Optimizing the automotive supply chain for leaner processes

Automotive Supply Chain



MasterTug MT300 moving components for Continental during tyre manufacturing

The challenges of meeting OEM demand

For Tier 1 suppliers maximizing operational efficiency to meet OEM order quotas is critical. However, with intralogistics processes still often reliant on a combination of manual handling and traditional material handling equipment such as forklifts and ride-on-tows, there are opportunities to streamline processes to increase efficiency.

Unlocking efficient intralogistics for automotive tier 1 suppliers

Our electric tuggers allow a single operator to efficiently move heavy loads such as kitting carts, injection mold tools and parts. With no operator license required, there’s no wasted time in waiting for a licensed driver, maximizing productivity and production flow. Electric tuggers facilitate quicker mold and tool changeovers and the just-in-time delivery of parts lineside.

The benefits of electric tuggers for Tier 1 automotive

Enabling tier 1 suppliers to improve workplace safety and accelerate operational efficiency, electric tuggers are trusted to move loads such as interiors, body panels, parts and tooling across throughout production processes.

  • Accelerate efficiency

    Accelerate efficiency

    Internal transportation is not a value-adding process. License-free electric tuggers streamline the movement of loads to reduce downtime and maximize efficiency. 

  • Moving materials just-in-time

    Moving materials just-in-time

    Electric tuggers deliver the safe and efficient movement of parts, components and materials just-in-time, enhancing lean processes.

  • Focus on value-adding tasks

    Focus on value-adding tasks

    Eliminating manual handling and reliance on cumbersome material handling equipment, electric tuggers empower staff to focus on value-adding tasks, improving productivity.

Our range of automotive electric tuggers


Up to 4,400 lbs.

SmartMover SM200+ Electric Tugger

Compact but powerful, the SmartMover is the ideal manual handling solution – trusted to improve safety across industrial manufacturing, retail and ...

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Up to 44,000 lbs.

MasterTug Electric Tugger

The MasterTug range allows a single pedestrian operator to easily push, pull and steer wheeled loads weighing up to 44,000 lbs.

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Up to 44,000 lbs.

MasterTow Electric Tugger

Drive safety and efficiency with our powerful electric tow tugs, designed to safely move loads of up to 44,000 lbs.

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Up to 66,000 lbs.

PowerSteered Electric Tugger

Remote control solutions for maximum visibility when moving loads up to 66,000 lbs., and beyond with our patented MultiLink solution.

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Toyota AGV electric tug

AGV Systems – Case Study

Toyota accelerates efficiency with an AGV system

A world leader in its field, the automotive manufacturer has achieved return on investment and improved operational efficiency when moving parts to the production line…

Learn how Toyota Motor Manufacturing used an AGV system to automate its driving processes.

Trusted by global tier 1 automotive suppliers 

Leading global tier 1 automotive suppliers trust MasterMover electric tuggers to safely move parts, components and equipment – maximizing production efficiency and enhancing lean manufacturing processes.

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Process times have decreased. In the past, we lost time from manual handling. The process is now much quicker. We have reduced the time lost between press die changeovers. Our production efficiency is increasing

Your Questions, Answered - FAQs

What are electric tuggers used to move in the automotive supply chain?   

Across the industry, electric tow tugs are used to move a wide variety of equipment and components such as:

  • Transmissions, drive shafts & axles
  • Powertrains
  • Interiors, lighting & safety systems
  • Kitting carts 
  • Body panels & chassis
  • Injection mold tools & press tools
What types of control options are available?  

Electric tuggers are available with multiple control options designed to maximize safety and efficiency. 

  • Pedestrian operated electric tuggers allow a single operator to safely maneuver even the heaviest loads with confidence, removing manual handling and reliance on forklift trucks.  
  • Remote control operation is available to deliver maximum visibility by allowing operators to take up the ideal vantage point when moving loads, facilitating the seamless movement of loads in congested areas. 
  • AGV systems remove the need for an operator, automating the movement of heavy loads to maximize efficiency and resource utilization.   
Is an operator license or training required?   

No, unlike lifting equipment such as forklift trucks and cranes, an electric tugger does not require a license to operate. A license-free operation reduces downtime and maximizes operational efficiency, reducing wasted time waiting for a licensed driver.    

Minimal training is required to safely operate an electric tugger and we offer training packages to suit every requirement.      

How are electric tuggers powered?

Electric tuggers are battery-powered, with interchangeable batteries or lithium options available, electric tuggers can deliver 24/7 operation to keep your processes moving.

Offering zero emissions from the point of use, electric tuggers are ideally suited for indoor use, replacing internal combustion engine powered equipment such as forklifts or tow tractors.   

We're here to help 

If you’re looking to improve safety, remove the risk of injury and unlock greater operational efficiency, we’re here to help. Speak to our team to discuss your application.