The new logistics hall has started operations at the Mercedes-Benz press shop in Kuppenheim. The hall is used for the intermediate storage of pressed parts and welding components, which are produced in Kuppenheim for the compact car plant in Rastatt.
The completion of the hall will create around 25 new jobs for an external service provider. “With the new logistics hall at the Mercedes-Benz press shop in Kuppenheim, logistics processes have been optimised, which already contributes to a noticeable reduction in truck traffic in the region,” said Dr.Andreas Heuer, Head of Forming Technology Kuppenheim/Gaggenau.
So far, the pressed parts were stored externally and had to leave for the press shop. For further processing into welding components, the parts were returned to the press shop and then transported to the Rastatt Mercedes-Benz plant. Due to this logistics processes, individual parts had to be transported up to three times. The opening of the new hall therefore cuts down the transport and requires only one truck trip to the compact car plant in Rastatt.
The construction of the new hall began in December 2017. 600 tonnes of steel and seven kilometres of piping were installed. The 14,000 m² usable area of the hall corresponds to the area of about two football fields and the gross volume corresponds to about 55 Olympic swimming pools.
The press shop Kuppenheim employs more than 800 people and has an important position in the production network of Daimler. Kuppenheim is part of a press shop production network with locations in Sindelfingen, Bremen, Hamburg and Kecskemét.
Delivery to several areas of the Group offers the opportunity to optimally use the flexibility of the production network. Since May 2011, the press shop Kuppenheim has been producing parts for Mercedes-Benz trucks and for Mercedes-Benz compact cars. More than 600 different individual parts are manufactured in Kuppenheim: body panels, structural parts and welding components for the new generation of Mercedes-Benz compact cars.