opening of the logistics centre for Volkswagen in the port of Duisburg
Duisburg, 20.03.2014 | Goodman, syncreon and duisport celebrate the opening of a 24,000 sqm logistics centre for Volkswagen
Property group Goodman and logistics service provider syncreon today celebrated the opening of the new export hub with an area of approx. 24,000 sqm in the port of Duisburg. The event was celebrated with representatives from Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport) and Volkswagen along with Mayor Sören Link. The logistics centre is leased to Volkswagen, with syncreon to use the property for logistics supply to the automotive group’s plants outside Europe; while duisport will provide the transport logistics.
In the search for a well-connected logistics location, allowing international shipping of automotive parts, Volkswagen chose the port of Duisburg, which offered the right solution in close co-operation with developer and investor Goodman. The logistics concept designed by duisport and the good infrastructure with many direct connections provided by rail and inland waterway to the sea ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, are complemented by a tailor-made logistics property.
Today, just eight months after the decision in favour of Duisburg the two project partners, Goodman and syncreon, symbolically opened the new export hub. Actual operations will commence on 1 April. Goodman has invested over €10 million in this property solution and after handover of the logistics centre, will continue as the long-term property manager.
“As a developer, investor and manager of logistics properties, we are convinced that automotive logistics have a successful future in the port of Duisburg. We are delighted once again to provide a tailor-made property for our customer, Volkswagen. We believe we are also providing syncreon with optimum conditions for the implementation of all logistics supply services,” said Jordan Corynen, Goodman Director for Germany.
The warehouse is tailored specifically to the requirements of the automotive industry. The 24,000 sqm of storage and logistics space include the industry-typical side loading and unloading zones in a tunnel structure of approx. 3,000 sqm and an external storage-space of approximately 1,000 sqm, which serves as a loading bay.
Volkswagen has commissioned international service provider syncreon for processing the in-house logistics at the Duisburg-Kasslerfeld site. The company will manage the property and employ more than 200 staff, providing new jobs for many skilled employees from the region.
“We are delighted with Volkswagen’s confidence in our value-adding services. The property developed by Goodman allows us to model the entire automotive logistics process chain optimally, from goods inwards to dispatch, with a hall depth of over 100 metres. Because of the flexible property design, we can demonstrate our productive capability on the site and provide the exact capacity that is needed every day,” said syncreon Automotive President Michael Neumann.
In addition to providing the site, duisport is also undertaking the entire transport logistics for Volkswagen. This specifically includes the transport of containers to the sea ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, which is done in an environmentally friendly manner, in combined transport through the Duisburg terminals.
“We are delighted to have been able to gain a further leading international automotive manufacturer for the logistics location of duisport,” said Erich Staake, Board Chairman of Duisburger Hafen AG. “Once again, our full service approach, in which we combine the bespoke sites with flexible transport and services, won over. The inauguration today is a further step towards developing the port of Duisburg into a centre of excellence for the automotive industry.”
“With Volkswagen settling in the port of Duisburg, the success story of this logistics location continues. It demonstrates anew that the range of services offered by duisport also has a positive effect on the automotive industry. Internationally recognised modern standards are set here. I am delighted that the new logistics centre will create up to 230 jobs in Duisburg,” says Sören Link, Mayor of the City of Duisburg.