Gefco’s German division has opened a new logistics facility in Kelheim, Lower Bavaria, to shorten lead times for the delivery of Peugeot and Citroën vehicles to dealerships in the region.
It is the 16th German location for the global Gefco network and the facility is planned to handle 14,000 Peugeot and Citroën cars annually in Kelheim by 2010. Volume is to be increased from 2011 to make the most use of the 26,000 parking slots available on the 500,000m2 site.
Gefco will be using BLG Logistics to operate the facility under a new agreement between the two companies.
PSA is hoping that the sale of GM’s Opel unit to Magna International will unsettle customers and help it win a bigger slice of the German market. Amongst other models it is putting its Peugeot’s 5008 minivan on sale there to compete with the Opel Zafira and is aiming to sell 80,000 annually. It will also compete with Ford’s C-Max and VW’s Touran.
The Kelheim site has been chosen for its good intermodal connections, having its own access road to the A93 motorway. It can also be reached by inland barge via the Rhine-Main-Danube canal and the Danube.