Logistics real estate developer and investor Panattoni Europe has completed a new logistics facility for BLG LOGISTICS in Bremen. The facility has been integrated into Bremen's Cargo Distribution Centre, the largest and number one ranked central freight terminal in Germany. BLG already uses an area of approximately 180,000 sqm in Bremen for their automobile parts logistics. Panattoni Europe has developed a new complex with about 30,000 sqm of usable floor space and some1,600 sqm for offices and social areas . Munich-based Logivest GmbH acted as broker for the lease negotiations.
The logistics real estate developers invested a sum in the double - digit million-euro range in this project. "To be able to develop a facility of this size in this location is a significant step for the expansion of our business in Germany,"Sönke Kewitz , Managing Partner of Panattoni Europe, explains. "The result of this project in Bremen is an efficient building, tailored to the requirements of BLG and corresponding to the most up-to-date environmental standards."
Designed in accordance with the guidelines for sustainable building, the facility has been awarded the Silver Certificate of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (DGNB) (German Sustainable Building Council). The features of the building include a solar domestic water heating system, a construction design which allows an optimal amount of natural daylight to enter the building supplemented by LED hall lighting and large-area continuous rooflights, and building insulation which goes beyond the requirements of current energy-saving regulations. Frank Sturm, CEO of BLG, comments, "We are delighted that with this facility we are contributing to an improvement in the energy balance. This new logistics area means growth for our business and more effective utilisation of our capacities. In addition, it will enable us to optimally fulfil the expectations of our new and existing customers."
BLG's automobile parts logistics include customised planning and control of logistics processes combined with management of the flow of all goods and information. The company aims to create optimal solutions for customers while at the same time developing sustainable processes in line with the principles of Green Logistics. For BLG, Bremen is the largest site in its automobile parts logistics division. From here, the company ships parts and components to all overseas assembly lines. More than 40,000 containers per year are packed with automobile parts for just-in-time delivery to the production lines in Asia, America and Africa. Following the expansion of the Mercedes plant in Peking, the container volume for China alone will increase to 20,000 units. The parts and components come from Mercedes works in Germany and from several hundred suppliers.