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DRiV Inaugurates Fully-Automated System at its European Aftermarket Distribution Center in Belgium

April 25, 2023
Willebroek, Belgium, April 25, 2023  DRiV, the aftermarket division of Tenneco, today officially inaugurated a fully-automated shuttle and packaging system at its European Distribution Center in Willebroek, Belgium. This $12 million investment in automation further improves customer service by delivering DRiV’s industry-leading automotive brands to where they need to be, faster.

The shuttle hosts all fast-moving articles, allowing DRiV to pick 60 percent of its order lines at up to seven times the speed of a manual operation. It features two aisles with triple deep storage containing 55.000 storage locations, 54 shuttles and four lifts capable of handling 1.170 double cycle lines per hour, both inbound and outbound. Picking accuracy is increased through pick to light stations as well as automatic weight control and rejection lanes. 

Delivery to shipment cycle time is reduced by half using fully automated packaging lanes for the most frequently used box types. These lanes automatically insert documents, protect content, cut the box to height, close it and apply labels. 

"The investment in advanced automation reflects DRiV’s growth and our ongoing commitment to providing a level of service befitting of a longtime, industry leader,” said Audrey Harling, Group Vice President and General Manager, DRiV EMEA. “This further increases our ability to support e-commerce solutions and provide additional business development opportunities for our customers who are active in the retail and e-tail spaces. As e-commerce orders typically have few units per line of picking, automation makes it serviceable at an affordable cost.”

The shuttle is located in Belgium to support customers’ business with enhanced service options, increased inventory, greater parts availability and faster deliveries. Its proximity to the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam, Brussels international airport and major highways to Germany, France and the Netherlands make it a natural center of gravity for deliveries to Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Matt Roney, Tenneco Executive Vice President and President, DRiV, added: “Today’s event is an important milestone in our European growth strategy. As a leading supplier to the world’s vehicle manufacturers and holder of numerous patents, Tenneco supplies aftermarket parts that fit perfectly, and repair solutions for all major vehicle models. 

“The addition of this ultra-modern system in Belgium makes our products available more easily and quicker than before, and further enhances our state-of-the-art aftermarket support to our high-performing customers.”

The automation project was completed in 18 months from engineering through installation to go-live. The order, storage and retrieval OSR Shuttle™ Evo was supplied and installed by KNAPP Industry Solutions. 

“We are delighted to have supported DRiV for this important project,” said Wolfgang Skrabitz, Managing Director, KNAPP. “Installing a shuttle and automated packaging system in a running operation requires careful planning, implementation and monitoring. Our teams worked seamlessly together to make this installation a success and I am extremely proud of the result of our partnership.”

About DRiV 

DRiV is the global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket business from Tenneco. With our world-leading stable of automotive brands, ranging from the highest level of performance to the broadest everyday use, DRiV tailors solutions to our markets and customers. Our principal product brands, including 15 that are more than 100 years old, include Monroe®, MOOG®, Ferodo®, Champion®, Walker®, Öhlins®, Clevite® Elastomers, Garage Gurus®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, National®, JURID®, Nüral®, Payen®, Beck/Arnley®, Abex®, Rancho®, DynoMax®, and others. 

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About KNAPP Industry Solutions

KNAPP Industry Solutions is the specialist within the KNAPP group for tailor-made solutions for industrial, manufacturing and distribution logistics as well as for autonomous mobile robots. 

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Simonetta Esposito                                                        
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