A modern logistics centre drives growth for Fläkt Woods
04 Sep 2020
Fläkt Woods, a leader in the ventilation industry, focuses on close partnerships to support its customers’ operations.
The company has leased a logistics centre from Logicor that is customised to their needs, to ensure short delivery and response times and reliable deliveries overall.
“In line with our new strategy, our operations are based on meeting our customers’ needs and maintaining high-quality service capabilities. The logistics centre enables us to serve the Finnish and Baltic markets in a centralised manner. For our strategy implementation, competitiveness and growth, this is vital,” says Rainer Knuts, Managing Director of Fläkt Woods.
Maximising the use of space through extensive renovation
Fläkt Woods had clear criteria for the usability of the logistics centre.
“We were looking for a facility with a free height of more than five metres, a continuous floor area without partitions or other restrictions, and a large yard for lorry traffic and loading. To ensure accurate deliveries, we must be able to use each cubic metre as efficiently as possible and internal logistics, like forklift traffic, must run seamlessly,” Knuts explains.
Located in Rydönnotko in Turku, Finland, the facility used to serve as a central warehouse for Kesko. It has more than 10,000 square metres of production, storage and office facilities and a yard area of more than 9,000 square metres. To maximise the use of space, Logicor dismantled the refrigeration equipment used by the previous tenant. This included the wall structures that divided the refrigeration facilities into sections, as well as compressors, condensers and expanders.
The large paved and fenced yard enabled Fläkt Woods to centralise all of its warehouse operations in one logistics centre.
“Extensive alterations were carried out at the site. The facilities were converted from refrigerating rooms into warm storage spaces. Urethane was removed from a large section of the roof, ventilation and smoke extraction systems were installed, along with two air supply units and the necessary partitions were built. The sprinkler pipes on the ceiling were replaced and expanded to cover all of the storage shelves. We also replaced the roofing surface, installed additional insulation in the roof and replaced the light fixtures in the yard with LED lights,” says Account Manager Kari Liitti from Logicor.
All operations on one level
Now the area is one, cohesive space where all aspects of Fläkt Woods’s logistics run smoothly.
“The modification work carried out by Logicor enabled us to place all of our critical operations on one level. All of the indoor and outdoor facilities fully support our workflow. This enables us to be more agile than before and fulfil our customer promises,” Knuts concludes.
Logicor’s desire to find solutions that meet our needs has pleasantly surprised us. For us, it has meant flexibility in customer relationship management. ”- Rainer Knuts, Fläkt Woods Oy