General Motors to invest $70 Million in Middle East Parts Center image

General Motors on Wednesday said is investing $70 million in its Middle East Parts Distribution Center located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai.

The U.S. based automaker bought the facility from DHL for $10 million, and stocked it with parts valued at $60 million, the company said today in an e-mailed statement. The center will supply replacement and service parts for GM’s Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC brands.

“This investment in the GM Middle East Parts Distribution Center further demonstrates that General Motors considers the Middle East to be a key global market,” said John Stadwick, president and managing director of GM Middle East Operations.

The center has 150 workers who aim to supply any vehicle part within 48 hours, GM said.

The GM Middle East Parts Distribution Center by the numbers:
• 80,000: The number of different GM replacement and service parts in stock.
• $60 million: The estimated value of the parts in stock.
• 81: The number of facilities in Middle East & Africa serviced by the distribution center.
• 300: The number of parts suppliers to the distribution center.
• 3,000: The number of air and sea container shipments received by the distribution center every year.
• 150: The number of office and warehouse staff employed by the distribution center.