Autotransport Logistic (ATG), the automotive division of DB Schenker Rail, was one of the recipients of this year’s Porsche Supplier Awards, presented at the carmaker’s plant in Leipzig last weekend.
ATG provides Porsche with intermodal rail and road logistics and the award was in recognition of a special rail transport concept that the company developed as a top priority for the carmaker using closed cars with flexible capacity. The required processing of rail shipments was organised with DB Schenker Rail, Deutsche Bahn’s rail freight operator.
“The award shows that we meet the requirements in terms of performance and modern management methods to the complete satisfaction of a demanding customer–our most important guiding principle,” said Axel Marschall, head of Automotive Rail at DB Schenker Rail.
DB Schenker Rail supports lean production of the Panamera, which began last April at the carmaker’s Leipzig plant. It is responsible for bringing bodyshells by rail from the Volkswagen plant in Hanover to the plant and from August last year, three block trains with 24 cars each were leaving for Leipzig per week.
Since 2002 DB Schenker has also brought partially-equipped Cayenne bodies from Bratislava in Slovakia. Both bodies have to arrive in a specific sequence and in the right position in order not to interfere with the precise cycle of production.
“Only through close cooperation with our suppliers are we able to perform continuously at a peak level in development and production,” said Porsche president and CEO Michael Macht. “These annual supplier awards give us the opportunity to thank our suppliers for their successful collaboration.
The other recipients of the award were BBS International, Brembo SPA, Dietz-automotive, HBPO, Lear, Rehau, Takata-Petri, Zizala Lichtsysteme and Friedrich Bühler.