AMAG commissions Swisslog with warehouse extension

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Logistics specialist Swisslog is planning and realizing a warehouse extension for the division Teile + Zubehr (parts and accessories) of Swiss AMAG Automobil- und Motoren AG which includes the building of a fully automated small parts warehouse and a high-bay warehouse. As general contractor, Swisslog will implement the CHF 35 million logistics system including warehouse management system and controls as well as the actual construction. The warehouse extension will be integrated in the existing spare parts center in Buchs/ZH, Switzerland. The start-up of the site is planned by the end of 2007.

AMAG Automobil- und Motoren AG is the largest Swiss automobile trading company. With headquarters in Zurich, AMAG is the general importer for Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, and Porsche. To further optimize the warehouse management and the delivery of their articles, AMAG has entrusted Swisslog with the planning and implementation of the warehouse extension, consisting of a fully automated small parts warehouse and high-bay pallet warehouse.

The extension and the associated increase in warehouse capacity will allow AMAG to meet the increasing demand for automotive spare parts. Moreover, the extension and corresponding automation create additional storage space for a total of 160,000 different articles and will also enable AMAG to close down external warehouses and therefore save costs in the long term. Rudolf Bernhard, Member of the Executive Committee and Head of the division Teile + Zubehr: We have assigned this project to Swisslog, because they presented us an innovative solution within the framework of a design study and because of Swisslogs logistics know-how and their experience in realizing demanding logistics projects.

The entire project will be implemented in three phases. During phase one which will last until the end of the year, Swisslog will implement their warehouse management system as well as a part of the 1600 running meters of the container conveyor technology.

The construction of the fully automated small parts warehouse which is scheduled for completion by mid 2006 is the second phase of the project. In total, the warehouse will be equipped with 18 stacker cranes and will have over 37,000 bin locations. The third and final phase is the construction of the fully automated high-bay warehouse. This warehouse has six aisles and accommodates around 25,000 pallet storage locations.

Both warehouses will also be the first facilities in Switzerland to be equipped with an inert gas system. Instead of a conventional sprinkler system to fight fire, the oxygen content in both warehouses is reduced to 13%, which makes the break out of a fire impossible.

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