You know that stereotype of German automotive execs being all straightfaced and serious? Wolfgang Baumann is not like that at all. I got the distinct impression that the global vice-president of parts logistics management for BMW Group worldwide would actually rather talk about his beloved BMW 850i or Z3 M, even the X6 which is his daily drive than discuss parts logistics, but we forced him to talk shop for a bit. Baumann has been very busy lately. BMW Group has created a new global parts distribution centre in Dingolfing, Germany, that houses more than 400,000 parts. Another site down the road houses 15,000 parts for BMW classic vehicles. In addition there is a new Continental Distribution Centre (CDC) in the US and another in China. Smaller CDCs are being created around the world including the one now open in SA. It is a business that Baumann describes as "futureproof" as the number of vehicles continues to increase on the roads. Irrespective of what happens in the industry in ter...

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