Michelin North America Inc. is working with Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) to automate a new distribution center in the U.S. that will supply passenger and truck tires throughout North America.
According to Swisslog, the project will cost in the upper double-digit-million euro range and consist of automating warehouse operations including receiving, tire selection and sequencing, shipping, Warehouse Management Software and controls software. The project is expected to be fully operational in 2019.
While Swisslog did not name the distribution center it will be working on, it is most likely the facility is the new $270 million distribution center near Spartanburg, S.C., Michelin announced earlier this year. Construction on 3.3 million-square-foot distribution center is expected to begin later this year, with the first phase expected to be complete in late 2017. The entire project is scheduled to complete in early 2019.
“Our expert warehouse automation design team was able to provide an exceptional solution to help Michelin achieve unparalleled customer service with low operating cost. This is another example of how Swisslog develops and delivers solutions that create outstanding customer value,” said Christian Baur, chief operating officer of the Swisslog Group and CEO of the WDS Division. “The United States is a very important and rapidly growing focus market for Swisslog.”