Mumbai: The German luxury car maker Volkswagen Thursday performed the ground breaking ceremony for setting up its regional parts distribution centre(RDC) at Bhiwandi (Thane), which is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.
This is the second depot by the Volkswagen group in the country under its 'depot network development project' after Gurgaon, a press release said here.
The ceremony was kicked off with the traditional bhoomi-poojan in the presence of group's Managing director (India sales) Dorizas and Dietmar Hildebrandt, director group service, it said.
"The group has decided to strengthen the current after- sales services by forming the RDC in Bhiwandi and further strengthen the relationship that we share with the domestic customers," managing director, Volkswagen Group Sales India, Gerry Dorizas said.
The centre will cater to western, southern and eastern regions that account for 60-65 percent of the genuine parts sales for the group in the country.
Being strategically located, the centre once completed will significantly contribute to the reduction of the current lead time to provide genuine parts to dealers and service centres, the company said.
Spread over an area of 21,000 square metres, the facility will be equipped with state-of-the-art warehousing software called the ET2000 that has been specially designed for India.
The Centre expects to deliver parts within 24 hours to the Group's dealer network in the western region and 72 hours for in southern region, the company said.