With the simultaneous conclusion of three construction projects at the Obersontheim site, the family company of Kärcher has laid the foundations for further growth. On April 10th, the new logistics center in Obersontheim was officially inaugurated; at 31 million euros, it is the largest material investment ever made by the global market leader for cleaning technology. In addition, Kärcher expanded the office building of the logistics center as well as the neighboring plant for a total of 9 million euros.

“For the future of the company as a whole, it was essential to expand and upgrade our logistics center. The distribution logistics form the physical connection between the manufacturer and the customer. That is why this expansion project is so central to our 2020 strategy, which will be orienting the entire company toward the customer. With our new logistics concept, we can further improve services for our customers and expand our international competitive power,” says Chief Executive Officer Hartmut Jenner.

The supply-chain specialists from Miebach Consulting supported this major project from the beginning in 2009 to the final building acceptance. “The consistency of the logistical consulting services, from planning the concept to realization to employee training, was very helpful when it came to meeting the ambitious schedule for the construction project, and it was a valuable addition to the overall success of this strategic logistics project for Kärcher,” says Bernhard Stock, the project manager from Miebach Consulting.

Capacity doubled

The Obersontheim logistics site, which primarily handles accessories and replacement parts, now has 35,000 m² of usable space with an automatic high-rack and small-parts warehouse (the latter with 80,000 storage positions) as well as a wide-aisle and rapid turnaround warehouse. The project created more than 23,000 additional pallet spaces, 15,400 of them in the new high-rack warehouse –more than doubling the available capacity.
 Thanks to a new warehouse management system and the redesigned loading ramps, more than 14,000 delivery-slip items will be able to be processed in a day, and 4,500 packages sent out.

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