A new contract with Audi in Hungary, and the renewal of contracts with Volkswagen in Poland, reflect Imperial Logistics’ growing success as the logistics and transport partner of choice in the automobile industry in Eastern Europe.
At the Audi AG plant in Gyõr in Hungary, Imperial has been awarded the contract to operate the internal factory logistics for the vehicle assembly processes. As part of its new contract, the company will take over the employees who are currently working for a competitor, says Imperial Logistics chief strategy officer, Cobus Rossouw.
Imperial’s contract for the management of the logistics optimisation centre for this vehicle factory in northwest Hungary has also been renewed by Audi, he reports. More than 1 100 employees, working both externally and in the factory, ensure the flow of materials and goods for the vehicle assembly operations when this factory is working to full capacity.
In addition to its burgeoning partnership with Audi in Hungary, Imperial has had automotive industry contracts renewed at two different Volkswagen operations in Poland. “In Polkowice, Imperial will continue to provide the logistics support for the Volkswagen engine factory in the town. In the city of Poznañ, which is Imperial’s largest business location in Poland, Volkswagen has also extended its logistics partnership with the group.
“As a result of the new contract in Gyõr and the extension of our agreements in Gyõr, Polkowice and Poznañ, our activities in Eastern Europe are a major pillar in Imperial’s growth strategy,” Cobus explains.
As part of the group’s response to the growing transport market which is developing in Hungary and the neighbouring countries of Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia, Imperial has operated a new freight forwarding department in Gyõr since October last year.
Both Audi and Daimler are currently introducing new models at their Hungarian factories. “This demands new capacities in transport logistics for automobile manufacturers and their suppliers, and our goal is to capitalise on these opportunities, with the support of our local sales teams,” Cobus concludes.