Dutch service centre Laura Metaal, located in the port of Maastricht, is in the process of expanding in size and services offered, Kallanish learns from managing director Friso de Vries.
This month the company has completed the acquisition of the premises of its neighbour Broekman Logistics at the Ankerkade in the Beatrix Haven, also known as Steelport Maastricht. The acquisition of warehousing space and land “… enables Laura Metaal to expand its warehousing capacities substantially for both coil and plate,” de Vries says.
Part of the investment is the expansion of one of the coil storage warehouses, extra automated coil crane capacity and structural adaption of the newly acquired warehouse.
The company is investing some €6 million ($6.9m) in the venture, which grows its operating space from 3.1 hectares to 4.2ha, including an expansion of isolated and covered warehousing from 1.8ha. to 2.5ha. The works are projected to be completed by June 2019.
The company handles some 400,000 tonnes/year of material on commission for edge trimming, pickling, oiling, levelling, and other services, and has the ambition to grow further, de Vries says. In 2017, it added a welding robot with double manipulator at its site. It also runs a processing operation in Eygelshoven.