Nissan Motor Australia and Mitsubishi Motors Australia have announced the establishment of a joint parts and accessories warehousing and logistics operation.

The announcement follows Nissan's recently established global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors which was formalised in October last year. This new Australian initiative will see both companies share warehousing space and logistics support for the national distribution of each brand's parts and accessories. This operation, to be based at a new warehouse facility in the Melbourne suburb of Truganina, will deliver various benefits to both companies due to its greater economies of scale, the automakers said in a statement.

"This is a milestone development in Nissan's new alliance with Mitsubishi," said Richard Emery, managing director and CEO of Nissan Australia. "This collaboration has opened the door to many important synergies, including the sharing of parts storage, distribution and logistics. This is an important investment with many benefits for our respective customers and dealers."

Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Australia, said this was one of the first alliance-based projects globally. "We are pleased it will assist us to achieve greater efficiency through cooperation with our local alliance partner, Nissan Australia, to deliver a better service to our respective customers."

The new national parts distribution centre will be one of Australia's largest automotive logistics facilities and is targeted for build completion by December this year. At over 36,000 square metres in area, it will use industry leading technologies and processes for the fast and efficient movement of automotive parts and accessories. The Truganina facility will become the new master warehouse for Nissan's and Mitsubishi's national distribution network and will also service the Renault and Infiniti brands both of which fall under the global Renault-Nissan Alliance.

The location in Melbourne's western suburbs takes advantage of nearby transport infrastructure. The area is widely regarded as a popular freight hub and will be near the airport, port and various key arterial roads.