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SSI Schaefer expands DLC warehouse plans

Company is increasing the size of its forthcoming facility by 30%.

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SSI Schaefer International is increasing the size of its proposed Dubai Logistics City (DLC) facility by 30%.

The expansion marks a successful year for the material handling system provider, which has stated contracts in hand for 2008 and 2009 as motives behind the move. This includes a contract for a fully automated warehouse in Saudi Arabia worth roughly US$30 million.

"The contract in Saudi Arabia will involve SSI Schaefer being the main contractor for the rack supported building, warehouse management system, storage and handling systems," said Geoff Wheatley, regional director Middle East, SSI Schaefer.

"Alongside the Saudi warehouse, SSI Schaefer has several new large projects confirmed in the future for Dubai and the surrounding region," he added.

Construction is yet to begin on the site in DLC, but its increase in size will provide space for additional regional and engineering staff. These are to be relocated to Dubai from other Schaefer operations in Europe and Asia in order to meet the demand in the Middle East and Africa.

The company has also highlighted its commitment to the African market and believes the new facility will act as a valuable headquarters to the region for the foreseeable future.

"The new facility at Dubai Logistics City will be very important for SSI Schaefer in meeting the demands of the Middle East market for the next 10 to 15 years," said Wheatley.

"As requirements for automated systems become more frequent and picking systems become more complex, the new facility will have the resources to cater for developments," he added.

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