Opel, an automotive manufacturer, has announced plans to resume in-house operation of its German logistics distribution centres. The facilities are currently being operated in a joint venture with Neovia Logistics but will be run by Opel itself from February 1, 2016.
“We have made a decision to consider replacement parts logistics a core competence of our company and to therefore operate the European warehouses in Bochum and Rüsselsheim on our own in the future. The German distribution centers are extremely important and play a crucial role in our plans,” explained Peter Christian Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales and Member of the Board, Opel Group. “This decision is purely based on strategic corporate reasons. We have been satisfied with the cooperation. Neovia has proven to be a competent logistics partner.”
Following the resumption of in-house operations the Bochum warehouse will be expanded with an investment of €60m, which will mainly be used for a new building on the site. In addition the number of jobs there will increase by 265 to around 700. The Bochum logistics centre supplies replacement parts to all markets where Opel cars are sold.
The joint venture, in which Opel has a 20% share, also operates warehouses for Opel in Rome and Budapest. The decision with regards to the continued outsourcing of the Rome and Budapest warehouses will be evaluated during 2015.
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