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New logistics centre for HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition AG

One of Switzerland’s biggest milk powder factories is in Sulgen, Canton of Thurgau. HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition AG can process up to 1.5 million kilograms of fresh milk and whey per day in Sulgen. HOCHDORF Group employs approximately 150 employees at its Sulgen location and sells its products worldwide to over 80 countries.

The company needed additional warehouse space at its Sulgen location to store semi-finished and finished products, additives and packaging material. Gilgen Logistics was contracted for a pallet conveyor system in separate directions and a connecting tunnel to link its production lines to the new warehouse. The contract furthermore included five lift installations, a pallet stretcher, a warehouse management system and four lorry loading stations as well as an outdoor scissor lift.

In July 2014 the green light was given for demolition of the old warehouse building. Despite it being linked up to several existing buildings, production was not allowed to be interrupted during the period of the demolition and the new construction. After just ten months, it was possible to move into the new building.

With the new industrial building only just moved into, the building contractor is planning for an automatic high-bay racking facility immediately afterwards, in which all materials are to be managed, mainly for the Sulgen plant. For that, Gilgen Logistics has been commissioned as the general contractor for an automated, turnkey, high-bay storage system.

The high-bay storage system includes 4 fullly automatic stacker cranes with double lifting device for the double-deep storage. The storage building will have a capacity of 9'900 pallet places. Furthermore the large order includs the conveyor system for pallets including the control, WMS and the visualization, and also the loading technology.