Bridgestone and ESA logistika launch largest tyre warehouse in the region at Panattoni Park Poznań
Bridgestone, tyres and sustainable mobility solutions, present in Poznań since 1998 and ESA logistika have opened a 50,000 sqm tyre warehouse where tyres will be shipped for further distribution.
What particularly distinguishes the complete warehousing processes that are implemented for Bridgestone is several sustainable solutions that allow obtaining BREEAM Excellent certification. One of them is a 50kWp photovoltaic installation and modern technologies in energy and water saving and reducing CO2 emissions. In the interests of the well-being of employees, green relaxation zones are also created around the hall.
Bridgestone is committed to achieving its major environmental goals; carbon neutrality and the use of 100% sustainable materials by 2050. – Our new project launched with ESA logistika reflects our commitment to create a supply – chain and logistics with long-term environmental benefits and aligns perfectly with the “Ecology” and “Energy” values in the Bridgestone E8 Commitment – says Elżbieta Oussar, Logistics and Supply Chain Director, Bridgestone Europe East Region. For 24 years Bridgestone systematically increased its footprint in the Wielkopolska region, where our largest factory in Europe is located. Along with increasing demand for our premium tyres and the extension of capacity in the Bridgestone Poznan plant, now comes the new warehouse that fulfills our requirements on the way for an optimized and sustainable supply chain.
The hall is also equipped with innovative systems and tools that automates and facilitates work. These includes a warehouse management system created by ESA logistika experts, belt conveyors for unloading and loading individual tyres and stacking them on racks, and at a later stage also robots for transporting tyres and racks for their storage. "Innovation is something that we use at ESA logistika every day. This time we are very lucky that the Bridgestone company is open to all new products and will allow us to act extensively in this area. We plan to automate even such a prosaic matter as keeping the floor clean," says Rafał Łuczak IT and Implementation Manager at ESA logistika.
Despite such a high level of automation, the launch of the warehouse near Poznań will create more jobs. In the beginning, nearly 50 people found employment there. These are mainly warehouse employees, but also logistics specialists and shift managers. "Entrusting such a large operation to ESA logistika is proof of the great trust that the client places in us. We are glad that our activities so far show that we are ready to implement new, increasingly larger projects," says Łukasz Dziewanowski Managing Director at ESA logistika.
According to Katarzyna Kujawiak, Development Director at Panattoni: Last year alone, we delivered about 200,000 sqm for the automotive industry. The valuable experience we've gained in recent years continues to pay off. One of the results is the state-of-the-art logistics center, where our client ESA logistika conducts operations for the global tire leader. Our competence in sustainable construction also proved important in the realization of the facility. To date, we have completed environmental certification in Poland for facilities totaling more than 6 million square meters.
The warehouse is equipped with modern security systems, especially fire protection. Developer divided the investment into two zones separated by the REI 240 wall. Thanks to the special structure of the external dockside zone, the safety of employees can be protected. Attention to detail is the hallmark of this project. The common goals shared by all involved from the outset allow us to confidently count on the full success of this cooperation.