Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions opens a multi-user equipment processing centre

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WW Solutions has opened its second equipment processing centre (EPC) at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. The port is a significant location for RoRo and has a throughput of around 3m vehicles per year.

This EPC will support construction equipment manufacturer Doosan. WW Solutions will mount and customise around 3,000 construction machines a year for the company.

The 1,330 sq m facility can handle machines of up to 90 tonnes and has three overhanging cranes with capacities of 10, 10 and 20 tonnes respectively. A new warehouse management system has been installed, along with a vertical storage and retrieval system for parts.

The multi-user EPC has been in operation since January 2019 but officially opened in May, a year after Doosan announced that Zeebrugge would become its European distribution hub. It is hoped that other businesses will be attracted to the cluster of EPCs in the coming years.

“We are ready to take on any challenges our customers have at this new, semi-industrialised EPC. Doosan and WW Solutions have worked together to determine how to optimise the company’s supply chain. More and more, OEMs want to build machines in their factories but customise them close to the end customer.” Werner Van Dessel, WW Solutions Senior Manager for EMEA, explained.

Doosan’s Operations Director, S.H. Chung, said, “This new equipment processing centre at Zeebrugge is a vital part of our European distribution plans going forward. Through this expansion, WW Solutions has increased its capacity to provide a complete end-to-end solution to Doosan.”

Source: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions