Germany’s DB Schenker has secured two recent automotive contracts in quick succession that will see it supply comprehensive services for DAF Trucks’ new plant in Brazil while its joint venture with Saito opens a new warehouse for BMW in Japan.

In the DAF Trucks contract, DB Schenker’s local division in Brazil will be responsible for export consolidation, supply chain visibility and import logistics in support of the truckmaker’s new assembly plant in the city of Ponta Grossa, which is due to open this year.

DB Schenker will handle door-to-door air and ocean transport between DAF Brazil’s European supply base and the assembly plant, including customs clearance and final delivery. It is allocating a dedicated team at Ponta Grossa to manage its comprehensive logistics services.

"The logistics for the supply of the DAF plant in Ponta Grossa is not limited to effectiveness on meeting production deadlines, consolidation processes and transport,” said Clara Beuttenmüller, national sales manager for DB Schenker in Brazil. “It also illustrates our vendor management and supply chain visibility solutions throughout the globe, with dedicated teams in the Netherlands and Paraná operating as Control Towers to ensure quality in the logistics process from beginning to end."

To this end DB Schenker will be providing DAF Brazil’s material planners with a purchase order management and supply-chain visibility using the Integrated Cargo Management tool – ‘Scout’.

“This premium supply chain visibility tool was a key factor in PACCAR’s decision to choose DB Schenker as their preferred logistics service provider for the new plant,” said Tim Horton, global account manager for PACCAR (DAF’s parent company).

The DAF assembly plant will make the DAF XF, CF and LF vehicles, as well as the PACCAR MX engine. The trucks will be distributed to DAF dealers in Brazil and the wider Latin American market.

BMW chooses Schenker-Saito
In the second new contract, BMW has chosen DB Schenker’s joint venture with Japan’s Seino Transport – Schenker-Seino – to operate its new spare parts warehouse near Kyoto.

The Osaka Regional Distribution Centre will provide all BMW dealers in the Kansai area and beyond with service parts and will be restocked multiple times per day by truck from the company’s existing distribution centre near Tokyo. The inbound deliveries are also handled by Schenker-Saino.

“We are delighted and excited for having been selected by BMW as their partner to provide even better services in Japan to dealers and ultimately to BMW drivers,” said Herbert Wilhelm, president and CEO of Schenker-Seino. “This new regional distribution center is further testimony of Schenker-Seino’s capabilities in automotive logistics,”

The new 8,200-square-metre facility is located on the Daini Keihan Highway, which Schenker said makes it accessible for automotive dealers. It also highlighted that the facility was 15 metres above sea level, which would reduce the risk of potential tsunami damage.