Stuttgart, Germany, 16 February 2011. KAISER + KRAFT EUROPA GmbH, a TAKKT Group company, has secured itself 35,000 m² of land in Kamp-Lintfort as a reserve for the expansion of the logistics centre located there. An agreement for the deal was recently concluded with the owner, HELLMICH Group. The agreement means that TAKKT has the option until 2015 of having up to 30,000 m² of storage and high-shelf space developed and built by the construction company HELLMICH on the land formerly occupied by BenQ's mobile communications production activities.
KAISER + KRAFT EUROPA GmbH operates its central mail order centre for Europe on a neighbouring piece of land. A land area totalling 45,000 m² has been in development over the course of three construction stages since 1997 and now offers storage space of 26,000 m² which holds 28,000 euro pallets. KAISER + KRAFT EUROPA GmbH has invested a total of almost EUR 40 million in the site since 1997. At present, the more than 80 employees at the Kamp-Lintfort mail order centre send an average of 4,000 shipments per day to customers in more than 20 countries.
"The mail order centre in Kamp-Lintfort is the very heart of our European Business Equipment Group's logistics activities", said Franz Vogel, responsible for the European operations at TAKKT's Management Board, as he explains the reasons for this decision. "The volume of transport handled from here has trebled since 1997 and reflects how positively our company has developed. The Business Equipment Group with its service company KAISER + KRAFT EUROPA GmbH has traditionally been the flagship of TAKKT Group, and we still believe that there are excellent prospects for the future of its business." Andreas Krüger, Head of Operations at KAISER + KRAFT EUROPA GmbH, adds that "expertise in efficient logistics processes is an important cornerstone for future profitable growth in selling and dispatching of durable equipment." The planned expansion in Kamp-Lintfort is a clear declaration of the trust that the company has placed in the location. Exactly when we will begin with the expansion in Kamp-Lintfort highly depends on how the overall economic situation develops."
In 2008, the HELLMICH Group acquired the former BenQ/Siemens site in Kamp-Lintfort, including all the existing office buildings and production, logistics and storage facilities. The site comprises 10,000 m² of office space, a 25,000 m² production unit, 50,000 m² of space for extensions and 2,000 parking bays.
Walter Hellmich, managing partner of the HELLMICH Group, is delighted about the agreement with TAKKT. "TAKKT AG's commitment to Kamp-Lintfort as a business location will further revitalise the former BenQ/Siemens site. It also points the way for other companies to use this high-profile site in Kamp-Lintfort as a base."
Short profile of TAKKT AG
TAKKT is the leading B2B direct marketing specialist for business equipment in Europe and North America. The Group is represented with its brands in more than 25 countries. The product range of the TAKKT subsidiaries comprises some 160,000 items for the areas of business and warehouse equipment, classic and design-oriented office furniture and accessories, and supplies for retailers, the food service industry and the hotel market.
TAKKT Group employs some 1,800 staff, has around three million customers worldwide and distributes more than 55 million catalogues and mailings per year.
TAKKT AG is listed on the SDAX and was admitted to Deutsche Boerse's Prime Standard on 01 January 2003.
Short profile of KAISER + KRAFT EUROPA GmbH
KAISER + KRAFT EUROPA GmbH is the Business Equipment Group (BEG)'s service holding company and renders services in the areas of purchasing, marketing, IT, e-commerce, warehousing and logistics for all the Group's sales companies. The BEG is TAKKT Group's biggest and most profitable group and Europe's leading direct marketing group for office, plant and warehouse equipment. With some 800 employees and marketing companies in more than 20 European countries as well as China and Japan, BEG offers its customers high-quality products and comprehensive service via catalogues and the internet in their respective national languages.
Short profile of the HELLMICH Group
The HELLMICH Group is a medium-sized enterprise which operates throughout Germany and in neighbouring European countries. It has some 1,000 employees, who generate an annual turnover of EUR 250 million. The Group's business activities focus on construction and real estate, project development, sports facility construction, sports marketing, and lifestyle and health.
Dr Florian Funck, CFO
Tel. +49 711 3465-8207
Walter Hellmich, Managing Partner of the
Tel. +49 2064 9705-15