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Truck-dedicated parts warehouse opens in Truganina

Daimler Truck has opened a truck-dedicated parts warehouse in the logistics hub of Truganina in Melbourne’s west.

Situated on a prime 30,000sqm site, the five-star energy rated facility will handle parts for the Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Freightliner and Fuso brands, as well as Alliance Truck Parts.

Until now, Daimler Truck parts were kept at a warehouse shared with Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

The new 20,000sqm facility features a solar array able to produce 125,000kWh of energy each year, as well as a 45,000-litre rainwater tank, motion sensing energy efficient LED lights, double glazed windows and electric vehicle charging stations.

It was recently opened by Head of Daimler Truck overseas, Andreas von Wallfeld, DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand cluster CEO, Craig Davison, and Daimler Truck Australia Pacific president and CEO, Daniel Whitehead.

Whitehead said the introduction of the new warehouse represents a big step forward.

“This dedicated truck and bus parts warehouse is at the centre of our commitment to our customers across Australia and New Zealand,” Whitehead said.

“It will allow us to better meet their specific needs, which are very different to those of passenger car customers.”

Whitehead said the warehouse development fits in with the sustainability goals of Daimler Truck.

“It was a great opportunity to specify a design that incorporated a raft of environmental elements ranging from double glazed windows to an impressive solar power array,” he said.

“Daimler Truck is a sustainability leader with our pioneering fully-electric Fuso eCanter and Mercedes-Benz eActros and eEconic trucks, so it is only fitting that our parts warehouse is designed accordingly.”

The warehouse features four recessed loading docks. Image: Daimler Truck

The new parts warehouse, which can dispatch 1500 parts a day, was developed with a custom optimised layout to exceed customer needs.

Daimler Truck Australia Pacific aftersales and network operations vice president, Antonio Briceño, said the significance of the new parts warehouse cannot be overstated.

“This state-of-the-art, five-star energy rated facility, with a layout designed for efficiency, enables us to best support our customers now and well into the future,” he said.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with DB Schenker, who will operate the new facility. Their considerable global experience and resources will no doubt set us up to deliver the best possible service to our customers.”

The warehouse features four recessed loading docks, 70,000 individual bin locations, a 4200sqm two-level mezzanine and a 440sqm office.

In addition, the warehouse incorporates customised racking to store large truck cabs. A super awning of approximately 3300sqm was constructed so that parts could be loaded and unloaded in full protection from the weather.

The warehouse itself has a high clearance section, with additional pallet storage above 10m in height.

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