Located in Essen, Germany, a new logistics warehouse has been launched by operators HOYER Group (HOYER) following a collaboration with specialty chemicals company Evonik.

HOYER, one of the world’s leading experts in the transport and handling of liquid dangerous good, worked with Evonik to establish the centre as a state-of-the-art hub for the supply of liquid goods. 

Featuring semi-and fully-automatically order picking processes, the warehouse is also implemented with digitalisation of goods flow via the tracking of SSCC18 pallet numbers, increasing processing efficiency and personnel deployment. 

Commenting on the partnership with Evonik, Bjorn Schniederkötter, CEO, HOYER Group, said, “We welcome the fact that Evonik shares our concepts of value. In addition to a dedicated protection and prevention concept, the new location inspires confidence through efficient work lines, state-of-the-art equipment, intelligent software and energy-efficient plant.” 

The warehouse represents a series of first’s for both companies, with the centre marking Evonik’s largest international finished product warehouse for palletised goods, and -marking- the first time HOYER has used driverless transport systems in a warehouse. 

Digitalisation has also been utilised for the semi-automatic storage and retrieval devices, with the option of becoming fully automated. 

Essen’s largest industrial manufacturing company transfer various raw materials and finished products from the adjacent site across plant boundaries to the HOYER logistics centre. 

At the centre, containers are stored centrally and order-picked for onward transport. 

Capable of storing 27,000 pallet spaces on 19,000 square metres of floor space, the warehouse can safely hold 18,000 tonnes of products. 

The location of the logistics centre helps reduce 3 mill tonne-kilometres of road transports, equivalent to around 3,000 truck journeys, saving a total of 210 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.