Imperial Logistics has formally opened the new Volkswagen Group Packaging Centre which it is managing and operating at JadeWeserPort, Wilhelmshaven (Germany).
The 40,000 sq. m facility took 9 months to complete. 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.
Astrid Luhring, Member of the Management Board of Volkswagen Group Logistics, told the audience: ”With the integration of the packaging centre in Wilhelmshaven, we have optimized our supply network and so reduced logistics costs for the supply of our overseas plants. 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.” Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics, added: ”The choice of Wilhelmshaven as location is of strategic importance for Volkswagen Group. JadeWeserPort is the only deep-water port in Germany. 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.” Imperial Logistics International Chief Executive Officer, Hakan Bicil concluded: “The same wonderful teamwork, which meant that this new Packaging Centre was finished on time, will continue here in the JadeWeserPort for years to come.
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