Worcester, Bosch Group was joined by local MP, Robin Walker today (13 March), to officially open the doors of its new £9m Bosch Distribution Centre, located on Wainright Road, Warndon in Worcester.
The landmark building reaffirms the boiler manufacturer’s commitment to the area and ensures it can now consolidate its two existing distribution facilities into one location.
The company's finished boilers, heat pumps, cylinders, commercial products and accessories have already been moved from the previous warehouses to the new 6.7 acre site, which is able to hold more than 10,000 pallets at capacity. Internal sales teams and the logistics planning departments have also made the move to the new building.
The site also features a 3-tier mezzanine and additional racking to house the spare parts pre-pack and despatch departments for greater efficiency. When fully operational it will allow for the despatch of 10,000 items per day.
Carl Arntzen, managing director of Worcester, Bosch Group, said: "We are thrilled to be officially unveiling our purpose built Bosch Distribution Centre. This new building supplements the huge investment we have undertaken at our head office and factory on Cotswold Way, and will ensure our business continues to produce and distribute the quality and innovative products for which Worcester is known, as effectively as possible.
“The move has involved a great deal of logistical planning to combine the two previous locations but we are already seeing the benefits. Not only has it made it easier in terms of storage and distribution space, but the extra office facilities also give flexibility for future growth, as we continue to strengthen our position in the market."
Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, added: “My family and I have always had a close affinity with Worcester, Bosch Group. My father, Peter Walker, who was MP for Worcester, helped re-open the Diglis factory in 1983 following a devastating fire. I even made it into that photograph as a child so I am particularly delighted to be part of this new stage in Worcester’s future. This opening marks a big investment into the area as a whole and I am looking forward to seeing this move further develop and strengthen the company’s position as leader in the heating industry.”