Seven out of 10 premium cars produced in Europe are manufactured in Germany, making the country Europe’s number one automotive market. Globally, one in five cars carries a German brand. The automotive industry is the largest industry sector in Germany, which is home to the largest concentration of OEM plants in Europe.
DB Schenker, one of the world’s largest transportation and logistics services providers, required a property solution in Leipzig (Germany) close to the operations of its customer BMW Group. From there it would supply vehicle parts and modules as quickly and efficiently as possible to the car manufacturer’s production plants in China and South Africa.
DB Schenker’s essential requirements for the built-to-suit facility were:
The 145,000 sqm logistics centre was developed in two phases between February 2011 and December 2013. The first construction phase of 81,000 sqm was operational in just eight months. Goodman then quickly started on the extension.
The 145,000 sqm logistics centre has been tailored to meet the specific requirements of the car industry. The side-loading and unloading tunnels typically used by the sector, together with 100 loading docks ensure efficient transportation of products from the production facility to the warehouse. The property also features a large external storage area of around 14,000 sqm. The new built-to-suit development offers DB Schenker ideal conditions to implement optimal logistical processes.
From the new logistics centre in Leipzig, DB Schenker provides over 8,000 different parts for vehicle production overseas in China and South Africa. The property allows the company to assure production supply so that assembly runs precisely on schedule at all manufacturing sites.