Rudolph & Hellmann open a new distribution center for Ford
Dubai, November 14, 2011. Rudolph & Hellmann Automotive opened the new Ford Motor Company Parts Distribution Center in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) today. Its aim is to centralize the supply of Ford replacement and service parts in the Middle East. The 29,500 square meter logistics center in the Jebel Ali Free Zone will accommodate around 50,000 parts and 6 million components, thereby ensuring central distribution of Ford replacement and service parts for the Mid-dle Eastern region. At first, the center will occupy 50 commercial and industrial employees. This number is set to increase to up to 100 in the foreseeable future. This makes Rudolph Hellmann Automotive the leader in replacement parts dis-tribution in this region.
The joint venture, Rudolph & Hellmann Automotive (RHA) unites the know-how of the Rudolph Logistics Group, Baunatal, and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Dubai, in the field of international automobile logistics. RHA controls the storage and picking for the Ford Parts Distribution Center, while Hellmann Worldwide Logistics takes responsibility for distributing the parts in the region.
The new Parts Distribution Center is equipped with a shelving system and pallet racks.
The goods arrive bundled as sea and airfreight consignments from the central Ford warehouses in North America, Europe and Asia. Ford dealerships in 11 different Middle East countries have access to replacement parts, from spark plugs to chassis parts. Apart from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait, among others, will also be supplied.
Significantly Higher Level of Service
The Parts Distribution Center guarantees direct and permanent parts availability in the Middle East. Consequently distances and delivery times are shortened, and the degree of service is significantly increased for dealers and customers. Thus, Rudolph & Hellmann Automotive aim to shorten the time span between order placement and de-livery by up to 90 percent.
„The new Parts Distribution Center is Ford’s largest investment in this region to date“, said Frederiek Toney, Vice President, Global Ford Customer Service Division, Ford Motor Company. He added, „The Middle East Parts Distribution Center represents our expansive customer service initiative in this region and demonstrates Ford’s objective to offer all customers in the Middle East exceptional customer service and distinctly improved response times“.
Developing Know-How Provides Growth Opportunities
Rudolph & Hellmann Automotive has operated in Dubai since 2007. The logistics companies successfully run a distribution center for a large German automobile manu-facturer. „Our years of experience in replacement parts logistics in Europe and, of course in situ, was a deciding factor for the Ford Motor Company’s choosing us as its logistics service provider“, said Dr. Torsten Rudolph, Managing Director of the Rudolph Logistics Group. „However, it is also not to be overlooked, that we unreservedly share the Ford Motor Company’s dedication to quality and innovative solutions while lending strong support to the dealers“, added Jost Hellmann, one of Hellmann Worldwide Lo-gistics’ Managing Directors. „For this reason, we look forward to a long lasting partner-ship with the Ford Motor Company.”
In First Place
Thanks to the contract for the new Parts Distribution Center, RHA has secured a top position in Dubai in the field of spare parts logistics. The beginning of the year saw the realization of yet another project in the desert city. The storage and distribution of spare parts is also being carried out for a manufacturer of lighting systems and auto electronics. The prediction that the first logistics project in the Middle East would lay the foundation for successful future development in the dynamic economic region has become a reality.
Rudolph Logistics Group:
The Rudolph Logistics Group is an international logistics service provider with 26 locations in Germany, Europe, and the Arabian Peninsula. The privately owned company develops and implements compre-hensive logistic solutions for various industries. Over 1,700 employees ensure optimum customer service daily in everything from procurement to picking and the final distribution to customers. In addition, Rudolph undertakes complete outsourcing projects, including pre-assembly activities and additional services such as quality control. Their consistent and continuously high-quality services are DIN ISO 9001, VDA 6.2, and IFS Logistics certified, in accordance with industry standards.
For further information, please visit www.rudolph-log.com
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics:
Founded in 1871, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has today become one of the worldwide leading logistics ser-vice providers. The family-owned company is part of a global partner network that consists of 16,500 people in 443 offices located in 157 countries. In 2010, 9,228 employees at Hellmann achieved a turnover of 2.65 billion Euros. Hellmann offers all the traditional forwarding services by road, rail, air- & sea freight and an extensive range of CEP services, supply chain management and specific solutions for industry branches and IT as well as recycling solutions, training and insurance services. For further information, please visit www.hellmann.net.
Rudolph Logistik Gruppe
Tel.: +49 (0)561 49 91 – 203
Fax: +49 (0) 561 49 91 – 225
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
Tel.: +49 (0)541 605 12 79
Fax: +49 (0)541 605 45 12 79