- With its new packing center, the Volkswagen Group is responding to rising demand in overseas markets. As a result of this demand, more vehicle parts like headlights, audio systems and steering wheels have to be exported to local production sites. The Volkswagen Group has decided to use a new location at the Jade-Weser-Port to pack this new volume.
Thomas Zernechel, the Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics, says: “This decision for Wilhelmshaven is of critical strategic importance to the Volkswagen Group. The Jade-Weser-Port is Germany’s only deep-sea harbor. By setting up a packing center there, we will create a direct link to the one port that we can use to transport our components in the world’s largest ships.” Under the plan, vehicle parts for the brands Volkswagen, Audi and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be packed in Wilhelmshaven beginning in 2019 and transported to more than 25 locations in 15 overseas countries.
The new packing center will be erected on a 100.000 m² site located directly at the Jade-Weser-Port. It will consist of four halls that will have more than 40.000 m2 in total space. In the future, around 7,000 different vehicle parts of the brands Audi, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be delivered to Wilhelmshaven and packed into 250 containers each week. This will amount to more than 12,000 containers (40’ high cubes) per year. A private investor will assume responsibility for construction of the new packing center. Work is scheduled to start this year. The packing operation will begin in 2019 and will be managed by a logistics company.