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LOGISTICS: Imperial Logistics Awarded New BMW Contract in Germany


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Gillhuber Logistik Group, a 100% subsidiary of Imperial Logistics International’s business unit, Panopa Logistiek has been awarded the management of external warehousing and interplant transport for long-term customer and renowned car manufacturer, BMW. The additional services will see Imperial Logistics overseeing 1 000 deliveries daily, utilising up to 200 trucks to all BMW Bavarian locations and its Leipzig plant.

“Gillhuber delivers an innovative concept to automotive, supplier and consumer goods industries throughout the supply chain,” says Imperial Logistics CEO, Marius Swanepoel. “By means of modern IT applications and efficiently organised processes, the company considerably reduces the proportion of empty runs and substantially increases capacity utilisation of equipment used.”

He adds that Gillhuber’s strength also lies in its established customer relationships. Headquartered in Neufahrn near Munich, and with four additional operations in Germany and two in the United Kingdom, the team has been BMW’s logistics specialist for almost 20 years.

Swanepoel explains that Panopa handles the distribution of processed steel rolls, automotive parts, components and the preliminary assembly of certain products for a number of European vehicle and component manufacturers. It devises holistic logistics solutions offering Just-In-Time and Just-In-Sequence supply of parts and components to various module assemblers, and also to final assembly sites as required.

“With big automotive brands such as Behr, BMW, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Opel, Porsche, Smart and Volkswagen as customers, Imperial Logistics offers substantial experience and expertise in this sector,” says Swanepoel.

Imperial Logistics Southern Africa has exciting plans to progressively expand these, together with more classic / fundamental logistics service offerings such as warehousing and transportation in southern Africa.

Swanepoel concludes, “The expansion of our logistics operations directly into the automotive sector in southern Africa therefore makes a lot of sense. Through Panopa and other automotive logistics and transport operations in which Imperial has interests, we can leverage Imperial Logistics’ status as a leading automotive logistics services provider in Europe, with excellent operational experience to draw from. So why re-invent the wheel?”

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