MAN Truck & Bus is expanding its global logistics centre in Salzgitter, Germany to meet the growing demand for components related to electric vehicles, particularly batteries and battery parts. 


Source: MAN

(from left to right): Dr Uwe Jens Unger, Head of Spare Parts Logistics MAN Truck & Bus SE, Michael Kobriger, Chief Production & Logistics Officer MAN Truck & Bus SE, Frank Doods, State Secretary at the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economic Affairs, Construction, Transport and Digitalisation, Alexander Vlaskamp, Chairman of the Executive Board MAN Truck & Bus SE, Hüseyin Uc, Chairman of the Works Council Salzgitter MAN Truck & Bus SE, Gunnar Kilian, Board Member for Human Resources and Truck & Bus Volkswagen AG, Frank Klingebiel, Lord Mayor of the City of Salzgitter.

The expansion was marked by a ground-breaking ceremony attended by key figures, including MAN CEO Alexander Vlaskamp, Chief Production & Logistics Officer Michael Kobriger, and Lower Saxony’s State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Frank Doods.

The expansion responds to the increased interest in electrically powered vehicles, as MAN continues to broaden its product portfolio with a focus on electromobility. The company recently celebrated the delivery of its 1,000th electric bus, and the first electric truck is expected to reach customers in 2024, with over 700 orders and pre-orders secured within three months of its sales launch.

The new 52,650 square meter building, slated for completion by the end of 2024 with operations commencing in mid-2025, will add 40,000 parts capacity. This growth is essential to accommodate the evolving product lineup and increased emphasis on electromobility. The logistics centre, currently staffed by 800 employees, will expand by a quarter, reaching a total size of approximately 230,000 square meters.

MAN Chief Production and Logistics Officer Michael Kobriger emphasized the strategic significance of the logistics center, stating: “The logistics centre ensures that our customers all over the world are supplied quickly and reliably. In future, we will also ship parts and spare parts for our e-vehicles from here – including batteries and battery parts. This also strengthens MAN in Lower Saxony and the Salzgitter site.”

To support the growing demand for electric vehicle components, parts of the warehouse have been equipped with high-voltage technology, and relevant employees have undergone training accordingly. This expansion aligns with MAN’s commitment to maintaining swift and reliable global supply chains. The Spare Parts Network, centered around the MAN logistics center in Salzgitter, currently stores nearly 200,000 items, covering over 95% of all order items, and provides next-day delivery to customers worldwide.