Belron officially opened its new European distribution center in Bilzen, Belgium. According to the company, it’s the largest distribution warehouse of its kind in the world, holding 300,000 windscreens and six million parts and accessories.
The new center manages deliveries from over 300 suppliers and most orders received by 17:00 can be delivered within 8 hours to around 800 branches. The new facility consolidated five existing separate operations under one roof. 97% of employees moved to the new location, meaning Belron retained its people.
“The center underlines our commitment to being a great place to work and I am so incredibly proud of the team that we have in Bilzen whose hard work and dedication has enabled us to get where we are today. Bringing all the people together in one place and all working in the same direction. I could not have asked more from anyone and the success of this center is down to everyone here,” said Tim Berx, supply chain director.
Reducing the environmental impact of the business was also a key driver for the new facility from where it was located to how it was built. Every piece of broken glass from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Switzerland is returned to Bilzen and recycled along with all wood and plastic too.
“I am extremely excited to mark the opening of the Bilzen Centre. It is a key milestone as we can now support the majority of our European customers from a single distribution site. It plays an essential role in enabling us to meet our customer demand and deliver our service. However, in planning this building it was always about our people and how we could make a difference for them by creating a great place to work. We also wanted to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. This innovative center will deliver long lasting and positive effects and will help to make Belron fit for the future,” said Gary Lubner, Belron Group CEO.