The new MAN Logistics Center in Salzgitter officially started operating on March 12th 2011. This is the hub from which initially more that 450 addresses in five countries will be supplied daily with spare parts for trucks, buses and engines, reliably and efficiently.
Mr Lars Wrebo director of Production & Logistics at MAN Truck & Bus AG said that "Our customers expect their MAN and NEOPLAN trucks and buses to be operational round the clock. For us, with over a million commercial vehicles operating all over the globe, that means we have to deliver spare parts quickly and reliably whenever and wherever they're needed. With our new Logistics Center in Salzgitter we are in a position to meet this challenge in future even better than before."
The new Logistics Center was constructed in just one year on an area of 188,000 square meters in the immediate vicinity of the MAN production plant. The modern logistics building has a hall measuring 52,000 square meters with around 110,000 storage locations for spare parts and provides room for expansion. A special feature of the hall, which is 400 meters long, 125 meters wide and 13.5 meters high, is that it has no dividing walls.
Offices and facilities for staff are situated on the mezzanine floor, members of staff move around the building on a skywalk: this keeps the flows of material and staff largely separate from each other, which has the great advantage of providing the latter with increased occupational safety. The spare parts are transported by means of tugger trains, while small parts are sent to their destinations in containers in an almost completely automatic process.
In all, a sum of EUR 60 million was invested in the new Logistics Center. This is a sign of commitment to the Salzgitter site, as Mr Wrebo made clear "The new Logistics Center is a yet another solid pillar on which the future of the MAN Salzgitter site is built. The spare-parts business is less susceptible to economic cycles and efficient spare parts logistics is becoming increasingly important in the tough competition amongst commercial vehicle manufacturers."