Logicenters is now expanding its presence outside the Nordic region with its first venture in Poland. As a leading logistics property company in the Nordic region, Logicenters is now looking to bring its successful concept to one of Europe’s largest logistics markets, focusing strongly on the long term, quality, flexibility, and sustainability.
Logicenters is continuing its expansion. The logistics facility operator is now expanding its successful logistics concept into Europe, with Poland its first target market outside the Nordic region. Poland is the fifth largest logistics property market in Europe and is also one of the fastest growing markets on the continent. In 2019, a total of 2.7 million m2 of logistics space was developed in the country. In comparison, around 650,000 m2 of logistics space was developed in Sweden – the largest market in the Nordic region – during the same period. From a geographical perspective, Poland is also ideal with good communications throughout the country, to the Nordic region and the rest of Europe.
As a first step, Logicenters has acquired the Polish company BIK SA and its current portfolio, which includes four existing properties with two potential extensions, as well as a plot of land – with the total logistics space estimated to be more than 115,000 m2. The facilities are located in the cities of Wroclaw and Katowice in southern Poland. With its high population density and large clusters of factories, the region is a strategically important location for logistics.
“We have developed our Nordic portfolio exponentially in recent years and our ambition is to continue to strengthen our presence here. But we also see Poland as a natural step forward in Logicenters’ development. This is partly because the Polish logistics market is still in its infancy and we believe there is enormous potential for us to assist in developing the logistics facilities of tomorrow in the country, and partly because many of our existing tenants already have operations in Poland. Naturally, we want to continue to support them by growing in line with their operations in both the Nordic region and Poland, something which is entirely in line with how we operate”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO, Logicenters.
Focus on sustainability
Compared with many other parts of the world, the Nordic logistics market is ahead of the pack when it comes to sustainable logistics. Therefore, as it moves into the European market, Logicenters sees it as a natural step to bring its Nordic sustainability agenda along with it. And as always, the facilities will also meet high sustainability and energy efficiency requirements in Poland.
“We want to be able to develop the properties of tomorrow in such a way that they remain of a high quality for many years to come. Key to this is the development of sustainable facilities that are not only durable, sustainable and energy efficient, but also cost effective over time. We are already experiencing a high demand for more sustainable logistics, with many of our tenants requiring that the properties in which they operate meet high sustainability standards. And just as we have been leading the way towards a more sustainable transition in the Nordic logistics industry, we will also be sure to pave the way for more sustainable logistics in Poland. This is something we are convinced will benefit both business and the environment”, concludes Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO, Logicenters.
Logicenters has signed a long-term lease with its first tenant at its new facility in Køge, Denmark. The tenant is Danish transport company BHS Logistics and the lease is for a cross-docking terminal with an area of 6,900 m2. The company is scheduled to move into the property on 1 June 2022.
It has been announced that BHS Logistics, a Danish transport and logistics company, will be Logicenters’ first tenant at its new facility on Egedesvej in Køge, Denmark, just south of Copenhagen. The lease is for a cross-docking terminal with modern warehousing and office space measuring 6,900 m2 at the Skandinavisk Transport Center logistics park. In addition to the space to be leased by BHS, Logicenters is also planning to develop a further 60,000 m2 of logistics space in the area.
“We are delighted to welcome BHS Logistics to our new facility in Køge, which will be completed in the first half of 2022. The property will be an ultra-modern and sustainable logistics facility that will meet BHS’ ambitious sustainability goals and improve the efficiency of its logistics operations”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
In 2020, Logicenters acquired land at the Skandinavisk Transport Center logistics park with the aim of strengthening its presence in Denmark. In line with Logicenters’ ambitious sustainability goals, the new property is being developed with a strong focus on sustainability. As well as the option of installing solar panels on the roof to generate renewable energy for the property, Logicenters undertook a number of studies and implemented measures to optimise the environmental impact of the property even prior to the start of construction.
“We have long had a desire to develop and consolidate our activities in the Copenhagen region, where there is also potential for us to further upgrade our pharmacy set-up in order to maintain our leading position in pharmaceutical transport. We chose Køge because it is a central hub. This is due in part to the surrounding motorway network with good conditions for emergency medical vehicles, but also because the area is a hub for all our traffic to and from Bornholm. This puts us in the best position for more efficient logistics, which ultimately means better service for our customers”, says Morten Studsgaard, CEO at BHS Logistics.
Logicenters’ facility in Vantaa, Finland, has a new tenant. The logistics property company has signed a long-term lease with Matkahuolto, one of Finland’s largest parcel services companies. The lease relates to 7,350 m2 of space and Matkahuolto is scheduled to move in September 2021.
Logicenters has now signed a lease with Matkahuolto, one of Finland’s largest parcel services companies. The lease is for a total of 7,350 m2 at Logicenters’ property at Manttaalitie 5–7 in Vantaa, Finland. Of this area, around 6,900 m2 will be used for warehouse space and the remaining 450 m2 for offices. The company is scheduled to move in September 2021.
“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Matkahuolto to its new facility. Matkahuolto places great value on issues of sustainability, just as we do at Logicenters, where we constantly work to ensure that our operations are conducted in the most sustainable way possible. That’s why it is really great to be working with Matkahuolto and I look forward to following its development”, says Jarkko Äikää, Commercial Manager at Logicenters in Finland.
In the spring of 2019, Logicenters completed the refurbishment of its facility in Vantaa. The property underwent a complete renovation to enable it to meet the needs of future logistics operations and to reduce the facility’s carbon footprint. With Matkahuolto now moving in, further alterations are being made to the property to meet the tenant’s requirements for smooth logistics solutions.
“Matkahuolto expects continued strong growth in the coming years and we are delighted to be able to offer it a facility in which it will be able to grow. We will also be making a number of modifications to the facility. Among other things, we will design new loading areas for vans to ensure efficient and smooth logistics operations”, says Jarkko Äikää, Commercial Manager at Logicenters in Finland.
Matkahuolto does not just strive to ensure that the facility is appropriate for simple and smooth logistics operations. It also attaches great importance to ensuring that its employees have a comfortable and good working environment.
“The growth of parcels transported by Matkahuolto is expected to remain strong in the coming years as e-commerce and consumer-to-consumer trade continue to grow. The introduction of the new terminal and investing in a modern technology is part of a broader development programme that will enable Matkahuolto to strengthen its network and services in line with its sustainability programme. We value the well-being of our employees and want them to work in the most modern and functional environment possible. We are confident that Logicenters will be able to meet our expectations and we look forward to conducting our operations here in Vantaa for many years to come”, says Jari Vaino, Chief Operating Officer at Matkahuolto.
Vantaa is part of the capital region of Finland, strategically located for logistics operations, close to both the Helsinki-Vantaa international airport and the E18 European motorway.
Logicenters and Speed Group are in the process of expanding their cooperation. The parties have signed a new agreement regarding one of Logicenters’ facilities in Borås. The agreement is for 10,000 m2 of logistics space in Logicenters’ new 24,000 m2 property. Speed Group will take up residence immediately.
Logicenters is continuing to strengthen its operations in western Sweden, having now signed its second lease agreement with Speed Group in Borås. The agreement is for 10,000 m2 of logistics space and Speed Group will move into the premises immediately. The facility in Viared, located just outside Borås, is equipped with all the technology required for modern logistics operations. E-retailer Care of Carl has been the tenant in the other part of the 24,000 m2 property since last autumn.
“We are delighted to be further expanding our cooperation with Speed Group. It is our largest customer in Borås and to have the opportunity to further support its growth is very inspiring. We look forward to continuing our successful cooperation for many years to come”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
The property that Speed Group is now moving into is strategically located close to both Göteborg and Jönköping as well as Landvetter Airport. It will also be the second facility that the company leases from Logicenters in Borås. The first is an 83,000 m2 logistics facility which also has the largest rooftop solar plant in the Nordic region.
“Our business is growing and we want to expand our space as a means of creating the conditions for organic growth. In 2017, we signed our first lease agreement with Logicenters here in Borås and we are now delighted to be taking this next step together. Logicenters has proven able to meet our requirements for running a successful logistics operation in the area. That’s why it seemed to be the obvious choice as we take the next step in our development”, says Mats Johnson, CEO of Speed Group.
Logicenters continues to invest heavily in the Oslo region. The logistics property company is set to acquire one of the most modern logistics facilities in the Nordic region, with an area of approximately 18,500 m2. The tenant is ODA, formerly Kolonial.no, Norway’s leading provider of online grocery delivery. Logicenters is scheduled to take possession in the first quarter of 2022, which is also when ODA will move in.
Logicenters is continuing to strengthen its position as one of the Nordic region’s leading providers of modern logistics facilities with the acquisition of another property in the Oslo region. The tenant, ODA, previously branded as Kolonial.no, is Norway’s largest and leading provider of online grocery delivery. The property is located at Drammensveien 189 in the municipality of Lier and is an ultra-modern facility of approximately 18,500 m2 divided across two floors.
“Logicenters is very happy for acquiring a sustainable and state-of-the-art facility for last-mile distribution, which is also leased to one of the Nordic region’s fastest growing companies. ODA has a clear focus on technology and sustainability, two factors that are in line with our ambition to provide our tenants with the logistics facilities of tomorrow. They also value efficient logistics solutions from producer to end customer, something we are confident we can provide with our new and future-proof facility. We look forward to a long and successful collaboration”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
The new facility also has a clear sustainability profile, including a solar panel installation expected to generate approximately 1.1 GWh of renewable electricity per year. The property is also located in a geographically strategic location in the region, something which Logicenters values highly when acquiring or developing properties.
“The Oslo region is an important location for us, given the area’s great position, high population density and growth. The new facility is located alongside the E18 motorway, 30 km outside the Oslo city centre. As ODA focuses heavily on efficient last-mile distribution, the geographical position of the distribution centre is ideal for fast and efficient deliveries to consumers”, says Ruben Krantz Kringstad, Commercial Manager at Logicenters.
The facility is ODA’s second distribution centre in eastern Norway and is designed for a high turnover of goods and to meet the requirements for efficient delivery to customers in the region.
“The fact that we are now establishing a new warehouse in the Oslo region is very inspiring. We are pleased that Logicenters, which focuses on development and long-term ownership of logistics properties, will be the new owner of our facility when Eneo Eiendom has completed the development. We look forward to a good collaboration in the future”, says founder and CEO Karl Alveng Munthe-Kaas at ODA.
The property is being acquired from a number of shareholders and the deal has been led by Eneo Eiendom, which is the project manager for the development and sale of the facility.
“It has been a very exciting process and ODA is an ambitious company that has set high standards for how the property should be designed and adapted to optimise its operations. We believe that Logicenters is a perfect partner for ODA and we look forward to handing over the property in March 2022”, says Morten Hotvedt, CEO at Eneo Eiendom.
Logicenters is strengthening its Norwegian team with the recruitment of Jacob Sandberg Gjems-Onstad. With extensive experience in the development of logistics projects, Jacob is taking on the role of Development Manager for Logicenters in Norway. His most recent position was at Bulk Industrial Real Estate AS.
Logicenters has high ambitions and is now expanding in Norway. To strengthen growth and meet the high demand for proprietary products and build-to-suit solutions, Logicenters has now recruited Jacob Sandberg Gjems-Onstad. With many years of experience in similar roles, Jacob is joining Logicenters’ Norwegian team as Development Manager. He has previously worked as a project engineer at Veidekke Entreprenør AS and his most recent position was at Bulk Industrial Real Estate AS. There, he worked on the development and execution of logistics projects.
“The demand for our proprietary products is growing and we are constantly looking for skilled people to join our team. We have ambitious goals when it comes to the development of Logicenters and this recruitment will further strengthen the development team. The pandemic has really driven the demand for modern and flexible logistics premises and Jacob, with his extensive experience of development in the segment, will be a fantastic addition to our team,” says Eva Sterner, Head of Development at Logicenters.
Jacob will be responsible for Logicenters’ development department in Norway. The role involves maintaining a close dialogue with municipalities regarding local management plans and building permits in order to identify land for new development projects and being responsible for procurement.
“I am delighted to be joining such a successful industry leader as Logicenters. I am very proud to be a part of Logicenters’ expansive development. I look forward to working with the team in Norway to develop the Logicenters brand where we continue to offer both existing and potential tenants modern and sustainable logistics facilities,” says Jacob Sandberg Gjems-Onstad.
Logicenters is expanding its cooperation with Axfood’s purchasing and logistics company Dagab. The parties have signed an agreement for the development and leasing of a logistics facility in Landskrona, Skåne. The 37,500 m2 facility is scheduled to be ready for Dagab to move into by the end of 2022.
Logicenters is continuing to expand its presence in the Öresund region. The logistics property company has now acquired a 96,000 m2 site, just west of the highway intersection Landskrona Södra, from the city of Landskrona. It has simultaneously signed an agreement with Dagab, Axfood Group’s purchasing and logistics company, for the development and leasing of a 37,500 m2 logistics facility to be built on the newly acquired site. This facility will become Dagab’s new national fruit and vegetable warehouse and is scheduled to be ready for occupation in the final quarter of 2022. The facility will be the second developed by Logicenters for Dagab. The first is a more than 100,000 m2 logistics facility in Bålsta which is now under development.
The new facility is located at Örja 1:23. The area is a well-established logistics hub in southern Sweden, in close proximity to the E6 and E20 motorways. This will be Logicenters’ third investment in Landskrona in just a short period of time. The company’s other tenants here include Sunclass Airlines ApS, Nagel-Group and NA-KD. Including the development of Dagab’s new warehouse, Logicenters will own almost 85,000 m2 of logistics space in Landskrona.
“Logistics is and will continue to be an important piece of the puzzle in tomorrow’s society. So, as a logistics developer, we always want to offer our tenants modern and sustainable logistics facilities in the best and most strategic locations. That is why I’m delighted to once again be working with both Dagab and the city of Landskrona, two parties with whom we already have very good relations”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
In line with Logicenters’ ambitious sustainability strategy, the development of the facility will focus on sustainability. As well as the option of installing solar panels on the roof, the property will also be environmentally certified in accordance with BREEAM Very Good.
“I would like to thank Logicenters for excellent cooperation once again. The continuing construction of our new logistics centre in Bålsta has been a fantastic collaboration, and this has been a contributing factor in our decision to work with Logicenters once again. Our investment in Landskrona is another step in Dagab’s long-term strategy to develop the complete flow of goods within the Axfood Group”, says Nicholas Pettersson, CEO of Dagab.
“We welcome Dagab and its employees to Landskrona. Almost 3,000 new jobs have been created in Landskrona since 2010. Dagab will become a major and important employer in Landskrona, a positive factor for both the city and the people of Landskrona, and will contribute to increased employment“, says Torkild Strandberg (L), mayor of the city of Landskrona.
Logicenters has announced the signing of a lease with Finnish pharmacy chain Yliopiston Apteekki in Kerava, Finland. The lease is for a logistics facility with a total area of 7,450 m2 and the tenant is expected to begin moving in during the spring of 2021.
Finland’s largest pharmacy chain, Yliopiston Apteekki, will now move into Logicenters’ facility in Kerava. This follows the signing of a lease agreement for part of Logicenters’ new facility at Karhuntassuntie 3. Yliopiston Apteekki, which will commence the process of moving in during the spring of 2021, will lease a total of 7,450 m2, of which 7,200 m2 is warehouse space and the remaining 250 m2 offices. Bufab and Dachser are already tenants in the facility and with Yliopiston Apteekkis moving in, this means that the entire property will be fully let.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome such a reputable and established company as Yliopiston Apteekki to its new facility in Kerava. Our goal is to always be able to meet the specific needs of our tenants, both before and after they move in, which we have naturally made sure to do this time as well”, says Jarkko Äikää, Commercial Manager at Logicenters.
The logistics facility will play a part in strengthening Logicenters’ portfolio in the Finnish market. The facility is strategically located in the region, close to both the international airport and the E75 motorway.
“Our e-commerce ya.fi has grown strongly and we are very committed to serve our customers in fast, flexible and efficient way. We did an extensive search of suitable locations for our new logistics facility and providors that meet our needs and sustainability targets. We are therefore looking forward to cooperating with Logicenters and are also looking forward to moving into our new premises”, says Kimmo Virtanen, CEO of Yliopiston Apteekki.
Logistics property company Logicenters is expanding its presence at Vestby logistics park through both acquisitions and new developments. Over the next few years, Logicenters expects to increase its property holdings to more than 140,000 m2 in the area, which will become an important logistics hub in Norway. The company has also recently signed agreements with several tenants at the park.
Logicenters is significantly expanding its presence at Vestby logistics park in the Oslo region. In the last year the company has acquired two sites, 100,000 m2 at Toveien 21 and 27,500 m2 at Stormåsan 42. A total of 87,500 m2 of property is currently under development in the mentioned sites. In addition, Logicenters is also in the final stages of developing a 12,000 m2 facility at Torvuttaket 22.
Logicenters’ tenants in Vestby include Prime Cargo, Barnas Hus and HeltHjem Nethandel AS. The latter is one of Norway’s fastest growing companies within packaging and online trade distribution and will lease part of Logicenters’ property at Torvuttaket 26 from June 2021. A lease has also been signed with an international freight company at Toveien 21.
“We are very confident that Vestby will become an even more important hub for imports, exports and e-commerce in Norway in the future. The area’s close proximity to the E6 motorway and its transport links as well as ports in Moss and Gothenburg are just some of the reasons why more and more companies will choose to establish a base here. And with HeltHjem Nethandel soon moving in, we also believe that there will be opportunities for increased synergies with other e-commerce companies who choose Vestby”, says Ruben Krantz, Commercial Manager at Logicenters.
As one of the industry’s leading developers and the owner of modern logistics properties, Logicenters has great ambitions to bring about a sustainable transformation of the industry. As well as the option of installing solar panels on the roof, Logicenters has also decided to environmentally certify the new facilities in Vestby in accordance with BREEAM Very Good.
“We are striving to be a leader in the industry when it comes to the environment and sustainability. In collaboration with NREP, we continuously review the opportunities for working towards more sustainable construction while future-proofing our properties with renewable energy. It is also gratifying to see that our tenants share our sustainability ambitions”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Logicenters is also currently in talks with several companies regarding the leasing of the remaining logistics spaces currently under development.
The groundbreaking ceremony has now taken place for Logicenters’ 16,000 m2 facility in Køge, south of Copenhagen, Denmark. The property, which is being built on speculation, is being developed with a strong focus on sustainability and is scheduled for completion in early 2022.
In 2020, Logicenters acquired a 160,000 m2 lot of land at Skandinavisk Transport Center, a Danish logistics park in Køge, south of Copenhagen. The logistics property company is planning to develop facilities for a total of 68,000 m² at the park. The first phase has now been initiated with the development of a 16,000 m² logistics facility, which is being built on speculation and is scheduled for completion in spring 2022. In line with Logicenters’ ambitious sustainability goals, available options will include the installation of solar panels on the roof of the facility.
“We are delighted that the groundbreaking ceremony has taken place for our new property at Skandinavisk Transport Center. Køge is an extremely good logistics location with close proximity to the international airport, important motorways and ports. We look forward to welcoming our future tenant to a state-of-the-art and sustainable logistics facility in an optimal location in the Öresund region”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Its proximity to Copenhagen and Malmö makes Køge a strategic hub for logistics and transport, especially as the E20, E55 and E47 motorways all pass through Køge. In addition, the port of Køge is only three kilometres away, giving easy access to excellent marine transport via the Baltic Sea.