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Production logistics support for Siemens

15 May 2023

DB SCHENKER will support the Siemens factory in Congleton, Cheshire, which produces variable speed drives. More than a million units are assembled each year, for a wide range of industrial applications.

The purpose-built 124,000 sq ft depot in nearby Middlewich handles inbound deliveries of components for the Siemens factory. Items are then transported on the 12-mile trip to Congleton as many as eight times per day.

The partnership builds on existing relationships between the two companies around the world – but marks the first time DB Schenker has been chosen to operate warehouse facilities for a Siemens site in the UK. The two firms have signed a 10-year contract.

DB Schenker’s IT and automation capabilities, and the warehouse’s green credentials, were highlighted as factors in the contract win. Staff at the new site will make use of automatic tracking of consignments and just-in-time and ‘kanban’ techniques.

The building itself is designated as an eco-warehouse, with A-rated energy efficiency courtesy of features including LED lighting controlled by proximity sensors, and high-performance wall insulation. Like all DB Schenker warehouses in the UK and Ireland, it is powered by 100% green electricity from solar, hydro and wind-generated sources, by supplier SSE.

The warehouse features 16 loading bays and three level access doors. It offers 9,000 sq ft of office and welfare accommodation over three storeys, as well as a secure yard, parking and electric vehicle charging points. There is ample capacity for continued growth.