Jungheinrich aiming for Europe’s number 1 position

Jungheinrich intends to expand its position in Europe by focusing on service and used vehicles. The company also wants to achieve significant growth as a ‘total supplier’ of complete logistics systems. “We’re already market leader in 19 European countries,” said Lars Brzoska, sales director at Jungheinrich, during an update at a press conference in Hamburg on 28 January 2015.

 

 

An important pillar in Jungheinrich’s strategy until 2020 are used vehicles. Jungheinrich sold around 20,000 of them in 2014 and demand continues to rise, which is why the production capacity in Dresden must be doubled by 2018. The second-hand-vehicle plant in Dresden is where the company has been overhauling thousands of the German brand’s used forklifts and warehouse trucks annually since 2006.

Jungheinrich has also centralised deliveries for spare parts. Suppliers now no longer deliver directly to the regional distribution centres in Lahr (Germany) and Bratislava (Slovakia), but rather only to the central distribution centre in the German town of Kaltenkirchen, from where the parts are then supplied to the regional DCs.

The central DC for parts was opened in September 2013 and serves as a showcase for Jungheinrich’s capabilities. It entailed a 37 million euro investment and was largely self-financed. The DC is highly automated, completely scalable and designed for growth. “We regularly perform black spot analyses to check whether Kaltenkirchen is still the optimal location,” said Stefan Brehm, who is responsible for spare parts management at Jungheinrich.

Innovation

Klaus-Dieter Rosenbach, technical director, has noticed a number of megatrends that have an impact on intralogistics, namely demographic changes, the climate and the scarcity of natural resources, emerging markets, new technologies, increasing individualisation and greater prosperity. Translated into trends within intralogistics, these mean reducing the total cost of ownership, reducing energy consumption, new logistics systems, automation-oriented solutions and solutions for emerging markets.

Rosenbach still sees plenty of opportunities for lithium-ion batteries. In practice, warehouse trucks based on lithium-ion technology use 30 percent less energy than vehicles with a lead acid battery, and the lifetime of a lithium-ion battery is approximately three times longer. Furthermore, Jungheinrich’s practical tests have demonstrated that lithium-ion batteries make sense for today’s multi-shift approach. “The lithium-ion battery still has high innovation potential,” concluded Rosenbach.