“I’m happy to report that the R365-million expansion of the Atlas Parts Warehouse, that kicked off two years ago, is now complete!,” says Andrew Kirby, President and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), formally opening Phase 2 of the company’s parts distribution centre in Boksburg. “It also gives me great pleasure to announce that this facility will from now on be known as the Toyota Africa Parts Centre or the TAPC.”
The expanded warehouse measures 80,000m² making it the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. The facility services 277 Toyota, Lexus and Hino dealerships in SA (BLNE countries), 36 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as a further 6 international export markets
It houses around 2,700,000 pieces of stock at any given time, ships roughly 22,000 order lines to local dealers and a further 3500 order lines to the export market
Phase 1 of the warehouse was formally opened in 2012 and became a state-of-the-art distribution centre, boasting a capacity of 40,000m². The addition of Phase 2 has doubled the size of Toyota’s parts depot, turning it into a mega-facility measuring a colossal 80,000m² – which is equivalent to 11 soccer fields. This makes it officially the largest automotive parts warehouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Prior to the upgrade, two warehouse units were utilised, the upgrade has resulted in a consolidated facility under one roof on one site thereby improving efficiency.
According to Anand Pather, TSAM’s Vice President of Customer Services: “The expanded warehouse allows us the opportunity to streamline our processes and operations. Toyota is globally renowned for its smart production and management systems. In fact, when it comes to execution, we run things in military fashion.”
Pather says the warehouse houses roughly 2,700,000 pieces of stock at any given time with a monetary value of R900m. “Another interesting fact is that we have 220 local parts suppliers. We ship roughly 22,000 order lines to our dealer network (including Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini/BLNE) and 3,500 order lines to our export customers.”
In addition to ensuring a constant supply of parts to its dealerships in SA and the surrounding BLNE countries, TAPC has grown into a vital continental hub currently servicing 36 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as a further six international export markets.
“Towards 2023 we’re not only expanding our solar yield, but also adding battery storage to support extended operational hours to enable us to go completely off the grid. In addition to this we will be trialling NEV transport for our dealer network distribution,” says Pather.
TSAM’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Leon Theron adds that TAPC plays a huge role in supporting Toyota’s ambitious sales target in the local market. “Our vehicle sales target for this year is 131 000, and that has a direct impact on this operation (parts supply and distribution). If you look at parts, our sales target is R7.2 billion this year, and we are hoping to service about 1.4 million vehicles this year. Parts play a key role when dealers and customers evaluate us – hence we strive to score excellent scores in DSI as well as in CCE .”