Stuttgart. Official green light for the new location: In the Eichwald industrial area of Sachsenheim (in the administrative district of Ludwigsburg), Member of the Porsche Executive Board, Michael Macht, and the Mayor of Sachsenheim, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Oberriexingen und Sersheim (united as part of the Eichwald administration union) today laid the cornerstone for a new central spare-parts warehouse. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany, is to construct the premises on a 26-hectare lot. The necessary investment amounts to over 100 million Euro. Porsche plans to have the first warehouse building, with a surface area of 40,000 square meters, up and running by spring 2008. In a second stage of development, another warehouse area with a built-over space of 72,000 square meters is to emerge by 2010. In total, 80,000 articles from current and old vehicle generations will then be stored here.
“Since we are unable to further expand our existing warehouse location in Ludwigsburg, but at the same time face a constant increase in demand for spare parts as a result of increasing sales figures and a broader product range, there is no avoiding the need to reorganize our spare-parts logistics and introduce lean operational sequences”, said Michael Macht, responsible for Production and Logistics on the Executive Board of Porsche AG. He went on to explain that Porsche had therefore looked into various location variants, both in the greater Stuttgart area and in other regions in Germany.
According to Macht, Sachsenheim’s greatest asset was the size of the area available. This means the sports car manufacturer can make reliable plans for 2010 and beyond. Another deciding factor was the proximity of the suppliers, many of whom are based in Baden-Württemberg, and the connections to international air- and seaports: “The end result is short distances to the 650 dealers worldwide – which is advantageous both economically and ecologically“, explained Macht. Another bonus in Sachsenheim is the excellent transport connections via the new beltway to the A 81 freeway.
Macht emphasized that this business is one of Porsche’s proven core competences: “As a premium manufacturer especially, we feel duty bound to ensure optimal parts provision to our customers all over the world.” He is working on the assumption that, once the second stage of construction is complete, around 350 skilled personnel will be employed in the spare-parts warehouse in Sachsenheim.
Horst Fiedler, Mayor of Sachsenheim and Chairman of the Eichwald administration union, is pleased that the construction will secure additional jobs in the Stuttgart area: “In its choice of location, Porsche has proved that the company cares about Germany and Baden-Württemberg in particular, and that investments here really do pay off. We look forward to working in cooperation with this sports car manufacturer.”
The latest spare-parts warehouse will have a look characteristic of Porsche, featuring a transparent building structure that will create a pleasant working environment with plenty of light inside the warehouse. The materials used meet the latest environmental standards.
Note: Computer images of the new spare-parts warehouse in Sachsenheim are available for download by accredited journalists from the Porsche press database at http://presse.porsche.de/.