A few weeks ago, Stefan Hausbeck told you about the ‘supplier logistics centre’ (LLZ) and now it is my turn to offer my insights. My name is Johannes Hertle and I am a manager at FIEGE, the contract logistics specialist, with responsibility for the branch in Marklkofen.

We were able to impress MANN+HUMMEL with our logistics concept for the Marklkofen location during the tender procedure and subsequently signed the relevant contract at the start of 2015. All those involved still agree, as they did then, that this partnership brought together two companies who share the same values and goals. From the moment the ink dried on the contract, this new partnership was characterised by transparent communication and clearly allocated responsibilities. The conditions were in place for long-lasting success.

As a participant in the project, I was responsible for appointing employees and also for defining the processes in the LLZ from the outset, which meant I had the opportunity to get to know the working environment and the people in question from early on. This ultimately led to my decision to pack up my belongings and move with my family from Augsburg to Lower Bavaria. The region and the people here made the decision relatively easy for me. More than two years have now gone by and I still enjoy actively helping to shape logistics developments here at the Marklkofen location – especially in these exciting times of digitalisation.

The benefits speak for themselves

Our close and constructive partnership with our colleagues from MANN+HUMMEL meant that we were able to implement a large number of ideas during the construction phase. Some of these labour-intensive subsections are clearly visible today due to their large size. In addition to the LLZ itself, they include the rainwater collection basin for controlled surface drainage of rainwater, our roof surfaces and the large water reservoir to ensure that the high water pressure required for the sprinkler system can be provided.

The LLZ is connected to the MANN+HUMMEL production plants via our driverless transport system (DTS). This is not only an exciting technical development but it also provides all sorts of other benefits. Examples of this include lowering transport costs and reducing the long-term impact on the environment.

But even if the autonomous driving systems do break down, transportation can always be carried out by an alternative method. The direct proximity of the LLZ to the production plants ensures that production can be supplied at all times. It also gives us a huge amount of flexibility, which means that, here in the logistics centre, we can react quickly to any fluctuations in orders. With regard to future projects, and in order to be able to exploit synergies, it was decided that a third hall should be built in addition to the two halls that are required at present. This means that, in a few years’ time, we will have plenty of space for MANN+HUMMEL product components and will thus be able to secure the long-term growth of the location. For example, we are already planning to install a spunbond machine in Hall 33 in 2018.

I personally am delighted about what we have achieved together so far, and I’m also excited to see what else our future together will enable us to do. One thing, though, is certain: there will always be logistical challenges, but with our long-standing expertise, sufficient space and reliable staff, we can find a fast and appropriate solution for any supposed difficulty.