Hellmann announces major investment in NZ

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has announced €28 million lease and development investment with Auckland Airport to establish a new 19,200-square-metre ambient warehousing complex dedicated to multinational manufacturer, Techtronic Industries (TTI).

The complex is located directly at Auckland Airport and is expected to deliver a new benchmark in efficiency, flexibility and functionality when commissioned in July this year. From the new warehouse, Hellmann will handle full-service contract logistics services for its long-standing customer TTI.

The ultra-high, 16,000-square-metre ambient warehousing complex and 3200-square-metre cantilevered canopy will reportedly enable storage for up to 29,000 pallets at up to 10 pallet levels high. In addition, the new logistics complex which was built to the specifications of the New Zealand Green Building Council, meets the latest requirements for sustainable construction.

“The fact that we built an individually tailored warehouse for TTI further cements Hellmann’s business relationship with the client, which is a world leader in global brands such as MILWAUKEE, AEG and RYOBI power tools,” said Hellmann New Zealand Managing Director, Chris McCagney.

“The new warehouse is designed to build in flexibility and scale to adapt and grow as TTI’s requirements of tomorrow develop.
For example, the complex will have no columns and enhanced floor specifications which allows for future investments in innovative robotic-based material handling and automation solutions. At the same time Hellmann has developed an environmentally-sustainable and highly-efficient facility both for their staff and clients.”

TTI Australia and New Zealand Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Grant Edhouse, said the development would be vital to accommodating his business’ continuing, rapid expansion in New Zealand.

“We needed a new facility with a longer-term contract logistics arrangement to support our future growth,” he said. “The extended height, capacity, operational efficiency and flexibility of the complex has been specifically developed to cater for TTI’s needs for a considerable period of time.

By consolidating our operations into this new complex, we will be able to optimise and future proof our supply chain to the benefit of our retail partners and end users of our products.

“This new complex is also a great example how you can create a really exciting form of architecture within a functional industry build, and it supports the desire of both Hellmann and TTI to lead the way in quality of facilities and workplace.”

Volker Sauerborn, Chief Operating Officer Contract Logistics, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, said “One of the key objectives of Hellmann’s global growth strategy is to further expand the contract logistics product segment. This additional large-scale investment in New Zealand underscores the strategic importance of contract logistics for the Group as a whole and is an important milestone on the way to strengthening our market position in the segment globally.”