Cummins opens new logistics hub in Daventry

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Cummins has opened a new UK Logistics Centre (UKLC), its first cross-business operations hub, which it says will allow it to better serve its customers through centralising processes and increased efficiency. The 435,000 sq. ft. centre in Apex Park, Daventry, consolidates the storage capacity previously shared across both Cummins and third-party warehouses to support its UK manufacturing sites and its aftermarket products under one roof. The facility allows for greater speed and flexibility across the supply chain to best meet customer needs whilst minimising the centre’s environmental impact.

“It is a fantastic achievement to see the Cummins UK Logistics Centre come to fruition,” said Andy Fenn, Site Leader for UKLC. “This project truly demonstrates Cummins’ continued investment within the UK and a new way for Cummins to manage its logistics and supply chain network within Europe. In the current climate where jobs have been significantly impacted by Covid-19, I’m proud we’ve created nearly 100 new roles in the area, in addition to the Cummins workforce currently employed in Daventry and Rugby.”

As part of Cummins’ Planet 2050 sustainability strategy to address climate change and conserve natural resources, the UKLC project focused on reducing the centre’s environmental impacts. The facility has been given a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, a sustainability assessment ranking the facility in the top 1% of UK non-domestic buildings. The warehouse is designed to be self-powered for six months of the year, utilising PV solar panels and a Cummins QSK60G gas generator set in a standby application.

Other environmentally-focused features include the sites’ ability to harvest rainwater and the available electric vehicle charging points for employees. The UKLC project supported local businesses, using suppliers from within a 15-mile radius throughout the build.

“I am delighted to see the opening of Cummins’ new UK Logistics Centre, here in the heart of Daventry and the constituency,” commented Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry. “It is wonderful that Cummins has invested so much in this area and is such good news after what has been a very difficult year. I am also very impressed to learn about how much effort and research has been put into addressing climate change and conserving natural resources.”