thyssenkrupp Aerospace expands Rolls-Royce partnership

thyssenkrupp Aerospace has signed a 15-year contract with Rolls-Royce to manage the storage and logistics of all finished parts for its engine manufacturing and assembly operations in Indianapolis.

The third-party logistics (3PL) contract includes inventory management, as well as kitting, inspection, and transportation services. thyssenkrupp Aerospace already provides vendor-managed inventory services for a portion of Rolls- Royce’s supply chain. This expanded contract will be in full operation in 2022 when a new 330,000ft2 facility is completed in the Indianapolis area.

The new contract consolidates the warehousing and logistics services of what was previously multiple 3PL providers working with Rolls-Royce. In addition to becoming the sole service provider of inventory management, thyssenkrupp Aerospace will also facilitate a next generation warehouse management system that seamlessly integrates with Rolls-Royce’s business systems, build a state-of-the-art warehouse facility to optimise storage, and provide an integrated transportation solution between manufacturing sites.

“We are thrilled to continue and grow our partnership with Rolls-Royce,” said Gary Lowe, president and CEO of thyssenkrupp Aerospace North America. “With our expertise in providing ‘Materials as a Service’, we are committed to providing exceptional solutions and reducing the complexity of Rolls-Royce’s supply chain.”

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