VIEROL AG opens new logistics centre WERK II15 October 2021
Modern logistics concepts, expanded storage capacities and a high degree of automation will ensure increasing efficiency of the work processes in the future in the supply of spare parts to the worldwide trade customers.
After only one year of construction, VIEROL AG has ceremoniously opened its new logistics centre in Rastede. The expansion through the new location optimises the spare parts logistics for the internationally positioned dealer for vehicle parts from now on. “We expect the new logistics centre to give us a significant competitive edge,” says CEO Mirja Viertelhaus-Koschig. “Our existing WERK I warehouse is now working at its limit. With WERK II, we want to pursue our ambitious growth targets more efficiently and are focusing on fulfilling customer wishes even better,” Viertelhaus-Koschig continues. Among the invited guests was guest of honour Christian Wulff, former Prime Minister and Federal President, who praised the company’s courage in a speech. The new building stands for the growth of the international vehicle parts specialist.
The new logistics centre is located on a 20,000 m² site – only 600 metres from the existing warehouse. WERK II is a clear commitment to the Rastede location and goes hand in hand with a significant improvement in the availability of goods and on-time delivery to customers. “The new building is an important investment in the future of VIEROL AG, in order to further increase our level of service and quality for our customers,” says Michael Krone, Director of IT and Logistics, about the importance for the company.
Warehouse with a high degree of automation and exemplary character
The new building is not only a real visual highlight. The new building is also a role model in terms of resource efficiency and sustainability: the innovative energy concept includes a complete power supply from renewable energies. The building’s own environmentally friendly electricity is generated by means of a modern photovoltaic system and a combined heat and power unit additionally generates electricity and heat through a biogas plant. An intelligent ventilation concept with heat recovery and lighting exclusively with LED lights round off the sustainable concept.
With a total investment volume of 20 million euros, WERK II offers space for 12,600 pallet storage locations in the high-bay warehouse and a further 969 storage locations for pallets in the gallery warehouse for fast-moving items on approx. 10,000 m² of hall space. In addition, the warehouse has a five-storey shelf racking system with 91,247 storage locations and a high level of automation in the conveyor technology. The total length of the conveyor line is approx. 580 m. Among other things, four vertical conveyors with a stroke of approx. 12.8 m and an automatic small parts warehouse (AS/RS) for approx. 480 containers are installed. “We are thus making work considerably easier for our logistics staff* and can thus further optimise the entire supply chain processes. VIEROL AG now has a total of 25,000 pallet spaces and 128,000 storage spaces in the shelving systems,” Michael Krone summarises.
Thinking about the day after tomorrow today
Ulf Koschig, Director of Sales, is certain: “We see ourselves optimally positioned for the future”. In future, more than 50,000 wear and spare parts for motor vehicles will be shipped all over the world from the new Plant II. The existing logistics centre will be expanded into a service centre for product development and assembly. VIEROL AG has no shortage of potential and an optimistic view of the future: with the purchase of the adjoining plot of land, a further 13,000 m² is available to enable the WERK II to be comprehensively expanded in the next few years and to be well equipped to cope with the increasing volume of orders.