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Compressor company invests in growth

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique invests in new warehouse and workshop to address business growth, improve efficiencies and enhance the customer experience.

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique team celebrates the new warehouse and workshop.
Atlas Copco Compressor Technique team celebrates the new warehouse and workshop. Supplied by Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area officially opened its new state-of-the-art, custom-designed warehouse and workshop at the Jet Park HQ in Gauteng on 24 November 2023. The all-under-one-roof facility sees the business area doubling its warehouse space, as well as increasing the workshop area, adding a complete undercover outside storage section and significantly expanding office size.

“Atlas Copco Compressor Techniques’ strategic intent is to double the business within the next five to seven years and having the correct warehouse logistics in place is critical in achieving our goal,” asserts Atlas Copco Compressor Technique general manager, Pieter van Wyk. “Moreover, we need a warehouse that matches our renowned innovative, high-quality compressed air machines and advanced technology solutions.”

“The decision to invest in our own warehouse, which we previously outsourced, meets our narrative of adding value for both customers and employees. We are now in full control. Our objectives are to create a cost-effective and efficiently-run warehouse and workshop for accurate and on-time delivery, to optimise space, to foster a safe and pleasant working environment for employees, to improve distributor satisfaction and ultimately to enhance the customer experience.”  

“With immense growth in the demand for spare parts, it’s about future-proofing the Compressor Technique business area and adding value to our supply chain by ensuring that we are ready to meet the challenges of our long-term growth and expansion plans for our operations both in South Africa and the sub-Saharan region,” adds Van Wyk.

The layout of the facility was a complex process and meticulous planning and diligence for requirements for the coming years was critical. The warehouse was designed and constructed on the basis of a detailed analysis by the Compressor Technique team in collaboration with national and international warehouse and logistics solutions experts to determine the strategic needs of the business, employees, customers as well as industry. A full-time team appointed in the last 18 months to navigate the project demonstrates Compressor Techniques’ undivided commitment to customers.

The ergonomically designed workshop and warehouse streamline work processes with the additional benefit of creating a positive working environment conducive to health, safety, efficiency and improved employee morale and productivity. Racking is an essential component and careful deliberations took place to optimise the roof height and space. Every cubic meter was utilised to increase the efficiency of the material flow. The warehouse supervisor’s expertise in controlling the inventory and being strategically agile with future market growth demands is vital for the business’s sustainability and increase in market share.

Owing to the smart new layout, there is no disconnect between the warehouse, the workshop and the outside storage facilities which are all housed under one roof. The streamlined supply chain conveniently gives customers access to the gates when delivering or collecting products, eliminating the need to travel on the premises which improves safety and saves on time and costs.

Source: Atlas Copco