Unipart has won an additional contract with Toyota in India. Unipart will be responsible for distribution operations in Kolkata (Calcutta).
This is Unipart’s second logistics contract with Toyota in India. The first contract started at the Bangalore site in March 2012.
According to Mike Varnom, Managing Director of Unipart Aftermarket Logistics, Toyota’s operations were already at a very high standard before Unipart began working with them.
“Toyota was looking for a step change improvement in their key performance indicators and a reduction in cost for their distribution operations,” said Varnom. “They also wanted a partner who would share their philosophy.
“The Toyota distribution centre was already at a very high standard, but Toyota wanted to take the next step and improve performance even further. So when we started, we had the daunting task of improving a distribution operation that was already very strong.
“The Unipart team has taken that challenge on board and has been able to deliver zero errors in shipments to dealers over a sustained period. We’re obviously now working very hard to keep that track record in tact.”
According to Varnom, Unipart now has an established set of distribution facilities in India, which is considered to be one of the hardest places in the world to operate.
“We’ve taken the time and made the investment in learning how to operate successfully in India,” he said. “We now have a great base from which to help other parts of Unipart Group, as well as our many clients and customers, who want to establish or expand operations there.”