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Nissan goes west for parts distribution
Go west: Nissan's parts distribution centre will shift from Dandenong South in Melbourne's south-east to Truganina in the outer west.
New CEVA-run distribution centre will manage Nissan, Infiniti and Renault parts
9 February 2016
NISSAN Australia has announced its plans to establish a new National Parts
Distribution Centre in Melbourne's western suburbs, that will accommodate both
the Nissan and luxury Infiniti brands as well as alliance partner Renault.
Replacing the current centre in Dandenong South, the new location in Truganina
was chosen for its proximity to Melbourne Airport, the port of Melbourne, and
the various road networks including the Western Ring Road.
Nissan says the “state-of-the-art” warehousing and logistics centre is likely
to be “one of the best” automotive distribution centres in Australia and, once
completed, it will be the largest single-span logistics facility in the country.
The new site will measure 22,500 square metres and, according to Nissan, will
feature “industry leading” processes and technology for more efficient movement
of parts and accessories from the three Alliance brands.
As GoAuto has previously reported, Nissan Australia switched from managing its
own parts network last year, handing over responsibility to independent
specialist CEVA Logistics, a move that resulted in positive outcomes for the
Nissan decided to make the change following an internal review of the in-house
operation revealed inefficiencies that would have been more costly to fix than
Construction will be directed by CEVA, is scheduled to be completed by the end
of 2016 and operational by the beginning of 2017.
The Japanese car-maker says that the design of the warehouse means operations
can be scaled “as required” and it will house and process “every available
spare part and accessory” for Nissan, Infiniti and Renault. It will service all
Renault-Nissan Alliance dealers across the country.
The site has been designed to achieve a six-Green-star sustainability rating
and when completed will be Australia's first parts distribution centre to earn
the top rating.
It will feature LEDs for all internal lights, double-glazed glass for all
external windows and harvested water storage of 100,000 litres for use in the
bathrooms and landscape irrigation.
The site will also include a 300kW capacity solar panel array made up of 1170
individual panels generating about 400,000kW of power in the first operating
year, which is enough to power the facility during daylight hours. Excess power
can be fed back into the grid.
Nissan Australia managing director and CEO Richard Emery said the new site will
aid the company's increased focus on customer care.
“This is an important investment for the benefit of both our customers and our
dealers,” he said.
“Providing fast and efficient aftersales support is an essential part of our
customer care program in Australia, and the establishment of this new National
Parts Distribution Centre will further improve our ability to deliver this via
our national dealer network.”
Nissan is the second brand in Australia to recently engage CEVA as its parts
handling contractor, following Honda in 2013.
CEVA specialises in complete vehicle transport as well as parts distribution
networks, and has vehicle freight contracts with Mazda, Isuzu Ute,
Mercedes-Benz and Subaru.