Maersk India, the integrated logistics company, today inaugurated its brand new warehouse in Bhiwandi on the outskirts of Mumbai.
Present at the inauguration of the new facility were Darryl Judd, Head of Products, Maersk South Asia, Anuj Kathuria, President (India), JK Tyre & Industries, Rajesh Gupta, Head of Supply Chain, JK Tyre & Industries, along with leadership teams of both companies.
“We are delighted to open the doors to our fourth warehousing facility in India this year, with JK Tyre & Industries as the anchor customer and the second one in Bhiwandi, Mumbai. With the new facility, we can support our customers with superior connectivity, efficient inventory management, cost optimisation, and speed to market,” Darryl Judd commented on the inauguration of the new facility.
JK Tyre is one of India’s leading tyre manufacturers and is 22nd largest manufacturer in the world. A global force, JK Tyre is present in 105 countries with over 180 global distributors. The company has 12 globally benchmarked ‘sustainable’ manufacturing plants – 9 in India & 3 in Mexico that collectively produce around 33 million tyres annually. The company caters across segments of passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, farming, off-the-road & 2-3 wheelers. JK Tyre launched India’s first ever ‘Smart Tyre’ technology-a cloud-based monitoring system which monitors the tyre’s vital statistics, including pressure & temperature. The company also has a strong network of over 6000 channel partners and 650+ dedicated brand shops called as Steel Wheels, Truck Wheels and Xpress Wheels.
“We have been working with Maersk for our ocean requirements, and the warehousing solution along with primary transportation creates an end to end seamless experience for us. The Bhiwandi site will be the hub for our export as well as our domestic OEM supplies creating synergy of operations,” Anuj Kathuria expressed.
As an integrator of logistics, Maersk is developing and providing solutions ranging from ocean transportation to landside and air transportation, contract logistics including warehousing and distribution (W&D) and depots, custom clearances, visibility solutions and so on. These solutions allow Maersk to have greater control over the movement of the cargo at multiple stages of its journey and thus bring resilience to the supply chains. With the expansion of W&D facilities, Maersk is strengthening its position further by providing a larger array of services through a single window to its customers.
Maersk’s new facility in Bhiwandi will be the fifth warehouse going live in 2022 after one each at Sikandrabad in Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata in West Bengal, and Pune and Bhiwandi in Maharashtra. Being strategically located on the Mumbai – Nashik highway, the facility provides excellent connectivity to the manufacturing hubs and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai.
Last week, Maersk completed the acquisition of LF Logistics, a Hong Kong-based contract logistics company with premium capabilities within omnichannel fulfilment services, e-commerce, and inland transport in the Asia-Pacific region. LF Logistics has seven warehouses in India, which have been added to Maersk’s network. The total warehousing footprint offered by Maersk to its customers in India now stands at over 2.1 million sq ft from the 12 warehouses.