Export hub in the Port of Duisburg: Audi decides on logistics location duisport
Duisburg, 05.12.2012 | Export hub in the Port of Duisburg: Audi decides on logistics location duisport
The port operator duisport is building the lar-gest Audi CKD-export hub in the world in the Port of Duisburg for exports to China and India. duisport is developing a tailor made overall concept for this project. Audi commissions Schnellecke Logistics with CKD logistics.
Duisburg, December 5, 2012 - The internationally successful automobile manufacturer Audi will have 800,000 m³ of automobile components exported via the Port of Duisburg in future. For this purpose the duisport Group is building a new logistics center on the logport II area directly on the river Rhine for Schnell-ecke Logistics, the automobile logistics provider commissioned by Audi. The port operator is also ta-king over integrated logistics and transport services. The total investment amounts to over 25 million euros. About 500 new jobs will be created in Duisburg with the location of this logistics center. "duisport is thus asserting itself as a logistics turntable and value added platform for the automotive sector in the national competition for this project. The combination of location advantages and logistics expertise has convinced," enthused Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG.
In future AUDI AG will have automobile components handled via the new CKD hub (Completely Knocked Down) in the Port of Duisburg for export, primarily to the growth markets China and India. Vehicle parts for the Audi models A4, A6, Q3, Q5 and Q7 will be packed and stuffed in containers as early as late summer 2013. The containers will then be transported to the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam by ship and rail via integrated handling facilities. The duisport Group is developing a comprehensive logistics and solutions concept for sustainable logistics of the center directly on the Rhine. The project also includes developing and building a logistics property integrated into the overall concept.
"Audi is a highly innovative company that we have been able to acquire for Duisburg due to the combination of location advantages and our logistics expertise," said Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG. "The Audi project confirms our Full Service approach. Not only do we make tailor-made areas and real estate available, we also combine this offer with flexible transport and other services from our network. We look forward to implementing this flagship project for Audi in the Port of Duisburg."
"We are experiencing a very pleasing increase in value added services in the Rhine-Ruhr region with 500 new jobs," said NRW Economics Minister Garrelt Duin, commenting on the development in Duisburg. "At the same time this investment once again proves the top position of North Rhine Westphalia as a logistics location. Functioning infrastructure interacting with innovative services from logistics companies guarantee the competitiveness of our economy. Only a good logistics location can be a good industrial and trade location," added Duin.
NRW Transport Minister Groschek also sees a strengthening of the logistics location North Rhine Westphalia in the decision: "With the winning bid not only duisport is gaining an attractive customer but the whole of NRW is demonstrating the infrastructure qualities of its location. Because alongside factors such as centrality, the availability of skilled labor and tailor-made logistics areas, good transport connections have been decisive in selecting the location. Logistics only works where there is outstanding infrastructure. We can find all these basic conditions for an attractive and efficient logistics location in North Rhine Westphalia."
"Due to its infrastructure and logistics network the Port of Duisburg meets our expectations of an ideal business and logistics location," said Dr. Michael Hauf, Head of Brand Logistics at AUDI AG, explaining the choice of location. "The multi-modal transport solutions in particular correspond to our sustainability considerations. They make it possible to raise the transport proportion of rails and inland waterway vessel."
"I am pleased that the Schnellecke Group will operate a CKD location conceived in accordance with the most modern viewpoints here in Duisburg, in the heart of the Ruhr region," said Prof. Rolf Schnellecke, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Schnellecke Group. “With this project, in which sparing use of resources was given special consideration when defining the processes, an additional chapter of successful cooperation is opening for Schnellecke. At this point I would like to thank those responsible at AUDI AG most sincerely."
The logport II-Site for Audi is situated directly on the Rhine and is an extension of the logport I logistics site on the right bank of the Rhine. The 106,500 m² plot, directly next to the trimodal container terminal "Gateway West" that has been in existence since 2010, has been specially configured for Audi by duisport. A total of around 53,000 m² of hall space is being built by the port operator in two construction sections. The logistics complex is trimodally connected, i.e. to rails, roads and waterways, and it will get its own in-house rail connection to deliver conventionally packed parts by rail. duisport will ensure efficient supply of the containers required for export from neighboring empty container depots. The duisport Group will also organize conventional goods delivery by rail, the adjacent terminal operations and transporting the containers to the sea ports, primarily Antwerp. The transport by ship is equivalent to 13,000 truck movements between Duisburg and the Western ports.
duisport is developing an integrated transport concept for the delivering truck transports in cooperation with the City of Duisburg, the State of NRW as well as Schnellecke and Audi. This will be implemented on the commissioning of the facility in late summer 2013. It foresees the early integration of the delivering forwarders and the large-scale signposting of the logport II site on the autobahns around Duisburg. Parking spaces for trucks will also emerge on the logistics site.
After starting full operations about 500 people will be newly employed at the location - twice as many as during the time of the previous user of the area. duisport is supporting the in-house service provider Schnellecke Logistics in looking for qualified trade staff and administrative workers.