Haeger & Schmidt Logistics (HSL) started operating its new steel warehouse on 1 February, located on the “Stahlinsel” (Steel Island) in the Port of Duisburg.
The company invested €12 million ($14m) in the multifunctional warehouse with a heated 9,000m² hall that has a capacity for about 60,000 tonnes of steel products. The new building will be connected to the large existing hall with a covered water connection via a coil ferry.
The new hub complements HSL’s terminal with covered and heated space suited for storage of high-quality products in particular, HSL steel manager Jörg Thielen tells Kallanish. “The new warehouse will bring a shift towards higher-quality products, and to some extent also add volume,” he says.
The company handles around 1 million tonnes/year of steel at its Duisburg terminal. HSL is a subsidiary of Austria’s Felbermayr Group and also owns storage capacity in the Port of Antwerp. Its additional facilities in Duisburg will be largely dedicated to coils.
According to HSL managing director, Heiko Brückner, the response on the market has been very good. “More than half of the storage space has already been booked,” he says.
In addition to classic handling and storage, HSL’s activities also include seaworthy stowage of containers and expert unloading of coils and sheets from boxes.
Christian Koehl Germany