Dana in substantial expansion
- January 17, 2015
Dana is expanding its Neu-Ulm, Germany, location by adding a high-bay warehouse for its Aftermarket division. The new addition is a multi-million euro investment scheduled for completion in October 2015, the company has announced.
The expansion of the high-bay warehouse will add extra storage space for 17,000 Victor Reinz products. The expected pick capacity is 1.4 million article removals per year. Together with the existing high-bay warehouse built in 1984, the Dana service parts warehouse will then have space for 45 million cylinder-head gaskets, oil seals and turbocharger mounting kits.
"The Victor Reinz service part range is constantly being improved and refined and enjoys steady increases in turnover," said Bernhard Obermeier, project manager in charge of expanding the high-bay warehouse. "Roughly 1,000 new items are being added each year. Adding to our high-bay warehouse will enable us to expand our worldwide aftermarket service even further, keeping a wider variety of service parts in stock and supplying our customers with the speed they’re used to. That’s a major competitive advantage."
The high-bay warehouse is being constructed as a silo with an automated small parts storage system in which shelf structures, walls and ceiling form a single unit. State-of-the-art storage and retrieval machines transport the article containers at speeds of up to 6 m/s. These newly developed boxes are tailored to the dimensions of current and future articles and make ideal use of Dana's storage capacities.