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Airbus signs multi-year contracts with Kuehne + Nagel and DHL

Airbus has selected Kuehne + Nagel as lead logistics provider and DHL as lead transport provider, becoming Tier 1 partners for Airbus

The decision is a significant step towards the integration of Airbus and will allow a further harmonisation and optimisation of Airbus' logistics and related transport processes in Europe

Airbus's new logistics concept foresees the successive consolidation of all local warehouse facilities into six regional hubs in Germany (Hamburg), France (Toulouse, Nantes-Saint Nazaire), Spain (Madrid, Puerto-Real) and the UK (Broughton) by 2010

Under a new six-year agreement, Kuehne + Nagel will exclusively manage and operate these six regional logistics hubs, which encompass more than 150,000 m2 of warehousing space for storing aircraft equipment, parts and raw materials to serve the Airbus production lines

The new contract significantly strengthens Kuehne + Nagel's partnership with the aircraft manufacturer, which began in 2003 It also marks Kuehne + Nagel's strategic entry into the French and UK aerospace and aviation logistics markets

Under a new five-year agreement, DHL will implement its full transportation system, 4PL control tower and optimisation program to streamline the flow of materials from suppliers to Airbus manufacturing plants The Control Tower will manage a significant part of inbound transportation including air and ocean freight, road freight, customs and value added services

International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) will be harmonised to one common FCA (Free Carrier) standard This allows better integration, rationalisation capacity and better item-tracking

"The optimisation of our supply chain and logistics by defining one lead logistics provider and one lead transport provider is an essential step towards to increasing our efficiency and delivering on our Power8 targets," said Fabrice Bregier, Airbus chief operating officer

Implementation of the new transport and logistics concept will start on September 1st this year

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