Knorr-Bremse sets the strategic direction of driving improvement programs, projects and activities for the rail vehicle system division based on a framework including eleven clearly defined cornerstones. As one part of this framework, RVS had to redesign its European Logistics Footprint due to shifts in material flows in Europe and (geo-) political drivers in recent years.
The key target of this initiative was the identification of an optimal logistics footprint in Europe for the coming years with focus on reduced logistic cost, increased logistic performance and the identification of synergies and opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint. During the last 4 years, RVS has transformed its European logistics footprint parallel to its running set-up using a holistic approach to optimize both efficiency and carbon footprint meeting future requirements. By optimizing the logistic footprint driven by fundamental structural changes, logistic cost (-15%) and tons traveled (-20%) were reduced dramatically.
With the additional developed digital capabilities („Digital Twin“) and the gained transparency on the supply chain network, Knorr-Bremse RVS will further pursue its efficiency journey in all aspects during the next few years. With a history spanning more than 115 years, Knorr-Bremse strives to develop the best solutions for its customers in its two business areas, Rail Vehicle Systems (RVS) and Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS). Knorr-Bremse has about 30,500 employees at more than 100 locations worldwide - including about 80 production sites - in more than 30 countries and is therefore globally present.