Geis inaugurates multi-user logistics centre
Erlangen-Frauenaurach 13 April 2011 - The Geis Group, together with Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEN), on Tuesday officially opened its ultra-modern, international logistics and technology centre in the Franconian city of Erlangen. The almost 30,000 m2 complex, which has different work areas and is located in Industriepark Frauenrauch, the site of a former coal-fired power plant, has been built in less than a year.
Around 200 guests attended the Geis group's official opening ceremony. They included ex-Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Günther Beckstein, the President of the European Economic Senate Dr. Ingo Friedrich and Erlangen's Mayor Dr. Siegfried Balleis.
"The new facility offers much more than a traditional logistics centre", said Hans-Georg Geis and Wolfgang Geis, Managing Partners of the Geis Group, during the celebration. "Inside we will bundle together contract logistics, assembly operations and packing services for Siemens Enterprise Communications - whom we would like to thank for their commitment to this site - and other customers. We therefore call it a multi-user logistics and technology centre." The division of the facility into six equal-sized sections, each covering approximately 5,000 square metres, makes it ideal for use by multiple customers. Each customer has a separate area that can be flexibly altered. If a handling area suddenly runs short, Geis can use other areas.
Optimal equipment for complex logistics
The state-of-the-art facility for complex contract logistics tasks is optimally equipped in other respects too. In addition to almost 30,000 square metres of storage and logistics area, it also has around 3,000 square metres of office and administration area. Thanks to an interior height of 10.50 meters, the new building has extensive storage capacity, 36 loading and unloading bays, and six access gates for the rapid collection and distribution of goods. The terminal also has extremely good transport connections: It is located right on the A3 and A73 autobahns and has its own rail connection and port on the Main-Danube Canal.
100% control with RFID
The Geis Group currently employs more than 100 skilled workers in the new logistics and technology centre. "Our colleagues, customers and partners in EMEA, APAC and North America receive their systems and materials from Geis employees. They rely on the work carried out here each day. We are proud of this project, which thanks to the excellent collaboration with our partner Geis we have been able to implement smoothly in a very short period of time without disrupting our ongoing operations", said Vera Meyer, Managing Director and Head of the Global Supply Chain of Siemens Enterprise Communications. The company is now the biggest customer in Frauenaurach and with its OpenScape communications systems is the world's leading provider of solutions and services for business communications and web collaboration. The central logistics and assembly centre has been in operation at Frauenaurach since the end of last year. "Our work for Siemens Enterprise Communications takes up around a third of our facility and we carry out three different types of work for them there", says Erik Lassen, Managing Director of Geis Industrie-Service GmbH. First, Geis employees take care of the worldwide distribution of the end products, including goods inwards processing, storage, order picking, packing and provisioning for despatch. RFID technology means that logistics service providers have total control over which goods leave the warehouse and when.
The second focus of activity for Siemens Enterprise Communications is global spare parts logistics. All spare part orders placed by SEN customer service offices are received at Frauenaurach. Each order received by 16 p.m. is processed the same day, with the goods being received by the customers/engineers the next day.
Configuration of communication systems
As an extended workbench of Siemens Enterprise Communications, all the necessary assembly and testing work is carried out by the Geis Group in the configuration centre, with eight Geis employees charged with assembling and configuring OpenScape communication systems. They adhere strictly to the assembly plans, and subsequently test the systems according to precisely defined test programmes. The assembly parts are supplied on a KANBAN basis: Anything taken from the dynamic racks is automatically replaced so that there is always sufficient production material available. In the configuration centre, besides carrying out assembly work Geis employees also take care of the production and duplication of data carriers such as multimedia cards, CDs, DVDs and SIM cards.
Geis does far more at the new logistics and technology centre than just provide a range of services to SEN. In April, for example, Geis' packaging operation moved from Nuremberg to Frauenaurach. Thanks to two 20-tonne cranes and a correspondingly high maximum floor load, truly heavyweight items can be professionally packed here, including for ocean shipping. "We already carry out a very wide range of services at Frauenaurach," says Dr. Johannes Söllner, Managing Director of Geis Holding and responsible for the Logistics Services area, "and we are open to new clients and projects. There is capacity for them in the new building and in extensions on our area at Frauenaurach."