(The Automotive Market Unit of DB Schenker Rail, Deutsche Bahn’s rail freight operator, was one of the ten top suppliers and service providers to be presented with the “Porsche Supplier Award 2010” by the Stuttgart-based carmaker in its Leipzig plant. The award went to Autotransport Logistic GmbH (ATG), who provides intermodal rail and road logistics services for Porsche. The best suppliers of the year are chosen by Porsche on the basis of the following criteria - quality, performance, flexibility and customer service.
ATG developed a special transportation concept for the sports car manufacturer, in which the technical and organizational criteria required for the transportation of new Porsche cars by rail were implemented throughout the entire process in compliance with the specified quality standards. The project was given top priority and ATG subsequently provided the required transportation capacity in the closed car transporter segment quickly and flexibly. The required processing of rail shipments was organized with DB Schenker Rail.
“We are thus in a position to accurately assess the operations on a continuous basis and thus optimize the outcome,” said Axel Marschall, Head of Automotive Rail at DB Schenker Rail. “The award shows that we meet the requirements in terms of performance and modern management methods to the complete satisfaction of a demanding customer - our most important guiding principle.”
Porsche AG has placed its trust in DB’s rail services since 2000. DB Schenker Rail is responsible for delivering bodyshells from Bratislava in Slovakia to Leipzig, for example, while components for the new Panamera are being shipped by rail from the VW plant in Hanover to the plant in Saxony. Over half of the completely assembled vehicles earmarked for shipment across the Atlantic are taken to the North Sea ports on special trains.
In 2009, the Automotive Market Unit of DB Schenker Rail generated revenues of more than half a billion euro with shipments and logistics solutions for the automotive industry. Its customers include the major carmakers in Germany and the rest of Europe. Around 200 trains transport cars or components throughout Europe on a daily basis. Over three million completely assembled vehicles were shipped by DB in 2009.