Wärtsilä opens new spares centre

08 Nov 2011
Wärtsilä’s new distribution centre in The Netherlands

Wärtsilä’s new distribution centre in The Netherlands

Wärtsilä has inaugurated its new spare parts distribution centre in Kampen, the Netherlands, which combines eight previous local warehouses into one global supply chain operation, from order confirmation to delivery.

The centre was inaugurated by Wärtsilä's president & CEO Björn Rosengren together with Bort Koelewijn, the Mayor of Kampen. It will shorten transportation distances, reduce spare parts traffic between warehouses, and, says Wärtsilä,  improve management of the entire supply chain. The distribution centre began operations in December 2010 and will be fully operational before the end of this year. The facilities cover an area of 37,000m2. Wärtsilä's total investment in the new distribution centre has been about €70 million. When in full operation there will be some 140 people working there.

"The new centre will deliver spare parts to customers and Wärtsilä's 160 service locations around the globe. By using one global logistics centre, and through the creation of a highly efficient logistics flow, Wärtsilä is better positioned to serve its customers and suppliers. Consolidating logistics and warehousing will result in faster and more efficient spare parts deliveries, 24 hours a day 7 days a week," says Christoph Vitzthum, group vice president, Wärtsilä Services.

The Central Distribution Centre has been designed and implemented by Swisslog, a logistics solutions provider. CEVA Logistics, a supply chain management company, is responsible for the shipments and operational warehouse handling.

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