Volkswagen has expanded its regional parts distribution centre (PDC) in Bangalore, India with an investment of IR 12 crores ($1.8 million).
The recent work has enlarged the facility to 7,900 sq.m. The PDC, which opened in 2015 with an investment of $4.7 million, now serves more than 100 VW Group dealerships across the southern part of country with aftermarket parts. The Bangalore PDC accounts for half of the service parts VW distributes in India and the expansion is designed to ensure those parts are delivered quickly.
This expansion is in line with the company’s three depot network strategy under the ‘Depot Network Development Project’. The state-of-the-art facility has been designed by Volkswagen Group Sales India in co-operation with Volkswagen AG worldwide and it fulfils the company’ global standards. With its strategic location and extension, the PDC in Bangalore will continue to significantly contribute in reducing current lead-time in providing genuine parts to 111 dealers of the brands Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda across the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra, Goa and Kerala.
“The expansion of the PDC in Bangalore is a strategically important move for the Volkswagen Group in India,” said Berndt Buchmann, director of VW Group India’s Aftersales and Vehicle Logistics department at ceremony to mark the expansion. “The PDC will cater to the Southern region which contributes to close to half of parts sales in the country. Our target is to ensure quickest delivery of parts to dealers ultimately improving customer satisfaction.”
In order to further strengthen the Volkswagen Group in India and taking a step towards continuous expansion of its After Sales and Spare parts infrastructure in the country, a further Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) of approx. 25,000 sqm at Chakan, Pune has been planned. This RDC is expected to be functional by the fourth quarter of 2018.