After a building phase of just twelve months, the new central warehouse of Kurtz Ersa went into operation at the beginning of July. An occasion that was fittingly celebrated: with an official opening and an Open Day. In a festive setting, on July 2nd, the CEO Rainer Kurtz, and the Logistics Director Matthias Hofmann, officially opened the new central facility – with the symbolic warehousing of the first container. Alongside representatives of the companies and official bodies involved in the construction, the event was also attended by the management and the staff of the new location.
“The central warehouse supplies Kurtz Ersa customers worldwide with spare parts, and secures supply to the production facilities in our German locations. In this way we are elevating our inventory management to the next level with the latest logistics technology and electronically-linked logistic partners, permitting smooth production processes wherever they may be. And, of by no means lesser significance, the central warehouse provides urgently-needed manufacturing capacity at the operative sites of Kurtz GmbH and Ersa GmbH,” said Rainer Kurtz.
In order to present the mode of operation of the central warehouse to all employees and the general public, an Open Day was held a few days later, on July 7th, in glorious weather – with an attractive supporting program, ranging from interactive stations and food trucks and to a coffee and cake buffet and entertainment for the children. As soon as the gates opened at 10 a.m., guests flocked into the light-flooded central warehouse to inspect the new location. Groups of visitors formed around the automated small parts area with 31,000 container storage spaces and tray storage, offering an impressive 1,200 m2 of storage space on a footprint of just 30 m2 to watch the automated processes of logistics. Similar scenes could be observed in the wide-aisle warehouse with capacity for up to 3,300 standard euro pallets, where goods are reliably warehoused at a height of 13 meters using camera-supported forklifts.
Following the inauguration celebrations, the logistics staff will be kept busy up to September 2018 ramping up operations in the new premises. Step by step, existing stocks will be disbanded and moved to the new facility. With an effective area of around 8,000 m2, the new central warehouse offers abundant capacity to ensure that the planned future growth can be catered for, fully automated.