Germany’s Gillhuber Logistik is extending its logistics provision for BMW from April by handling all interplant movements of components between the carmaker’s facilities in Bavaria (including Dingolfing, Landshut, Munich, Regensburg and Wackersdorf), as well as all truck runs north from the Bavarian locations to BMW’s factory in Leipzig.
Gillhuber will use a fleet of 200 trucks for around 1,000 trips per day and is bundling external warehouse and interplant shipments to reduce the number of empty runs and increase capacity. The LSP will move packaged parts including pressed steel parts, axles, engines and cockpit modules.
“We have been able to convince clients of our strengths in transport organisation and quality and are delighted about the new order,” said Gillhuber’s company officer, Rainer Vosbeck.
The Leipzig plant currently produces the 1er Series three-door, Coupé and Convertible, as well as the 3 Series Sedan but BMW is currently investing in development there to produce an electric vehicle (currently known by its project name–Megacity Vehicle) and making additional investments in Bavaria to support its production.
In a joint venture with SGL Carbon and SGL Automotive Fibers, carbon fibre fabrics will be produced in Wackersdorf and turned into carbon fibre-reinforced plastic components for the new vehicle at BMW Plant Landshut. Gillhuber will also ship these parts for inclusion in the new vehicle at Leipzig.
Gillhuber Logistik is based in Neufahrn near Munich, from where it runs a 66,000 m² logistics centre for BMW which provides production logistics for press shop and the bodyshell work, CKD packaging and transport control amongst other functions.
The company also handles more than 1,500 shipments per month from the UK under contract with BMW from its Swindon Pressings facilities, based in Swindon and Oxford.