Automotive

Logistics services that keep pace with the automotive industry

DB Schenker South Africa offers the experience, expertise and industry insight that allows us to offer clients in the automotive vertical market customised transportation and logistics solutions that meet all of their requirements. We understand that the complex structures of the automotive industry impose huge challenges on logistics services to reduce costs, streamline processes and make a crucial difference to the quality of the supply chain.

Our clients, who include most of the international automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, benefit from our global network of transportation modes covering sea, air, road and rail freight; our contract logistics offering; as well as our eco-friendly solutions that address the reduction of the environmental impact of the value chain.

We offer the following services to our clients in the automotive industry:

  • Production logistics;
  • Semi knocked down;
  • Aftermarket logistics;
  • Completely knocked down; and
  • Finished vehicle logistics.

Production logistics

DB Schenker South Africa’s production logistics cover supplier park services, creating seamless supplies at the point of fitment, thereby achieving synergy and cost benefits.

Our production logistics services include:

  • Conception, planning and  operation of logistics areas;
  • Reliable order processing with modern IT-systems; and
  • Value added services including postponement services, light assembly, quality control, etc.

Our logistics sites are located at all gateways, effectively bridging the supply markets and production facilities.

DB Schenker product competence

DB Schenker South Africa supports suppliers and/or OEMs via its production logistics competence and highly sophisticated information technology solutions. We manage all relevant steps of the process including all infrastructural aspects and Kanban/JIT/JIS delivery.

All levels of production logistics services can be mixed and modularised – from single part handling to multiple supply chain solutions.

Production logistics services

  • Individual solutions for order-, material- and outbound management;
  • Combination of production supply and production disposal in one location;
  • Usage of innovative inventory-management-methods (reporting, QM, flexible labor-time-models, KPI, scorecard );
  • Inventory layout (reengineering, greenfield-conception, scenario analysis, conception and implementation);
  • Steering of the information flow by using modern IT-systems (SAP R3/LES);
  • Steering of pre-suppliers and supplier-inventory-management;
  • Integration of VMI solutions; and
  • Transparency and process security.

Customer advantages

  • A capable contact for the entire product management;
  • Optimisation and bundling of the data- and product flow using modern IT-systems;
  • High quality standards resulting in efficient and safe sequences;
  • Supply guarantee and inventory minimisation;
  • Consistent decrease of logistics costs;
  • Stronger competitive position through an increase of the service level;
  • Integration of procurement- and production supply;
  • Higher flexibility; and
  • Lower fixed costs through multi-customer-warehouse-conception.

SKD – semi knocked down

DB Schenker South Africa’s SKD services support OEMs growth strategies, in particular into new markets where tax and government policies stipulate some local sourcing, rather than the import of finished vehicles.

Our SKD services include:

  • Support function to new markets and swifter introduction times;
  • Know-how transfer;
  • Cross docking; and
  • Remounting bodies in target countries.

DB Schenker product competence

DB Schenker South Africa’s SKD services are founded on extensive experience in creating the perfect mix of car dismantling processes, quality and design of packaging, shipment to new markets and re-mounting to brand new vehicles. All steps in dismantling can be mixed and modularised – from a single part to engine and axles.

The special requirements of every individual SKD project, including technical and customs issues are addressed in partnership with our customers during a brainstorming and optimisation workshop, prior to the customisation of a suitable and efficient value chain.

SKD services

Customer advantages

  • A competent counterpart for the overall SKD management;
  • Expertise exchange in packaging design and operations;
  • The optimisation of the goods flow via an application of modern IT systems;
  • Permanent monitoring with modern tools;
  • Reduction of logistics costs;
  • A higher flexibility;
  • Transport control for the overall service supply chain; and
  • Assignment and claim management.

Aftermarket logistics

DB Schenker South Africa offers aftermarket logistics expertise to our customers by catering to the aftermarket industry’s specific requirements via a regional distribution centre (RDC). These form part of the overall time critical and costly supply chain for automotive customer’s maintenance, spare parts and supplies.

Our aftermarket logistics services include:

  • Support function to ensure product quality and reliability of dealership services;
  • Supply of just the right part, in the required quantity, in perfect condition just when required;
  • Assuring parts availability;
  • Linking dealer demands with supplier base; and
  • Communication, storage and financial mediation between all parties.

DB Schenker product competence

DB Schenker South Africa is a premier provider of outsourced spare parts warehousing services that cater to the full spectrum of aftermarket requirements.

These services include the design of highly efficient warehouses including all material handling equipment and customised WMS systems, as well as a material flow design.

Furthermore, value added services such as simple technical services, diagnosis, guaranteed processing and reclamation management form part of our aftermarket logistics expertise and offering.

Aftermarket logistics services

  • Operational implementation of spare parts distribution centres;
  • Transport control for the overall service supply chain;
  • Returns management of replacement parts and tools;
  • Application of innovative IT- processes (e.g. SAP/LES) for process visibility and stock visibility; and
  • Assignment and claim management.

Customer advantages

  • A competent counterpart for aftermarket logistics services;
  • Expertise in the design and operation of OEM and supplier spare parts facilities worldwide;
  • Best practices acquired from a diversified global customer base; and
  • A track record of meeting and exceeding customer KPIs.

CKD – completely knocked down

Part-by-part delivery to new markets

DB Schenker South Africa’s central processes support OEMs sourcing strategies to new markets with low completely build unit (CBU) numbers, where individual sourcing strategies are not affordable.

Our CKD services assist our customers by:

  • Transportation of completely un-mounted car sets (CKD);
  • Lowering the risk;
  • Increasing efficiency;
  • Affording easy access to emerging markets; and
  • Bulk sourcing.

DB Schenker product competence

DB Schenker South Africa’s CKD competence is convincingly demonstrated by our successful implementation management of new market entries. These comprehensive integrated services are supported through a proven IT solution and include:

  • Project initialisation and module planning;
  • Management of all relevant steps in establishing a production line in new markets;
  • Packaging design;
  • Sequencing of parts;
  • Integration of transportation and production planning;
  • Unpacking and sequencing service for the OEMs; and
  • Monitoring to final line delivery.

All levels of our part-by-part delivery services can be mixed and modularised – from a single part to engine and axles.

CKD services

  • Implementation of an overall concept to deliver part-by-part car sets into new market production plants;
  • Un-packing and sequencing operation at production site;
  • Integrated light assembly;
  • Documentation, coordination and customs clearance of parts on integrated transportation lanes; and
  • Support by an adequate production IT (e.g. SAP production system) Integrated transportation concept.

Customer advantages

  • A competent counterpart for the overall CKD management;
  • The optimisation of the goods flow via an application of modern IT systems;
  • Permanent monitoring with modern tools;
  • Reduction of logistics costs;
  • Higher and flexible transport control for overall service supply chain; and
  • Assignment and claim management.

Finished vehicles logistics

Vehicle transportation and vehicle services in transit.

DB Schenker South Africa’s finished vehicle logistics covers all services from transport, maintenance, repair and administration for completely build units (CBU). These services begin immediately after vehicle assembly, terminate on receipt of the vehicle at the dealership and entail a complex supply chain that can be customised to meet changing requirements.

DB Schenker product competence

DB Schenker has decades of experience in developing integrated solutions for finished vehicles that combine warehousing, transportation management, local transportation and freight forwarding.

Transportation and Logistics