International transport and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss has opened a new location in Kalsdorf near Graz, Austria.
The state-of-the-art terminal with a total area of around 70,000 sq m replaces the previous logistics facility in the Styrian capital. The logistics company has invested around €28 million in the new building, which was completed in less than a year.
“We had reached the capacity limits of the former location. The new facility will enable us to continue growing and provide an even higher level of service to our customers. Our 180 employees are looking forward to taking advantage of the possibilities offered by the new infrastructure,” said Gerhard Haas, branch manager Gebrüder Weiss Graz.
The location in Kalsdorf is situated in the immediate vicinity of the A9 and A2 motorways and comprises, among other things, a 16,500-square-meter logistics hall and a handling area covering 6,500 square meters. The number of loading docks has more than doubled to 92.
Cutting edge video and freight measuring systems ensure that trucks are loaded safely and efficiently. Particular consideration was also given to environmental matters when planning the location, with work on building a photovoltaic installation due to begin in the second quarter of 2021. “This will enable us to produce 920 megawatt hours of electricity per year and save as much as 75 tons of CO2,” explained Haas.
Rising volume of consignments
The Graz location is a key handling point within the Gebrüder Weiss network for transports to South Eastern Europe. The volume of consignments transported by land in 2020 saw a year-on-year increase of three percent despite the coronavirus crisis. The strongest factor driving growth here was the home delivery business, which saw the number of consignments handled increased by 38% to 72,100. The logistics solutions segment also developed positively, being able to win key customers from the automotive, consumer goods and metal processing industries in recent years. “Our roots in the region run deep and our logistics services support the local economy in particular,” said Haas.
The branch manager also attaches particular importance to the topic of apprenticeship. There were 14 apprentices at the branch in 2020. “We will maintain this level this year as well,” said Gerhard Haas, underscoring the company’s important role in training the next generation. Currently, the company is looking for dispatchers for national and international transports in particular.