On the 50th anniversary of the network, DHL has announced the opening of a new 13,000m2 facility in Fradley Park, UK that will have the capacity to meet both suppliers and manufacturers requirements for the next five to ten years.
The move to the new site was engineered to ensure there is enough dedicated space for the service to grow and support higher volumes travelling through the UK and Europe. The new site has been intentionally located near the central motorway network allowing products to be easily distributed to strategically positioned sites, ensuring suppliers can deliver material to the manufacturers’ assembly lines on time, every time and if required, in sequence. DHL will also be introducing a fleet of 71 new Euro 6 vehicles into the network, which are some of the most environmentally-friendly and efficient models on the market.
DHL’s automotive logistics network is the leading collaborative automotive collection network in the UK. The service focuses on collecting materials from tier suppliers, consolidating loads, shipping through to the UK or into Europe, deconsolidation of the materials, sequencing and deliveries direct to the assembly line. The service has grown significantly in the last five years and two hundred dedicated employees hold an unrivalled level of experience and expertise. Users of the network include some of the world’s best-known automotive brands and tier suppliers.
For tier suppliers, there are substantial benefits that come with using the network. DHL understands the challenges and demands of delivering into manufacturing plants and assembly lines. Regardless of their size, they get access to a supply chain that reaches all major manufacturers, without needing to pay a premium for a dedicated service. The shared network provides flexibility as customers can adapt to changing demands and manufacturing schedules and continuous improvement programmes to ensure that customers always operate lean supply chains. Users of the network also have full visibility and tracking of all shipments via integrated IT systems.
Martin Dougherty, VP of Business Development and Account Management, Automotive at DHL Supply Chain in the UK added: “In the automotive sector, we are forecast to enter a somewhat volatile period. The future shape of the industry is uncertain – this collaborative network is one way in which DHL can help tier suppliers to reduce overheads, operate more efficiently and help to reduce their carbon footprint.
“The automotive industry has undergone huge transformation in the last few decades. We have seen design to production timescales reduced, global sourcing of parts, the onset of technology and greater personalisation to name just a few. We are proud to have the most complete and broadest range of automotive solutions for the industry. This network has guided manufacturers and tier suppliers through great change and we are confident that we are fully equipped for what is to come in the future.”