Working on a project with four different tier 1 suppliers, GEFCO is creating a new benchmark for automotive supply chain partners

29 July 2019

At the end of 2018, GEFCO UK were approached by four tier 1 suppliers on behalf of a large OEM client for the production of their new light commercial vehicle. Working within a 6-month time scale a solution was required which would streamline the storage, sub-assembly and sequencing of parts including line feed to the assembly line.

This project would be unique in the sense that it would be the first time within the UK that GEFCO would be performing an operation from an external facility. The timing between the end of previous model and launch of new one only left our teams to setup on-site operations within 6 weeks.

Once on site the project team began overseeing the building preparation including  the machinery for the sub-assembly in partnership with tier 1 suppliers, the recruitment and training of staff and the installation of the IT structure that linked our customers and the OEM, all in time for pre-launch testing.

The project was smoothly launched in May 2019 and we began supplying the OEM gradually whilst increasing number of vehciles per hour and introduction of a second shift in June 2019 and then a third one mid-August. 

The success of the launch would not have been possible without the dedicated work of the launch team which consisted of several departments including Human Resources, H&S, I.T, Procurement and certainly our team of experts in operations, including Task Force from other European countries and Corporate teams, all working in unity.

Since the launch GEFCO has demonstrated its unparalleled ability to seamlessly support our customers supply chain and in doing so has been nominated to perform further inbound transportation and  line-feed by a fifth tier 1 supplier. The additional flow of work has seen our staff level on this project increase to over 120 employees cover 3 separate shift patterns.

To find out more about this project please watch the short film in the link below: