Dachser Air & Sea Logistics (ASL) teams in the UK and Germany collaborate to provide a major automotive supplier in China with a bespoke LCL (Less than Container Load) service from UK suppliers, shortening transit times by up to two weeks
From this month, Dachser UK’s ASL team will be liaising with the Coordination Tower Automotive (CTA) personnel based in Hamburg to significantly cut the transit time of components from the UK to an automotive customer in China. Detailed discussions and site visits involving the two teams of Dachser ASL as well as representatives of the customer, have resulted in the implementation of specially designed LCL and bespoke buyers’ consolidation services to improve the door-to-door supply chain efficiency from the UK to China.
Christian Bumann, Department Head Coordination Tower Automotive, ASL, said:
"Dachser’s Automotive Logistics Solution offers a cross-divisional, tailor-made Buyer's Consolidation solution for automotive suppliers, which gives the customer a competitive advantage. Through this LCL consolidation concept, we are responding to the complex and ever-changing demands of global automotive supply chains. We believe our new bespoke solution for moving components more effectively from the UK will reduce overall transit times for the customer and, as a consequence create for them an additional USP in their own market".
Around 70% of the value added during the manufacture of a vehicle is created by suppliers. These suppliers specialise in the production of individual parts and modules, such as headlights, seats, gearboxes, steering wheels, etc. Dachser’s Automotive Logistics Solution focusses on Tier 1 to Tier 3 automotive suppliers to aid the logistics required between these suppliers. Their worldwide production sites create a particular need for specialised supply chain management, and a coordinated control tower approach.
Chris Radley, ASL UK Branch Manager said:
"We welcome this opportunity to work with the CTA team in Hamburg and to create new solutions together for an important global customer of Dachser. There is a great need for synchronised consolidation of customers’ shipments from the UK to overseas production sites and our joint expertise has enabled us to fulfil that need. The automotive solution has numerous time-critical demands as customers face increased and complex dynamic influences over their supply chains. By creating a made-to-measure solution to our customers’ individual challenges we can help them respond by optimising their supply chains."