Imperial Logistics has opened a Volkswagen Group packaging centre at JadeWeserPort, in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, which is said to be highly automated.

Construction on the 40,000m² facility started in July and took a period of nine months to complete. Imperial Logistics is responsible for managing and operating the plant.

Volkswagen Group Logistics management board member Astrid Lühring said: “With the integration of the packaging centre in Wilhelmshaven, we have optimised our supply network and so reduced logistics costs for the supply of our overseas plants.

“During the tender process, Imperial Logistics provided a convincing materials flow concept, among other things. The Imperial Logistics team have done a very good job both during the project phase and since the start of operations.”

The new facility features four halls to store, pick, pack and containerise around 7,000 different Audi, Volkswagen, and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles parts lines received from the automotive firm’s European manufacturing facilities.

It will also assist the company to dispatch outbound shipments to more than 30 locations in 13 countries, including Mexico, China, and the US, with an expected annual output of more than 11,000 40in-high cube containers (22,000 TEU).

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Imperial Logistics International Wilhelmshaven site manager Beatrice Liedtke said: “This packaging centre complements the supply network of the Volkswagen Group’s overseas plants and ensures an optimal supply.

“The responsibility associated with this motivates us daily. We regard automotive logistics as the king of all logistics, for good reason. In no other sector must the links in the supply chain mesh so precisely.”

Imperial Logistics also offers logistics support to Volkswagen Group at ten other locations in Germany, Poland, Hungary, and South Africa, with a combined workforce of 3,600 employees.