Together with the German project developer bauwo, Maersk is building a 20,000 square meter logistics center near Hanover for the storage and handling of electric car batteries and components for manufacturing the batteries. After the successful launch of a similar facility in Teplice, Czech Republic, in November 2022, the two new halls in Berkhof, directly on the A7 motorway, will further strengthen Maersk’s strong position as a logistics partner to the automotive industry. Thanks to the recently granted building permit, work on the approx. 50,000 square meter property has already begun. The completion of the highly automated battery storage facility is planned for May 2024 in just one year.
In addition to Teplice, the battery warehouse in Berkhof will be our second, even larger location in Europe, with which we can meet the growing demand from the automotive industry for logistics solutions for electric car batteries. The new facility is close to the production facilities of several car manufacturers and will help e-mobility to grow in Germany and Europe. called Jens-Ole Krenzien, Maersk General Manager for the Northern European continent.
“Logistics in the automotive industry is one of the most demanding. Through our control over all important assets along the transport chain from the plant in Asia to the use of the parts in a plant in Europe, we can not only offer our customers tailor-made, but above all very resilient and flexible logistics solutions.” Krenzien continues. “The logistics center in Berkhof will be a central building block for the transport and interim storage of the batteries as the most important element of e-mobility.”
In addition to storage and repackaging, the services offered in the special warehouse also include detailed quality controls and battery charging, as well as other value-added services along the automotive supply chain.
Up to 34,000 pallets can be accommodated in the two halls with a clear height of twelve meters. The batteries are monitored by a sophisticated security system. For example, a pallet that has increased in temperature or size is automatically evacuated and safely stowed in a special container outside, where it can be further examined. The storage can be tailored to separate compartments assigned to a customer if required.