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Orion Engineered Carbons building new European warehouse

Facility will serve company's largest manufacturing plant in Cologne, Germany


May 29, 2020
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Hans-Jürgen Melchor (Goldbeck), Dietmar Kersting (OEC) and Gregor Schnell (Grieshaber) break ground on the new Orion logistics center in Cologne, Germany. (Photo: Orion Engineered Carbons/Christoph Kottmann)

HOUSTON – Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. is building a new logistics centre at its largest manufacturing plant in Cologne, Germany.

The central warehouse will be 95,000 square feet (8,850 square metres), with a capacity for approximately 12,400 pallets.

“We produce 160,000 metric tons and more than 100 differentiated grades of carbon black at this facility each year which must be treated and handled very carefully. The new, modern distribution centre will enable us to further grow our business in a location where we have deep roots,” said Sandra Niewiem, senior vice-president specialty carbon black and EMEA region.

The new building, a turnkey project by Goldbeck construction company, will have eight truck docks. About 100 trucks will pass through the plant gate every day. In addition, the new warehouse will eliminate internal logistics, with consolidation into one location. Orion will lease the warehouse from Grieshaber.

“With a space-optimized shuttle warehouse system and the connection to the warehouse via an automated material conveyor system, we will be able to guarantee a smooth and even more efficient flow of goods,” said Grieshaber managing director Gregor Schnell.

Construction of the new distribution centre will start in the next few weeks with the shell construction. The topping-out ceremony is planned for the end of June, with the handover and commissioning scheduled for December.

Orion is a worldwide supplier of Carbon Black with 14 global production sites. The group has approximately 1,450 employees worldwide.

Grieshaber Logistik GmbH is a logistics service provider with headquarters in Weingarten, Germany and seven additional location in Europe. Its provides conventional and combined transport in Germany and abroad as well as comprehensive warehousing and packaging services. It provides contract logistics services for industrial and commercial customers.

In addition to small parts logistics, the main focus of contract logistics is on pharmaceutical, food and automotive logistics. The portfolio is supplemented by, among other things, temperature-controlled transport, sea and inland waterway transport, hazardous goods transport, heavy goods transport as well as deadline and CEP transport. The company currently employs over 700 people and, together with GR Logistik GmbH, generates a turnover of almost 100 million euros.