Global truck and bus manufacturer Hino Motors has opened a spare parts facility at the Logistics District of Dubai World Central (DWC) international airport. The depot will be the OEM’s third platform for spare parts, alongside the USA and Belgium. Hino Motors is a subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation and one of the leading truck and bus manufacturers internationally.  

Comprising 5,400 square metres, the depot will cater to the Gulf Cooperative Council region, and will enable Hino Motors to supply spare and other units to the GCC market from their manufacturing warehouse in Japan. The location is expected to reduce costs and delivery times. Sales of Hino Motors have been growing steadily across the Middle East, which is fast emerging as a key market player for the company. 

“Dubai World Central is a fully integrated development offering state-of-the art facilities for trade and logistics companies,” said Mohsen Ahmad, vice president of the Logistics District at DWC. “The new warehouse for Hino Motors offers the strategic advantages of our location along with facilities such as multimodal transport, fast-cycle logistics environment, [as well as] proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Sea Port through a dedicated logistics corridor, which will significantly benefit the company.”

He added that the new depot will support activity in the GCC market as opposed to the traditional setup of serving the region from the EMEA regional distribution centers mostly located in Europe. “The move is also in line with DWC’s strategy of convincing more and more EMEA RDC operators to reconsider their supply chain network, by using Dubai as a hub not only for the GCC but rather to a much larger region of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia,” said Ahmad.

Hino Motors’ chairman, Masakazu Ichikawa, said the company had witnessed a tremendous increase in demand for its vehicles and spare parts in the Middle East over the last few years.