Work will begin this year on a new parts distribution centre (PDC) for BMW Brilliance Automotive near Shanghai, planned to become the joint venture’s largest such facility in China – at 75,000 square metres – once all phases of development are complete. 

The centre is being built and developed by property developer Global Logistics Properties, at its business park in Lingang (GLP Park Lingang) and the first phase will cover 55,000 square metres.

“With BMW Brilliance Automotive’s dynamic growth in China, we need a very strong logistics network and we value working with trustworthy and reliable partners like GLP,” said Christian Mueck, vice-president of aftersales at the carmaker. “I am particularly happy with the further enhancement of our relationship to build a state-of-the-art distribution centre in Shanghai which will become the largest in Asia when it is finished.”

According to GLP, the park covers 3km and provides facilities for third party logistics providers and shipping companies operating near the Yangshan Deep Water Port. It also provides good access to Pudong and Hongqiao airports, and is well placed for regional distribution, as well as for reaching Shanghai’s central business district, said the property developer.

“We are delighted that BMW Brilliance Automotive has chosen to partner with GLP to develop its largest distribution centre in the country,” said Kent Yang, president of GLP China. “The customer already uses our facilities through other suppliers and we are excited to further strengthen our relationship. The auto parts industry is a key driver of demand for us, thanks to strong domestic consumption, and now represents 9% of our total leased area in China.”

GLP develops logistics facilities in China, Japan and Brazil.