Geberit expands its logistics centre

Geberit International AG, based in Jona, Switzerland, has expanded its logistics capacity in Pfullendorf in southern Germany. According to the sanitary equipment manufacturer, its warehouse areas and picking and shipping zones are no longer sufficient. With the expansion, the company is looking to create space for future growth while introducing innovative technology and further optimising its processes.

Geberit will invest around €40 million in the project. The centrepiece of the project would be the expansion and optimisation of long goods storage, the expansion of capacity by a further 18,400 fully automated pallet bays and fully automated storage of 51,500 small containers. The manufacturer has also announced plans for 15 additional loading gates and a new processing facility of around 15,000 m².

Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2015. Completion is planned for the beginning of 2017, to ensure that the additional buildings can start operations during the year. From its logistics centre in Pfullendorf, Geberit supplies customers in over 100 countries. The sanitary systems manufacturer had already invested around €27 million in its logistics facility near Lake Constance since 2008, transforming it into a master distribution hub for its European logistics in the  space of just 18 months.

It is here at its Pfullendorf site that Geberit will be expanding its logistics capacities. (Photo: Geberit)

Geberit commissioned IGZ back in autumn 2014 with designing the migration of the SAP LES/TRM (Logistics Execution System/Transport Resource Management) system installed by IGZ in 2006 to the considerably more powerful SAP EWM/MFS (Extended Warehouse Management/Material Flow System) platform for its logistics centre in Pfullendorf.

As a first step, the implementation and commissioning of SAP EWM/MFS (Extended Warehouse Management/Material Flow System) for the existing warehouse logistics processes in the logistics centre will be completed by early 2016. In this way, the second phase – running to early 2017 – can then make the necessary extensions to this future-oriented SAP EWM/MFS (Extended Warehouse Management/Material Flow System) platform.

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