EVERGEM, Belgium — Trelleborg A.B. has inaugurated a European logistics hub in Evergem for materials-handling and construction tires, along with a commercial office for the Trelleborg Wheels Systems' Benelux business unit.
The premises, opened June 29, include a 107,600-sq.-ft. warehouse capable of storing more than 70,000 tires, allowing TWS to supply European customers on a "just in time" basis.
"We consider Evergem as the beating heart of the material handling and construction tires business and a key hub due to its strategic position in Europe, as well as its proximity to key markets," Paolo Pompei, president of TWS, said during the opening ceremony.
The new location, Mr. Pompei said, features equipment designed according to Trelleborg technology standards.
"It will increase our efficiency and flexibility, as well as enhance our service levels," he added.
The new building was constructed on a production site built at the beginning of 1900 and acquired by Trelleborg Wheel Systems in 1988.
In 2002, Trelleborg relocated production of solid tires at that site to Sri Lanka but kept Evergem as the central hub for logistics operations for material handling and construction tires in Europe and the Middle East, serving more than 50 countries.