voestalpine subsidiary Nedcon Magazijninrichting B.V. sees potential for constructing complex racking systems in the Chinese market. Assembly of the first racking system in China will start in May.
Everything’s a bit bigger in China: the size of the population, the walls, the distances…
Whether ensuring food supplies for cities of millions, or overcoming the transport and warehousing challenges of production operations, the logistics market is booming. Chinese experts calculate annual growth rates of around 19% in the sector. As a project partner to industry giant Vanderlande Industries B.V., voestalpine subsidiary Nedcon Magazijninrichting B.V. will also profit from this boom. When it came to the construction of a new production warehouse in Jiaxing for an internationally renowned manufacturer, Nedcon was able to demonstrate its competence on the basis of an identical project in Hungary. Assembly of the racking system will begin in May 2016, supported by 50 employees from a regional company. It is scheduled for completion in January 2017. The 1,500 tonnes of steel sections needed for the project are being supplied by the company’s own production site in Pardubice, in the Czech Republic.
The components will be assembled to form eight rack frames, each 150m long and 18.5m in height. The customer’s detailed requirements also specify that the racking system must meet stability standards which will allow it to withstand the impact of earthquakes. As China has no agreed standards for earthquake-proof racking systems of its own, Nedcon has drawn on both Chinese building regulations and professional European standards to create appropriate safety specifications for racking systems constructed in seismically active zones–to the complete satisfaction of the system integrator, client, and local authorities. Adherence to tight production tolerances is a precondition for reliably implementing these specifications, and consequently in-house products were used for this project. However, cooperative ventures with production locations belonging to other voestalpine companies have also been considered for future projects, because the marked growth in queries from the Far East and Pacific region is nurturing prospects for becoming established at locations both in the Chinese market and beyond.
New voestalpine corporate design
The voestalpine Group is marking the consistent implementation of its strategy and its changing self-image by updating its visual identity: its transformation from a European steel company to a global technology and capital goods group is now also being mirrored in its corporate design. The new visual identity combines tradition with future expectations, and increasingly symbolizes dynamism and a focus on the future.