Panattoni Europe builds facility for VW Group at JWP


  • Packaging centre for automotive parts on a site of approx. 100,0002 located directly in the deep-water port of Wilhelmshaven
  • Five halls in compliance with the DGNB Gold Standard with an area of approx. 45,000 sqm
  • Building scheduled to begin in June 2018

Hamburg,  4 April 2018 – Panattoni Europe, a leading project developer of industrial and logistics real estate, has been awarded a contract by the Volkswagen Group to build a new multi-brand packaging centre for the export of automotive parts. The choice was made for the JadeWeserPort, Wilhelmshaven. Germany’s only deep-water port provides direct links to the mainline rail network and the A 29 motorway.

On a site of approx. 100,000 square metres Panattoni will build the new packaging centre from where automotive parts of the brands Audi, Volkswagen and Volkswagen commercial vehicles will be shipped to the Group’s production facilities overseas, including plants in Mexico, USA and China. The logistics centre will comprise five halls with a total usable area of 45,000 square metres and will be constructed in compliance with the DGNB Gold Standard [DGNB: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB e.V., (German Sustainable Building Council)].

The project developer’s concept design will fulfil the specific requirements of the group’s logistics. The halls will have a flexible layout for loading and unloading, storage and order picking of the automotive parts and components such as headlamps, steering wheels or audio systems. The halls are also suitable for the handling of dangerous goods

Approximately 7,000 different vehicle parts and components will be delivered to Wilhelmshaven. About 12,000 containers (40ft high cube) per year will be shipped through the new packing centre in the JadeWeserPort.

Announcing the project, Thomas Zernechel, head of Volkswagen’s Group Logistics, explained, “The decision in favour of the location in Wilhelmshaven as the only deep-water port in Germany is strategically important for the Volkswagen Group. We found Panattoni Europe’s concept for the packaging centre very convincing.“

The assignment of the contract have been done through the brand Audi. Fred-Markus Bohne, Managing Partner of Panattoni Europe, commented, “We are delighted with this decision by Audi. This is a further important milestone for the port, and for Panattoni it is confirmation of our competence in the automotive sector.“

Regarding the construction of the multi-brand packaging centre, Panattoni intends to continue its successful cooperation with Goldbeck International GmbH of Bielefeld who will act as general contractor. The earthworks will begin in June 2018 and completion of the new centre is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

About Panattoni Europe

Panattoni Europe is a full-service developer for industrial and logistics real estate. The company is a subsidiary of the Panattoni Development Company, Newport Beach, USA, an owner-operated, world-wide leading developer of industrial and logistics buildings with branches in North America and Europe. Panattoni Europe offers facility solutions individually designed to meet the specific requirements of its clients. The company’s portfolio comprises build-to-suit projects, fee development services, logistics parks and property management.

Since entering the European market in 2005, Panattoni Europe has developed more than 6.3 million square metres of new space. In Germany, one of the company’s focus markets, Panattoni Europe has developed more than 32 new projects during the last three years. The company has its German head office in Hamburg and further branches in Düsseldorf, Mannheim and Munich. In total, Panattoni has 28 branches in North America and Europe.


Panattoni Europe
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20457 Hamburg
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