Cummins has opened its 435,000ft2 UK Logistics Centre (UKLC) in Daventry.
UKLC will support the company’s aftermarket products and UK manufacturing sites and it will permit Cummins “to better service its customers through centralising processes and increased efficiency” by giving greater speed and flexibility across the supply chain, the company says.
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 awarded a BREEAM Outstanding rating, a sustainability assessment ranking it in the top 1% of UK non-domestic buildings.
The warehouse is designed to be self-powering for six months of the year, utilising photovoltaic solar panels and a Cummins QSK60G gas generator set in a standby application.
Other environmentally focused aspects include the site’s ability to harvest rainwater and electric vehicle charging points for employees. The UKLC project also supported local businesses, using suppliers from within a 15-mile radius throughout the build process.
Says Site Leader for UKLC Andy Fenn: “It is a fantastic achievement to see Cummins’ UK Logistics Centre come to fruition. This project 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 am proud that we have created nearly 100 new roles in the area, in addition to the Cummins workforce currently employed in Daventry and Rugby.”
Cummins has a long-established production facility in Daventry that employs over 1,000 people. It makes high horsepower engines for the power generation, mining and rail sectors along with complete power generation sets.