Katoen Natie Expands
At North Sea Port Ghent, Katoen Natie has started the construction of two additional warehouses on its site, together representing 28,500 m². When the new warehouses are in use, the logistics service provider in Ghent will have 350,000 m² of storage capacity.
“The additional warehouses are part of a master plan in which four units were linked and now two are being built,” explains Stéfan De Vrieze, site manager of Katoen Natie Gent. “The delivery of both warehouses, together accounting for 28,500 m² and at least 13 metres free height, is planned for the first quarter of 2023. The project also includes offices and social facilities.”
The roofs of the new warehouses will also be fitted with solar panels in the course of 2023. The plans also include other sustainable techniques such as rainwater recovery. The new warehouses will be CO2-neutral.
The construction of the new warehouses is inspired by the organic growth of Katoen Natie’s existing customers and the attraction of new customers. When the warehouses come into operation, Katoen Natie will have a total site of 350,000 m² at its disposal in Ghent. “Ghent is in demand as a location. It is centrally located, congestion-free and intermodal transport via barge is possible,” explains De Vrieze. “Further growth will boost our available capacity to continue investing.
Katoen Natie Ghent is active on several fronts, such as automotive & industry, fast moving consumer goods and retail. “We serve customers for Europe, but also globally. With the presence of Volvo Trucks, Volvo Cars and the European distribution centre of Honda, the ‘after market’ with spare parts also forms an important part of our activities”, says the site manager of Katoen Natie Gent.