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Ferdinand Bilstein expands logistics center
Due to excellent growth figures and the acquisition of the British enterprise Automotive Distributors Ltd (ADL), market-leading supplier in the spare parts segment for Japanese, Korean, and US vehicles, Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH + Co. KG, multiplies the storage capacities of its logistics center in Ennepetal. WITRON was also responsible for the realization of this logistics center. At that time, delivery reliability rose to more than 99 percent.
Customer: Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH + Co. KG
The Ferdinand Bilstein Group headquartered in Ennepetal, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive and truck spare parts in the automotive aftermarket. Under the “Febi Bilstein” brand, Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH & Co. KG supplies a wide range of spare parts for cars and commercial vehicles to wholesalers in more than 130 countries. These wholesalers act as partners for the independent repair shops that service and repair vehicles on the independent aftermarket.
Industry sector
Production with distribution
Up to 105,000 items
In order to maintain high service levels for all national and international customers, the system in Ennepetal will be expanded from its current 36,000 items to a future target of up to 105,000 items.. The tote picking system OPS will be expanded by 16 pick workstations (26 in total), by 9 additional storage aisles (19 in total), and 90,000 storage locations (190,000 in total). The MPS system for the automated storage and picking of heavy and bulky parts will receive 8 additional pick workstations (20 in total), 4 new storage aisles (11 in total), and 22,200 pallet storage locations (61,500 in total). The "automated product packing department" will also be expanded by 6 workstations (21 in total). Another new component is a 28-meter high 4-aisle automated shipping high bay warehouse with 10,250 pallet storage locations, which significantly optimizes the timely and tour-based provision of order pallets in the shipping area. Since pallets were previously buffered conventionally in a manual storage area, automation has also created space for additional logistics areas. In addition, the shipping buffer is also used for storage and the supply of the product packaging department with packaging material, thus generating further optimization potential in material provision. This measure frees up capacity in the MPS pallet high bay warehouse and increases the performance of the MPS zones.
Customer opinion
The investment into the new warehouse will strengthen febi's international position and increase its attractiveness for customers and partners. It continues to be an important pillar for developing new markets, generating competitive advantages, and thus also for securing jobs in the region in the long-term.