The majority of the profiles produced in the Bellenberg extrusion plant are sent directly to the Gerstungen Service and Logistics Centre in Thüringen, which is conveniently located on the border with Hessen. From there, deliveries are then sent to the German and European market. The transportation of goods in containers for the Middle East and Asia also start here.
For the 950 or so different aluminium profiles, 2,500 accessories and around 800 different items from the range of fittings, the team of around 60 employees have 3,400 high-level racking spaces for 6-metre profiles and 1,200 european pallet spaces available. This means that procedures can quickly and efficiently be implemented: the stacker cranes are equipped with double tables, so that they can load and unload in a single run – and innovative control and software systems accelerate the process.
In addition to the goods-in and picking activities, dispatch and loading of HGVs, composite profiles with polyamide insulation strips are also produced, both in Bellenberg and in Gerstungen. With its partner company, “MBG Metallbeschichtung Gerstungen GmbH”, there is also a powdercoating facility attached, which brings additional logistical advantages: Profiles to be coated are picked in the warehouse, refined and then shipped from central Germany around the world. So here, as in Bellenberg, they are looking to find the shortest and most direct routes, so that they can deliver profiles to WICONA customers as quickly as possible.