The Krefeld-based MT Deutschland is a subsidiary of the MT Systems Group, an organisation that specialises in RPC (reusable packaging container) cleaning with headquarters in Perpignan, France. The lease agreement in Panattoni Park Voerde sees MT Deutschland develop its third and largest depot in Germany to date. The company has rented one of two stand-alone building units on the site. The unit comprises some 22,000 sqm of logistics, office and mezzanine space in total.
MT Deutschland uses the space in 3-shift operation to prepare up to 350,000 fruit and vegetable crates each day for use in the food trade. Every process is highly automated and set up for the most sustainable CO2-neutral operation possible. To achieve this, it is planned to equip the entire unit with roof mounted PV installations. Similarly, a combined heat and power (CHP) system will supply electricity and hot water for the various work processes and washing lines. Some 75 new jobs in total are set to be created.
"The move into Panattoni Park fits perfectly into our expansion strategy, not only in terms of location and transport links but also because of the rapid opening. And the speculative development by Panattoni played an extremely helpful role in the process. With that in mind, we are all the more pleased that we can now move onto the site," says Albert Oldenburger, Director Germany at MT Systems Group.
Panattoni developed the Voerde Logistics Park without pre-letting on a brownfield site of about 112,000 sqm, making it one of the larger revitalisation projects in the Lower Rhine region. The units consist of two stand-alone buildings and have a total floor space of about 66,800 sqm. The real estate development concept is characterised by a high level of third-party usability, energy and sustainability standards, as well as a multifunctional building layout. Acquiring certification according to the DGNB's (German Sustainable Building Council) 'Gold Standard' was Panattoni's focus during construction. The appealing design of the new park's outdoor area allows it to blend in with its surroundings perfectly.
The logistics park's second user has also been confirmed: Flender is a leading international manufacturer of mechanical and electrical drive systems with a wide range of gearboxes, couplings, generators and associated services. The Bocholt-based company is moving onto 11,200 sqm of usable space and in so doing expanding its existing site in Voerde. The handover is scheduled for August 2022.
The two users, MT Deutschland and Flender, benefit from the logistics park's excellent infrastructure and location with immediate proximity to the economic and logistics centres of Duisburg and the Lower Rhine. The park has an excellent connection to inland ports along the River Rhine.
"MT Deutschland's move into Panattoni Park Voerde is a huge triumph for the municipality as a business centre. In addition to the creation of some 75 new jobs, the business attraction strategy also convinces with its focus on sustainability and climate protection," comments Voerde's Mayor Dirk Haarmann.
"Thanks to its location and connections, the Voerde Logistics Park offers MT Deutschland excellent conditions for further growth. We are delighted at being able to hand over to the user the first unit in its entirety and would like to pass on our thanks for the successful collaboration as equals," explains Fred-Markus Bohne, Managing Partner at Panattoni.