Rittal builds state-of-the-art warehouse in the region for €40m

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Illustration of Rittal’s new central warehouse or global distribution centre in Haiger, 2014.

2012-06-19. Family-owned company Rittal is investing around €40m to construct a state-of-the-art warehouse in the region at the Haiger location. This investment is not just part of the global growth strategy of the enclosure and system provider, but also a clear and lasting commitment to its sites in the region.

“We have set ambitious growth targets for ourselves worldwide. To achieve them, we need the best and most modern logistics system that the market can offer us,” explains Friedhelm Loh, owner and CEO of Rittal. “With the expansion and modernisation of our central warehouse in Haiger, we are clearly upgrading the site once again. The heart of our commodity flows in Europe and the entire world is located in the Dill Valley. Without Haiger, our global logistics system is unthinkable,” Loh says about the decision for the location.

Along with expansion to a total of five building complexes and 40 loading ramps, a high rack warehouse with a total capacity of 25,000 pallet-storing positions is planned for the Haiger location. It will meet the highest technological requirements and provide space for more than 50,000 small enclosures as well as cooling units and accessories. Together with the warehouse in Rittershausen, where over 20,000 large enclosures are stored, the total number of pallet-storing positions in the Dill area will grow to 41,000. In the future, if you wanted to load the entire contents all at once, 1,300 large trucks would be needed, stretching 26 kilometres.

In addition, a fully automatic small parts warehouse with the latest shuttle technology for replacement and accessory parts is built in Haiger, which will also offer 25,000 container positions.

The ambitious project schedule envisages that already by the end of 2013 the first facilities will go into operation and the entire central warehouse will be ready for use in the course of 2014.

“The new central warehouse in Haiger is one of the most important components of our growth strategy, because for our global customers we are becoming not just more efficient but also substantially faster in our delivery times,” says Dr. Guido Stannek, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Management, explaining the background of the investment. “We will thus be in a position to increase the throughput, i.e. the number of products processed, by 50 percent , as compared to today.” In addition, the processing time, i.e. the time required in the warehouse to process an order, will be cut in half. Thus in the future the Haiger location will become even more important for logistics within the global Rittal organisation, but also for the global delivery of products.

“As a provider of products and systems, our customers expect a high level of flexibility from us, and need us to perfectly adapt to their respective time schedules. Reliability and speed are key factors,” says Christoph Caselitz, Chief of Customer Operations.

Nearly half of the German market, which Rittal leads, is supplied from Haiger and Rittershausen, especially large customers in mechanical engineering, information technology and automobile manufacturing. Rittal has around 90 regional warehouse locations worldwide that are served by Haiger and the 11 production facilities in England, Italy, China, India and the USA. Together with the expansion in Haiger, Rittal has more than 225,000 square metres of storage space and over 170,000 pallet-storing positions worldwide. The company is thus clearly further developing its essential strength in accordance with the motto, “Faster – better – worldwide.”