Frankfurt (Oder), 02.12.2022:
The first of several planned logistics properties at the Log Plaza Frankfurt (Oder) site has been fully let: EV Cargo Global Forwarding GmbH is planning to set up its own logistics centre for the growth sector of electromobility on a total area of around 47,500 m². Specifically, this will involve, for example, the storage, commissioning, labelling and repackaging of lithium-ion batteries, which will be transported to the site by overseas container in bulk packaging and prepared there directly for use in automobile production. In addition to complete product documentation, the company also offers customer-specific quality controls and pre-assembly.
“Our strategy has worked. We have built the first logistics hall speculatively and according to the sustainable Log Plaza concept and, as planned, let it completely after completion and for the long term. In addition to the successful letting, we are particularly pleased that the tenant is active in the future industry of electromobility and thus further strengthens the East Brandenburg region. We would like to thank the politicians and administration of the city of Frankfurt (Oder) for the trusting and committed cooperation so far,” says Anton Mertens, co-founder and managing partner of ALCARO Invest GmbH.
“The letting of the first logistics property is the prelude to the further development of the Log Plaza Frankfurt (Oder) site, which covers around 44 hectares, as a future-oriented logistics and industrial location,” adds Peter Bergmann, project manager of ALCARO Invest. “We are also seeing increasing interest in logistics space in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Especially if they are designed to be sustainable. ALCARO is therefore already preparing the building applications for the next construction phases.”
“This is exactly the hall we were looking for and it was available immediately,” explains Steve Williams. The Chief Operating Officer also heads the global forwarding business at EV Cargo Global Forwarding, among other things. He and other representatives of the company travelled from Great Britain, Holland and France especially for the handover of the hall. “The location is first-class and the region also offers a lot of potential with some strategically important customers,” he explains.
During the handover of the keys, Sascha Stroetges – who works as a managing director for EV Cargo in Germany, among others – informed the audience that a wide range of employees are being sought for the new location, from forklift and truck drivers to shift managers and commercial staff in the areas of forwarding and logistics.
Another decisive factor for the EV Cargo Group was the location’s transport links. In addition to the A12 motorway, these include the terminal for combined freight transport (road/rail) in Frankfurt (Oder). “The transport terminal is very important for us because it offers the most environmentally friendly solution for the delivery of containers,” says Sascha Stroetges. The company’s own aspiration is to handle as much goods transport as possible by rail instead of by road.
The CT terminal Frankfurt (Oder) enables the delivery and removal of containers to and from the European overseas ports as well as to Eastern Europe. Currently, more than 50 direct train connections are offered per week with a capacity of up to 1,000 containers, repair and cleaning services, as well as power connections for refrigerated containers. The terminal is operated by PCC Intermodal GmbH. The company also offers door-to-door container transport services to and from the region, allowing current and future shippers to benefit directly from the existing infrastructure.
The Log Plaza (Oder) is specially designed for the individual usability and space requirements of companies from the e-commerce sector as well as for logistics and industrial companies from the supplier sector and offers high-quality and sustainable building quality and equipment. All properties at the Log Plaza Frankfurt (Oder) industrial site are designed and developed according to high sustainability standards. Among other things, they have energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning, photovoltaic systems, e-charging columns, above-average building insulation and extensive greenery. In addition, electric charging points for trucks will be possible in the future.
Further information can be found online at www.alcaro.de (external link!).
Image 1: Anton Mertens (CEO OSMAB Holding AG), René Wilke (Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt (Oder), Christopher Nüßlein (Managing Director Investor Center Ostbrandenburg | ICOB) and Steve Williams (CEO EV Cargo Global Forwarding) at the official handover of the keys to Hall A (from left to right). (Source: Alcaro Invest GmbH | © René Matschkowiak).
ALCARO Invest GmbH – www.alcaro.de
The project and real estate development company Alcaro Invest (Rösrath) has been involved in the nationwide financing, planning, construction and leasing of industrial, logistics and office properties for more than ten years. Since 2009, Alcaro has sustainably revitalised or redeveloped a total of almost 300,000 sqm of flexible buildings for production companies in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and electric motor industries, among others. Currently, 330,000 sqm of usable space are in the pipeline. In 2014, Alcaro launched its “Log Plaza Concept”, which stands for sustainable and high-quality office and logistics real estate. Alcaro’s trend-setting new buildings include Log Plaza Brandenburg 1 and 2, Log Plaza Colonia 1 and Log Plaza Kerpen. Alcaro Invest GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the OSMAB group of companies.
OSMAB Holding AG – www.osmab.de
OSMAB Holding AG (Rösrath) is an investor, project developer, asset manager and portfolio holder operating throughout Germany with a focus on office properties and logistics properties. Other business areas include the development of building land, facility management of its own real estate portfolio and investment in renewable energies. The medium-sized group of companies, which has been active in the real estate sector since 1992, employs an interdisciplinary team of around 50 people. As part of its sustainability strategy, OSMAB has been developing brownfield sites, revitalising existing properties, generating solar power on the roofs of its properties and supporting a variety of social projects for more than ten years.