Seven years after the construction of Blanco's new logistics centre, it's time for the next big step: Germany's biggest sink manufacturer and the world's leading provider of sinks and mixer taps is investing 20 million euros in the extension of its Bruchsal site. Today's symbolic ground-breaking ceremony takes the company on to the realisation stage. The building complex is to go into operation in the spring of 2015. It links directly to the company's current premises, where some 180 people work, and will more than double the storage capacity. With this, the company's biggest single investment this year, Blanco is giving a clear signal in favour of the Bruchsal location in the South of Germany.
"We have grown well beyond the market in recent years, and that puts us in the extremely pleasing position of being able to invest in European logistics," says CEO Achim Schreiber. The capacities of the existing building are currently fully utilised, which is why the company has recently being renting external warehousing as a temporary solution – and had to put up with the associated increase in logistical costs. Achim Schreiber emphasises: "Our main priority is our delivery service to our customers. This extension will provide us with the conditions that we need in order to better fulfil the increase in market requirements with the optimum processes. At the same time, this investment also provides us with the best conditions for further growth."
The company's planning has consequently been very thoroughly considered. The extension, which covers an area of around 9000 m², comprises a hall totalling 4300 m², a 28 m high-bay warehouse on a similar area, and a connecting structure to the existing logistics centre.
Great importance was given to achieving an aesthetically appealing overall architecture. Blanco appointed the offices of Rapp Architects of Ulm to plan the design. They have planned an elegant building complex that harmonises perfectly with the current structures. Once again, the most striking design element is the façade: the high-bay warehouse is clad in a matt dark grey stone effect. This is a reference to the sink material Silgranit, the granite composite material in which Blanco is the world market leader, and which forms a charming contrast to the metallic shimmering façade of the first building.
Key data extension Blanco logistics centre
John-Deere-Strasse 32, Industriegebiet West 2, 76646 Bruchsal
Construction to commence: April 2014
Occupation: Spring 2015
Area: 27,086 m²
Building area: 8760 m² (hall, high-bay warehouse, link)
Total project cost: approx. 20 million euros
Design and planning: Rapp Architekten, 89077 Ulm
General contractor: Züblin Harsch ARGE Logistikzentrum BLANCO, 76646 Bruchsal
About the company:
BLANCO is based in Oberderdingen in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and is one of the world’s leading providers of high quality sinks and mixer taps for domestic kitchens. The comprehensive range of Germany’s biggest sink manufacturer also includes various practical waste systems and matching accessories for the sink.
The BLANCO Group employs a total of 1250 people, 960 in Germany and 290 abroad. The group includes numerous subsidiaries both at home and abroad, and especially in Europe, North America and Asia. In 2012, BLANCO achieved a consolidated annual turnover of 274 million euros. The company has production facilities in Sinsheim, Sulzfeld, Istanbul and Toronto. Its European logistics centre is in Bruchsal.
The E.G.O. Group today has a majority holding in the company, which was founded by Heinrich Blanc in 1925, and also in its sister company Blanco Professional. Blanc and Fischer Group. Both companies are committed to observing ethical business practices, and belong to the Caux Round Table (CRT).