Project partners inaugurate work on new European logistics platform in Germany
Endress + Hauser strengthens its logistics capacities in Europe. Its business partner Hellmann Worldwide Logistics will operate a modern, high-performance logistics center on behalf of the group in Wörrstadt, near Frankfurt airport in Germany. The platform is scheduled to be completed and in service in mid-2021. The new location will replace the current logistics center in Nieder-Olm, Germany.
In order to easily fulfill orders and ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, a reliable logistics system is an essential link in the chain. Short production times, quick response and on-time delivery are just a small part of the demands placed on modern product distribution centers. During the coronavirus pandemic, another aspect was particularly important: flexibility.
“ In order to reliably deliver measurement and automation technology customers worldwide despite the pandemic, our logistics platform in Nieder-Olm has laid a solid foundation ,” says Oliver Blum, Supply Chain Administrator. “ While 100% uptime was crucial, the flexibility to prevent the delivery of thousands of instruments to clients stranded by containment was particularly important .”
This positive experience further confirmed the success of our cooperation with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, recently renewed with a new contract. The partners also want to put into operation a larger logistics center in Wörrstadt, just a few kilometers from the current location. The new platform will have more than 18,000 m² of logistics space and will be able to handle eight times more volume than the old site.
“ With Hellmann, we are happy to have a partner who is on our side to manage our future growth flexibly and reliably ,” says Oliver Blum. Volker Sauerborn, COO Contract Logistics at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, comments: “ We are pleased to be able to further extend our excellent cooperation with Endress + Hauser and take it to a new level in new premises. The Wörrstadt site will facilitate the strategic growth of both partners . ”
A platform for the distribution of goods
Currently, the Nieder-Olm center, which is certified for air cargo security, handles deliveries from 16 shuttle trucks on a daily basis from all European Endress + Hauser production sites. At the logistics center, the various products are grouped together into a single order and shipped to national and international end customers.
Hellmann also manages the replenishment of Endress + Hauser product centers outside of Europe, which includes packing and order picking for air freight and container ship loading. The new logistics platform in Wörrstadt will also consolidate incoming orders from abroad and distribute them to European production sites via existing shuttle links.
The space at the new site will also be used primarily for transshipment logistics, which involves products that are normally shipped directly from the manufacturer to the customer instead of being stored. “ We also use this concept in our other Endress + Hauser logistics centers around the world: in France, India, Italy and the United States. And we are continuously strengthening our global network. We are currently building regional platforms in China and India , ”adds Oliver Blum.
Construction activities are already well underway in Wörrstadt. The partners officially launched the construction of the new logistics center with a groundbreaking ceremony. The developer of the project is Panattoni, a subsidiary of one of the world's largest real estate companies specializing in logistics and industrial real estate. List Bau Bielefeld is the prime contractor.
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