By Joel Scanlon
SKF has started construction on a new regional distribution facility in the WaiGaoQiao Free Trade Zone situated in the northeast section of Shanghai.
The new distribution centre will support the whole NE Asia Pacific region. It joins SKF’s global network of regional distribution facilities location in Latin America, North America, Asia and Europe. This is the first SKF warehouse designed to meet LEED Gold certification standards.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an ecology-oriented building certification program organized by the US Green Building Council, includes a series of rating systems meant for the design, construction and administration of green buildings. SKF operated 11 construction ventures across the globe during 2011 and these construction projects followed the LEED standard.
Tom Johnstone, President and CEO of SKF, said that the new distribution centre combines the company’s global logistics operations with the most recent logistics infrastructure and will allow the company to support its customers and distributors in NE Asia in a better. He also added that the building will be built according to the LEED standard.
Jessica Zhou, General Manager of SKF Logistics Services China, stated that the new centre is in-line with the company’s approach to provide better service to customers in China and in the Asia Pacific region.
The new regional distribution facility is fully automated with a High Automatic Storing and Retrieval System (ASRS) that measures 30 m. The total investment volume of the project will be approximately SEK 100 million. The centre is expected to open in 2013.