Perkins announced today the planned opening of a new Regional Logistics Centre (RLC) in Curitiba, Brazil, to support Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Perkins distributors in South and Central America. Co-located with the Perkins engine manufacturing facility in Curitiba, the new RLC – expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2019 – will stock more than 3,000 genuine Perkins parts and provide next day or two-day delivery for most of the region.
“The Curitiba RLC will allow Perkins customers in South and Central America to enjoy class-leading levels of availability. Perkins is committed to delivering the right products at the right price across the entire customer experience lifecycle,” said Nick Morgan, Perkins aftermarket supply chain and operations manager. “It is part of a wider program designed to make our customers the central focus of all the services provided by the Perkins aftermarket team.”
The Curitiba RLC will offer new products including service kits, overhaul kits and an expanded range of replacement engines available from stock. Co-location with the Curitiba engine manufacturing facility provides access to an experienced Perkins team with skills and local market knowledge to continue the high levels of Perkins dedicated service, training and support in the region.
Perkins Brazilian distributor, MD Power of Sao Paulo (www.mdpower.com.br), has been involved in the planning for the new Curitiba RLC and is positioned to utilise the new capabilities to enhance its service to regional customers.
“The RLC will be an impressive resource of physical parts and technical expertise that we can leverage to support our customers even more effectively,” said Rafael Souza, Perkins regional marketing manager. “Having these resources close at hand reinforces our commitment to our customers.”
The Curitiba RLC is the third in a series of new facilities, adding to Perkins Global Distribution Centre in the UK, as part of a significant investment program to support both end-users of Perkins-powered equipment and Perkins distributors and dealers with locally-sourced spare parts located close to the customer. Other RLCs are located in Singapore supporting Asia Pacific, and Kentucky, supporting the U.S. and Canada.
“Location of the RLC in Curitiba is a reflection of Perkins’ commitment to South and Central American customers,” said Rafael. “It’s part of a major investment to support our customers in the field with genuine parts and service, reducing downtime and total cost of ownership.”