Yale works together with Nissan Italy in central Italy
The materials handling requirement
The Nissan Italy distribution HQ in Capena is the main distribution centre of spare parts for the automotive industry at a national level. The warehouse’s spare parts come from either the two European production plants in Spain and the UK, or from Japan via the Amsterdam and Barcelona warehouses.
Active since 1988, the spare parts centre covers 10,000 square metres, of which 7,500 are operational, and handles roughly 6,000 lines per day.
In 2014 the spare parts distribution centre handled as many as 1,369,000 order lines in output, totaling almost 92,000 shipments. Every day the warehouse handles roughly 200 orders for shipments to 16 dealers simultaneously, and manages them through around 50 lines.
The spare parts, albeit of different weights and sizes, move in standard wooden crates made in three sizes which are 2.3 metres deep and range from 70cm to 2.5 metres in height. This solution allows storage of very large components, such as sheet metal, within the same crates.
The collaboration between Nissan Italy and Yale dates back to 2002 when the dealer Antonelli Carrelli Elevatori Srl, based in Rome, won the contract. In 2011 Nissan Italy decided to renovate the entire fleet with a full-service agreement, and so began the search for the best partner capable of responding to this particular need.
In spite of some stiff competition, Antonelli once again proved to be the right choice: “I suggested to Nissan Italy some innovative formulas to renovate the fleet. The company proved very forward-thinking and decided to adopt them.”
Everyone involved in the competitive bid was asked to take over the entire fleet and replace it with other machinery, including some new machinery, while maintaining 17 recently purchased machines.
Antonelli was one of just two suppliers shortlisted. The Rome dealer successfully proposed a buy-back value of the trucks tailored specifically to suit Nissan Italy’s needs. Antonelli bought the entire package and then provided 7x MO and AC and 3x ERP 16VT newly produced trucks to replace the older machines, keeping a total of 43 trucks in use. “This is the Nissan story,” concludes Cristiano, “a story of August nights spent thinking of a winning strategy.”
Thanks to the flexibility of the rental and sales proposals, including used products, Yale provides solutions tailored to suit every company, with a primary emphasis on the client’s needs.
Today Antonelli Carrelli Elevatori, Yale’s exclusive distributor for the Rome area, provides service and maintenance twice a week at the Nissan Italy headquarters for the rented fleet of trucks, including the high and medium level storing machinery and electric and frontal platform pallet trucks.
ANTONELLI Carrelli Elevatori
Antonelli Carrelli Elevatori’s mission today is the same that inspired its founder Cristiano Antonelli in 1967: passion, method, commitment. For almost fifty years now its aim is to meet the needs of industrial handling and warehouse logics with professionalism and propriety. As exclusive Yale distributor for Rome and surrounding areas, it offers short and long term rental services, training courses for truck operating personnel, technical assistance, genuine parts supplies, organizational and management consulting for every aspect regarding Industrial Logistics.
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