"Behind every success story"
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an incredible growth of around 40% every year
making it the country's biggest car importer,
Hyundai knows all about success. And its parts
warehouse in the Sydney suburb of Auburn knows
the consequences of such success:
high demands on the available storage space.
the warehouse opened in the late 1980's, it was
assumed that certain areas would be adequate for
years. Instead, only months later, space was at a
don't think anyone expected Hyundai would grow so
much. When we first started operating, we carried
around 3,500 lines. Now it's around 25,000,"
says Chris Priestley, Parts Operations Manager.
step of the way has been Brownbuilt. Originally
chosen for its storage solutions, Brownbuilt has
become an integral part of the warehouse's
volume increase was virtually impossible and new
storage modules were created on an ad hoc basis
as the available space changed, so teamwork has
We had to use
whatever space was available to accommodate such
high growth," says Mr. Priestley.
The warehouse is
divided into three units. Initially, one 2000mē
unit was used and as it was filled to capacity,
the second unit was taken bringing the floor
space to 2,900mē. Finally in 1994, the third
unit was used with the total space now around
contingency plans were needed where possible.
Brownbuilt used medium-duty RUT shelving in one
area because there was a chance that a mezzanine
level would be required. It was, and this level
stores the parts for Jeep, which was added to the
distribution stable in 1994.
Naturally, the range of
parts sizes and shapes is huge. From roof panels
to mufflers to nuts and bolts, everything must be
cleverly stored. Everything is kept in stacked
pallets or a small parts picking system.
Hyundai's 21 parts
warehouse staff pack and retrieve parts manually
and one aisle alone can hold 3,000 lines.
is the key consideration, especially with quick
turnover from order to delivery (within hours for
the Sydney metropolitan area), and the pressure
to maintain the 93-95% first-pick supply to
need for accessibility in tight space
constraints, for example, led Brownbuilt to adapt
one of its standard shelving installations.
Specially made dividing rods help to accommodate
unusual shapes and make the best use of space.
product is very important when it comes to
storage, says Mr. Priestley. For that reason, the
warehouse is committed to using just one system -
prefer a long-term relationship. It's easier to
deal with someone who knows the business and
knows what we're talking about. It's one
bandwagon and we're all on it", he says.
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