Logistics for Automotive

We have both the resources and expertise to provide a highly competitive edge in automotive logistics across the globe. The tried and trusted service we offer, gained from long experience in the sector, is designed specifically for the automotive industry. Our global logistics network, state-of-the-art information technology and highly-qualified experts, all contribute to a spirit of innovative thinking, and to a record of highly successful implementation.

Our automotive service supports the entire product life cycle of a vehicle:

KN BatteryChain

KN BatteryChain is an end-to-end solution to master the challenges created by the significant increase in the global demand for lithium batteries for electric vehicles.The transport and storage of cells and batteries is very cumbersome due to the hazardous nature of the material. With KN BatteryChain individual shipping and warehousing needs are covered throughout the entire lithium battery life cycle.

KN Finished Vehicle Logistics

KN Finished Vehicle Logistics is our offering for the transportation of vehicles. The service is designed for customers from the automotive industry, in particular OEMs, and responds to the increasing need for more reliability and increased confidentiality for complete build units (CBU), exclusive prototypes and finished vehicles.

The new service results in the highest grade in service quality and process standardization. It's available via our network of Automotive Solutions Centers in Atlanta, Dubai, Stuttgart, Shanghai and Sao Paulo.

The certification of dedicated staff ensures that all relevant activities along the vehicle supply chain follow standard processes and routine procedures; it includes multiple quality check points.

Inbound and Outbound Logistics

Inbound Logistics

Kuehne + Nagel's inbound logistics services supply domestic and international car production sites with all material necessary for efficient manufacturing. These include the consolidation of products from multiple suppliers, and flexible management of incoming goods to ensure that lead times are met. We also offer customs clearance and transportation services to the warehouse / manufacturing site.

Outbound Logistics

Outbound Logistics services include the multi-modal distribution of goods for suppliers, production plants or distributors.

Production Logistics

Our range of services includes:

  • Warehousing / Sub-assembly
  • Kitting
  • Pre-assembly of components
  • Various forms of production line feeding such as :
    -  Just-In-Time (JIT) deliveries
    -  Just-In Sequence (JIS) services
    -   Removal and processing of empty load units.

After-Sales Services

In after-sales services / spare parts services, we operate complex distribution networks and warehouses using fully automated warehouse equipment and providing value added services to ensure that dealers receive the support necessary to keep customers satisfied.

Packaging Services

We provide:

  • Wood packaging
  • Industrialised packaging
  • Returnable packaging solution
  • Temperature controlled and specialised packaging customised to meet our client’s requirements.

The need for the right packaging design and concept is important for the automotive industry especially given the  complexity, lean production processes  and  globalised supply chains. We also provide two specialised packaging concepts for the automotive industry:

Corrosion intercept services (sub-point to packaging)
One of our unique value-added services for the automotive industry is its corrosion intercept service, which is a substitute for oil, wax or polish. We are the only logistics provider with the rights to use this effective anti-corrosion material in the packing process.  This is just one of many services available from our packaging solution centre.

Completely / semi-knocked down services (sub-point to packaging)
We offer the entire spectrum of logistics services for preparing, transporting and importing vehicles which are packaged as completely knocked down (CKD) or semi-knocked down (SKD).

Tire Logistics

We provide a set of specialised logistics services for plant logistics warehouses and tyre distribution centres, allowing tire manufacturers to focus on production while receiving reliable international logistics support from a world class provider.

Reverse Logistics

We cover the entire supply chain for the automotive industry including managing return flows. In the field of automotive logistics that means the handling of returnable units, repair and maintenance services as well as return goods under warranty from dealers and distributors.

Kuehne + Nagel provides complete, multi-modal transport services, leveraging our capabilities as the world’s leading seafreight forwarder and top-class airfreight solutions provider.

For more information, please contact us.