The brownfield of the former glassworks near Hostomice is coming back to life
Industrial zone developer Panattoni has successfully revitalised another brownfield site. They have returned industry to a location where it has historically thrived, the former Kavalier glassworks site in Hostomice, Teplice. The first tenant of the new industrial zone Panattoni Park Teplice South is the Czech sanitary equipment retailer Sanitino. It has started operating a distribution centre here, which will gradually serve the whole of Europe. The transformation of a brownfield with more than a century of glass history into a modern zone for light manufacturing and distribution of goods with an investment of more than half a billion CZK is continuing successfully.
"I am not afraid to say that today, after thirteen years on the market we have started another era for our company. From the new central warehouse, we will now supply not only the whole of Central Europe but also Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Romania and Croatia. Gradually, we plan to expand our distribution to the whole of Europe. We are now able to ship over 40,000 products per month, but we expect to more than double this in the future," commented Rudolf Jániš, Managing Director of Sanitino, on the opening.
The semi-automatic hall stands out with the latest logistics technology and an unusual solution with three mezzanines. This allows to maximize storage space and to make the process of packaging and shipping goods more efficient and faster. As the hall also includes a picking tower with conveyors and other heavy-duty storage systems, it was necessary to increase the point load of the floor in this part of the building to 40 tonnes.
"We have been transforming old and sometimes long-dead industrial sites into modern industrial spaces in the Czech Republic for ten years now and I have to say that it is a fascinating adventure. In our brownfield portfolio, we have machine shops, a trolleybus plant, a coal mine and now, thanks to Hostomice, the famous glassworks. Each successful transformation assures us that this path is the right one and that it will eventually lead to the creation of similarly famous operations," said Pavel Sovička, Panattoni General Manager for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Panattoni Park Teplice South will bring 300 new jobs to the Teplice region, 50 of which will be in the Sanitino hall alone. The park is located at the exit of the I/13 road connecting the Ústí nad Labem region with the Liberec and Karlovy Vary regions, but also near the D8 motorway.