Jungheinrich is revolutionizing India’s logistics operations to increase its presence in India

Jungheinrich, a German warehousing and intralogistics giant with decades of presence in India, opens its new integrated facility in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. The facility includes an equipment and parts warehouse, workshop and training center for its all-electric forklifts and warehouse equipment. What sets Jungheinrich apart is its focus on automation and its environmentally responsible approach.

The Indian market for material handling equipment currently comprises around 20,000 units per year and is expected to grow at a double-digit CAGR in the foreseeable future. Not only has the company embarked on the modernization of warehouse work in India, but it is also ready to significantly expand its capacity to meet the growing demand for forklifts and other similar warehouse equipment in India. “Our goal is to set the trend towards modernization in the Indian logistics sector. As part of this growing ecosystem, Jungheinrich now plans to position itself as an ‘automation solution provider’ by introducing new machines to the Indian market such as:

India’s warehouses are still dominated by diesel-spitting forklifts and old-technology warehouse equipment operating in an archaic labor-intensive go-down culture. Jungheinrich wants to change that by focusing on automated solutions and all-electric trucks and equipment. This shift to a more energy-efficient and time-saving way of working is essential if India is to advance its ambitious modernization and industrial model.

“The big push that the current government is giving to the logistics sector has inspired us not only to expand our current capacities, but also to focus long-term with the goal of increasing our overall footprint,” says Manojit Acharya.

To further consolidate its leadership position in India, the company plans to make significant and meaningful additions to its product line. Christian Erlach, Member of the Board of Management of Jungheinrich AG, said: “In addition to expanding capacity, we are also launching a new product line for the Indian market, thereby significantly expanding our current market share. All the products that Jungheinrich brings to the Indian coast come from our state-of-the-art factories in Europe and China.”

The city of Bhiwandi in Maharashtra continues to be the base for expanding Jungheinrich’s presence in the country. The city is a hub for logistical warehousing, along with a strong customer base and a nearby seaport, providing a perfect location for the overall smooth running of the entire operation.

Environment and sustainability model

As a listed family company, ecological, social and economic responsibility is the focus of all Jungheinrich’s corporate activities. With this in mind, the German intralogistics giant only brings electrically powered devices with a lower carbon footprint to India. In addition to electric motors and drive controls, Jungheinrich also manufactures suitable lithium-ion batteries and chargers. Almost all industrial trucks are available with lithium-ion technology. Not only do these batteries offer the benefit of shorter charge times and longevity, they are also much less harmful to the environment. In addition, the company plans to install solar panels over the next year so that the warehouse will operate entirely on a renewable energy model.

In its quest to continue helping the environment, the company plants a tree for every device sold.

“Another important thing we are doing towards environmental sustainability is recycling all of our old equipment. We refurbish and resell our equipment from our fairly successful rental market. This is a big step towards reducing our carbon footprint and saves a variety of resources that would otherwise have ended up as scrap or waste,” informs Manojit Acharya.

Manojit Acharya adds: “This is an extremely environmentally friendly option as the remanufacturing of used equipment saves about 80 percent CO2 compared to new production.”

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