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Kurtz Ersa Central Warehouse

Kurtz Ersa Central Warehouse celebrates official opening

Central Warehouse goes into operation on schedule

Kurtz Ersa CEO Rainer Kurtz hands over the key to Logistics Manager Matthias Hofmann
Kurtz Ersa CEO Rainer Kurtz hands over the key to Logistics Manager Matthias Hofmann

After a planning phase extending over almost two years, and a 14-month building and set-up phase, the new Kurtz Ersa Central Warehouse went into operation as scheduled. An occasion that was celebrated with two events at the beginning of July.

Kurtz Ersa Logistics Director Matthias Hofmann
Logistics Director Matthias Hofmann

In a festive setting, Kurz Ersa CEO Rainer Kurtz, together with Kurtz Ersa Logistics Director Matthias Hofmann, opened the central warehouse – to the musical accompaniment of the Hammergebläse band. The symbolic first container was stored in the automated warehouse. Alongside representatives of the companies and official bodies involved in the construction, shareholders and management, those staff members were present whose future workplace will be at the new location, Frankenstrasse 14. “With the Kurtz Ersa Central Warehouse, we have created urgently needed manufacturing capacity at the operative sites of Kurtz GmbH and Ersa GmbH,” said Kurtz Ersa CEO Rainer Kurtz.

Representatives of Kurtz Ersa, business partner and Chief District Administrator Thomas Schiebel (2nd from left) put the central warehouse into operation
Representatives of Kurtz Ersa, business partner and Chief District Administrator Thomas Schiebel (2nd from left) put the central warehouse into operation
The first container is stored in the automatic warehouse
The first container is stored in the automatic warehouse

In order to present the mode of operation of the central warehouse to all Kurtz Ersa employees and the interested general public, an Open Day was held on 7 July, 2018. In addition to an attractive supporting programme which included, among other things, entertainment for the children and a rich diversity of dining options, the focus was on the logistics itself. Three interactive stations allowed visitors to try their hand and find out for themselves how processes run in the central warehouse. Long queues soon formed at the stations that gave visitors an understanding of the processes involved in incoming goods handling, picking in the automated small parts warehouse and stacker operation in the wide-aisle facility.

Following the inauguration celebrations, the Kurtz Ersa logistics staff will be kept busy up to September 2018, ramping up operations in the new premises. Step by step, existing stocks will be disbanded and moved to the new facility. The first step was taken by the existing Ersa external warehouse, which was cleared out as far back as the end of July. This was soon followed by the logistics facility in Bestenheid and most of the warehouse of Kurtz Maschinenfabrik in Wiebelbach – and there is space enough for all this in the logistics staff’s new home: Over 80,000 m³ of enclosed space is available for the high pallet rack. We wish them every success with the tasks ahead!

Kurtz Ersa Hammergebläse: musical background at the opening of the Central Warehouse
Kurtz Ersa Hammergebläse: musical background at the opening of the Central Warehouse

Kurtz Ersa Central Warehouse - the facts (built 2018):

  • External dimensions: 77 m (w) x 96 m (d) x 18 m (greatest external height)
  • Floor space approx. 8,000 m²
  • Automated small parts warehouse with 4 storage and retrieval machines
  • 31,000 container storage spaces (600 x 400 mm) – storage capacity can be increased by a further 50%
  • 6 automatic warehouse lifts with 1,200 m² total storage area
  • 13 m-high wide-aisle warehouse for storing up to 3,300 standard euro pallets
  • 10 docking sites for incoming/outgoing dispatches
  • Central spare parts delivery for customers worldwide as well as production supply to German Kurtz Ersa sites
  • Electronic link-up of the Kurtz Ersa logistics service providers
 
 
 

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