Neovia to manage construction and operations of Schaeffler’s €180mn facility
Global logistics firm Neovia Logistic has signed a new long-term agreement with Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarketto to both build and manage operations at a new €180 million aftermarket kitting facility in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
Neovia & Schaeffler's partnership will create over 900 jobs at what they say will be one of the most advanced facilities of its kind.
The new site will occupy more than 40,000 square meters and house Schaeffler’s inventory of automotive aftermarket spare parts and repair solutions. The operation will assemble and package close to 70mn repair kits from 40,000 different SKUs per year.
Neovia will manage day-to-day operations, utilising the Neovia Operating System that drives continuous improvement and lean operations at Neovia facilities around the globe.
Neovia’s operating system will support Schaeffler in their efforts to generate sustained improvements in quality of delivery and provide faster, more reliable and more flexible service to customers.
“A coherent overall concept and proven experience in the Aftermarket business – this convinced us after an intensive bid and selection phase,” said Michael Söding, designated Member of the Schaeffler AG Board of Managing Directors and Head of the company’s Automotive Aftermarket division.
“With Neovia Logistics, we have the right partner to prepare our kitting and logistics for the challenges of the coming decade.”
Neovia CEO Pat Olney, commented: “Neovia is excited to leverage our OEM heritage and more than 30 years of experience providing logistics services to support Schaeffler in serving their aftermarket customers.
“Global companies like Schaeffler choose to work with Neovia because we have the know-how and passion to drive continuous improvement and provide real-world innovation that delivers value across every part of the supply chain.”
More than 40,000 different articles for passenger cars, light and heavy commercial vehicles, and tractors will be commissioned, packaged and dispatched at the new assembly and packaging center.
Brands include LuK, INA, FAG and Ruville and products include clutch and clutch release systems, engine and transmission applications and chassis applications.
Gartner: Women in supply chain at five-year high
Women now represent a greater percentage of the supply chain workforce than at any other point in at least the past five years, according to a recent Gartner survey.
The Women in Supply Chain Survey 2021, conducted by Gartner and Awesome, surveyed 223 supply chain organisations with more than $100m in annual revenue from February through to the end of March 2021.
- Women represent 2% more of supply chain workforce than in 2020
- Women now account for 42% of the workforce
- Number of women in exec-level positions declined by 2%
- Just 15% of top leadership are women (17% in 2020)
- 84% of organisations say COVID-19 did not impact efforts to advance women
It found that women now represent two per cent more of the supply chain workforce than in 2020, accounting for 42%, compared with 39% last year. Dana Stiffler, Vice President Analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice, says the impact of COVID-19 on supply chain was significant, though different to other sectors.
"Contrary to other industries, supply chain’s mission-criticality during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many sectors did not reduce their workforce, but rather continued to hire and even faced talent shortages, especially in the product supply chains," she said. "This resulted in many women not only standing their ground in supply chain organisations but increasing their representation in organisations. We also recorded a record number of specific commitments and supply chain-led actions and saw existing programs starting to pay off."
Supply chain still lacks women in executive leadership
But the elephant in the boardroom remains. Though the figures present a positive step towards greater diversity and gender equality at all levels, the number of women in executive level positions declined by two per cent in the past year. Women represent just 15% of the upper echelons of supply chain leadership. Gartner did however record a rise in women at all other levels of leadership.
The vast majority (84%) of organisations surveyed said the outbreak had no discernible impact on their ability to retain and advance women. But more than half (54%) admitted that retaining mid-career women was becoming increasingly difficult. A lack of career opportunities was cited as the biggest challenge to this, while other blamed a lack of development opportunities.
Despite these challenges, companies of all sizes are becoming broadly better at gender diversity. Around a third more said they had a targeted initiative focused on attracting women and advancing their careers.
Stiffler said a push towards measurable and formal initiatives is at least pointing in the right direction: “It's encouraging to see that the larger share of this jump was for more formal targets and specific goals on management scorecards. For these respondents, there is greater accountability for results — and we see the correlation with stronger representation and inclusion showing up in pipelines.”