Express service trans-o-flex is building a new facility on the eastern edge of the Ruhr region, on a 33,000 sq m site. This will allow it to increase the capacity within its German network in view of increasing transport volumes to improve production processes. It will also give it the ability to use lighter electrically powered vehicles. The sum of around €17m is expected to be invested in the logistics centre in Hamm-Rhynern, whose construction is planned to commence in 2019 and commissioned in early 2020.
The logistics centre will include a photovoltaic system on the roof of more than 8,000 sq m handling hall and the preparation for electric charging stations at each of the 115 gates. “We can use the energy to operate the fully automatic sorting system, to control the temperature of the load compartments of the vehicles before loading and to charge the batteries of possible electric vehicles”, commented Wolfgang P. Albeck, Chairman of trans-o-flex’s Management Board. The centre will be tailored for use within the trans-o-flex network and, for this reason, permits handling in different temperature ranges. “We will be handling goods in the ambient range of 15 to 25 degrees Celsius as well as in the refrigerated range between two and eight degrees Celsius” said Albeck.
For construction and operation according to the latest environmental and energy-related aspects, the logistics centre will be clad with a particularly thick layer of insulation on its outer skin and equipped with LED lighting technology. Furthermore, a special rainwater infiltration system is planned, which will be installed on the neighbouring site.
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