Schaeffler is modernizing the logistics of its industry division, optimizing processes and increasing delivery capability in order to supply their customers even faster and more reliably. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new central warehouse in Kitzingen symbolizes the achievement of the next milestone. Miebach Consulting supported the logistics and construction planning and will also provide support during the implementation phase.

In order to be able to supply their customers faster and more reliably Schaeffler is building a new logistics center in Kitzingen. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on the 5th October in ConneKT-Park and was carried out by representatives from Schaeffler and the involved companies Max Bögl/Mauss Bau (ARGE) and SSI Schäfer as well as Stefan Güntner, the mayor of Kitzingen.

Oliver Jung, Director of Production, Logistics and Purchasing at Schaeffler, stated, "We chose Kitzingen as the new site for our central warehouse due to the good location factors. We're currently picking up momentum."

The first customer deliveries will probably start mid-2018. Around 200 people will be employed in the new central warehouse. The total sum of investments is about 120 million euros.

"The new central warehouse in Kitzingen is the final component of our logistics project in the industry division. Our goal is to modernize the logistics activities particularly in the industry section, to optimize existing processes and to increase our delivery performance", said project manager Gregor Luft.

"During the conception of the new distribution center we focused on ergonomic and efficient workplaces as well as modular expandability", reported Miebach Consulting project controller Christian Bauersfeld.

Headquarters of European warehouse network

The new Schaeffler central warehouse will be the headquarters location of Schaeffler's European warehouse network. So far, there are already two central warehouses in the European Distribution Center (EDC) network: one located in Arlandastad (Sweden), to serve Northern Europe, the other one located in Carisio, Italy, to distribute to South Europe. The DC in Sweden opened in March 2015 whereas the DC in Italy was put into operation in May 2016. Both warehouses have been supplying their customers faster and more reliably ever since.

The new distribution center in Kitzingen has a floor space of 15.000 square meters, part of which is built on a mezzanine, offering an overall storage space of 22.000 square meters. The high-bay warehouse with a height of 38 meters and 28.000 pallet bays and the automated tote warehouse with 93.000 container spaces are connected with the combined Pick & Pack workplaces via an in-floor conveyor system. Schaeffler's standard products will be ready for delivery within 24 to 48 hours after receipt of order. Customer orders can be dispatched up to two hours before the departure of trucks.

The next steps

Earth works and civil engineering will take place during the upcoming months and a roofing ceremony is planned for May 2017. The official opening is scheduled for the end of 2017.