A digital representation of the JLR distribution campus. © IM Properties
A digital representation of the JLR distribution campus. © IM Properties

JLR plans new global logistics campus

20 August 2019

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is working with property developer IM Properties (IMP) to build a new distribution campus to supply aftermarket automotive parts worldwide. 

The facility will provide automotive parts to markets worldwide and help meet JLR’s business needs throughout the UK, America, Europe, Africa and much of Asia, including India.

The 2.94m sq ft campus, made up of five units, is at the planning stage, with construction targeted for 2020.

The proposals will be considered by North West Leicestershire District Council in September. The centre will be located at Junction 11 of the M42. 

It has been designed to ensure better efficiency for the movement of parts, and will integrate into a wider development that aims to meet the industrial and logistics needs of the M42 corridor.

Jaguar Land Rover told SM: “The new facility will strengthen the UK’s position as the hub of the company’s global spare parts business, significantly improving efficiency and providing industry-leading service to Jaguar Land Rover retailers and customers around the world.”

This will consolidate multiple UK logistics facilities under one roof, according to a statement by JLR in planning papers. It will bring many benefits, including operational synergies, a 25% cut in the volume of freight traffic, and a reduction in order to receipt times. 

The campus will act as a point between suppliers and retailers, who will use the parts to repair and service cars. The centre will involve over 1,500 suppliers and 2,000 retailers worldwide, covering the movement of over 170,000 different parts to 80 different countries.

Kevin Ashfield, development director at IMP UK, said: “There are very few sites in the UK which could deliver this scale of development in the right location for Jaguar Land Rover.”

The first unit is scheduled for completion in May 2021, and JLR’s operations will move to the new facility in early 2022, with full completion by early 2023, according to IMP.

The plans aim to achieve “a high-quality, sustainable scheme and will have huge economic benefits for the local area”.

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