Epiroc South Africa, a global productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, has opened a new Local Distribution Centre (LDC) in Kathu in the Northern Cape to bring equipment, consumables, spares and services closer to customers.
Phillip Hanekom, who heads up Epiroc’s Regional Distribution Centre, says, “Our decision to create an LDC in the Northern Cape perfectly aligns with Epiroc’s regionalisation strategy. Our former facility in Kuruman was simply too small to adequately cater to our vision of growth for this territory.”
The new 700 sqm facility which was officially opened on 14th April 2021, stores consumables and spare parts based on the type of equipment customers are operating in the Northern Cape and will be replenished from Epiroc’s RDC in Johannesburg.
“Our Kathu LDC puts us in the favourable position of being able to increase our stock holding and assortment which adds tremendous value for our customers and end-users,” affirms Hanekom. “In addition to substantially reducing lead-times, we are now also able to support our customers from a regional as well as from a local point with more stocked items.”
The LDC operations are outsourced to a 3PL partner. Newly appointed Site Manager, Gavin Bond, will report to Bernhard Schiller in his capacity as Regional RDC/LDC Operations Manager.