MAUMEE, Ohio, January 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN) announced today the opening of a new distribution center in Gyor, Hungary, marking the first step in the company's plans to establish a global aftermarket distribution network.
The 65,000-square-foot (6,000-square-meter) facility, which shipped its first order this month, is expected to be fully operational on Feb. 1. The facility will ship and receive replacement parts for Dana's automotive, commercial-vehicle, and off-highway markets using an industry-leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Parts will primarily arrive from six Dana production facilities in Belgium, Hungary, Italy, and Spain, and then be shipped to service and distribution centers throughout Europe.
"We are focused on building our distribution capabilities to best service our customers globally," said Dana President and Chief Executive Officer Roger Wood. "In addition to the Gyor facility, we also plan to open regional distribution centers in Mexico and China in 2012. This expanded network will enable us to more efficiently meet the growing demand for our aftermarket products and will offer our customers access to Dana's entire inventory."
Along with Dana's existing distribution center in Crossville, Tenn., the new facilities will be connected by a new Dana ERP system for the aftermarket that includes an improved online ordering system at DanaMATE.com. This upgraded system offers customers the ability to place and track the real-time status of their orders. The ERP system delivers better service by improving delivery speeds and allowing customers more visibility into and control of the ordering process.
"The demand for our service products has increased, creating the need to improve our distribution network to match this growth," Wood added. "By expanding our online services, opening these new distribution centers, and managing the entire process with Dana facilities and people, we are advancing Dana's goal to increase our aftermarket business to 20 percent of our annual sales."
About Dana Holding Corporation
Dana is a world leader in the supply of driveline products (axles and driveshafts), power technologies (sealing and thermal-management products), and genuine service parts for light and heavy manufacturers. The company's customer base includes virtually every major vehicle manufacturer in the global automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets. Based in Maumee, Ohio, the company employs approximately 24,000 people in 26 countries and has estimated 2011 sales of approximately $7.6 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.dana.com.
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