Full-service provider Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has announced a $40 million lease and development investment with Auckland Airport to establish a new 19,200 sq mt ambient warehousing complex dedicated to multinational manufacturer Techtronic Industries (TTI).

The complex is located close to Auckland Airport (Green Star-targeted complex at 23 Landing Drive) and is expected to deliver a new benchmark in efficiency, flexibility and functionality when commissioned in July this year.

From the new warehouse, Hellmann will handle full-service contract logistics services for its long-standing customer TTI.

“The fact that we built an individually tailored warehouse for TTI further cements Hellmann´s  business relationship with the client, which is a world leader in global brands such as MILWAUKEE, AEG and RYOBI power tools,” says Chris McCagney, Managing Director, Hellmann New Zealand.

“The ultra-high-stud, 16,000-square-metre ambient warehousing complex and 3200-square-metre cantilevered canopy will enable storage for up to 29,000 pallets at up to ten pallet levels high,” Cagney informs.

“This will be the first ambient warehousing complex in New Zealand to be fitted with the latest K48 sprinkler heads which allows roof height at 16.7 metres with racked storage up to 15.2 metres – considerably increasing storage density without installing in-rack sprinklers throughout the entire warehouse.”

Cagney says in addition to the green aspects of the facility – “which are huge” – a key driver has been to fully consider wider supply chain trends “here, overseas and within TTI”.

“The new warehouse is designed to build in flexibility and scale to adapt and grow as TTI’s requirements of tomorrow develop. For example, the complex will have no columns and enhanced floor specifications which allow for future investments in innovative robotic-based material handling and automation solutions.”

“At the same time Hellmann has developed an environmentally-sustainable and highly-efficient facility both for their staff and clients.”

TTI Australia and New Zealand Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer Grant Edhouse says, “The development would be vital to accommodating his business’ continuing, rapid expansion in New Zealand. We needed a new facility with a longer-term contract logistics arrangement to support our future growth.”

“The extended height, capacity, operational efficiency and flexibility of the complex has been specifically developed to cater for TTI’s needs for a considerable period of time. By consolidating our operations into this new complex, we will be able to optimize and future proof our supply chain to the benefit of our retail partners and end users of our products,” Edhouse continues.

“This new complex is also a great example how you can create a really exciting form of architecture within a functional industry build, and it supports the desire of both Hellmann and TTI to lead the way in quality of facilities and workplace,” he further adds.

“One of the key objectives of Hellmann’s global growth strategy is to further expand the contract logistics product segment,” says Volker Sauerborn, Chief Operating Officer- Contract Logistics, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“This additional large scale investment in New Zealand underscores the strategic importance of contract logistics for the Group as a whole and is an important milestone on the way to strengthening our market position in the segment globally.”

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