Dachser has formally opened a new hazardous materials warehouse near Karlsruhe, Germany. The 21,800-m2 facility in Malsch offers 43,000 pallet spaces for chemicals, paints, coatings, adhesives and other products. “Constantly growing demand from the chemical industry made building the new facility an absolute must,” says Bernd Grossmann, branch manager at Malsch.
Construction began two years ago, with part of the warehouse being made available to customers in early 2019. The site, which cost more than €20m to develop, is now fully up and running and is connected to Dachser’s European network, with Karlsruhe seen as a pivotal logistics hub for chemical products. It also has good transport links to France, which is the largest market for German chemical exports.
The new warehouse is divided into nine sections separated by firewalls. Each section has an automatic fire extinguishing system with both ceiling and in-rack sprinkler systems. The depressed floors are specially designed to retain product leakage and firewater, while barriers at the wastewater outlets provide increased groundwater protection.