We introduce a batch service discipline, called assemble-transfer batch service, for continuous-time open queueing networks with batch movements. Under this service discipline a requested number of customers is simultaneously served at a node, and transferred to another node as, possibly, a batch of different size, if there are sufficient customers there; the node is emptied otherwise. We assume a Markovian setting for the arrival process, service times and routing, where batch sizes are generally distributed.
Under the assumption that extra batches arrive while nodes are empty, and under a stability condition, it is shown that the stationary distribution of the queue length has a geometric product form over the nodes if and only if certain conditions are satisfied for the extra arrivals. This gives a new class of queueing networks which have tractable stationary distributions, and simultaneously shows that the product form provides a stochastic upper bound for the stationary distribution of the corresponding queueing network without the extra arrivals.