Volkswagen Group opens new parts packaging centre

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
From left: Hakan Bicil, CEO Imperial Logistics International; Astrid Lühring, member of the Management Board of Volkswagen Group Logistics; Beatrice Liedtke, site manager Wilhelmshaven, Imperial Logistics International; Frank Leweling, head of project management BTS, Panattoni Europe. (Photo: Imperial Logistics)

Wilhelmshaven, Germany – Imperial Logistics has formally opened the new Volkswagen Group Packaging Centre which it is managing and operating at JadeWeserPort, Wilhelmshaven. The 40,000-square-metre facility took nine months to complete.

The new Packaging Centre will receive around 7,000 different Audi, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles parts lines from plants throughout Europe; these will then be stored, picked, packed and containerized for shipment.

Outbound shipments will be dispatched to over 30 locations in 13 countries including Mexico, China and the United States. Annual output is expected to exceed 11,000 40′ high-cube containers (22,000 TEU).

Around 200 representatives of local and state government, senior management of Volkswagen Group and Imperial Logistics, along with service partners and others, attended the grand opening, which included a tour of the highly automated facility.

“With the integration of the packaging centre in Wilhelmshaven, we have optimized our supply network and reduced logistics costs for the supply of our overseas plants,” Astrid Lühring, member of the Management Board of Volkswagen Group Logistics told the audience at the opening. “During the tender process, Imperial Logistics provided a convincing materials flow concept, among other things. The Imperial Logistics team have done a very good job both during the project phase and since the start of operations.”

According to Thomas Zernechel, head of Volkswagen Group Logistics, Wilhelmshaven was chosen for its strategic importance to Volkswagen Group. “JadeWeserPort is the only deep-water port in Germany,” he said. “With the location of the packaging site we have a direct link to a port, through which our parts can be transported using the largest vessels in the world.”

Beatrice Liedtke, site manager Wilhelmshaven for Imperial Logistics International, told those present: “This packaging centre complements the supply network of the Volkswagen Group’s overseas plants and ensures an optimal supply. The responsibility associated with this motivates us daily. We regard automotive logistics as the king of all logistics, for good reason. In no other sector must the links in the supply chain mesh so precisely.”

More than 500 employees will consolidate components of the different Volkswagen brands; and store them, pack them, load them into containers and send them all over the world.

Imperial Logistics also provides logistics support to Volkswagen Group at ten other locations in Germany, Poland, Hungary and South Africa, employing a combined workforce of 3,600.