CKD Center for Audi in the Port of Duisburg opens
Duisburg, 23.08.2013 | New logistics center on logport II inaugurated. Largest AUDI AG CKD location worldwide. Schnellecke Logistics organizes the CKD business.
After just eight months construction time, the new logistics center for AUDI AG in the Port of Duisburg with around 53,000 square meters of hall space was officially inaugurated today. Via its largest CKD location worldwide, the car manufacturer from Ingolstadt will export 800,000 cubic meters of car components per year to China, India and Mexico in future. For this purpose the CKD business is being taken over by the automotive logistics service provider commissioned by Audi, Schnellecke Logistics. The new logistics complex on the logport II site was built by the duisport Group, which also organizes the integrated logistics and transport services. Total investments amounted to more than 25 million euros. Around 500 new jobs are being created by the location.
“I would like to congratulate the Port of Duisburg on the opening of the new logistics center. The location of the globally successful car manufacturer Audi in the world’s largest inland port is strengthening not only the city of Duisburg, it is also proving once again the top position of North Rhine Westphalia as a logistics location. Logistics is of decisive importance for our federal state. The outstanding infrastructure together with innovative services from companies from the logistics sector are a guarantee of the competiveness of our industrial and retail companies: only a good logistics location can also be a good industrial and retail location. With the planned 500 new jobs the Port of Duisburg is continuing its employment success story,” emphasized NRW Economics Minister Garrelt Duin at the opening.
“In Audi we have succeeded in bringing a large car manufacturer to Duisburg for the first time. This shows that the port has long had more than just strategic significance for the region and is an attractive location for numerous economic sectors,” says Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG. The trimodal logistics center was built by the port operator duisport for the automotive logistics service provider commissioned by Audi, Schnellecke Logistics. “I am very pleased that despite a bad winter we have succeeded in completing the logistics center according to plan,” enthused Erich Staake. “Our extensive experience in developing logistics facilities benefited us here.” Two of the five logistics halls in total had already been completed in July and handed over to Schnellecke. The first vehicle components have already been packed for transport in consignment sizes and shipped in containers. With the turnkey ready handover of the three additional halls the logistics facility is now finished. In total, the world’s largest CKD location (Completely Knocked Down) for the Audi Group includes around 53,000 square meters of hall space on the 106,500 square meter plot. Furthermore, there is the possibility for expansion on the logport II site.
“It was a good decision to locate our CKD location in the Port of Duisburg. All the basic conditions are right here: from the high quality space, the good transport connections with short pathways, the trimodal transport possibilities road, ship and rail up to the full service range,” explains Dr. Michael Hauf, Head of Brand Logistics of AUDI AG. Due to the possibility of processing transports via rails and waterways a contribution is also being made to “green logistics”. Hauf: “Furthermore, in duisport and Schnellecke Logistics we have two professional partners at our side who adjust flexibly to our requirements. The new logistics center specially tailored for us will contribute to optimizing our processes and is thus accelerating the export of our car components to the growth markets China and India. When we open our new plant in Mexico in 2016 parts will also be supplied there from Duisburg.”
Over 800,000 cubic meters of car components will be exported via the logistics turntable per year. Schnellecke Logistics picks, packs and stuffs the vehicle parts for the Audi models A3, A4, A6, Q3, Q5 and Q7 in containers. “I am pleased that Audi trusts our expertise in processing the CKD business once again,” says Prof. Rolf Schnellecke, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Schnellecke Group from Wolfsburg. “With tailor made logistics solutions and a state-of-the-art Duisburg location, we offer Audi an optimized value creation chain through lean processes and efficient use of resources.” For this purpose the company is supported by the packing service provider Thimm Schertler, which is also located in the CKD center and provides Schnellecke with the necessary packing materials and systems.
The CKD location on the logport II site is directly next to the existing trimodal container terminal “Gateway West”, which has been there since 2010. The logistics complex is thus connected to the rails, roads and waterways and has its own in-house track connection to deliver conventionally packed parts by rail. Efficient supply of the containers required for export is ensured by the neighboring empty container depot. Furthermore, the duisport Group organizes conventional goods delivery by rail, the adjacent terminal operations and container transport to the seaports, mainly to Antwerp. Transport by ship is equivalent to around 13,000 truck movements between Duisburg and the Western ports.
“The search for qualified staff has been very successful up to now. For this purpose we are being actively supported in close cooperation with the Employment Agency and the duisport Group,” praises René Elbert, Schnellecke Business Unit Head for the CKD location. While about 450 jobs will be created at Schnellecke Logistics at the Duisburg location, Thimm Schertler intends to recruit around 50 new employees at the logport II site. “The location of AUDI AG is a special high point in the duisport success story. It shows trust in the Duisburg logistics location, which ensures new, modern standards internationally. I am pleased that 500 new jobs are being created in Duisburg by the new logistics center,” says Mayor Sören Link.
For Erich Staake the opening of the Audi CKD location is also a confirmation of the corporate strategy. This strategy acquires attractive business locations for the port location with a combination of logistics and floor space, as well as full service packages. “In Volkswagen we have also been able to convince Audi’s parent company of the location recently. The logistics center will be built right on our site in Kaßlerfeld,“ says Erich Staake. “The completion of the CKD center, via which VW will then supply its plants outside Europe, is already planned for the end of January 2014.”