Medline, a leading global provider of surgical and medical products, triples the capacity of their European Distribution Center in Kleve. With the 37,000 m² new DC, Medline responds to increasing demands of their products and services, especially in the quickly growing markets in Eastern Europe. As general planner, Miebach Consulting supports Medline since the beginning of the planning phase in May 2013 and has accompanied the construction of the new DC since completion in mid-December 2014. Go-live is in January 2015.

"With its proximity to the Port of Rotterdam, Kleve is the gateway to Europe for us," says Tripp Amdur, Medline’s International Group President. "By tripling our warehouse capacities, we will be able to offer our customers not only a greater variety of products, but also unique logistics services." From this warehouse, the US company will serve hospitals in many European countries.

Medline chose Miebach Consulting as general planner to bundle the responsibility for both logistics and planning and to ensure a logistically optimal overall solution. Manufacturer and supplier independence enable the compilation of the most suitable material flow components and generate significant savings through invitations to tender. The consulting and implementation partner Miebach guarantees integrated project management from the concept to the implementation phase.

 "The efficient project management and the success we had with the tender decisions show us that we found an excellent project partner in Miebach. With the help of their project team, we developed the optimal solution for business and processes and were able to implement construction, building and material flow technologies in the most efficient way. We did all this without building up own resources in project management. "- says Wilfried Dammertz, Branch Manager, Medline.

With the new logistics center, Medline is now able to serve customers in Europe and beyond even faster and in a more flexible manner.

"We are delighted that we have been able to realize this strategically important logistics project within its very tight schedule and within budget. The fact-oriented, constructive and harmonic cooperation between general contractor, general planner and client as well as a good cooperation with the authorities of Kleve contributed substantially to the success of the project "- says Christian Bauersfeld, project manager, Miebach Consulting.

Key Facts of the expanded Distribution Center:

  • 4 warehouse sections of over 9,000 square meters and a height of 13m
  • 34 loading bays for different types of trucks
  • approx. 27,000 pallet spaces and approx. 30,000 shelf spaces (in the first expansion stage)

About Medline International

Medline International is a privately held manufacturer and distributor of quality medical and surgical supplies. Medline delivers a robust product portfolio and patient-care solutions to help healthcare providers perform at their very best.   Medline International is a part of Medline Industries, Inc. a global health care company providing medical and surgical supplies throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Learn more on Medline’s website.