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Kaufmann Bausyteme commissioned to build £2.5m warehouse in Northern Ireland

4. September 2007

Kaufmann Building Systems has been commissioned to build an environment-friendly high bay warehouse for the packaging group Wilsanco Plastics Ltd in Northern Ireland. This innovative building will be made from wood rather than steel and is the first of its kind in the UK.

Dungannon based packaging specialist Wilsanco Plastics Ltd has awarded the contract to build a wooden high bay warehouse to the Austrian building contractor, Kaufmann Bausysteme . Kaufmann beat off strong international competition to secure the £2.5m contract to construct the 22m high facility.

The new warehouse will be built at Wilsanco’s production site, enabling the company to close its four external warehouses and so reduce costs and CO2 emissions. The 2,300 square metre building will be able to accommodate up to 12,000 pallets.

The warehouse is being constructed from fire resistant compressed wood, which is both safer and cheaper than steel and reduces the CO2 impact of the construction process by over 50%. Construction will take only six months as many elements can be prefabricated off-site.

Austrian logistics firm Locker Systems will supply the sophisticated warehouse technology. A special manually-operated shuttle system will be able to take up to 55 pallets an hour in and out of the store. An intelligent management system will dictate where they are positioned.

The concrete floor of the warehouse incorporates pipework linked to the factory’s cooling system that will save up to 50% of the energy costs associated with machine cooling. Only the manned areas and shuttle will be lit, with the storage areas left in darkness. All in all, the facility will consume only 25% the energy of a traditional high bay warehouse.

Construction began in May and is scheduled for completion by November 2007. You can watch the project as it unfolds via the construction site webcam .

About Wilsanco

Wilsanco is one of the UK ’s leading producers of plastic packaging for the food industry. The company has 185 employees, and is forecasting a turnover of £18m for 2007. It was acquired by one of Europe's leading rigid plastics packaging specialists, Austria's Greiner Packaging in January 2006.