Cummins has opened a new UK logistics centre, its first cross-business operations hub, to better serve its customers through centralising processes and increased efficiency. The 435,000 sq ft centre in Apex Park, Daventry consolidates the storage capacity previously shared across both Cummins and third-party warehouses to support its UK manufacturing sites and its aftermarket products, under one roof.
The new facility allows for greater speed and flexibility across the supply chain to best meet customer needs whilst minimising the centre’s environmental impact.
“It is a fantastic achievement to see the Cummins UK Logistics Centre come to fruition,” says Andy Fenn, site leader. “This project truly demonstrates Cummins’ continued investment within the UK and a new way for Cummins to manage its logistics and supply chain network within Europe.
“In the current climate where jobs have been significantly impacted by COVID-19, I’m proud we’ve created nearly 100 new roles in the area, in addition to the Cummins workforce currently employed in Daventry and Rugby.”
As part of Cummins’ Planet 2050 sustainability strategy to address climate change and conserve natural resources, the UKLC project focused on reducing the centre’s environmental impacts. The facility has been given a BREEAM Outstanding rating, a sustainability assessment ranking the facility in the top 1% of UK non-domestic buildings. The warehouse is designed to be self-powered for six months of the year, utilising PV solar panels and a Cummins QSK60G gas generator set in a standby application.
Other environmentally-focused features include the site’s ability to harvest rainwater and electric vehicle charging points for employees.
The UKLC project supported local businesses, using suppliers from within a 15-mile radius throughout the build.