Opel has announced it will reintegrate the Opel logistics distribution centers into the company, which are currently being operated through a joint venture with Neovia Logistics Supply Chain Services GmbH. The automaker will take over its German replacement parts and parts distribution sector on February 1, 2016, Opel vice president of sales and aftersales Peter Christian Kuspert confirmed.
“We have made a decision to consider replacement parts logistics a core competence of our company and to therefore operate the European warehouses in Bochum and Rüsselsheim on our own in the future. The German distribution centers are extremely important and play a crucial role in our plans,” Kuspert said in a statement. “This direction is purely based on strategic corporate reasons. We have been satisfied with the cooperation. Neovia has proven to be a competent logistics partner.”
The decision is especially important for the Bochum area, which is now dealing with the closure of Opel’s former production plant there. The parts distribution center at the factory is still up and operational, and Opel has committed to an investment of 60 million euros in the operation, boosting the number of jobs from 265 to around 700. The bulk of the investment will be used to construct a second building at the site.
Opel’s history with Neovia dates back to 2006. The company is responsible for operating Opel’s warehouses in Rome and Budapest which are tasked with supplying the Opel dealers in their surrounding regions. There is no word yet on if Opel will renew the contract with Neovia to operate the Rome and Budpest facilities.