Wärtsilä signs contract with Swisslog for design and construction of Central Distribution Centre in the Netherlands

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 13 March 2009 at 08:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä, a leading provider of complete lifecycle power solutions for marine and energy industries, has commissioned Swisslog of Switzerland to design and implement Wärtsilä’s new Central Distribution Centre in Kampen, the Netherlands. Swisslog will act as general contractor. The agreement is part of the EUR 70 million investment, which Wärtsilä announced in 2008. The value of the Swisslog contract is approximately EUR 50 million and will be distributed over 2009 and 2010.

The new Central Distribution Centre (CDC) will allow Wärtsilä to centralise the spare parts logistics from its nine existing, product-line specific spare parts warehouses to a single, global distribution centre. “The CDC will enable Wärtsilä’s 24/7 service strategy, improve customer service and realise cost savings,“ says Tage Blomberg, Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Services.

Construction work is scheduled to start in August 2009. The spare parts from Wärtsilä’s nine warehouses will be moved to the CDC during 2011. 
As general contractor, Swisslog will provide a turn-key CDC solution being in charge of the design, realisation and start-up of the new facility, including building construction and all material handling equipment. Swisslog will implement its own software products and warehouse control system, and it will also be responsible for the overall integration of the systems.

“This order for a greenfield distribution centre reflects Swisslog’s approach to integrated logistics solutions, which ranges from consultancy to general contracting, to realisation and service. We thereby create clear benefits for the customer in terms of cost cuts and more efficient operations,“ says Daniel Flink, President of Swisslog’s Warehouse & Distribution Solutions division.

For more information, please contact

Wärtsilä Services
Arnauld Filancia, Director, Marketing & External Communications
Tel: +358 10 709 0000
Mobile:  +358 405 280 498
e-mail: arnauld.filancia@wartsila.com

Wärtsilä Corporation
Eeva Kainulainen
Vice President, Global Communications
Tel.: +358 10 7095235
Mobile: +358 40 568 0591
e-mail: eeva.kainulainen@wartsila.com

Swisslog Holding AG
Christian Winiker
Head Corporate Communications
Tel.: +41 (0)62 837 95 36
Fax: +41 (0)62 837 95 55
E-mail: christian.winiker@swisslog.com

About Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä enhances the business of its customers by providing them with complete lifecycle power solutions. When creating better and environmentally compatible technologies, Wärtsilä focuses on the marine and energy markets with products and solutions as well as services. Through innovative products and services, Wärtsilä sets out to be the most valued business partner of all its customers. This is achieved by the dedication of close to 19,000 professionals manning 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

About Swisslog
Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. Its comprehensive services portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers to implementing Swisslog's own software to intra-company logistics solutions for hospitals.
Swisslog’s solutions optimize customers’ production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries around the world rely on.
Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs over 2 000 staff in 20 countries worldwide. The group’s parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG.S). For more information, visit www.swisslog.com.