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Global engineering company Sandvik has opened a new 16,000 sq m distribution hub near Johannesburg, South Africa, in order to enhance its business in southern Africa

New Sandvik hub South AfricaWith facilities currently in Singapore, the US and the Netherlands, Sandvik's newest venture is in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Image source: Sandvik)

Comprised of six warehouses, which can simultaneously manage approximately 28,000 product lines, or US$27.7mn worth of stock, the newly-opened site is intended to provide faster and more efficient service to its African clients.

The distribution warehouse is the company’s fourth, with other facilities strategically situated in the Netherlands, the US and Singapore. 

Sandvik regional logistics manager Rodger Winter explained, “Over the course of 2011, our logistics partner travelled 5.3mn km while delivering stock items to southern African customers.”

With regards to the new distribution, he added, “We can [now] source and ship the required item within 24 hours and 85 per cent of these customers receive their required parts within six hours of requesting them.”