Opel is investing and building in the heart of the Ruhr Valley: The German automotive company is currently creating its largest logistics site in Europe with a total area of around 200,000 m2 in Bochum-Langendreer. Bochum’s Lord Mayor Thomas Eiskirch and representatives of building contractors Goldbeck joined Opel Vice President Communications Johan Willems for the topping out ceremony. Opel’s parent company General Motors is investing €60 million in Bochum – the highest worldwide commitment to logistics made by the company.
The ultra-modern distribution centre provides spare parts for over 11 million Opel owners across Europe. The new building with a surface of 95,000 m2 compliments the central warehouse for spare parts and accessories built in 1966. Opel is present on more than 50 markets. Every day, the 12 spare parts supply sites across Europe service over 100,000 orders. More than 2,300 suppliers deliver the individual parts, which are then handled in the distribution centres.
“This new construction will help us improve our logistics processes significantly. Supplying our more than 5,500 dealers across Europe with spare parts in a fast and smooth manner is an important part of customer satisfaction,” said Willems in Bochum.
“The new warehouse will play a big part in optimising workflows and the working environment for my 700 colleagues. We are especially pleased that we can once again offer apprenticeships in warehouse logistics and offer young skilled workers a professional perspective. This means long-term job security and a bright outlook for the future for the Bochum distribution center,” added Murat Yaman, chairperson of the Bochum works council.
Garrelt Duin, Minister of Economics of North Rhine-Westphalia, had only presented Opel with the second grant approval for development of the area of the former vehicle plant in December of last year, providing another reason for the city representatives to be optimistic. “This new construction is one of multiple large projects currently being undertaken in our city. These are strong signals for the attractiveness of the site in the heart of the Ruhr metropolis. Bochum is a city worth investing in. And even though there is still a lot of work to do, the results of the last two years show that something special is being created here in Bochum,” said Bochum’s Lord Mayor Thomas Eiskirch.
To realise the project 400,000 tons of soil needed to be filled in – that is equivalent to 16,000 truckloads. The next construction phase required over 30,000 m3 of concrete, for example for the 326 pillars supporting the 12 m high roof. The new building will be the home to a racking installation with the total length of 19.1 km. In total, the new Bochum warehouse is 440 m long and 210 m wide.