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thyssenkrupp Aerospace Expands Partnership With Rolls-Royce

Sept. 9, 2021
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, Ind.

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 330,000 square-foot facility is completed in the Indianapolis area.

The new contract consolidates the warehousing and logistics services of what were 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, and build a state-of-the-art warehouse facility to optimize 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.”

As part of its “Materials as a Service” strategy, thyssenkrupp Materials Services, the holding company of thyssenkrupp Aerospace, is systematically expanding its supply chain services alongside materials distribution. The aim is to serve customers' complex and individual requirements even better.“

Rolls-Royce is excited about continuing our strong partnership with thyssenkrupp and equally excited about what the future of this logistics campus holds,” said Derek Kramer, Head of Global Defense Logistics at Rolls-Royce. “With modern working practices, a state-of-the-art facility, and cutting-edge IT infrastructure, we will be at forefront of logistics in our industry and will be well-positioned for the next 15 years of operational capability and expected future growth.”