Additional materials-handling capacity to be installed at major northern automated distribution centre
FKI Logistex® – a global leader in automated materials handling solutions – has been awarded the contract to extend the major site at Middlewich, Cheshire, from which Wincanton operates GlaxoSmithKline's northern distribution base.
The original ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System) was completed by FKI Logistex in 2005 as part of a major 10-year third-party logistics (3PL) contract awarded to Wincanton by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The latest contract is for FKI Logistex™ to extend the original installation of nine cranes, and a significant number of pallet conveyors, with two additional automated cranes.
Wincanton' s Business Unit Director – Manufacturing, Martin Sealy, explained: 'The new contract recognises the contribution made by FKI Logistex to the efficient operation of the existing site which services the Midlands, Northern England, Scotland and Ireland with its nutritional range of products. As a third-party logistics supplier, we recognise the vital role that automated materials handling plays in the success of the long-term relationship between Wincanton and GlaxoSmithKline.'
Gerry Bonnar, Wincanton's Contract General Manager, added, “The initial installation was designed with the provision for easy expansion and we worked closely with FKI Logistex to ensure that we made full use of the flexibility of their automated materials-handling systems.”