Behr Dayton Brings in Hellmann Worldwide to Handle Logistics

Auto industry supplier taps new freight forwarder, makes transition without resorting to airfreight

Auto industry supplier taps new freight forwarder, makes transition without resorting to airfreight

Miami  June 16, 2005  Auto industry supplier Behr Dayton Thermal Products has tapped Hellmann Worldwide Logistics to serve as its primary international logistics partner, managing all the manufacturer's freight forwarding business.

Behr Dayton, a part of Behr GmbH & Co. of Stuttgart, is a manufacturer and supplier of original equipment for passenger and commercial vehicles. The company has a multimillion dollar annual transportation budget.

Managing the Behr Dayton supply chain includes worldwide transportation in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Hellmann's responsibility as a global partner to Behr Dayton will also include vendor management of more than 32 international suppliers (soon to grow to more than 110 by end of 2006) moving a variety of goods, from raw aluminum coils to fasteners, tubing and other components.

"High-risk Decision"

"Switching freight forwarders was a high-risk decision for our company to make," said Brent Taylor, material manager for Behr Dayton. "However, based on Hellmann's experience and proven track record, we were confident that the transition would be seamless."

At the beginning of the implementation process, the company had budgeted for airfreight cost (due to the transition); but after Hellmann's initial trial period, Behr Dayton announced that the shift to the new freight forwarder weathered no transition airfreight expenditures.

"We are continuously looking for higher and tighter integration of new technology to make the transition and implementation process flow smoothly between the client and their suppliers," said Karl Weyeneth, CEO of the Americas for Hellmann. "Having a seamless transition reflects on the optimization of time and money and guarantees our client maintains their productivity levels."

Hellmann's service portfolio within the automotive industry includes sourcing, multi-modal international forwarding, customs compliance and clearance, warehousing distribution, sequencing, supply chain optimization, third- and fourth-party logistics responsibilities, and tiered vendor management.

Hellmann operates from 341 cities in 134 countries and employs in excess of 15,000 people. The company has revenues in excess of $2.7 billion.

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