An Inside Look: Porsche Distribution and Training Center
Ever wonder where Porsche parts come from? Here’s an inside look at the Porsche parts distribution and training facility.
After a long hiatus KeepItFlush finally attends an event for 2012. We have to admit, it is hard finding cars that are still operational in the winter months. Every owner either does not want their cars to be out on this mild winter or their vehicles are being torn down and being “built” with a new setup for the spring/summer. Regardless here is the first post of the new year and please check back frequently for new cars and projects that we have going on around our shop.
In the middle of a typical looking industrial park in Easton Pennsylvania lies a destination few P-car enthusiasts get to experience, The Porsche distribution center. A building that is 130,000 square feet houses parts ranging from brand new engines to Porsche Design Clothing serves 84 dealerships in the North East United States. Built around 2009 the building is nicely designed in typical Porsche fashion and also serves as a technical training center for Porsche technicians and sales personnel.
The PCA (Porsche Club of America) was hosting an event here at Porsche called “Tech Tactics” for its members and the intended purpose was to get PCA members together and educate people on a variety of topics such as new Porsche model information and technology, how to set up your car for track use, driver education, etc.
The morning started out in the lobby for breakfast and a member meet and greet. The participants are from all parts of the North East who have various models of Porsche’s ranging from 914’s to Carrera GT’s.
We were then broken up into smaller groups where seminars are held on various topics, the picture above shows the speaker debuting the newly redesigned Porsche 911 (991) and discusses the new technology and specifications.
Every person was allowed access to explore everything that was in the building. Here is another training room that has motors on display that you can view in great detail. They are obviously used here for training purposes.
The Panamera and 991 are on display in this room. Porsche has graciously allowed its guests to sit and experience their models in great detail. They even had staff on hand to answer any questions that you may have.
One of the tables that has some turbos on display and some micrometer that measures transmission tolerances of some sort.
The 991 on a Hunter Alignment rack. The newly redesigned car also has a entirely new motor. It resides under the small engine lid covered by two fans and the possibility for enthusiasts to tinker with the motor are close to non existent.
The afternoon consisted of a visit to the distribution side of Porsche. We had the opportunity to take an hour long tour of this facility. Our first stop what the shipping and receiving area. Parts are brought in by truckload from Germany by either air or sea. Failed warranty parts are also stored here to be later shipped off to Germany for analysis.
Porsche relies on efficiency and it shows in every aspect of the company. This warehouse is laid out in a way that all fast moving parts like maintenance items (oil filters, engine belts, batteries) are strategically placed in the front of the building for easy access and slower moving parts like bumpers, fenders,etc are place toward the back of the building. The picture above shows various nuts and bolts that are used to assemble various cars.
As we make our way through the warehouse, this place resembles an IKEA or Sam’s Club. The type of shelving and the way parts are laid out give it that image. In this aisle is where you will find your car accessories like floormats, gear shift knobs, and various interior plastic trim.
This semi blurry picture you are looking at a large box contains a 911 GT3 motor. This facility has 26 different motors on hand that are either brand new or rebuilt in Germany. So if you blow your motor, chances are it will come off these shelves.
Pallets and pallets of OEM batteries. If you’re a Porsche owner and had a battery replaced under warranty, it came out of this building.
Getting to the end of the tour here are some shelves that have brake and coolant lines on them, and some exhaust parts.
Many Porsche’s were in attendance that day and was quite surprised due to the fact that the night before we experienced some inclement weather. We are looking forward to a successful 2012 so check back for new cars, built threads, and event coverage