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Friday, April 9, 2021 

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has begun operating its new logistics centre, meaning that all flows of goods will be managed completely automatically and bundled in the logistics centre, housed in a customised building and with a software control system that means Meyer Group logistics are now future-proof.

The investment in the new centre amounted to more than €35m and took about two years to complete. The 30m high high-bay warehouse stores 25,000 load units of all material that has standard dimensions, i.e. fits on a standard euro pallet. Seven rail-guided stacker cranes move goods automatically at speeds of up to 14 km/h to the appropriate shelf compartment or remove them. 250 load units can be retrieved and stored per hour.

In the 10,000m² logistics hall, incoming goods are received, booked into the system and picked - i.e. arranged according to transport destination and route. In addition, trailers are loaded and parts are stored that do not fit into the high-bay warehouse due to their volume. The optimised warehousing in the new centre makes it possible to better coordinate material transports, reduce waste and waiting times, and reduce external storage space. The new logistics centre was built at the shipyard on Rheiderlandstraße in Bokeler Bogen. The previous central warehouse will be moved from the shipyard site to the computer-controlled logistics centre.

Meyer Werft MD Jan Meyer said: "This is an investment in the future of the Papenburg site and at the same time a measure to reach our savings target faster."

Klaus Lübbers, Chief Procurement Officer, said: "With the implementation of the new logistics centre, a new era begins for us in logistics. The new logistics centre combines centralised, highly efficient storage, the best working conditions for employees and is an important milestone in the digitalization and automation of our logistics and supply chains. I would like to thank everyone involved for their outstanding achievements and look forward with pride to the many new opportunities to contribute to the savings program and further optimize material flows. Let's make the most of it."

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