The Schaeffler Group has inaugurated its new European Distribution Centre (EDC) Central in Kitzingen (Germany). Schaeffler has invested around €110 million ($128.7 million) in the construction of the new location in Lower Franconia.
Approximately 100 employees currently work in Kitzingen, but that number will increase to around 200 by the middle of next year. During the official opening ceremony of the central warehouse, Georg F. W. Schaeffler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG said: “This new logistics centre at our new Kitzingen location is a further milestone in the implementation of our strategy ‘Mobility for tomorrow’. At the same time, we regard the new EDC Central as a commitment to the Franconian region, to Bavaria and to Germany as a location.”
With its conveniently located position in the centre of Europe, Schaeffler’s new central warehouse in Kitzingen is the central point of Schaeffler’s European warehouse network. Until now, the network of European distribution centres (EDC) has comprised a warehouse for Northern Europe in Arlandastad, Sweden and a warehouse for Southern Europe in Carisio, Italy.
In addition to the company’s headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Middle Franconia and the new location in Kitzingen, Lower Franconia, the globally active automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is present at ten further locations in Bavaria.
The Bavarian State Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder, who attended the inauguration of the EDC Central as honorary guest, said: “Kitzingen is now the centre of Schaeffler’s European logistics system. This is a huge investment for Schaeffler AG and an excellent development for Lower Franconia as a location and Bavaria as a whole!”
Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler AG explains: “The main objective of our investment in Kitzingen is to make the entire global supply chain, from our suppliers and our production network through to our customers, more cost-effective, faster and more flexible. This means that the new EDC Central will help directly to improve our ability to supply and ensure the future competitiveness of the Schaeffler Group.”
The ground-breaking ceremony for the EDC Central took place at the 148,000 square metre site in the conneKT-Technologiepark in Kitzingen in October 2016. The development comprises a 38.5-metre-high high bay storage warehouse with €28,000 ($32,760) pallet storage spaces and an automated container warehouse with almost 95,000 storage spaces. These loading aids are transported using an electrified floor track system and state-of-the-art conveying technology with a length of more than 2,000 metres.
Up to 85 trucks can be loaded and unloaded daily on 20 ramps. With a base area of around 17,000 square metres, the logistics area has a usable hall space of around 25,000 square metres in the warehouse, which is partly on two floors.