Volkswagen has inaugurated a new group consolidation centre KCC at Malacky near Bratislava, which will provide a new trans-shipment point for full and empty containers within the group transport network.
At KCC, flows of goods between suppliers and group plants at considerable geographic distances will be consolidated. About 540 suppliers from Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria will supply components to 28 European plants of the group brands Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, ŠKODA, SEAT, Porsche and Lamborghini via the Consolidation Centre.
The consolidation of cargo at KCC is expected to reduce traffic from an average of 90 trucks on the incoming side to 65 on the outgoing side.
Thomas Zernechel, head of Volkswagen Group Logistics, said: “KCC Bratislava is a further building brick of Volkswagen Group Logistics with a view to optimizing material transport. A sustained reduction in truck traffic of about ten per cent between KCC and the European plants and a reduction of about one third in the energy requirements of the building are two aspects that make the KCC efficient and environmentally compatible,” said
The 19,000 sq m building in Malacky has, 24 loading and unloading stations and 50 truck parking spaces.
A hall area of about three soccer pitches means that it will be possible to handle material flows from the region for all brands within the group efficiently and to leverage synergy effects.
“The new KCC building will open up further possibilities of slimming down processes, boosting capacity and making material handling even more efficient and cost-effective,” said Astrid Lühring, head of material logistics.
KCC is operated by Duvenbeck under a contract with Volkswagen. About 1,200t of material and 6,000 containers are moved here every day.
The group said the KCC building has also laid the foundation for implementing alternative transport concepts which will further reduce carbon dioxide emissions. For example, further volume consolidation within Europe and supply and disposal using low-emission long trucks are conceivable in the future. If a decision in favour of the use of long trucks throughout the EU is taken, this transport approach will prove to be a future-oriented alternative.