Scania in WA parts expansion


Scania Australia points to WA growth as it moves to larger parts premises in Perth

Scania in WA parts expansion
Scania's new parts facility in Welshpool, WA will source its supplies direct from Europe.

 

Scania Western Australia has announced its move into a new, much larger parts warehouse in the Perth suburb of Welshpool to better service the needs of its growing customer base of both on- and off-road trucks, as well as buses and coaches.

The new 2000m2 facility is said to be more than four times larger than the warehouse it replaces. It allows the Kewdale-based company-owned sales and service facility to supply its state-wide network of independent authorised service dealers, and customer workshops, with a higher rate of first pick.

The move follows a similar expansion of the Scania Australia National Parts Warehouse in Melbourne in order to support the growing numbers of Scania vehicles in service across the country.

"Scania has attracted many more customers across a broad spectrum of applications over the past 7 to 10 years in WA, and we see no sign of this growth slowing," says Michael Berti, Scania WA’s regional executive manager.

"We have increased our warehousing floorspace by a factor of four and the value of inventory we will hold by a factor of three.

"This provides us with vastly improved ability to service our customer base here and now, and importantly the capacity to scale up to meet future demand.

"Supply to the new Welshpool facility will primarily be direct from our global distribution centre in Europe, with access also to supply from regional warehouses in South East Asia, and of course, Melbourne," Berti states.

Scania national parts manager Ben Nicholson (left) and WA regional executive manager, Michael Berti at the new Perth warehouse.

"With the new facility we will be able to receive and unpack more quickly, as well as pick and dispatch orders more efficiently, cutting the wait time for parts for all our customers and dealers in the west.

"We will bring to this facility scanning technology, initially on the inbound side of the inventory flow, with a plan to integrate this technology also into our outbound flow. This will improve not only our efficiencies in pick, pack and put-away but will also improve inventory accuracy.


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"Outbound consigning will be streamlined thanks to equipment designed to automate the process of weighing and measuring packages with software that links this data directly to the carriers’ freight system. These improved metrics are critical to our continued success with mining customers in particular, where unplanned downtime is very costly," Berti says.

"The larger capacity warehouse will allow us to hold a broader and deeper range of parts on hand, in line with current and future needs, for example our hybrid and electric vehicle ranges which will undoubtedly arrive during the life of this facility.

"Leveraging the benefits of the Scania Fleet Management System, which globally has 500,000 connected vehicles, we’re far better able to project when components will require replacement, and pro-actively launch preventative maintenance campaigns, again aimed at bolstering uptime for the customers’ assets."

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Berti says Scania’s Kewdale branch has always been a strong performer in over-the-counter parts sales within the organisation, but Scania is aiming to improve on that with the opening of the new Welshpool facility.

"If customers are confident that we will have the part in stock they are far more likely to return, especially if they need a major component replaced."

National parts manager for Scania Australia, Ben Nicholson, says the new regional warehouse in Perth will assist in building additional resilience into the truck maker’s supply chain within Australia.

"The reality of this situation has been brought home to everyone in the industry during the COVID pandemic, with state borders being snapped shut, compromising logistics networks," Nicholson says.

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