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New Fully Automated Vetter Warehouse Expands Storage and Boosts Logistical Infrastructure

Friday, October 28, 2022

Vetter, a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), has announced the inauguration of a new warehouse facility to meet the growing demands of its customers in the market. With an investment of approximately 20 million euros, the new fully automated warehouse is designed to optimize the company's logistical infrastructure by providing storage space for high-turnover materials such as packaging components. Moreover, it will create valuable capacity by freeing up space in the existing warehouse.

Construction of the warehouse began in April 2021 and was strategically planned to accommodate the company's expansion goals. Peter Mayer, Senior Vice President of Customer Project Management, Procurement, and Logistics, explains, "We considered a scalable expansion concept during the planning phase. Initially, the warehouse will operate in two shifts, with the flexibility to extend it to three shifts per day." The new storage facility spans 7,700 square meters of logistics space, including 1,200 square meters for incoming and outgoing goods and 6,500 square meters of room temperature storage. It has the capacity for over 16,000 pallets, with a shelf height of 14 meters. Equipped with automated forklifts and a receiving area ramp connected to the transfer area, the state-of-the-art high-bay warehouse features six truck positions. Four driverless shuttles facilitate the transfer of goods between the shelves, while four driverless forklifts operate within the facility.

"This additional warehouse underscores our commitment to supporting our customers' supply chain needs," says Managing Director Peter Soelkner. "We have planned additional investment projects to sustain the ongoing, sustainable growth of our company." Vetter's recent investments across all its sites include the expansion of development service laboratories and the construction of a new multipurpose building at the Ravensburg South production site. The new building houses quality control laboratories, thawing rooms, offices, and an employee canteen. Furthermore, Vetter plans to complete another production building for aseptic manufacturing at the Schuetzenstrasse site by the end of 2026. Several new cleanrooms will be added in subsequent years. Additionally, the company has plans to implement more automated visual inspection machines. Managing Director Thomas Otto summarizes, "Despite the challenges we face, such as the pandemic and various political and economic circumstances, we are committed to investing in expanding our capacities in development services, aseptic filling, visual inspection, and packaging to meet the growing market demand. These expansion plans align with the optimization of infrastructure across all our sites.

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