MAN Truck & Bus is expanding its global service parts logistics centre in Salzgitter, Germany by 52,650 sq.m, taking the total footprint to 230,000 sq.m and bringing capacity for an additional 40,000 parts.
The truckmaker said the extension to the logistics centre will be complete by the end of this year, with operations slated to begin in mid-2025. It added that the expansion to the logistics space would also enable it to cope with demand for components for electric trucks.
“The logistics centre ensures that our customers all over the world are supplied quickly and reliably,” said MAN’s chief production and logistics officer, Michael Kobriger. “In future, we will also ship parts and spare parts for our e-vehicles from here – including batteries and battery parts. This also strengthens MAN in Lower Saxony and the Salzgitter site.”
MAN recently sold its 1,000th electric bus and is starting production of e-trucks for delivery to customers in 2024. The company said it already had more than 700 orders and pre-orders for the e-trucks three months after the sales launch.
“With this in mind, parts of the warehouse have also been equipped for high-voltage technology and the relevant employees have been trained accordingly,” said the company in a statement.
The Salzgitter parts centre, which stocks 200,000 different parts, feeds MAN’s global Spare Parts Network and five MAN regional warehouses, located in Italy, France, Great Britain, Dachau in Germany and Turkey. The truckmaker said that in working with its transport and warehouse service providers across the network it was able to supply spare parts to over 2,700 dispatch addresses in more than 120 countries.
A ground-breaking ceremony took place at the site in Salzgitter last week attended by MAN CEO Alexander Vlaskamp, head of production and logistics Michael Kobriger, head of Human Resources and Truck & Bus at Volkswagen, Gunnar Kilian, Lower Saxony’s state secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Frank Doods, and Salzgitter’s lord mayor Frank Klingebiel.