Schaeffler is building a new EUR180m (US$210m) assembly and packaging centre in Halle, Germany, creating 900 jobs.

The new facility, to be known as the Aftermarket Kitting Operation, will assemble and package kits from Schaeffler's inventory of automotive aftermarket spare parts and repair solutions and will be commissioned in late 2019.

The construction and operation of the facility will be managed by general contractor and third-party logistics provider, Neovia Logistics.

The centre will be the main supply hub for all the Automotive Aftermarket division's other regional warehouses in Europe while at the same time serving as the regional warehouse for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

"Our agreement with Neovia Logistics marks an important milestone on our way to building an assembly and packaging centre in Halle's Star Park industrial estate," said Schaeffler board member and head of Automotive Aftermarket, Michael Söding

"The centre will optimise our processes and throughput times and hence enable us to provide an even faster, more reliable and more flexible service to our customers."

More than 40,000 different parts and components for passenger cars, light and heavy utility vehicles and tractors will be picked, packaged and dispatched at the new assembly and packaging facility.

The centre's inventory comprises parts for clutch, clutch release, engine, transmission and chassis systems.

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