Automated pharma warehouse in Antwerp to support Yusen Logistics’ Benelux customers

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Pharmaceutical companies in Benelux will have access to expanded logistics facilities as Yusen Logistics will be adding a 13,000 pallet highly automated warehouse to its Antwerp operation. This will be an extension of the Yusen Antwerp Logistics Campus, located at the heart of Europe’s Pharma Valley.

To continue to meet demand, Yusen Logistics is now further expanding its pharma facilities. Adjacent to its existing warehouse, Yusen will construct an efficient, sustainable and semi-automated 17m high warehouse. This new warehouse will have an ambient temperature level (15-25 °C) and a storage capacity of more than 13,000 pallets, and it will fully comply with the European GDP regulations for storage and handling of pharmaceutical products.

The new ‘smart warehouse’ will operate almost completely autonomously; featuring a ‘narrow aisle racking’ installation with induction-driven, unmanned trucks that locate the correct pallet through sensor-controlled positioning. This automation is hoped to bring the great advantage that the warehouse will be operational 24/7, can be deployed flexibly, and minimize human error, thus reducing the risk of damage and accidents.

Completion of the warehouse is planned for December 2020. In order to support growth in the interim, Yusen has secured additional temporary warehouse capacity of approximately 10,000 sq m in the city of Bornem. With the new warehouse included, Yusen Logistics has approximately 65,000 sq m of warehouse capacity on its Antwerp Logistics Campus. Yusen Logistics hopes the expansion will further strengthen the function of the Antwerp Campus as a strategic healthcare hub within the European and global Yusen Logistics network.

Source: Yusen Logistics