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Modern logistics centre built in record time in Kölliken

Logistics centre Kölliken
Thomas Widmer outside the high-bay warehouse in Kölliken.

After only 15 months, Debrunner Acifer has completed construction on a new logistics centre in Kölliken (AG) for products in the areas of fastening technology, tools, machines and occupational safety & health. The automated small parts warehouse accommodates some 40,000 items. Today, 30 per cent of orders are already placed via the web shop, and its popularity is on the rise.

Our automated small parts warehouse uses state-of-the-art technology to enable tremendous process optimisation for the company’s logistics department,” says Thomas Widmer, Managing Director in Kölliken. The new high-bay warehouse has a height of 16 metres and houses automated small parts storage made up of 57,700 boxes, divided into seven alleys with space for 5,500 pallets where the products are stored until shipping. The fully electronic system travels six metres per second as it picks the ordered material.

Logistics centre Kölliken

Centres throughout Switzerland benefit from very short delivery times and a high degree of availability. Bar codes and paperless processes ensure smooth order handling. Experienced logistics specialists are responsible for optimal process control. The logistics staff along with all the other employees at the Debrunner Acifer central warehouse have relocated from Zofingen in Aargau to nearby Kölliken.

The logistics centre is managed by 50 employees and 12 trainees in the areas of logistics and administration. The new logistics centre also provides up to 20 barrier-free workplaces so that packaging jobs can be flexibly offered as needed to staff with disabilities.

Even the building itself boasts some innovative features. “Due to the high ground water level at the site, the building stands atop 660 piles. A third of them are used to generate energy using a heat pump,” explains Thomas Widmer. The speed of construction on the 11,000 m2 site – only 15 months from ground-breaking to occupancy – is due in large part to a good working relationship with the authorities.