Powering a New Era in Automotive with the Move to Electric Vehicles

The pandemic has created a complex and challenging manufacturing landscape across Europe, with some sectors fighting to keep pace with demand, while others are facing a contracted market and uncertain times ahead.

As an industrial services specialist with capabilities across Europe, AIS Eurelo has been on hand to help businesses with both upscaling and downsizing requirements, lifting and moving machinery, production lines and even entire factories to where they need to be. But, as we move out of the crisis response phase of COVID-19 and companies begin to consider their longer-term future, it’s clear that, for some sectors, the landscape has changed permanently and irrevocably. It’s equally evident that, in some industries, the pandemic has been a catalyst for accelerated change, rather than the cause of change. One of these is automotive; a sector where AIS Eurelo has considerable expertise.

Across Europe, the figures for the volume of cars sold in 2020 as compared to previous years makes arresting reading. Not too surprising considering how many people spent a large proportion of the year travelling very little at all. But the lockdown restrictions and continuing nervousness about infection risk are far from the only influences at play here. The economic impact on disposable incomes may have also have had a part to play, but European consumers haven’t stepped back from buying all vehicles; instead, they’ve become more likely to opt for an electric vehicle over petrol or diesel cars.

In the first nine months of 2020, sales of electric vehicles in Germany almost doubled as compared to the number sold across the whole year in 2019, and this upwards trend in electric vehicle sales is reflected across Europe. The pandemic may have had a hand in this, with consumers becoming more aware of the environmental impact of traffic during the quieter period of lockdown. Whatever their motivations for choosing electric this year, however, it seems likely that the trend will continue. Governments are targeting increased use of electric vehicles as part of low emissions strategies and much of the government support offered to the automotive industry during these difficult times is focused on the electric vehicle aspect of the sector.

Gearing Up for Transition

So, what does this mean for the automotive manufacturing sector? While product development and manufacturing capabilities for electric vehicles are already very much in evidence across car brands and automotive manufacturing locations, it’s clear that the current period of change is the precursor of a more prolonged era of transition for the industry. With new vehicle technologies, we can expect to see revised factory layouts and production lines, all of which will require decommissioning and removal of redundant assets, along with installation of new machinery, supported by expert planning, CDM management and project implementation.

At AIS Eurelo, we have the pan-European resources, automotive industry expertise and specialist lifting equipment to support the automotive sector as it continues to make the transition from conventional car technologies to electric vehicles. Our team understands both the commercial and operational factors that must be balanced to introduce new equipment and phase out older machinery without jeopardising business continuity or output forecasts. We have worked with many of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and, while the pandemic has resulted in a more challenging market, it’s clear that there are opportunities ahead to leverage the appetite for eco-friendly electric vehicles from consumers, commercial fleet operators and governments.


Helping Industry Adapt to Change Across Europe

Established earlier this year, AIS Eurelo was formed at a time of crisis as the global pandemic sent shockwaves through industrial sectors, creating challenges the likes of which the world had never seen. Our international capabilities and industrial services Europe expertise had a critical role to play in responding quickly to urgent requirements, as assets were redeployed and strategies were put in place to adjust to the ‘new normal’.

As we look forward to recovery and the new priorities of the post-COVID-19 era, it’s clear that there will be an ongoing period of transition and adjustment. The pandemic has highlighted the need for resilience across operational, commercial and supply chain functions, creating opportunities for expansion for some, while prompting others to rationalise, restructure or realise the value in redundant assets.

With wide-ranging industrial services capabilities, an in-house team of experts and a fleet of vehicles and moving equipment, AIS Eurelo can help companies across Europe to implement their asset strategies; whatever and wherever they might be. Our experience means that we can handle complex projects involving multiple locations, and a broad inventory of assets, helping you decommission, move and install machinery and equipment across borders, within your mission-critical time frame.

From complete factory relocation projects to the decommissioning of a single machine, we can tailor our services to meet your commercial and operational needs with a bespoke plan, devised and implemented by our experts in collaboration with your own team. Often, that means planning the project to ensure a live environment can remain fully-operational to prevent business interruption, or carrying out diversions to mechanical and electrical services to prevent disruption. Our approach is to understand your commercial and operational priorities and develop a plan that responds to your needs.

Safety planning is also a critical element of what we do, and every project is individually risk assessed to ensure that everyone on site is safe and the project is delivered as efficiently as possible.

Change is always inevitable but the pandemic has been a catalyst for rapid and unplanned change, challenging industrial operators to adjust to a new commercial landscape and altered operating conditions. AIS Eurelo has been an important partner for a huge variety of industrial businesses across Europe during these challenging times, helping them to implement their strategy and embed resilience in their operations. As we move forward, our team, expertise and wide-ranging fleet will also be a valuable resource to help companies maximise the opportunities of the recovery and leverage value from their assets.


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