Kuehne+Nagel establishes highly automated logistics solution for Wacker Neuson

June 14 2024 Print This Article

The logistics service provider Kuehne+Nagel has opened a new contract logistics centre in Rhineland-Palatinate. With around 55,000 square metres of logistics space, the company ensures the worldwide supply of spare parts for the Wacker Neuson Group from Mülheim-Kärlich. The leading manufacturer of light and compact equipment has been trusting in Kuehne+Nagel’s spare parts logistics solutions for nine years.

The new distribution centre will create 120 jobs. Employees will be supported in their work by ‘goods-to-person’ assistants: A fleet of over 30 robots will take over the storage and retrieval as well as the transport of the containers and bring the items from the shelves directly to the employees at the picking stations. Thanks to sensors, cameras and algorithms, the autonomous mobile robots are able to work in three dimensions and move independently in dynamic environments by recognising obstacles and adapting their route automatically. 

Over 100,000 different spare parts components for light and compact equipment are stocked and dispatched in this way. The equipment and processes at the site allow the flexible expansion of activities in order to access further volume potential in spare parts distribution in the coming years.

“Kuehne+Nagel and Wacker Neuson represent two iconic brands in the market with a combined history of more than 300 years,” says Gianfranco Sgro, Executive Vice President Contract Logistics and Integrated Logistics at Kuehne+Nagel International AG. “We have taken up our customer's strategic challenge for the coming years and have built the basis for tailored after-market services to support increasing market penetration.”

Andrew Voigt, Managing Director of Wacker Neuson Aftermarket & Services GmbH, comments: “With our state-of-the-art distribution centre and the operation of our trusted partner Kühne+Nagel, we are setting up our spare parts and service business for the future. We are the partner at our customers’ side for the entire service life of the machines and create sustainable relationships - beyond the sale of the machines and light equipment."