Thursday, 30 March 2017
Goodman Group, an integrated property company that owns, develops and manages logistics and business space worldwide, and its customer Fiege, one of Europe’s leading contract logistics companies, has today celebrated laying the first stone of a significant extension of Puurs Logistics Centre. Fiege will use the space to respond to the changing needs of its customer, Makro.
The existing Puurs Logistics centre consists of two units across 20,600 sqm. The centre will be extended by a further 32,000 sqm, of which 23,700 sqm will be let to Fiege. The remaining 7,800 sqm will be developed for future customer leasing opportunities given the quality of the location as well as the demand for high quality logistics space in the area. It can be configured as an independent unit with its own entrances. The new facility is due for completion in November 2017.
Ideally located to support Makro’s new logistics strategy
Puurs Logistics Centre is ideally located for logistics operations aimed at serving both the Belgian national and Western European markets. Located on Belgium’s main logistics route between Antwerp and Brussels and only 6 km from the Willebroek container terminal that sees daily shipments to the largest two seaports in Europe (Antwerp and Rotterdam), the strategic location in the centre of the Belgium’s ‘Golden Triangle' allows companies such as Fiege and Makro to efficiently manage the flow of their goods.
Walter Goossens at Makro explains: “Our new commercial strategy focusses on the logistic integration of our suppliers in Food and Non Food. This new strategy also requires new logistical solutions. Therefore, we were looking for a logistics partner that was able to deliver not only the appropriate logistics facilities but that was also to partner with us to better service our stores and consequently better service the customer.”
Anticipation of customers’ needs is key, said Pascal Van der Linden, CEO of Fiege: “The timing was perfect: in May 2016, Makro decided it wanted to centralize its activities, which meant Fiege needed 20,000 sqm on top of the space we already occupied at Puurs Logistics Centre. By extending the lease and expanding the multi customer site we could offer the perfect solution to the Makro’s centralization strategy.
Kim Cornille, Country Manager Goodman Belgium adds: “We pride ourselves on being a strategic partner to our customers, able to listen and respond to their needs with quality property solutions,. Today marks another symbolic step in the longstanding collaboration between Goodman, Fiege and Makro, which spans more than 10 years.
Pascal Van der Linden of Fiege added: “Goodman is a solid partner for us. There is a reason why Fiege has several projects ongoing with the company in Germany as Goodman is definitively a building block in Fiege’s growth.”
Future-proof logistics space
As a major industrial landowner and developer, Goodman is well aware of the benefits of incorporating sustainable design principals and initiatives into its new developments. Sustainability is an integral part of the company’s own + develop + manage customer service approach: it provides cost savings to customers, value to capital partners and benefits to the wider community.
All three parties involved in the project shared a commitment to optimizing the sustainability potential of the new development in Puurs. Working closely together during the planning and design phase of the project allowed the sustainable design elements to be optimized and the environmental impact to be minimized. To meet the requirements of Europe's leading Lean and Green program, the facility will be equipped with sustainability features such as dimmable LED lighting with motion sensors and infrared heaters. It will also provide ample natural daylight to warehouse staff via light strips above the dock doors . Additionally, the building benefits from a rainwater recuperation system. These features will help to reduce energy consumption costs and natural resource use of the facility.
Puurs – economical hub in Belgium’s Golden Triangle
Koen Van den Heuvel, Mayor of the Municipality of Puurs concludes: “The fact that it is pleasant to work in Puurs has been proven by more than 8,000 people that are employed here. Because of its central location and easy access by public transport, Puurs remains an attractive area for companies to settle in. Thanks to this new investment by Goodman, Puurs is a dynamic and enterprising municipality, able to expand its position as a job-creating, economic hub in Belgium’s Golden Triangle.”
Today’s first stone ceremony was attended by Hilde Van der Poorten, First Alderman of the Municipality of Puurs, Felix Fiege, Owner of Fiege Logistics, Walter Goossens, Supply Chain Director of Makro and Kim Cornille, Country Manager Goodman Belgium.
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Goodman is an integrated property group that owns, develops and manages logistics and business space across Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Brazil. The Group invests in industrial estates and warehouse and distribution centres.
Goodman also offers a range of listed and unlisted investment vehicles, including its flagship European managed partnership, Goodman European Partnership (GEP) (following the rebrand of the Goodman European Logistics Fund). Through prudent investment management, quality assets and active property management, the Partnership provides its investment partners with stable income returns derived from investments in logistics assets.
With total assets under management of €23.3 billion and 406 properties under management, Goodman is the largest industrial listed property group on the Australian Securities Exchange, and one of the largest listed specialist investment managers globally. Its market insight and dedicated local teams create sound investment opportunities and develop properties and environments that meet each client’s individual requirements.
With more than 1,100 staff in 16 countries and 32 offices, Goodman has the global reach to meet customers’ needs as their businesses expand or evolve. In Europe, Goodman is present in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden and the UK.
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The FIEGE Group, headquartered in Greven in Westphalia, is a leading European logistics company that specialises in efficient supply chain solutions. With a workforce of over 10,000 at 160 sites in 15 countries, FIEGE operates on an international scale from core markets in Europe, to India and China.
Since its formation by Joan Joseph Fiege in 1873, FIEGE has been family-run – and still is to date, by now in the fifth generation. The cousins Jens and Felix Fiege are part of the four-member Executive Board and manage the company in dual leadership.
FIEGE is seen as a pioneer of contract logistics and since its formation has evolved from a transport company to a globally-operating full-service logistics provider. The tradition-conscious organisation never ceases to reinvent itself in order to remain state of the art in times of digitisation and automation.
FIEGE focuses on these core sectors: Fashion, Healthcare, Industry, Consumer Goods, Tires, Media & Mail and Multi-channel Retail. We develop integrated customer solutions for eCommerce, transport, sea and air cargo, customs clearance, warehousing, parcel deliveries and real estate management, with services that span the full range from consultation to implementation of a supply chain concept.
Makro opened its first store in 1970 in Deurne. Meanwhile, there are now six Makro stores in Belgium. In 2017 Makro decided to specialize in three areas: "good food", "party" and "home". For the electronics department Makro got Media Markt on board. The product range is a combination of reputed branded products and extremely competitively priced and high quality own brands, available in stores and online. Makro is accessible to everyone. The Makro card can be requested at the reception desk of each store. For more information, go to www.makro.be and www.makroshop.be.