Thursday, January 3, 2019

Party Time as New Slovenian Logistics Hub Takes Shape

Work Progressing on Ljubljana Freight Facility
Shipping News Feature
SLOVENIA – Having celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2018 the Slovenian operation of Austrian headquartered logistics provider cargo-partner finished the year off celebrating with its now traditional 'Pre-New-Year’s Party' for 250 guests from all around the world in the historic Ljubljana Castle. The occasion also marked the strides taken in the development of the company's iLogistics centre which began construction in June 2018.

Located directly next to Ljubljana Airport, approximately 20 minutes from the city centre, the iLogistics Centre will provide 25,000 m2 of storage space, create over 30 new jobs in the first stage and will reinforce the group operations in the region. In November, the topping out of the high rack warehouse was completed. In the administrative building, the panelling of the second floor has been finished and preparations are underway for the third floor.

The service areas, including boiler room, electrical service room and engine room, are nearly completed, and amenities such as fire sprinkler systems, heating and electrical installations are currently being installed. In the cross-dock and block storage area, the foundation has been finished and the first concrete columns have been placed. All building works are thus well underway for the planned opening in summer 2019.

Since 2006, SPIRIT Slovenia has been awarding the best foreign investors who have generated outstanding results in the previous year and made significant contributions to the development of the Slovenian economy. At the end of November the new facility was honoured with the Invest Slovenia FDI Award in the category ‘Logistics Centre/Hub’. Organised in close cooperation with Slovenia's Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, the FDI Award is part of Slovenia’s comprehensive strategy to gain foreign direct investments. Upon receiving the Award Viktor Kastelic, Managing Director of cargo-partner in Slovenia, commented:

“We believe that this special location near Brnik Airport and the ports of Koper and Trieste will remain an important gateway from Asia and to the Mediterranean Sea. As a mid-sized company, we are able to create personalised solutions for the needs of specific customers and industries. We don’t just offer transports from A to B, but rather strive for a deep integration with customers by means of our comprehensive IT systems. This allows us to support our clients in every aspect of their supply chain.”

Photo: Work continues on the Ljubljana site.