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Germany's HELUKABEL® expands its warehouse capacity

HELUKABEL® reports that it has invested $50 million in a new global logistics center in Hemmingen, near Stuttgart that will more than doubling the company's warehousing capacity and allowing it to be ready for future growth.

A press release said that the expansion of the existing site built in 2001 will allow HELUKABEL "to continue to provide rapid order delivery and maintain its role as a valued supplier in the global market." It said that "the heart" of the approximately 1.85 million-sq-ft complex is the fully-automated, high-bay storage and retrieval warehouse, noting that the logistics expansion adds 23,900 pallet locations to the existing 16,600 stock locations in the high-bay racks. "Using state-of-the-art conveyor and control systems, the high-bay warehouse offers a high degree of automation that speeds up material flow and guarantees on-time deliveries," it said.

"This new building is a milestone in the history of our company," said HELUKABEL Managing Director Helmut Luksch. "What this means for our U.S. and Canadian customers is that our Chicago and Toronto-based warehouses are constantly supported by our just-in-time warehouse, which stores our 33,000-plus line items, to greatly enhance their stock availability. With the logistics network that we have in place, items can arrive from Germany in a time frame comparable to shipments from Chicago or Toronto."

The new automated small parts stocking area offers 33,400 locations for HELUKABEL's cable accessory business as well as a staging area for pre-packed order items, the release said. Heavy cable drums with a weight of up to four tons can be found in the heavy load storage area, with 670 bays built in a silo configuration, it noted, adding that order picking and packing stations have also been enhanced with anatomically designed handling equipment for improved efficiency.

The warehouse, the release said, was designed with the latest energy saving measures, including motion detectors throughout the building that control lighting and heat provided by a local biogas supplier as well as green space irrigation from an 8,000-gallon water cistern fed by surface water and 2,800 solar modules on the roof, the use of green roofing material, and an energy recovery system for the electric motors in the plant, all make for an environmentally-friendly facility.

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