The growth of our European manufacturing and sales means we have had to develop an efficient way of handling increasing numbers of parts – receiving them from our suppliers and shipping them to our workshops. This task is co-ordinated by the Toyota Parts Centre Europe, in Diest, Belgium.
The centre was opened in 1992 and underwent significant expansion in 1999 and again in 2006, increasing its warehouse space from 38,000m2 to around 100,000m2. It is at the heart of a supply chain that also includes 17 regional depots in countries across greater Europe, from Portugal to Kazkhastan.
TPCE stocks 205,000 different part numbers, received from 180 suppliers in up to 100 truck movements every day. It operates around the clock, shipping items to more than 40 destinations in 30 European countries.