BMW Brilliance Automotive, the joint venture between the German carmaker and China’s Brilliance Automotive, has signed a second agreement with property developer Goodman Group to expand its parts distribution facility at Langfang in Heibei Province by a further 12,270sq.m.
The facility, at the Goodman Citylink development in the Yanjiao Economic Development Zone, is already 33,000sq.m. The total floor area will now be expanded to 45,500sq.m. Once complete it will replace BMW Brilliance Automotive's three existing distribution centres, which are separately located across Beijing, to become BMW Brilliance's regional automotive parts distribution centre in Northern China.
"With our ongoing growth in mainland China, it is crucial that we work with a strong and reliable partner like Goodman,” said Michael Clark, senior manager – Parts Logistics, BMW Brilliance Automotive.
Registration figures in China for the period from January to September 2014 jumped by 12.9 %, mainly reflecting continued strong demand from private consumers. More than 111,000 units were delivered to customers during the third quarter, up more than 8% on the same period last year, and nine-month sales of the BMW Group’s three brands on the Chinese mainland totaled 336,500 units.
“The excellent location and quality of Goodman Citylink will enable us to respond swiftly to our clients' demands, and shorten the distribution and delivery time for auto parts in the region,” continued Clark.
Goodman Citylink is in close proximity to the 6th Ring Road, which links to downtown Beijing.
"We are delighted to extend our cooperation with BMW Brilliance Automotive and accommodate the rapid growth of their business,” added Philip Pearce, managing director, Greater China for Goodman. “This agreement is also a testament to our development capability and flexible approach to meeting the specific business and operational requirements of our automotive industry customers."