Goodman Zufall Logistics[Updated November 6th] Vehicle component supplier, Borg Automotive, has signed a contract with Zufall Logistics Group for the management of an aftermarket parts distribution facility in Hünfeld, Germany.  Borg Automotive said the warehouse, which opened last month, has enabled it to deliver parts to customers one day earlier than previously and has reduced logistics costs.

The facility, which was developed by property expert Goodman, has 34,000 sq.m of space for storing and processing and is located close to major trunk routes. "Since we have already implemented logistics facilities for clients in various industries, we know not only the interests of logistics service providers, but also understand the needs of their clients," said Jordan Corynen, Goodman’s director for Germany. “The new development is planned from the point of maximum flexibility. Zufall can thereby realise the different processes for its various customers easily and efficiently.”

Zufall stores and processes goods bound for Germany and wider Europe for a number of customers at the facility.

“The logistic centre is located next to the hub of Night Star Express (NSE), an overnight express network – this is the main asset for Borg,” said a spokesperson for the logistics provider

Borg is shipping a range of products including starters, alternators, air conditioning compressors, steering components and brake calipers, from its facility near Łodz, Poland, to the warehouse for onward distribution to service centres.

The company sells parts under the brand names Elstock, DRI and Lucas Electrical Europe.

“We have one of the widest ranges in the German automotive parts aftermarket and that is seen in this facility,” said Borg’s country manager for Germany, Kristian Vesth. “Our stock is based on sales statistics for Germany from the past three years. This means our customers can get both popular and frequently ordered parts, as well as more specialised parts, quickly.”

Vesth added that the focus of the facility was on shorter delivery times and a simplified ordering process.

In a statement Borg said that online orders received by 19:00 (or by 16:00 for phone and fax orders) would be delivered by 8.00 the next day thanks to the logistics system being integrated by its TecCom system.

"With one of the most comprehensive product ranges in the auto parts aftermarket, we have been able to expand in existing markets and in new markets,” said Vesth. “We have always had a great interest in Germany and I am very pleased that we can offer an even better delivery service with this new warehouse."

Last year the company sold 1.3m parts and has seen sales increase by 350% since 2008.