The European and Japanese automakers Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi - known collectively as "Alliance" - have opened a new Australian National Distribution Centre in Melbourne.

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"(Monday's) grand opening is a significant milestone for the Alliance," said Kent O'Hara, Global Senior Vice President of Aftersales for the Alliance, as quoted by Logistics & Materials Handling Magazine.  "This shared facility is another example of how the Alliance continues to generate synergies to the benefit of our companies, customers and shareholders at a global level."

The purpose-built facility is the new master warehouse for Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors, the first time the Alliance members are sharing a common parts and accessories warehouse.  It will also service Nissan's deluxe INFINITI brand.  The idea is to maximize productivity, efficiency and accuracy in order fulfillment.  It also has access to all interstate roads. 

Operating 24 hours a day, the 37,000 square meter warehouse in the Melbourne suburb of Truganina is in between sea container terminal and the airport, which will be convenient for unloading eleven inbound sea containers daily, as well as airfreight and other local shipments.  It houses 90,000 different parts, and is able to move 8,500 of then direct to dealerships.

Its power needs will be supplemented by a roof mounted solar power system, and there's a rain water collection system for supplying the bathrooms and garden irrigation.