EnginesThird party logistics provider Yusen Logistics has been awarded a contract to move engine blocks from tier supplier Neue Halberg-Guss's (NHG) facility in Germany to an automotive manufacturing plant in Ohio.

The total supply chain service will involve collections from NHG’s plant in Saarbrücken, plus stockholding and container build, followed by deliveries to the port and seafreight to the US.

Yusen will then utilise storage in Cincinnati and onward movement to the factory gate in Moraine, Ohio. It will also handle all export and import customs formalities in Germany and the US.

As road freight only makes up 50km of the total distance, Yusen says it is providing a carbon neutral solution.

NHB supplies automotive and engine manufacturers all over the world with its products, including engine blocks, crankshafts and cylinder heads.

A significant” investment has also been made in returnable plastic pallets, “and the round trip flows of these back to NHG in Germany form an important element of the solution”, said Yusen in a statement.

Mario Cavallucci, Managing Director, Yusen Logistics' Germany subsidiary said: “With our tailor-made, international logistics solutions and our industry know-how, we are supporting NHG in optimizing its supply chain to better serve its customers.”

Although Yusen did not elaborate further than saying it belongs to a “leading American manufacturer”, it is likely the General Motors (60%) and Isuzu Diesel Services of America (40%) owned DMAX facility in Moraine, which produces the Duramax 6.6L V-8 diesel engine for GM's Silverado and Sierra heavy pickup trucks.