FUCHS UK Plant investment continues
Signage in place
Following lengthy delays due to COVID-19 restrictions, work has now stepped-up towards finishing the warehouse. Internal racking is now complete with large backlit signs being erected on the top external corners facing main roads into the city centre.
External cladding almost complete
Extrernal cladding is almost complete and work has now begun on the inside of the warehouse.
Final stages of the external cladding.
The final cladding panels are being fitted before work on the internals begins.
External cladding almost complete.
Much of the external cladding has now been fitted with provisions for external signage in place. Work continues on the remaining walls.
External cladding is underway.
With the steel structure complete, the roof is now in place and the first of the external cladding is fitted.
Framwork almost complete.
Steel supports have now covered all sides and the roof of the new warehouse.
Strengthening the structure.
Smaller support beams are added across the frame to add strength and rigidity to the steel.
More steel beams are added to the construction, completing the footprint of the building.
Landmark day at the UK plant
The 5th August 2019 saw, after concentrated groundwork preparation, the arrival and erection of the first delivery of steel for the construction of a new raw material warehouse for FUCHS UK.
The first pieces of the steel structure are positioned.
Construction of a £5m raw materials warehouse with 4,000 pallet spaces is underway at FUCHS Lubricants’ Staffordshire headquarters.
The warehouse is the latest step in a £10million investment programme at FUCHS UK, which has also seen the introduction of arange of innovative manufacturing plant machinery and a new multi-line pallet loading robot arm.
Building work began in August and the framework structure and roof have now been completed, the external cladding is now well underway.
The fully automated High Bay warehouse is due for completion in the second quarter of 2020 and will significantly increase the amount of raw materials the business can store on-site.
Its construction will also allow an existing building to become a specialist packaging warehouse.
Mark Gray, Head of Operations said: “We have an ambition to place FUCHS Lubricants at the forefront of R&D, manufacturing and distribution of lubricants in the UK.
“This raw materials warehouse represents a significant investment for the business, and a further step towards that goal.
“The warehouse includes sophisticated automation, which will future-proof the business and create cost-saving benefits.”
Two wire guided driverless Very Narrow Aisle trucks will operate in the warehouse, benefitting from high travel and lift speeds, without operator intervention.
The warehouse has a capacity of approximately 4,000 pallet spaces, with ability for automatic or manual storage place allocation.
The high-tech Warehouse Control and Warehouse Management Systems streamline the process, with benefits including goods receipt entry and booking, a paperless put away process, inventory support and batch traceability.