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Hilti and Kuehne and Nagel enter into strategic partnership

Hilti, one of the world’s market leaders in providing technology to the global construction industry, has entered into strategic partnership with Kuehne + Nagel for the planning, implementation and management of their future logistics locations in Europe.

The cooperation between the Lichtenstein-based group and Kuehne + Nagel started in December 2007 with the construction of the new Hilti logistics centre in Nuremberg. This project, which was planned and implemented and is managed by the logistics specialists of Stute Verkehrs-GmbH, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Kuehne + Nagel Group, laid the foundations for the realignment of Hilti’s logistics processes in Europe.

The state-of-the-art distribution centre in Nuremberg serves as a yardstick for new Hilti locations in Europe and has convinced the customer to choose Kuehne + Nagel as its competent strategic partner for further logistics projects. A dedicated competence team will support Hilti with upcoming projects for further optimisation and standardisation of logistics processes.

Joachim Anna, Hilti’s Head of Logistics Europe Central, comments, "Our advantage – apart from being able to concentrate on our core compe-tence and leveraging Kuehne + Nagel’s know-how – lies in the fact that cooperation with only one partner naturally leads to reduced coordination and management efforts as Kuehne + Nagel offers one-stop-shopping when it comes to integrated logistics solutions."

"We see further advantages," adds Heinrich Becker, Hilti’s Head of European Logistics Management, "in standardised controlling and reporting, which enables us to continuously monitor all locations and processes including the respective key performance indicators. The permanent benchmarking of all locations, be they own-controlled or externally managed, ensures full transparency in all external locations."

"This maximum transparency and the partnership-based approach form a sound basis for a successful long-term cooperation," comments Christian Dieckhöfer, Managing Director of Stute Verkehrs-GmbH.

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