72% more space at new NSK European Distribution Centre

NSK has commenced the construction of a new European Distribution Centre (EDC) just 4km from the facility’s existing location at Tilburg in the Netherlands. Measuring 17,357m², the site will offer 72% more warehouse space and accommodate 51% more pallets, while shelving and docking space will both be doubled. The investment in this facility will benefit customers through even more reliable and fast deliveries.

There will be more space and increased mechanisation at the new NSK EDC, leading to even greater logistics efficiency

Tilburg has been the home of NSK’s EDC for the past 14 years. However, with demand for the company’s products continuing to grow, NSK has taken the decision to relocate to the Vossenberg area of the city, where a new facility will facilitate an expansion in logistics capabilities. Groundworks are finished and construction of the warehouse, which includes a 1900m² mezzanine floor, has now begun. Completion is scheduled for July 2017 and deliveries to customers are expected to commence at the end of August.

“There will be more mechanisation at the new site, which in combination with the extra space and optimisation of existing processes, will make our operations more efficient and further improve customer service,” explains Michel van Nispen, Director Supply Chain at NSK Europe. “Ultimately, our new EDC is designed to provide shorter shipping times, as well as increased inventory and product availability for all customers.”

The new warehouse will stock industrial and automotive bearings for customers located across Europe, including Russia and Turkey, as well as the Middle East.

“With this major investment of close to €17.5 million we are responding to the requirements of the marketplace, which demands high quality products on short lead-time availability,” says Mr van Nispen. “Further investment in IT to manage warehouse and supply chain activities will follow after the relocation. At the new site, our throughput times will further improve due to greater flexibility with stockholding, which will be particularly helpful in target growth sectors such as the industrial and automotive aftermarkets. By enhancing our offering through state-of-the art, comprehensive logistics infrastructure, all NSK customers can benefit from uprated services and knowledgeable support.”

NSK Europe has 18 locations in 11 countries across the EMEA region, including five production sites and three R&D technology centres. This network of facilities helps provide a dynamic response to industry demands and trends, with short decision-making capability.

The new NSK EDC in Tilburg means customers will benefit from uprated services and knowledgeable support

About NSK

Established 100 years ago, NSK (Nippon Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese-listed company that has evolved from a regional ball bearing supplier to a roller bearing specialist and automotive supplier with a global market presence. Today, NSK employs more than 31,500 employees in 30 countries. As per March 2016 NSK achieved a turnover of 975 billion Yen. This result has been driven by ever-increasing investment in research & development, enabling the company to continuously improve the quality of its products and services. This investment supports NSK’s objective of “No. 1 in Total Quality”. In addition to a complete rolling bearing portfolio, NSK develops and manufactures precision components and mechatronic products, as well as systems and components for the automotive industry, including wheel bearing units and electric power-steering systems.

In 1963, NSK’s first European subsidiary, Düsseldorf, Germany, was opened and in 1976, the first European production facility in Peterlee, England. Today, NSK Europe supports pan-European sales with production locations in England, Poland and Germany, logistics centres in the Netherlands, Germany and England and technology centres in Germany, England and Poland. In 1990, NSK purchased the UPI Group including the renowned European bearing manufacturer RHP, with its factory in Newark (UK). Additionally, NSK has developed a comprehensive network of authorised sales distributors. NSK Europe is divided into application-based business divisions: Industry rolling bearing technologies & linear and precision technology (EIBU) as well as bearing modules and steering systems for the automotive industry (EABU & ESBU). In this organisation, NSK Europe’s 3,500 employees achieved a turnover of over 1,000 million Euros as per March 2016.
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