Renault opens Melbourne mega-warehouse

The shared parts and accessories warehouse is a first for Alliance member companies and is designed to maximise productivity, efficiency and accuracy in order fulfilment, allowing companies to enhance service to their national dealership networks.
The facility will become the new master warehouse for Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors’ national distribution network and will also service the INFINITI brand, which falls under the Alliance.
Based in the Melbourne suburb of Truganina, the purpose-built facility is strategically located between Melbourne’s sea container terminal and the airport. The facility has direct access to all interstate roads, is over 37,000 square metres in size, and is part of a CEVA super site that is the largest logistics facility in the southern hemisphere.
“Today’s opening is a significant milestone for the Alliance,” said Kent O’Hara, global senior vice president of aftersales for the Alliance.
“This shared facility is another example of how the Alliance continues to generate synergies to the benefit of our companies, customers and shareholders at a global level.”
Housing more than 90,000 different parts, the Alliance National Distribution Centre manages 11 inbound sea containers daily, as well as airfreight and other local shipments. It brings in 2,500 parts each day, while eight B-double transporters – as part of a same day service – deliver 8,500 parts direct to dealerships.
Operating 24 hours a day and transporting parts across the entire country, the warehouse has space for approximately 100,000 parts and accessories. It also includes a 677 sqm wet room with space for 700 pallets, and employs over 90 staff.
One of the first six star Green Star built and accredited buildings in Australia, it has a roof-mounted solar system to provide renewable energy, high bay LED lighting with daylight and motion sensors, early suppression fast response sprinkler systems and a rainwater system for bathroom and garden irrigation.
It also incorporates technologies and processes for the fast and efficient movement of automotive parts and accessories. These include a dedicated area for the storage of hazardous liquids such as oils, transmission and brake fluids, and the 10 container docks allow for high volume inbound and outbound shipments.
The Alliance National Distribution Centre is now fully operational.
 

Nissan, Mitsubishi building major automotive logistics facility

Nissan Motor Co. Australia and Mitsubishi Motors Australia have announced that they will establish a shared parts and accessories operation in Truganina, Victoria.
The announcement follows Nissan’s recently established global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors, which was formalised in October last year.
The new Australia-based initiative will see both automotive companies share warehousing space and logistics support for the national distribution of each brand’s parts and accessories from an all-new Truganina warehouse facility.
“This is a milestone development in Nissan’s new alliance with Mitsubishi,” said Richard Emery, Managing Director and CEO, Nissan Australia. “This collaboration has opened the door to many important synergies, including the sharing of parts storage, distribution and logistics here in Australia. This is an important investment with many benefits for our respective customers and dealers.”
Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, CEO, Mitsubishi Motors Australia, said this is one of the first alliance-based projects globally. “We are pleased it will assist us to achieve greater efficiency through cooperation with our local alliance partner, Nissan Australia, to deliver a better service to our respective customers,” said Oshikiri.
The new 36,000m2 National Parts Distribution Centre will be one of Australia’s largest automotive logistics facilities and is targeted for build completion by December 2017.
The Truganina facility will become the new master warehouse for Nissan and Mitsubishi’s national distribution network and will also service the Renault and Infiniti brands, both of which fall under the global Renault-Nissan Alliance.
This new warehouse has been designed to meet the requirements for a six-star Green Star rating, the Green Building Council’s highest level of certification for sustainable building design and among Australia’s first six-star energy rated parts distribution centres.

Nissan unveils concept smartwatch

Nissan’s Nismo lab will be showcasing a smartwatch that provides the wearer with both biometric and automotive feedback.

AAP reports that the Nismo concept smartwatch will be displayed today at Germany’s Frankfurt Motor Show. It is Nissan’s first attempt at wearable technology.

"Connectivity is the new battleground for car manufacturers," Chas Hallett, editor-in-chief of What Car? told the BBC.

"In-car internet is coming and now with consumer electronics focusing on watch-based connections, Nissan is getting ahead of the game and joining the two together very cleverly."

The watch is able to display customised data related to a car’s fuel efficiency, as well as on things such as a user’s heart rate and temperature

Nissan is hoping to one day create wearable technology that will detect things such as a driver’s fatigue, emotional responses and hydration levels.

The technology follows recent smart watch releases including Galaxy Gear by Samsung and the Sony Smartwatch 2.

International Business Times compares the Nismo and Galaxy Gear here.

Image: Nissan

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