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New central high bay warehouse for Fresenius Medical Care


Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s leading provider of products and services for patients with chronic kidney failure, commissioned SSI Schaefer (Giebelstadt) to design and build a new central high bay warehouse in St. Wendel (Saarland)

At its site in St. Wendel, Fresenius Medical Care currently employs 1,700 people in developing and producing life-sustaining products for treating chronic kidney failure. St. Wendel is the main production facility for dialysers at Fresenius Medical Care.

A distribution centre with around 4,900 m² of space, replacing several smaller storage sites inside and outside the factory premises, will be raised there before autumn 2012. At the core of the new facility will be a high bay warehouse with almost 30,000 pallet storage positions for storing both products for dialysis and their required raw materials. The warehouse will be constructed as a silo, measuring 115 m in length, 45 m in width and 35 m in height. In six aisles and on 13 levels, the storage space will be temperature-controlled between 16°C and 25°C. The loading bay, additional storage space, utility rooms and offices will be located in a three-storey logistics building designed as a solid construction.

“Resulting from an increase in production capacity and raising demand for our dialysis products, we are in need of a modern, central high bay warehouse.” explains plant manager Ulrich Kramp. “This way, we will be concentrating the storage of finished goods and raw materials in close proximity to the production. This is going to improve coordination between production and sales, while also lowering costs for transportation. Modern facilities with their high degree of automation assure a rational and precisely timed internal flow of materials. Design and dimensions of the warehouse will facilitate further growth and allow for increases in the plant’s capacities.”

With this assignment, SSI Schaefer is once more emphasising its leading position in complex system solutions.

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