After a construction period lasting about a year, MULTIVAC in Kansas City, Missouri, has opened its new Logistics Center, which will help meet increasing demands for spare parts logistics and material supplies for production. This investment lays the foundations for further growth by MULTIVAC in the region.
The new Logistics Center, which is 33,368-square-feet in size, comprises a highly sophisticated and automated small parts warehouse, a pallet store, a storage area for medium-sized materials to be stored without pallets, and a movable cantilever rack for warehousing machines on three levels. In addition, 50 new office places were created.
“Strong growth in turnover by the MULTIVAC USA subsidiary, together with the integration of products from TVI, FRITSCH and the Slicer Business Unit, as well as expansion of production at the Kansas City site, made it necessary to invest in efficient and state-of-the-art warehouse logistics. Reliable and rapid supply of spare parts to our customers in North and Central America was also close to our heart,” explains Guido Spix, Group President at MULTIVAC.
Matthew Mallot, Managing Director of MULTIVAC USA, adds: “Machine components are now stored in a dynamic, vertical racking system, allowing the space to be used to the optimum. All warehouse movements will be controlled by the warehouse management system SAP EWM. After the existing spare parts warehouse was moved to the new hall, we were also able to create additional office space in the existing building.”
A dedicated access road for incoming and outgoing freight enables safe operation. Thanks to the additional freight docks, higher output can be handled if necessary. In addition, 100 more parking spaces were added to accommodate the larger number of personnel.
MULTIVAC USA currently employs more than 250 staff at its main site in Kansas City. Other sales support centers are located in Tustin (California), Whippany (New Jersey) and Charlotte (North Carolina).
MULTIVAC is one of the leading providers worldwide of packaging solutions for food products of all types, life science, and healthcare products, as well as industrial items. The MULTIVAC portfolio covers virtually all requirements of processors and producers in terms of pack design, output, and resource efficiency. It comprises a wide range of packaging technologies, as well as automation solutions, labellers, and quality control systems. The product range is rounded off with solutions upstream of the packaging process in the areas of portioning and processing, as well as bakery technology. Thanks to our extensive expertise in packaging lines, all modules can be integrated into complete solutions. This means that MULTIVAC solutions guarantee a high level of operational and process reliability, as well as efficiency. The MULTIVAC Group has approximately 6,500 employees worldwide, with some 2,300 based at its headquarters in Wolfertschwenden. With over 80 subsidiaries, the Group is represented on all continents. More than 1,000 sales advisors and service technicians throughout the world use their know-how and experience to the benefit of customers, and they ensure all installed MULTIVAC machines are utilised to their maximum.