KYB Europe has officially opened a new European logistics and distribution centre at Eragny/Oise in north west Paris.

KYB is the world's largest OE supplier of shock absorbers, and its new facility will help optimise its European logistics. The 10,000 m² site offers a stock capacity twice as large as the previous warehouse and provides space for 20,000 pallets.

The new warehouse will hold some 5,000 product references, covering more than 98% of the European car parc and includes:

  • over 3,500 shock absorber references;
  • over 1,000 coil spring references;
  • approximately 100 mounting kit references

Hajime Sato, Managing Director of KYB Europe says: "The new facility is designed to hold sufficient stock to provide our customers with continuous availability, even during times of fluctuating demand, and we estimate a quarterly stock turnover of around 1.2 million shock absorbers."

The new warehouse has been equipped with 'Spidy', an IT programme designed to increase accuracy and productivity when managing both incoming and outgoing stock.

"Errors have largely been eliminated since we began using this new system, and we have had very positive feedback from both our domestic and export customers," said Mr Sato.

The new site will employ 15 people to manage the facility who will work alongside KYB's existing 25 employees in France.

In addition to the new centre in France, KYB also operates three additional warehouses across Europe, in Germany, which supplies products to eastern and northern Europe, Spain which covers the Iberian peninsular, and at Warrington in the UK to supply Great Britain and Ireland.