New logistics facility for Volkswagen in the Port of Duisburg
Duisburg, 27.06.2013 | Infrastructure connection and logistics concept of the port location decisive for the new location / Export hub to be built by Goodman
The Port of Duisburg is going to become a new export hub to supply the Volkswagen Group’s plants outside Europe. When choosing the location, the good infrastructure connections of the Port of Duisburg were primarily decisive for the car manufacturer. The duisport Group developed a tailor made service package for the new location. By knocking down a neighboring property duisport made the required layout possible for the plot of land. “In Volkswagen we are pleased to have gained an important car manufacturer for the duisport logistics location,” says Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG. The new logistics facility will be built on a 50,000 m² plot of land directly on the A40 autobahn by property developer Goodman. Up to 230 new jobs should be created by the decision to locate here.
“Once more the port has proved the locational quality of Duisburg as an international logistics turntable for industrial groups active worldwide,” Duisburg’s Mayor Sören Link also underlined, commenting on the further success in attracting new investments. “The city authority is pleased to support such important projects to continue to make location decisions and their quick construction implementation possible.”
The successfully implemented site development is very much in keeping with Goodman. “As the developer, investor and administrator of the property we are pleased to be able to contribute to our first project in the Port of Duisburg, using and converting industrial and logistics areas. New space for economic growth at an internationally important logistics location is emerging,” emphasized Andreas Fleischer, Goodman Regional Director Germany. The corresponding tenancy agreement with Volkswagen, as well as the leasehold agreement with Duisburger Hafen AG, has already been signed.
Construction of the approximately 24,000 m² hall should start soon. In order to realize the total project on time, the duisport Group is supporting Goodman with the planning permission process, among others. After completion by the end of January 2014 at the latest, the VW Group’s locations in North and South America, India, China, South Africa and Malaysia will be supplied with car part and components from Duisburg. The export hub has a handling capacity of around 350,000 m³, which consists of a total of 4,000 different vehicle parts. Up to 1.8 million packages will be processed from Duisburg per year in future. This is equivalent to around 100 overseas containers per week. The award of the export hub operating contract to a logistics service provider, which will also take over picking as well as packing and loading the CKD components for overseas shipment, is currently in the tendering phase.
“In addition, export overseas will be carried out using environmentally friendly combined transport via our Duisburg terminals,” says Erich Staake, highlighting sustainability. The site also has a track connection, which should be activated for future rail transport. “Our full service approach, in which we bring together tailor made sites and properties with flexible transport and services, has proved convincing once again,” according to Erich Staake, who continues: “Not least our network with numerous direct connections by rail and inland waterway to the Western ports was an important location criterion for Volkswagen. A network we are continually expanding – for example, we are currently also checking the possibility of a regular track connection to the JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven.”
The export hub is exclusively in the commercially used port and logistics area Duisburg-Kasslerfeld. The connection to the long-distance road network is currently still via the Duisburg-Häfen junction of the A40 autobahn. In the near future the district will be additionally connected to a new autobahn junction.
The property itself can be used by third parties and is also equipped with environmentally friendly and cost saving attributes. These include light bands in the facades and light domes in the roof, which ensure high daylight exposure and good working conditions. Daylight and automatic light controls in the property directly reduce energy costs caused by lighting, the largest factor in consumption costs. Furthermore, Goodman is having the VW export hub certified by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (DGNB, or German Sustainable Building Council) in silver.
Goodman is a globally leading, stock exchange listed property group The focus of the company is developing, owning and administering industrial and commercial properties in continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the Asia-Pacific region and in North America and Brazil. Goodman invests in commercial areas, office and industrial estates, warehouse halls and distribution centers. A range of listed and unlisted property funds offer investors access to Goodman‘s specialized services and facility products.
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