Goodman expands its Augsburg Logistics Center for its longstanding customer DB Schenker. The company is increasing its presence at the GVZ Augsburg freight village by around 42,000 sqm to 60,000 sqm. DB Schenker will now occupy approximately 130,000 sqm of space from which to service its customers in the Munich-Augsburg region.
DB Schenker is a global logistics provider and one of Germany’s leading providers of integrated logistics services. The company’s key activities in Augsburg entail providing solutions in production supply, fulfilment logistics, after sales and e-commerce to well-known regional and national customers.
Demand for DB Schenker’s services has been growing and the company was looking to expand its base in the Munich-Augsburg region. With a population of 4.5 million people within a one hour drive time from the Augsburg Logistics Centre, it’s an ideal location for DB Schenker to service its customers and in turn, their customers. The facility has direct links with the A8, B2 and B17 roads, as well as with the Deutsche Bahn rail network and the new container terminal at the freight village.
Goodman purchased the land at GVZ Augsburg in 2015. Given the attractiveness of the location, DB Schenker has seen the long-term potential of the site, so that Goodman was included in the plans for further development at an early stage. As a result the two companies’ joint planning foresaw a three-phase expansion from the outset. Practical completion of the final expansion stage currently under development is scheduled for Autumn 2018. The new development will benefit from several sustainability features such as energy-efficient LED lighting and landscaping with indigenous trees and plants. As a result the project has been certified by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).
Expanding presence – demonstrating long term relationship
Detlef Kurzbuch, Senior Vice President Logistics Development & Strategy with Schenker Deutschland AG said, “We are delighted to be expanding our contract logistics activities at GVZ Augsburg. DB Schenker and Goodman have had an excellent working relationship for many years which is why we have chosen to structure this project over several phases. This has allowed us to respond flexibly to meet our business requirements and customer’s needs. There is already a high demand for the new space from customers in the industrial and consumer goods sectors.
“DB Schenker’s integrative services above and beyond contract logistics, with its own air, sea and land transport activities, offer the best conditions for regional and national customers in every industry. We are already seeing high demand from customers in the industrial and consumer goods sectors who want to share this opportunity for growth in this new space and our expanded facility at Augsburg will help facilitate this.”
Christof Prange, Head of Business Development with Goodman Germany said, “Goodman and DB Schenker have built up a strong international partnership that extends over more than a decade. Since 2006 we have developed numerous properties for the company and we currently manage over 350,000 sqm of logistics space for DB Schenker in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany and Poland. Augsburg Logistics Centre is a clear demonstration of the company’s trust in our expertise, the quality of our properties, and the strength of our long-term partnership.”
In Germany, including Augsburg, joint projects have also been undertaken in Nuremberg, Cologne, Leipzig and Berlin (Großbeeren).
DB Schenker is expanding: from the outset its joint planning with Goodman foresaw a three-phase expansion.
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