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Mercedes-Benz super global logistics centre celebrates 30 years

For 30 years, the global logistics centre located in Germersheim in the south of Germany, has supplied subsidiaries and distributor partners in over 150 countries with parts and accessories for commercial vehicles and passenger cars from Mercedes Benz, smart and Fuso.

Still expanding, with new warehouse complex
The recently commissioned warehousing complex, with its state-of-the-art storage and materials-handling technology and an 80,000 m² warehouse area, marks another milestone in the site’s development.

Along with its external locations, the central warehouse in Germersheim has around 500,000 different passenger car and commercial vehicle parts ready for retrieval in over 1.4 million square metres of storage space.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said that their global logistics centre also demonstrated exceptional flexibility in its anniversary year, especially in terms of the global supply of replacement parts for vehicles in system-relevant areas.

The inauguration of a new, state-of the-art warehouse complex tags in nicely with t anniversary of the establishment of their after-sales operation there. It began operations in 1990 as back then Daimler-Benz AG’s central warehouse for spare parts supply and has since been expanded in several stages.

The commissioning of the new warehouse complex with its latest storage and materials-handling technology ensures that the site remains technologically state-of-the-art. As the competence centre for global parts logistics within the Daimler AG After-Sales supply chain network, the site supplies its partners in more than 150 countries with parts and accessories for commercial vehicles and passenger cars under the Mercedes Benz, smart and FUSO brands.

The central element of the new warehouse complex, which has a storage capacity of 80,000 m², is a 40-metre-high high-bay storage facility for medium-sized and bulky parts. It is supplemented by a 12-metre-high central part picking storage area for medium-sized parts – both equipped with high-performance storage and retrieval devices.

State-of-the-art technologies, such as an in-floor conveyor system, are used to remove and store components quickly. Parts are picked fully automatically through integrated conveyor technology, using a combination of chain conveyors, hydraulic and electric pallet conveyors to access the high-bay areas directly.

Efficiency and ergonomics were taken into account during the design of workplaces for employees, ensuring highly ergonomic workplaces based on the ‘goods-to-man’ principle. In all, around 100 million euros were invested in the expansion and modernisation of their global logistics centre.

In Ireland, Motor Distributors Limited are the appointed Mercedes-Benz car, van and commercial vehicle distributors. It operates a state-of-art central parts warehouse in Dublin, where their passenger car and commercial vehicle dealerships throughout the country get daily replacement parts deliveries.