Cargo-partner continues to expand its storage capacities around the world with three European warehouses getting upgrades as part of its strategic focus on warehousing.
The latest investments into the iLogistics Centers Brwinów near Warsaw (Poland), Dunajská Streda near Bratislava (Slovakia) and Dobrovíz near Prague (Czech Republic) are in response to what the company says is “constantly increasing demand in the region”.
In Poland cargo-partner has increased its storage capacity in Brwinów by an additional 3,000 sqm as of June 2021. The iLogistics Center now provides 11,000 sqm of storage space at a temperature range of +15 to +25 °C, including a 1,000 sqm bonded warehouse area. The facility is located in a class A building in the MLP II Logistics Park, southwest of Warsaw and next to the A2 motorway, a key west-east connection in Poland.
Milan Lani, corporate director Product Management Contract Logistics at cargo-partner, explains the strategic significance of the warehouse: “Thanks to its location in the centre of the country, our iLogistics Center Brwinów is an ideal hub for distribution throughout Poland and many other European destinations.
“The close proximity to Warsaw Airport also makes it a strategic point for international airfreight. The 3,000 sqm we have now added to the facility are dedicated to cross-docking activities and bulk storage.”
Alongside the expansion of its facility in Brwinów, cargo-partner in Poland says it has strengthened its focus on quality and process control and has acquired the relevant IFS Logistics and GDP certifications.
The logistics provider is currently working on obtaining HACCP certification for its iLogistics Center Brwinów as well as its iLogistics Center Zory, which provides 6,650 sqm of storage space near the Katowice Special Economic Zone. Combined with a smaller cargo-partner warehouse in Poznan, the company operates a total storage area of almost 20,000 sqm with more than 13,000 pallet slots in Poland.
In Slovakia the iLogistics Center in Dunajská Streda is getting a second investment only one after the most recent expansion, again due to what it says is the high demand for warehousing services in the region. The expansion will see an additional 5,200 pallet slots.
Milan Lani states: “This investment will help us to utilise the full 14.5 m clear height of the warehouse hall and to increase the number of pallet slots per square metre.” The first phase expansion will see an increase of capacities by 3,600 pallet slots, and two new forklifts added. The second phase will be realised at the beginning of September and will consist of 1,600 pallet slots operated by one new forklift.
Thanks to its direct connection to the METRANS rail container terminal, the warehouse is one of cargo-partner’s most important rail transport hubs in Europe, cargo-partner says. “Its’ favourable location offers railway access to most major seaports in Europe as well as fast connections from China via the New Silk Road.”
From its distribution centre in Dunajská Streda, cargo-partner delivers automotive components to leading OEMs in several European countries including Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. The modern warehouse halls provide 30,300 pallet slots on 18,300 sqm of storage space, including a 3,300 sqm of bonded warehouse.
Together with the iLogistics Center in Bratislava, cargo-partner in Slovakia owns a total of 26,500 sqm of warehouse space with more than 44,000 pallet slots.
In the Czech Republic cargo-partner is placing a special focus on warehousing and distribution solutions for the Foodstuffs & Perishables sector. At the iLogistics Center in Dobrovíz near Prague Airport, the company offers storage at ambient (+15 to +25 °C) and chilled (+2 to +8 °C) temperature ranges.
In order to expand its expertise and complement its service portfolio in the foodstuffs industry, cargo-partner has acquired the Czech company Gibon Logistics as of June 1, 2021.
Milan Lani explains: “Gibon Logistics offers unique fulfillment solutions for refrigerated food shipments. This will allow us to provide our customers with tailor-made services for any shipment size, from single pieces up to pallets.
“In addition, we now operate a smaller refrigerated warehouse in Brno, which serves as a cross-docking hub for the Moravian region. In combination with our main warehouse in Dobrovíz near Prague Airport, we can achieve ideal coverage of the Czech Republic.
“All our warehousing and distribution services make use of active cooling to ensure an unbroken cold chain. As the next step in our ongoing development, we are working on setting up a frozen storage area (-5 to -15 °C) within our iLogistics Center Prague.”