Mercedes-Benz has set up a new hub for transporting new vehicles from Europe to Asia. The new hub in the Slovenian port of Koper started operating at the end of 2015.
This measure is part of the strategic realignment of Mercedes-Benz Cars’ Supply Chain Management function in connection with the “Mercedes-Benz 2020” growth strategy.
“The opening of our hub in the port of Koper is the latest milestone in the ongoing development of our global logistics network,” said Alexander Koesling, Head of Supply Chain Management Mercedes-Benz Cars. “This new Mediterranean hub gives us a southern route with major advantages in terms of flexibility and costs for shipping connections between Europe and Asia.The port of Koper has service providers with a great deal of experience with automobile shipments, and offers outstanding infrastructure. This makes Koper the ideal partner for us as a premium manufacturer.” After Bremerhaven (Germany) and Zeebrügge (Belgium), the Slovenian port is the third important European hub for Mercedes-Benz for exporting vehicles to overseas markets.
Vehicles from various European plants will be shipped to China, Singapore and Brunei via Koper. Most of the vehicles shipped via Koper come from the Mercedes-Benz plants in Sindelfingen, Rastatt and Kecskemét (Hungary), as well as the smart production plants in Hambach (France) and Novo Mesto (Slovenia). Koper complements the existing shipping ports Bremerhaven, which still handles the largest volume of vehicles, as well as Zeebrügge, which still serves destinations such as Australia, South Africa and Mexico via a western route.