Scania NSW Introduces Two New Parts Warehouses
Scania NSW has announced its decision for further investment in its infrastructure across Australia in the coming months. The build for the sales and service branch in Eastern Creek is now underway with the plans to build two more parts and spares warehouses.
The largest investment secures additional capacity for spare parts storage and dispatch at a new 9000m2 warehouse set to open in September. Located close to the company’s Campbellfield headquarters in Victoria, it is substantially bigger than the existing national parts warehouse that opened in 1992.
The second investment is in a new standalone warehouse facility in Perth, where 2000m2 of parts storage will support Scania’s WA operations from July 2021. Scania says this facility is required to service its growing on and off-road customers within the state, particularly among demanding applications such as those in the mining sector.
“We have taken this decision to expand our national and regional warehousing capacity as a result of the accelerated growth of sales of trucks, buses and engines over the past decade, and therefore the expected demands for replacement and service parts for these vehicles and engines over the next decade and beyond,” said Scania after sales director Patrik Tharna.
“We have doubled our truck sales and market share since 2010, and our bus market penetration remains extremely high, underscoring the need to supply many customers around the country with a reliable flow of parts, as well as the additional service capacity we are adding with our new company-owned branch at Eastern Creek.
“We live in an increasingly uncertain world and we have all seen over the past year the impact on long-distance supply chains during a pandemic. With this added capacity for parts-holdings we anticipate being able to provide more parts, more quickly to more customers from these new warehouses.”
When Covid-19 hit last year, Scania increased parts stocks at its National Warehouse in Victoria and at branch warehouses around the country in an effort to build resilience in case of major supply chain disruptions. Scania also secured the capability to deliver directly to workshops and customers from other warehouses in Europe and Asia. However, production capacity and container availability had, and still has, impacted on spare parts availability.
“The new national warehouse in Melbourne will allow even more stock to be located in Australia to counter the negative effect Corona has had on global supply chains and make us more independent,” said Ben Nicholson, national parts manager for Australia, and the after sales team member responsible for the warehouse capacity expansion project.
“With the addition of the new regional warehouse in Perth, we will also build some additional resilience into our supply chain within Australia.
“When the new warehouses are online, we will improve spare parts availability reducing lead times, as well as being better at pre-picking kits to provide superior support to our own and our authorised independent dealer workshop operations.
By expanding its warehousing infrastructure, Scania will also grow its number of employees in Australia, which currently stands at over 500.
“And in line with Scania’s global and local drive towards a sustainable transport solution, the new national warehouse comes equipped with solar panels on the roof. We will take all opportunities to continue to reduce our carbon footprint,” Tharna added.
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