John Deere says it plans to spend more than $60m (£40m) expanding its European Parts Distribution Centre at Bruchsal in Germany and establishing a new regional distribution centre near Stockholm in Sweden.
“The continual expansion of John Deere product lines throughout Europe requires the parallel expansion of our parts infrastructure,” said Fritz Rheindorf, director parts distribution for Europe, CIS, Northern Africa and Near & Middle East.
More than $30m will be invested in a new 16,700sq m building at Bruchsal. This new centre will create extra space for receiving, packaging and cross-docking parts and will enable more efficient distribution of orders to John Deere dealers throughout Europe and other parts centres worldwide.
The new regional distribution centre near Stockholm will be opened in late 2011, and will also incorporate the John Deere Forestry parts and retail sales office, which is currently located in Maersta (Sweden). The 18,700sq m centre will serve dealers and customers in the Scandinavian and Baltic markets.
This operation will complement the newly established EurAsian parts distribution centre in Domodedovo near Moscow, which has recently started its first shipments to John Deere dealers and customers in the CIS.