10. Innovation and Product Management

The company discloses how innovations in products and services are enhanced through suitable processes which improve sustainability with respect to the company’s utilisation of resources and with regard to users. Likewise, a further statement is made with regard to if and how the current and future impact of the key products and services in the value chain and in the product life cycle are assessed.

To address climate change, drive inclusive growth and safeguard the long-term success of the company, an environmentally friendly transportation system is crucial. Hereby, we play an important role as a transport and logistics provider.

Sustainability innovations that have been promoted by Anhalt in recent years:
  • digitalization of our business processes, which led to enormous reduction of paper consumption
  • reduction of average fleet consumption by 0.40 l / 100 km in comparison the previous year 2018 by introducing tank sensors
  • promoting intermodal transport, leading to reduced CO2 emissions
  • using new vehicle technologies
  • selection of power suppliers with more than 50% of electricity from renewable energies
 
We keep an eye on commercial vehicle innovations by visiting commercial vehicle fairs and by being constantly updated by our distributors.

Currently, a new generation of tractor units is being developed - it is expected to consume 3% less fuel on motorways and 5% less fuel in interurban traffic when compared to the previous version. The savings result from a reduction of the air resistance which is achieved by exterior mirror cameras and concave cab side deflectors, as well as newly adjusted speed- and transmission control. This control uses a satellite-based tracking system and thus delivers precise maps as well as data on topography, curve shapes, crossroads, and roundabouts. The driving programs Standard, Eco, and Power are standard. For the first time there is the option to save more fuel with the driving mode “Economy+”. As a third measure to save fuel, a standard new rear axle ratio is used.

The impact of promoted innovations is for example tracked with the KPI "average fleet consumption". In the reporting period 2019, "Kombiverkehr" confirmed a CO2 saving of 3,480 tonnes that was attributable to the expansion of intermodal transports.

To continuously improve our business processes in the context of economics and sustainability, we encourage our employees to make suggestions. For this purpose, a form is available with the quality management system ISO 9001:2015.