six hours by truck, so Dachser Mexico chartered a helicopter to save vital minutes.

The mission was to transport 120 boxes of essential automotive supplies, weighing over 780kg to the plant. Dachser used an Airbus EC145 passenger helicopter, which was limited to a 600kg payload. The remaining less time-sensitive cargo was moved by road.

Upon arrival at the plant, trucks were on hand to immediately bring the supplies directly to its production line, with Dachser Mexico personnel supervising the off-loading.

Without the supplies, the production line would have shut down, at a cost of about $3,000 per minute. The chopper arrived with just ten minutes to spare.