Lorel's Plant Consolidation Center
The logistics provider Lorel has been based at the Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate for many years now. It operates a Plant Consolidation Center (PCC) at its site, using a sophisticated system to ensure that parts are supplied for just-in-time production. Lorel's 103,000 square metre premises incorporates a goods hall (65,000 square metres), a hall for empty container storage (16,500 square metres) and 10,000 square metres of outdoor storage. The PCC is a supplier-logistics centre that provides warehousing facilities for the automotive industry, from traditional goods storage to the handling of pre-picked goods, empty containers, and cross-docking. Lorel's PCC also provides the means for set assembly and package separation.
An IT system that supports separation of goods
Lorel's 400 employees dispatch a large number of heavy goods vehicles every day. To achieve this, every haulier making a delivery is allocated a certain time slot. By adhering to this time frame, the company can ensure that the deliveries are promptly processed. Side loading and unloading is standard practice at Lorel, also reducing the amount of time spent waiting at the gate. Lorel's IT System supports the separation of goods in the receiving area – through the use of cross-docking, items are directly transferred to the shipping area and subsequently transported to the plant.
Over 8,500 containers arrive at Lorel each day. 2,000 leave the warehouse again as soon as the cross-docking process is complete, while the rest remain in storage. Every storage rack is equipped with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. The driver of the reach truck picks up the goods indicated on the terminal and sees on the display which storage rack to place them in. Once they have been put away, the space they have been stored in is confirmed via the RFID reading and recorded in the system. This ensures that all storage operations are administered properly and booked in correctly, even when items are being lifted onto high shelf racks.
The goods retrieval process is controlled through a series of alerts that are determined by the production schedule. The retrieval alert messages include a product number, shift number and processing time. From the moment the alert is received, Lorel has 90 minutes to ready the goods for transport.
DB Schenker's logistics centre
DB Schenker also operates a supplier warehouse at the Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate that serves as an industrial park for the Mercedes-Benz plant nearby. More than 100 lorry loads a day are processed by around 320 DB Schenker employees in the receiving area before being placed in storage. The deliveries come from Germany and Europe, consisting of steering wheels, axles, suspension struts and other components. The employees put the required modules together in a way that facilitates the in-plant assembly process and deliver them in sequence to the Mercedes-Benz plant around six kilometres away. Schenker supplies parts for thousands of vehicles every week that are delivered in sync with the production process, arriving on the assembly lines exactly as and when they are needed.
The DB Schenker logistics centre at the industrial estate has continually grown in line with its customers' requirements. The project started in 2007 with around 10,000 square metres for storage and transshipment – today, DB Schenker manages an area nearly six times that size.
Good connections to Bremen's ports
The vehicles manufactured by the plant frequently pass through one of Bremen's ports on their outbound journey. The Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate provides easy access to these, possessing a good infrastructure of its own to boot. Besides offering excellent connections to the autobahn, the airport, the city centre, and its ports, the business park has a service area that is equipped with a petrol station, a wash for heavy goods vehicles, catering services and a hotel. "At the Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate, we have an ideal mix of sectors defined by the automotive industry, which will ensure the long-term success of the site," emphasises Jutta Zernikow.
For further information on the automotive and logistics sectors, please contact
Kai Stührenberg, tel: +49 (0)421 361-32173, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Jutta Zernikow, tel: +49 (0)421 9600 249, email@example.com,
Jörg Kautzner, tel: +49 (0)421 361-32172, firstname.lastname@example.org
The service area at the Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate
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