TNT Logistics and German brake systems manufacturer Knorr-Bremse celebrate 10 years of partnership this month. The TNT contract team presented a magnificent cake to the Knorr-Bremse UK management team, based in Bristol.
TNT Logistics manages the 2,300 sq metre UK distribution centre and handles more than 130,000 parts per month. Knorr-Bremse customers consist of major truck and trailer OEMs and the commercial vehicle aftermarket sector.
There are about 530,000 trucks, 230,000 trailers and 38,000 buses in the UK, split between more than 20 manufacturers, so the complexity of parts is very high.
Braking systems and components from both the UK manufacturing facility at Kingswood, Bristol, and from Knorr-Bremse facilities throughout Europe and further afield in the global supply chain, are distributed to more than 250 customers in the UK and internationally.
Mike Hall, Knorr-Bremse Logistics Manager, says: During the ten years working with TNT Logistics, we have together enjoyed many successes and implemented significant improvements. As with all true partnerships, we have worked hand-in-hand to continue to improve.
The most recent significant development to the warehousing and distribution operation has been the design and build of a state of the art distribution centre in Emersons Green, five miles from the manufacturing plant. It opened in July 2004.
We used the opportunity to benchmark TNT Logistics against other logistics providers, says Mike Hall. But they were able to present the best combination of fleet and integrated express network, IT systems, and knowledge of our business and our customers.
Neil Crossthwaite, TNT Logistics Managing Director, says the combination of the staff running the contract and the support provided by the rest of the TNT team, was crucial to the partnership with Knorr-Bremse. By using all of our resources, we can make sure we continue to seek further operational and IT improvements and respond quickly to customer needs.