More drive in Dingolfing: io-consultants plans global spare parts logistics centre for BMW

Heidelberg - 21.10.2015

Increased sales in the emerging markets and a stronger customer focus prompted BMW to redesign and modernise its international logistics and spare parts processes. The leading car manufacturer commissioned io-consultants, a planning and consulting company from Heidelberg, to support them in this project. The goal was to accelerate the global spare parts supply and boost the efficiency of all logistics processes at BMW's central warehouse in Dingolfing, Bavaria. BMW has already begun expanding its sites for the purpose. A first newbuild spanning 105,000 m² was started in March; followed by two further logistics centres with floor spaces of 170,000 m² and 30,000 m². 

After the project kick-off in March 2013, io-consultants and BMW jointly developed a comprehensive strategy for BMW’s after sales business, including the restructuring of all materials flows. The main focus was on optimising customer service, increasing flexibility while simultaneously simplifying processes and reducing lead times and transportation and handling costs. BMW's new distribution centre in Wallersdorf, close to the manufacturing site in Dingolfing, plays a central role in achieving these ambitious goals.

The Wallersdorf site spans approximately 30,000 m² and is home to the intelligent control systems for spare parts logistics. All incoming goods are consolidated and distributed to the existing warehouses - and in future also to the two new logistics centres - from here. Shipments can therefore be pooled to optimise materials flows and improve delivery times and quality.

An important milestone for efficient spare parts management at BMW is the newbuild of the 170,000 m² Volume Centre in Wallersdorf. Once operations start in mid 2017, Wallersdorf will be BMW's hub for fast moving consumer goods. One of the major challenges in the planning process was to accommodate the huge variety of spare parts. These currently encompass 280,000 different items, but every year sees the addition of several thousand new articles on account of the rapid developments in e-mobility.

The 105,000 m² large logistics centre in Landshut, which will only handle slow moving products, will ease the load of the existing warehouses. This complete reorganisation of global spare parts logistics is gearing the entire BMW Group towards sustainable growth and creating significant new employment opportunities in the region.

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