New logistics facility: io-consultants provides project management and implementation support for BMW
Heidelberg - 14.7.2016
io-consultants is currently involved in a number of newbuild projects for the BMW Group. The first facilitiy is now up and running in the Bavarian town of Bruckberg-Gündlkofen. The spare parts warehouse was opened on 13 July 2016. In Wallersdorf, around 60 km to the north-east, the foundation stones for a new distribution centre and spare parts warehouse were laid mid-April 2016. These two sites will complement the existing spare parts warehouse (“Dynamics Centre”) in Dingolfing and all three together will form the BMW Group's “Centralised Spare Parts Distribution Centre”, known as the ZTA. io-consultants is supporting the project with an interdisciplinary team of logistics, architecture and SAP EWM process planners.
The new spare parts warehouse in Bruckberg-Gündlkofen accommodates slow-moving products on an area spanning 100,000 sqm. “Automation within the warehouse has purposely been toned down so that our client can react with maximum flexibility to changing customer demands,” says Thomas Kilimann, Managing Director at io-consultants. “One of the main challenges of this project was to realise the move without disruption of operations and whilst maintaining customer availability.”
A number of different warehouse systems will be used to manage the C- and D-parts product range which currently comprises around 170,000 BMW Group part numbers. The small parts shelving alone offers four levels of storage space for such parts, each with a surface area of around 10,000 sqm. Conveyor technology for outgoing goods caters for the high quantity of C- and D-parts rush orders, and simultaneously ensures that BMW’s top priority of customer availability is guaranteed.
The facility in Bruckberg additionally feature high-bay narrow aisle storage, wide aisle storage, and floor-level block storage options.
io-consultants has been supporting BMW since the early concept phase and, along with other projects, will be providing the entire planning of operational distribution logistics. The main focus is on restructuring all the material flows in order to optimise customer service and increase flexibility while simultaneously simplifying processes and reducing lead times and transportation and handling costs.
Besides the ZTA project, io-consultants is also implementing various newbuilds of continental and regional distribution centres. One such example is the site in Kleinaitingen, an hour west of Munich, which now supplies dealers throughout southern Bavaria and in parts of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse, thus taking the strain off the Dynamics Centre.