European network

Honda Motor Europe Logistics network includes six European branches, centrally managed and coordinated from Ghent. The branches were set up to optimise the integration of the European parts business, but today, they host multiple Honda logistical operations. In organisational terms, all branches are identical, but each one has its own specialisms and responsibility.

‘Glocalisation’ is part of Honda’s philosophy In other words: Honda has opted to manufacture its products close to their intended markets, and to integrate into the local culture as much as possible, using a global approach. Honda’s European network has seen a period of significant growth in the past few years.

Barcelona (HMEL-ES)

HLC Spain was founded in 1997 and became HMEL Spain on the first of April 2014 because of the fusion with HMEL Ghent.

The most important activities

  • Delivering spare parts to dealers in Spain, Portugal, South France and to distributors in North Africa and the Canary Islands.
  • Delivering motorcycles to Spanish and Portuguese dealers.
  • Exporting motorcycles from the Montesa Honda Factory.
  • Logistic management of spare parts, produced by local suppliers.
  • Customs management (import and export) of spare parts motorcycles and engines.

Verona (HMEL-IT)

HLC Italy was founded in 1993 and became HMEL Italy on the first of April 2014 because of the fusion with HMEL Ghent.

The most important activities

  • Distribution of parts, engines and power products.
  • Prepack activities and all other PPC-IT and EEC-IT related activities.
  • The Parts Procurement Centre handles the purchase of:
    • Spare parts of all motorcycles produced by Honda Italia Industriale and Honda Montesa.
    • Purchase of spare parts of suppliers (local / Far East) of our factories.
    • Management of all accessories allocated and produced by our European suppliers since 2012.
  • The main activities of EEC Italy are:
    • Supporting the 4 HEDs (Honda Engines Distributors) which in turn distribute engines to all small to medium-sized OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers).
    • Distribution of engine parts for the national territory and have direct control over the network of after-sales services, consisting of 180 service points for engines.
    • Organization of annual technical courses for technicians of the after sales service at the Engines Service point.

Vienna (HMEL-AT)

HLC Austria was founded in 1998 and became HMEL Austria on the first of April 2014 because of the fusion with HMEL Ghent.

The most important activities

  • Delivering parts, motorcycles and power products to 12 countries.
  • Parts contact center for Austria, South Germany and 65% of the Swiss dealers

Swindon (HMEL-UK)

HLC UK was founded in 1987 and became HMEL UK on the first of April 2014 because of the fusion with HMEL Ghent.

The most important activities

  • Distribution of spare parts, motorcycles and power products to the UK dealer network.
  • Furthermore, the Parts Procurement Centre handles the purchase and supply chain of after market parts for all vehicles built by Honda of UK Manufacturing.

Malmö (HMEL-SE)

HLC Sweden was founded in 2001 and became HMEL Sweden on the first of April 2014 because of the fusion with HMEL Ghent.

The most important activities

  • Distributing spare parts and power products to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and even Finland through a distributor.

Pniewy (HMEL-PL)

HLC Poland was founded in 2010 and became HMEL Poland on the first of April 2014 because of the fusion with HMEL Ghent.

The most important activities

  • Supplying parts on Polish soil, in the Baltic region and to the mayor part of the dealers in East Germany.
  • The warehouse also became a storage area for European Slow Mover and ATB parts since 2012.