BLG Expands Kelheim Capacity for Kia | New
The € 24m ($ 29m) seven-storey car park will have a capacity of 5,368 vehicles and will be the largest of three multi-storey car parks at the Kelheim terminal. When completed, the car park will bring Kelheim’s total capacity to 32,000 vehicles, of which 13,000 spaces will be covered. This represents an increase over the capacity of 27,000 vehicles currently available at the terminal.
“Kelheim is an important link in our international automotive logistics network,” said Andrea Eck, Automotive Division Head at BLG. “It is ideally located for vehicle consolidation and subsequent distribution to dealers in Germany and the Benelux countries. With the construction of the new car park, we are modernizing this interior trimodal terminal. “
Eck added that the installation complied with the latest building standards (by construction company Goldbeck Group). LED lighting, electric vehicle charging stations and a rooftop photovoltaic system were key features, according to Eck.
Kelheim is located at the confluence of the Danube and Altmühl rivers. The automatic terminal has direct rail and barge connections. Vehicles arrive in Kelheim mainly by barge from Hungary, by truck from vehicle factories in southern Germany, or by rail from Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In 2019, the terminal handled 220,000 units.
Kia’s volumes come from the automaker’s Slovak plant in Zilina by rail and BLG has been handling them since the plant was established in 2006. On delivery, the vehicles undergo a technical overhaul, including modifications. specials, before being stored. BLG provides vehicle preparation, washing, protective coating of the underbody, painting and special equipment on site. BLG AutoTransport takes care of the distribution to dealers throughout Germany.
Görgen Brockbalz, general manager of the automotive terminal, said it was important to optimize the existing site without expanding it. “Instead, we build. We are also focusing our transport here at our main site, ”said Brockbalz, adding that transport to existing external storage sites would soon be unnecessary thanks to the additional capacity from Kelheim.