Other Bremen-based automotive suppliers include Hella Fahrzeugkomponentenbau, which employs around 600 people at its sensor production facility, the Brose Group, a manufacturer of electric window and door systems with a workforce of around 60 people, and the tyre specialist Schedl Automotive, which has around 65 employees. The Kuka Group, which makes production machinery in Bremen for axle and transmission assembly, operates a central logistics centre in collaboration with drive and chassis technology specialist ZF Services that employs around 235 people.
3. Logistics: ideal location and rapid links
So that just in time really does mean just in time: by road, air or sea, Bremen is hard to beat when it comes to location, thanks to its international airport, its proximity to the A1, A27 and A281 autobahns, and its ports. It has a reputation as a city where you never have to travel too far or for too long, and that’s good news for logistics. Bremerhaven is Europe’s biggest port for car transshipment, and the BLG Logistics Group’s technology centre is the biggest automotive workshop in mainland Europe. Bremen’s ports are also a logistics hub for the wider automotive industry.
A large number of logistics companies are now based in the area, helping to keep the automotive production lines running smoothly. DB Schenker, a division of German railways, stores assembly parts and components for some 60 suppliers in logistics space covering around 57,000 square metres. Every day at the I-Park, 280 employees unload more than 100 truck deliveries containing everything from steering wheels and axles to suspension struts. They then deliver the modules on demand to the Mercedes-Benz plant, just six kilometres away. The logistics for this is handled by Pfenning Logistics. The company, with its 230-strong workforce, works in a three-shift operation to supply the plant with up to 1,000 deliveries a day.
Pfenning has been the logistics partner to the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen since 2006
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