Panattoni moves into gear

Warehouse & industrial
POLAND Panattoni Europe is constructing a silicate board factory for industrial insulation producer Skamol. The 6,000 sqm plant is being built on a 3 ha plot as a BTO development in the special economic zone WSSE Invest Park in Opole, with the work to be completed in April 2017. The deal was mediated by Colliers International.

The factory will have a 4,000 sqm production hall and 350 sqm of offices, with production to begin in November 2017. Marek Foryński, the managing director of the BTS group at Panattoni Europe, has stated that: “Many companies wishing to stay close to our western border decide to base their business in Opole, rather than for instance Wrocław, which many claim to be a challenging location in terms of human resources.” DSV is now setting up a new branch in Szczecin increasing the number of its locations in Poland to 15. The new centre will be located within Panattoni Park Szczecin next to the Szczecin Dąbie interchange. “Our decision to open a new branch is a result of DSV’s continuous development. With the shortening of our distribution routes, we will be able to offer even greater flexibility to satisfy our clients’ transport needs. As a company the rapid development of domestic and international transport is very important to us. The West Pomeranian region, which has been developing very quickly, is also a natural gateway for DSV for international freight forwarding to the Scandinavian markets,” says Maciej Trójnara, the transport director at DSV. The Szczecin branch will be used for both domestic and international transport. “This means that the new terminal will be used for domestic cargo as well as for the local distribution of international cargo with all the operations being supported by a dedicated warehouse,” says Piotr Nowak, the director for the western region at DSV. Szczecin is the second location to have been opened by DSV over the last few months, after a centre was opened in Kokotów near Kraków in mid-September. The DSV chain also has a branch in Gdańsk with a warehouse area that doubled in Q3 this year. The company moved into a new office in the same logistics park at the beginning of this year. In Bydgoszcz, Panattoni Europe is building 45,000 sqm of warehouse space including cold storage space for Kaufland, which is to be delivered in February. The BTS centre is being built next to Panattoni Park Bydgoszcz, where the construction of building three with 16,000 sqm is also under way at the moment. Kaufland is a chain of large-format stores owned by the German Schwarz Group. In Poland it has in excess of 200 stores, with more than 1,200 altogether in Europe. The development will be the company’s third warehouse facility and will replace its previous 12,000 sqm centre in the same city. A total of 250, employees will work in the centre, which means that 140 new jobs are to be created. The lease transaction was mediated by JLL. “We are commencing operations in a new warehouse developed by Panattoni, because of the continuing expansion of our chain on the Polish market. It will enable us to optimise deliveries to a larger number of stores in northern Poland. The particular location of this warehouse offers an additional advantage in the form of synergies in the movement of goods between Kaufland warehouses and stores, which overall will lead to shortening supply routes and translate into environmental advantages as well as the improved freshness and availability of goods at our stores,” said Marcin Woszczek, the head of the real estate development division at Kaufland.

Also with added Zing

Panattoni is also working on a distribution centre for paper distibutor Zing. The construction has been launched next to the Konotopa junction at Jawczyce (municipality – Ożarów Mazowiecki). The company has signed a lease agreement for 14,000 sqm in Panattoni Park Warszawa-Konotopa. Zing was advised by JLL during the location selection and the negotiation of lease terms. Panattoni Park Warszawa-Konotopa comprises two halls with around 47,000 sqm of warehousing space. The buildings were developed on the outskirts of Warsaw, just next to Konotopa junction linking the A2 motorway and S8 express road, and close to the Mory junction between the S2 and S8 express roads. Zing has been operating on the Polish market since 1991 and has a range of over 4,000 products, including packaging machines. The company also operates on the logistics sector and has representatives in the Czech Republic and the UK.