Panattoni Park Stříbro is becoming a major Czech automation and high added-value production centre as well as Industry 4.0 flagship. The Panattoni Europe developer has just completed the second building for KION Group, a renowned world-class manufacturer of material handling equipment. The new hall with an area of 23,000 square metres will produce Dematic conveyor systems. An investment of nearly 200 million Czech crowns will generate new jobs in the region. The building was handed over as per planned schedule so KION Group could start installing technologies for the operation start-up in the first half of the next year.
“Our experience from the construction of the first forklift truck manufacturing hall has been a great help to us. To put it simply, the new hall is almost the same as the original one but has a mirror image-like layout,” says Pavel Sovička, Managing Director of Panattoni Europe for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and he adds: “The new building is special in that it has four large-format glass walls, which create a visual connection between the offices and the shop floor area. This unusual technical solution has been chosen at special request of the client and it proves that we are able to meet virtually any requirement in the context of customised construction."
The new investment is a significant milestone in the expansion of KION Group in the Czech Republic. While the first plant at KION Stříbro has been supplying various markets with Linde and Fenwick forklift trucks, the second plant will supply the European market with Dematic automated conveyor systems.
“The construction of the new production hall is an important and strategic initiative of KION Group within the European context, mainly because of its extended portfolio that includes products highly demanded on the market such as Dematic conveyor belts. It has been part of the KION Group family since last year,” adds Radek Čermák, General Manager of KION Supply Chain Solutions, the tenant of the hall. “This step will enable KION Group to offer its customers a comprehensive solution in warehousing and handling logistics from A to Z.”
Specifically, we are speaking about such conveyors as Multi-Shuttles and Modular-Conveyors, multi-combinational modules with a wide range of functions that can be produced to customers’ needs. Such sophisticated operation requires a qualified workforce.
“Despite the challenging labour situation in the Czech Republic we can rely on sufficiently numerous and qualified engineering personnel,” says Klára Sobotková, Commercial Director at Panattoni Europe for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. “Indeed, KION was able to find employees for the first hall without major problems. We are therefore expecting another inflow of workers into Panattoni Park Stříbro. For this reason, we have already started to prepare a conceptual housing and civil infrastructure solution in the immediate vicinity of the industrial zone. Our aim is to help build complete civic amenities enabling people to live here for a long time with their entire families, and the next generations to wish to stay here,” he says.
Panattoni Park Stříbro is one of the most popular and best staffed industrial zones in the Czech Republic. The number of employees is currently close to 2,200. Prestigious international logistics and manufacturing companies appreciate especially excellent transport links to D5 motorway, which is necessary for it to serve as an excellent base mainly for the German automotive industry.