Artist's impression of the new Beiersdorf facility
Beiersdorf AG has appointed Still for the logistics implementation of its new multi-million Euro state-of-the-art production centre for cosmetic products in Seehausen near Leipzig.
This is the first major joint project for the two long-standing Hamburg-based companies. In a six-month selection process, Still experts demonstrated their extensive experience in internal logistics and their in-depth expertise in the automation of logistics processes. Sister company Dematic has been included in the project, supplying a conveyor system for pallets that links all subsystems together.
The new facility is one of Beiersdorf's largest investment projects in Europe. In order to make the plant sustainably fit for the future, the production supply processes are to be integrated according to the latest standards of efficient warehouse organisation.
Automation will play a crucial role in the design, with driverless transport systems combining with manually operated equipment and intelligent warehouse elements to ensure a flawless flow of materials.
"Projects of this dimension are not commonplace in Germany," says Florian Kratzer, Still's international key account manager - automated solutions. "They offer specialists like us an outstanding opportunity to contribute their entire spectrum of know-how."
For goods receipt and dispatch, manual Still electric forklifts and warehouse technology equipment will be used. Dematic conveyor technology will provide the link between the goods-in area and the narrow-aisle warehouse, where six fully automated Still MX-X iGo very narrow-aisle truck systems will be in operation. In addition, the conveyor system will ensure onward transport from the narrow-aisle warehouse to production, where six Still EXV iGo high lift stackers take over the goods. These will provide fully automated transport to Beiersdorf's production facilities.
Beiersdorf is a German multinational company that manufactures and retails personal care products and pressure-sensitive adhesives. Its brands include Elastoplast, Eucerin, Labello, La Prairie, Nivea and Coppertone.