The new facility is down the road in the same industrial area in Linbro Business Park. According to the company, the current location gives it direct access to the N3, N1 and M1 main arteries in and out of Gauteng, and it allows for a highly efficient receipt and distribution of parts.
“We are moving to a new facility to better serve to our fast-growing South African customer base. Since breaking the 1 000 units a month barrier in August 2017, we have broken our own sales record multiple times, necessitating the move to a larger facility that can hold more parts and more efficiently support the larger car parc,” says André Venter, divisional manager for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto South Africa.
The new warehouse facility is joined to Suzuki’s new corporate head office and now offers 1 600 m2 of floorspace. This is an increase of 42% over the previous warehouse facility, and it features a mezzanine level that adds an additional 655 m2 of floorspace.
Suzuki has also increased the design of its receiving area by a third and more than doubled the dispatch area for the faster loading and dispatching of parts. The high-density storage and large dispatch area will allow Suzuki to contain the cost of its repair and service parts and offer 24-hour turnaround times on most orders.
Suzuki Auto SA confirmed to Dealerfloor that the company will introduce a new order-and-pick-up service to dealers in Gauteng. This is made possible by the new warehousing system and the larger receiving and dispatch area.
Dealers in Gauteng will now be able to order parts and components and pick them up in Linbro Park within 24 hours. Linbro Park itself will not require sign-ins at the main gate, to allow for ease of access.