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Worldwide News Additional huge joint project awarded The Spanish food retailer, Mercadona, has already successfully automated its fresh and frozen goods logistics with Witron’s technology at its location in Abrera. Witron commissioned the project to design and realize the new dry goods assortment distribution center. Starting in 2017, the plant with a size of 40,000 square meters located near Barcelona, will supply all Mercadona stores in the region of Catalonia. Together, all assortment areas of the fully automated logistics center in Abrera – dry, perishable, frozen – cover a total building surface of more than 110,000 square meters. Like the temperaturecontrolled areas, the OPM system (Order Picking Machinery) is also the logistical core element in the new dry goods assortment. As a general contractor, the logistics experts from Parkstein, Germany are responsible for the entire design and realization of all IT, control engineering and mechanical components. Witron’s subsidiary FAS supply the major part of the conveyor system elements. FAS is also responsible for the project design of the AS/RS steel construction. Tim Consult opens branch in USA At the beginning of March 2015, Tim Consult GmbH, based in Mannheim, Germany, opened a branch in White Plains/NY and is now even better equipped to support its customers in the NAFTA region with the design of their added value networks. The company has offered services to European customers in the USA since 2003 and supports them with benchmarking, freight tenders, and network optimization processes. “Establishing a company in the USA was a logical step following our past success with our US activities. This step shows our customers in the USA how important they are to us and we are following our European customers into the NAFTA market that remains important to them,” explains Björn Klippel, Managing Director of Tim Consult GmbH. “The geographical proximity helps us strengthen the trust that is placed in us and our competences in the American logistic market.” Rhenus now has a branch in Tangiers The Rhenus Group opened a business site in Tangiers. The branch in the Moroccan coastal city is the first on the African continent for the freight logistics business area. Rhenus can now organize transport services to and from Morocco and warehousing solutions in the North African country for its customers using its own staff on the spot. During the initial phase, Rhenus will focus its activities on developing transport solutions for the overland sector and for air and sea freight. Tangiers has a favorable geographical location for a variety of freight flows in the region and its ability to act, as a hub will play a central role for Rhenus in handling the logistics services that it provides. The services that are available include door-to-door transportation within Morocco, intermodal traffic to include the ports of Tanger-Med, Casablanca, Agadir and Nador, groupage freight lines and warehouse services. The company can also handle the customs clearance work for its customers, for example, transport hazardous and heavy goods and take over packaging and picking tasks as part of third party logistics services. 6 f+h Intralogistics 4/2015

DB Schenker opens “Terminal of the Future” in Finland DB Schenker Logistics opened one of its largest and most modern terminals in Finland. The new location, near the capital of Helsinki, represents one of the largest investments that DB Schenker has made worldwide at 57 Million Euros. “Combining four locations and operations such as land transport, air, and sea freight in one building will improve our efficiency and productivity and streamline our cargo flows between the different transport modes,” says Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management, Schenker AG. The new premises will house 650 employees in the Viinikkala logistics area within 51,000 square meters. The warehouse will offer 31,940 square meters of storage, including 28,630 square meters of heated buildings and an unheated hall of 3,310 square meters. Siemens completed cargo system extension at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics headquartered in Constance, Germany has concluded the extension of a state-ofthe-art cargo system for Taiwan Air Cargo Terminal Ltd. (TACT). The contract covered planning, design, delivery and erection of 669 conveyors, two cargo hoists and three elevating transfer vehicles (ETV) as well as the corresponding steel racks, control system and Siemens cargo handling software “Cargo Compact”. The highly automated cargo handling system ensures efficient, smooth and timely air cargo handling at TACT’s twelve apron freighter positions. TACT is one of the largest air cargo service providers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, where it takes care of the import, export, consolidation and transshipment of air cargo, mainly used for Taiwan’s home-based China Airlines. TGW prepares Bestseller logistics centre for peak season demand Automated logistics solutions provider TGW is extending the logistics centre of Bestseller, the Danish multi-label fashion retailer and one of Europe’s largest clothing companies. In 2009 TGW first installed an automated solution inside the distribution centre in Haderslev, Denmark, which enabled Bestseller to efficiently coordinate all of its European logistics activities from a single location. To accommodate a growing product range and to prepare for peak summer volumes, Bestseller is again optimizing its on-site logistics processes. The extension takes place in two phases. In spring, the never-out-of-stock (NOOS) area was extended in order to prepare for Bestseller’s peak season, which begins in July. Here, TGW has installed four more of its Commissioner automated storage and retrieval (AS/RS) machines to optimize the existing 12 machines. In addition, the connection to the TGW Putstation has been modified to increase performance and essential algorithms in the warehouse management system have been upgraded according to changing wholesale and retail requirements. In the second phase, Bestseller will extend its logistics centre once more. The existing installation will be expanded with a comprehensive conveying system alongside 17 additional aisles with 420,000 storage positions. The expansion of the sorter and its controls will be particularly challenging. This will take place during the Easter weekend over 120 consecutive hours in order not to interrupt the running operation, with go-live scheduled for July 2016. f+h Intralogistics 4/2015 7


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