Garbe to Invest 15 Million Euros

Hamburg/Duisburg, (PresseBox) - Garbe Logistic AG will build a new logistics center for Reiner Bohnen, a freight forwarder, and Danone Waters at the logport grounds in the Port of Duisburg. The center will distribute evian and Volvic mineral water in north and central Germany starting in 2010. Together with North-Rhine Westphalia's Minister of Economics Christa Thoben, investors, operators and users celebrated groundbreaking today. The warehouse will be completed before the end of the year.

On a 70,000 square meter property, a 30,000 sq.m. railroad terminal is now under construction. 500 sq.m. will be used for offices and 10,00 sq.m. for the outdoor storage of empties. Another 35,000 sq.m. is available for extensions. Plans include space to park 20 trucks. The car park will be for 60 vehicles. In total, Garbe Logistic AG will invest 15 million Euros into the new logistic center which will create 60 jobs. The multifunctional facility was developed by Garbe together with Danone Waters, Duisburger Hafen and Reiner Bohnen Internationale Spedition GmbH & Co. KG. It will be rented by the freight forwarder to provide its warehousing services to Danone Waters.

"At a time when demand for modern logistic centers is high logport with its excellent infrastructure is an ideal place for long term investments for us as a developer and owner of logistic service properties.," said Garbe Logistic AG's Chief Executive Officer Martin Schramm. According to Schramm the attractive location of logport in the Rhine/Ruhr conurbation and the trimodal truck, rail and barge transfer facilities were the key arguments for opting for the logport logistic park in the warehouse siting process. "We are very proud that we have been able to win a leading international consumer goods manufacturer for this property," underlined Duisburger Hafen AG's Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake who noted that an extra spur line had been laid from the port to the back side of the warehouse buildings.

To Danone Waters which has operated a logistic center in Hockenheim since 2006, the new Duisburg warehouse location is another step to realign its logistic system to accommodate environmental concerns and to lower CO2 emissions. "It is our objective to increase railroad transportation," explained Danone Waters' Supply Chain Manager Carsten Stelter. "We share the view that long hauls should be moved by train," confirmed Jürgen Bohnen who is the owner and managing director of the Reiner Bohnen forwarding company. Currently four trains operated by SNCF, the national French railroad company, and Euro Cargo Rail, a company controlled by DB Schenker Rail (UK), transport mineral water accounting for 30 percent of German demand to Hockenheim each week. Starting in 2011 all water exports will be shipped by train to the Hockenheim and Duisburg distribution centers. A total of 14 trains will be operated each week between France and Germany. "We will reduce our mineral water transportation and warehousing CO2 emissions by as much as 30 percent," commented Stelter. "This is equivalent to approx. 8,000 annual truck tours."

In Duisburg duisport rail, the port railroad company, will move the cargo through the port railroad system, as Danone Waters said. For Reiner Bohnen and Danone Waters the new distribution system is also important to satisfy growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly transportation systems.

Volvic and evian are bottled at the springs and then shipped by train to Germany. The unloading platform of the terminal is covered by a roof over 300 meters to facilitate cargo handling for half a train length. Apart from warehousing the services of Reiner Bohnen which has worked for Danone Waters for over ten years include repacking and the assortment of waters to customer specifications. This work includes the compilation of waters of different tastes in boxes. These operations are followed by storage, order picking and delivery to retailers upon request. Empties are also processed at the logistics center.

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