Three years after the opening of the TGW production unit in China, the international automotive parts supplier HELLA made a decision to invest in an automatic mini-load warehouse supplied by TGW Logistics Group in Shanghai.
HELLA is a global, family-run company specializing in innovative lighting systems and electronic equipment for vehicles. As a global technology leader, HELLA has been an important partner in the automotive industry and in the aftermarket for more than one hundred years. In order to meet the requirements for the company's future growth, a new logistics center is being built enabling them to significantly expand their production capacities and production times.
First TGW Mustang project in China
TGW’s scope of supply includes a six-aisle mini-load warehouse with approximately 120,000 storage locations operated by six Mustang storage and retrieval machines. Thanks to the consistent lightweight construction and design of TGW's storage & retrieval equipment, the standard use of energy recovery modules, and an energy consumption oriented axis control our machines are extremely energy-efficient compared to other providers in the market. The flexible KingDrive® technology serves as the conveying system for the new installation and the connection between the existing and the new facility.
The small-parts warehouse will be equipped with seven workstations. Additionally, TGW provides the entire IT and warehouse control systems, which will manage the real-time activity of all storage and retrieval operations in the warehouse. "This order is a milestone for TGW China. We are excited to embark on this project with a company of such reputation as HELLA, and are sure that our one-stop solution will be a milestone in automated intralogistics systems, which might also serve as a benchmark to other prospective customers in China", explains Frank Imkamp, Chief Executive Officer of TGW China.
Perfectly equipped for the future
With the new intelligent control system, HELLA will increase its productivity, shorten delivery times, decrease error rates and meet important production demands. Furthermore, the mini-load warehouse is designed to store raw materials for the production lines as well as finished goods for delivery. HELLA also signed a contract for an entire Lifetime Services package.
"We were able to win this strategically important project against strong competitors thanks to our amazing solution. HELLA saw the added value and the future viability of our products and backed the right horse when choosing the TGW Mustang", Imkamp emphasises.