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Europa opens new £60m Corby Warehouse on time in spite of Covid-19 Challenges

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Europa Warehouse has moved into its new £60m state–of–the–art 3pl facility in Corby on schedule.

Despite the impact of Covid-19 and a huge number of obstacles which this presented Europa’s construction team and partners completed the project, and the warehouse is now operational.

The team has already won a substantial new client contract which means that the facility is reaching capacity.

Award-winning facilities 

Europa Worldwide Group is an ambitious independent logistics operator and Europa Warehouse is its specialist 3PL warehousing and logistics division.

Located on a 25-acre site at Midlands Logistics Park, the ground floor of the new Corby warehouse alone is equivalent to seven premier league football pitches with 715,000 ft2 dedicated to logistics and 100,000 pallet spaces.

State-of-the-art site

This new facility doubles Europa Warehouse’s logistics portfolio and has been constructed to a high-quality specification, including above market standard 18 metre heights to facilitate three floors of mezzanines.  To maximise the height of the building, racking has been built to nine levels and utilises the very latest VNA technology.

Despite the massive impact of Covid-19 bringing with it changes to regulations, working practices, and Government guidelines regarding social distancing the project remained on track.

Maria Torrent-March, Logistics Director comments: “We’re delighted to mark a great beginning for this amazing new state-of-the-art facility.  I am hugely proud of the team for winning this major new contract and how everyone responded so positively in getting the facility ready.”

Andrew Baxter Managing Director at Europa Worldwide Group added. “We’re pleased to have completed Corby which has been made possible because of the team, both internally and our external partners.”

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DACHSER opens new warehouse in Karlsruhe

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DACHSER has begun operations at a new hazardous materials warehouse with 21,800 square meters of floor space in Malsch, near Karlsruhe, Germany. The specially equipped facility can safely store chemical products and hazardous materials such as paints, coatings, and adhesives in a total of 43,000 pallet spaces. DACHSER invested more than 20 million euros in the warehouse.

Baden-Württemberg is one of the top five German states for chemical industry revenue. As such, there is strong demand there for logistics companies that can serve as a reliable transportation partner while also offering safe storage of chemical products and hazardous materials.

DACHSER’s Karlsruhe logistics center has grown along with its customers to become a pivotal logistics hub for chemical products in the global logistics provider’s European network. A further advantage of the location is its excellent connections to France—the number one destination for German chemical exports.

“Constantly growing demand from the chemical industry made building the new facility an absolute must,” said Bernd Großmann, Branch Manager DACHSER Malsch.

“Constantly growing demand from the chemical industry made building the new facility an absolute must.” Bernd Großmann, Branch Manager DACHSER Malsch

Construction work for the new hazardous materials warehouse began in spring 2018, and the first customers began to move in in February 2019. With the official launch a few weeks ago, all work is now complete. All the hazardous materials warehouse’s transportation, storage, and logistics services are now up and running, with direct daily routes connecting it into DACHSER’s close-knit European network.
Expertise for the chemical industry
The new hazardous materials warehouse can accommodate 43,000 pallets on 21,800 square meters of floor space. It is divided into nine sections separated by firewalls.
Each section has an automatic fire extinguishing system with both ceiling and in-rack sprinkler systems. The depressed floors are specially designed to retain product leakage and firewater, while barriers at the wastewater outlets provide increased groundwater protection.
DACHSER has experience in handling hazardous materials and offers a global industry solution, DACHSER Chem-Logistics, that is tailored to the particular logistics needs of the chemical industry and applies the highest safety standards. For instance, the company has a central dangerous goods management team and 226 regional dangerous goods safety officers.

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FM Logistic gets GDP certification for pharma logistics center in Poland

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The GDP certification FM Logistic received applies to the distribution of medicines and pharmaceutical distribution. FM Logistic offers storage and distribution services to 40 pharmaceutical manufacturers in Central Europe.

Every day, it delivers pharmaceutical products to nearly 700 hospitals, 6,000 pharmacies and all pharmaceutical distributors  in Poland.

The multi-client Błonie facility, which serves as a nationwide distribution centre for several FM Logistic’s pharma customers in Poland, has a surface of 72,000 square metres and a capacity of more than 140,000 pallets.

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APM Terminals Mobile gains another distribution center

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Automotive lift producer BendPak opens new distribution center near APM Terminals Mobile to serve US Gulf, Midwest, East coast and Canadian markets via five Class I railroads.

BendPak, which manufactures and sells automotive lifts used in car dealerships and parking garages, has joined such major companies as Walmart, Amazon, Kia, Airbus, Bombardier and Mercedes Benz in selecting the port of Mobile and the state of Alabama as a hub for global logistics supply and distribution as well as manufacturing.

Santa Paula, California-based BendPak has opened a new 100,000-square-foot distribution center in Theodore, Alabama which is 11 miles from the APM Terminals Mobile container terminal. The new administrative and shipping complex has easy access to three major interstates and five Class I railroads helping BendPak to deliver products same-day or next-day to more customers in the eastern half of the country.

Reduced delivery times

“Opening the Mobile distribution center represents our continued commitment to being the industry leader and best at serving our customers, and part of that commitment means reducing delivery times,” said Don Henthorn, BendPak president and founder. “This new facility brings our products geographically closer to our customers and that makes a huge difference.”

The new warehouse will stock all of BendPak’s popular products including its Ranger, QuickJack and Autostacker brands. A future training facility will include a classroom and fully appointed service bay to offer customers a convenient option for quality technical training on BendPak’s expanding product lines.

“This new distribution center will enhance our ability to get our customers what they need, when they need it,” said Jeff Kritzer, BendPak’s executive vice president. “Today’s consumer expects immediate delivery and we’re focused on helping that become a reality. The definition of Mobile is agile and transportable. We couldn’t think of a more befitting name to call this beautiful city, our new home.”

The new distribution center is strategically located in Mobile County, Alabama, allowing for easy access to I-65, I-10, I-165, and Highway 43. Located in the heart of one of America’s largest logistic hotspots, the new fulfillment operation will offer next-day or two-day delivery to a large share of BendPak’s customer base on the eastern half of the US.

BendPak’s California headquarters and distribution multiplex in Santa Paula, will continue offering shipping and order fulfilment services to approximately 15 western states. BendPak plans to continue its expansion efforts in order to improve geographic shipping advantages.

First-class inter-modal connections

APM Terminals Mobile handled 419,000 TEU in 2019 and recently expanded the Inland Container Transfer Facility for rail cargo as well as expanded the berth in 2020 to accommodate two or more ships at the same time.

“We’re in the middle of the country, enabling companies to reach four major population centers in one day: the US Gulf, the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. Midwest and Canada, stated Brian Harold, Managing Director of APM Terminals Mobile, Alabama.“Supply chain flexibility, speed and lower costs create a more competitive edge. Supply chain leaders like our fast access to commercial US centers via multiple landside logistics options: five Class I railroads, trucking and 15,000 miles of inland waterway connections. These integrated offerings make supply chains flow easier, smarter and with less cost. We are constantly looking for new ways to improve supply chains and attract more business through our port.”

Transit times between Asia and US inlands are comparable via Mobile routing for those customers looking to add to their gateway supply chain options.

APM Terminals Mobile working in partnership with the Alabama State Port Authority opened in 2008. “The tremendous growth we have been experiencing here is the result of our strong partnership with the ASPA and Jimmy Lyons’ vision to grow the port as an economic engine,” observed Mr. Harold.

The ASPA will be deepening the Mobile harbor to 50’ starting in 2021 to accommodate the largest vessels in the global fleet and ensure future logistics competitiveness for the port. The economic development teamswithin ASPA, regional, and state work together with exceptional speed to assist companies locating to the area.

“We would like to thank Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, the Alabama Secretary of Commerce, Greg Canfield and the Mobile Chamber of Commerce for their success in attracting new business to the region,” added Mr. Harold.

A new refrigerated warehouse is also being added to enhance the port’s distribution center attractiveness. MTC Refrigerated Warehouse will open in January 2021 to serve international supply chains with the most modern refrigerated technology and capacity for future growth of cold chains.

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