Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Northern Logistics Centre for Automotive Freight Forwarding Group  

Russian Controlled Supply Chain Outfit Opens in Liverpool

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Shipping News Feature UK – Automotive freight forwarding specialist GEFCO UK has opened a new purpose-built logistics solutions centre in North West England. The facility, based in South Liverpool, provides storage and sequencing operations for tier one suppliers and OEMs in the region and is expected to create 100 jobs locally. Still perceived widely as French based operation GEFCO, formerly Groupages Express de Franche-Comté, was a subsidiary of Groupe PSA (Peugeot Citroen) which sold 75% of the company to state controlled Russian Railways in 2012.

The company says the £10 million, purpose-built 12,000m2 state-of-the-art warehouse facility is designed to provide a range of storage, inbound sequencing and outbound transportation services to support the supply chains of its customers. Based in Speke, the new centre is located in close proximity to automotive manufacturing sites in neighbouring Halewood and will aim to open up opportunities for significant business growth for the forwarder.

The key features and services that are provided by the facility include: inter-sequencing of different suppliers and multi-commodity solutions, simplified and reduced point of fit delivery, live stock visibility, hourly inbound flows to plant, Quality Engineering Assurance (QEA) activity and Right First Time (RFT) sequencing operations. Zsolt Vecsera, Managing Director, GEFCO UK said:

“The opening of this facility represents a major milestone in the growth of our automotive sequencing capabilities and the value added services we can provide to our customers; Over the past year we’ve seen excellent progress both domestically and for the wider GEFCO group, in part due to our enhanced investment policy. The new centre will enable us to future-proof both the GEFCO business for our customers’ growing demands and future requirements and we are delighted to create new jobs and strengthen manufacturing resources in the region.”

The GEFCO says the new facility represents an integral part of its integrated logistics offering, which incorporates flows management, multimodal solutions, logistics engineering and fiscal and customs procedures management and marks the next step in the development of a blueprint for the company’s supply chain excellence programme which will be rolled out in other strategic locations worldwide.

Photo: L to R - Pierre Jean Lorrain, GEFCO Head of Euromed, Philippe Doyer, Executive VP Warehousing, Lord Mayor Malcolm Kennedy and Zsolt Vecsera.

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