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HARTING announces innauguration of European Distribution Center

HARTING announces innauguration of European Distribution Center

July 3, 2019 --- A day of festivity marked the HARTING Technology Group's official inauguration of its European Distribution Center (EDC) in Espelkamp. Costing an estimated € 45 million, the EDC logistics center is the largest single investment in the 74-year history of HARTING.

Roughly 10,000 packages can be shipped to customers and branches around the world on a daily basis. The 20-meter-high shelf warehouse can accommodate approx. 7,000 pallets and 120,000 containers. Installation work involved laying 100 kilometres of IT cabling, 40 kilometers of sprinkler piping and container conveyor technology with a total length of 1,000 meters. 2,000 containers can be taken in and out of the warehouse every hour. Technical highlights include the automated picking system and the storage area, which is managed and utilized according to the respective order load and capacity. RFID technology ensures that pallets are correctly placed and loaded.  A driverless transport system is responsible for transporting the goods between the halls and independently selects the optimum route. The flexible logistics of the EDC also enable a fast response to changed economic or political framework conditions such as trade barriers, for instance. 

Great emphasis was also placed on generating a sustainable energy supply. The power for the European Distribution Center is supplied by a photovoltaic system installed on the roof, while the energy requirements for cooling and heating are covered by internally produced biomethane and a geothermal plant – for which 36 holes needed to be drilled to a depth of 150m. The implemented energy concept minimises the Co2 emissions. The cost of the entire center came in 27 percent lower than the figure originally calculated by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). 140 employees work in the logistics center in a two-shift system.

The offices and social spaces, reception, bistro with terrace and seating areas are all bright and friendly. With its white facade, the EDC is visible on its 8-hectare site on the L 770 in northwest Eselkamp.


The HARTING Technology Group is a provider of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power and has 14 production plants and 44 sales companies

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