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Rhenus Warehousing Solutions Netherlands signs agreement with Dutch Ministry of Defence for Logistics Centre Soesterberg

On 3 October 2022, Rhenus Warehousing Solutions Netherlands and the Dutch Ministry of Defence signed an agreement for the construction of a logistics centre in Soesterberg. The 37,800 square metres building will feature the latest developments in automation to provide flexible storage and handling of defence equipment.

To better support logistics operations for land-based systems, a centralised logistics centre is required at the site of the Kamp Soesterberg military barracks. The new Logistics Centre Soesterberg (LCS) will be built to fulfil this role. The LCS will be set up to optimally support the logistics concept of the Dutch Ministry of Defence and further improve performance. In addition, the logistics centre will be very adaptable and flexible in terms of storage capacity and operations to accommodate current rapid political changes worldwide and the associated ambitions of the armed forces.

Colonel ir. D.J. Blaas, project leader Defence, says: “Through this cooperation with market party Rhenus and its partners, Defence expects to make optimal use of best practices and innovation in logistics in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the new logistics centre”.

Markus Simons, Managing Director at Rhenus Contract Logistics, says: "We are honoured that the Ministry of Defence has chosen to build a logistics centre together with Rhenus. The new LCS will enable them to adapt efficiently and effectively to rapidly changing national and international developments."

Purpose of the tender

In order to build the LCS, the Ministry of Defence opted to collaborate with Rhenus to design, build, maintain, jointly operate and develop the building, the logistical facilities and the surrounding outdoor space.

Product

The LCS is a joint effort of Rhenus and the Ministry of Defence. Rhenus will be supporting the Ministry of Defence in all aspects of the warehouse process. The company is using its experience to design, analyse, improve and monitor processes and set up warehouses. The Ministry of Defence will be in charge and will have final responsibility for the development and operation of the LCS.

Close partners in this project are Districon for the logistics design, DokVast for the construction and design, and Heembouw as the appointed contractor.

According to the current schedule, construction will start in the first quarter of 2024 and the site will come into operation in the second quarter of 2025.

About Rhenus & Rhenus Warehousing Solutions

About Rhenus Warehousing Solutions

Rhenus is one of the pioneers in warehouse logistics and forms a comprehensive global network with more than 155 locations in 21 countries and 3.5 million square metres of warehouse space. Specialised in numerous industries, Rhenus customers benefit from tailor-made warehousing solutions and fulfilment services. At multi-user locations and for dedicated and in-house solutions, the main focus is on innovation, sustainability and continuous process optimisation.

About Rhenus

The Rhenus Group is one of the leading logistics specialists with global business operations and annual turnover amounting to EUR 7.0 billion. 37,500 employees work at 970 business sites and develop innovative solutions along the complete supply chain. Whether providing transport, warehousing, customs clearance or value-added services, the family-owned business pools its operations in various business units where the needs of customers are the major focus at all times.

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