Enköping’s Business Park continues to grow. It’s now clear that Logicenters will continue its establishment in the area where it will develop 12,200 m2 for Jobman Workwear AB. The facility will be ready in the first quarter of 2024.
In line with increasing demand for efficient logistics, Logicenters is involved in developing Enköping’s Business Park, just north-east of the central city. A lease has now been signed with Jobman Workwear AB to develop an additional 12,200 m2 in the area, where the workwear company will become a long-term tenant.
“The geographic location at the E18 with close connections to Stockholm and the entire Mälardalen opens for efficient logistics with a favorable rental situation compared to Stockholm’s locations. We are very happy about the collaboration with Jobman and looking forward to accompanying them on their continued expansion journey”, says Victoria Ödmark, Commercial Manager at Logicenters.
Jobman Workwear has worked since 1975 to develop workwear for professionals with high demands. Durability has always been – and will always be – the company’s hallmark as it is one of the leading companies in its industry.
“Logicenters has offered a very good service and we are grateful for this collaboration, which will increase our opportunities to grow as a company. With a logistics facility in Enköping, we can offer our customers in Central Sweden and the rest of the country an even faster delivery”, says Joakim Rothschild, CEO at Jobman Workwear.
The property, Hagalund 1:34, will be developed according to Logicenter’s ambitious sustainability profile and will be ready during the first quarter of 2024. The area already houses companies such as Kronans Apotek and Enköping Maskincenter.
Logicenters is continuing to concentrate on a sustainable future. To lead the move towards a carbon-neutral sector, the company has decided to more than double its ownership of solar cell installations in the coming years.
With a sustainability goal to be completely carbon neutral by 2028, Logicenters has decided to pioneer the use of renewable energy at its facilities.
The decision has been made to cover roofs with solar panels on all new builds and to install them on existing roofs where possible.
In total, Logicenters aims to install around 800,000 m2 of solar cells over the next three years. This area is equivalent to a total of 133 football pitches. In total, this investment would generate potential annual production of 85,000 MWh, sufficient household electricity for more than the whole of Östersund (24,290 households).
“The logistics property sector has the necessary conditions and therefore a responsibility to take a leading role in the expansion of solar energy on our large roof areas. We are also building for tomorrow, when solar power will be used to charge the electric distribution vehicles of the future. It is here that we at Logicenters feel we can make a big difference,” says Jon Malmsten, solar energy expert at Logicenters.
Over the last year, this ambitious solar cell strategy has already seen construction of the largest roof-mounted solar plant in the Nordic region, covering 80,000 m2. The plant was built for Dagab in Bålsta and is set to become operational in March.
“For me, it goes without saying that we should continue our commitment to solar energy for a carbon-neutral tomorrow. The property sector continues to account for 40% of global emissions and there is an urgent need to find better ways both to develop and to operate properties. Everyone must assume responsibility and it is our ambition to be at the forefront of the Nordic market,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO of Logicenters.
Logicenters is continuing its journey of continued growth. The company is in the process of developing a total of 740,000 m2 in five different countries, and ahead of the autumn, the logistics real estate operator is building further by strengthening its team with nine recruitments.
Logicenters is the leading developer of modern logistics properties and has a presence in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland and Finland. The logistics property company currently has almost two million square metres of logistics space under development, with long-term visions of further expansion.
Approaching the autumn, the company has announced its investment in continued strong growth with the recruitment of nine new people. The need to strengthen the team has arisen as more and more projects are close to completion but where 740,000 m2 is still under development.
“After a wonderful and much-needed summer break, it’s time for us at Logicenters to aim for greater heights. I am very happy and proud to be able to welcome our new employees who will be of great help during our continued journey of growth. This major investment will really drive the business forward,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
Logicenters’ new colleagues for the autumn
Johanna Hollgren, Sweden
Gustav Olofsson, Sweden
Lucas K. Olsen, Denmark
Gustav Bergquist, Sweden
Aleksandra Slowinska, Poland
David Flach, Denmark
Vegard Karlsen, Norway
Victor Lindholm, Sweden
Caroline Vilhemsson, BREEAM admin, Sweden
For the fourth year in a row, Logicenters has won the Real Estate Brand Award. At the prestigious gala in Berlin, the company was awarded first prize in the “Nordic Developers Logistics” category, the prize for the strongest brand among developers of logistics properties in the Nordic region.
More than 1,500 brands from a total of 45 markets were in competition for the Real Estate Brand Award, the prestigious prize presented every year. This year’s gala was held on Tuesday evening in Berlin and among the Nordic brands in the “Nordic Developers Logistics” segment, Logicenters won the diamond-shaped award for the fourth year in a row.
“We are incredibly proud and delighted by this. Winning this award for the fourth year in a row is really a testament to the fact that our significant investment in solar energy, high sustainability standards and customised solutions is really paying off. It is very gratifying that we are continuing to attract attention in international circles,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
The competition is based on a survey conducted annually since 2009 by the European Real Estate Brand Institute, a platform for evaluating brands within the real estate industry. In total, more than 125,000 industry experts have participated in evaluating the winners based on different brand value models. Their valuations are then aggregated into an index, Brand Value, which forms the basis of the awards.
Logistikejendomsudvikleren Logicenters har indgået en udlejningsaftale af en 16.000 m2 stort højteknologisk lagerbygning med danske Movianto, der er specialisteret i logistik af farmaceutiske produkter. Lageret forventes at stå klar til brug i tredje kvartal af 2022.
Den førende udvikler inden for logistikejendomme i Norden, Logicenters, fortsætter med at udvide sine aktiviteter i Hovedstadsområdet. Virksomheden har netop indgået en langsigtet aftale om udlejning af en 16.000 m2 højteknologisk farmaceutisk logistikejendom på Egedesvej i Køge til Movianto, der er en af de førende logistikoperatører inden for lægemidler. Dermed er Logicenters ved at kunne melde udsolgt omkring Køge – blot 20.000 m2 har udvikleren tilbage til udlejning.
Som ved alle Logicenters øvrige ejendomme i Køge vil lageret blive opført efter virksomhedens sædvanlige høje grønne standarder. For eksempel er taget forberedt til etablering af solceller, som kan medvirke til at reducere bygningens CO2-aftryk betragteligt, oplyser Commercial Manager Thomas Petersen.
”Denne nye aftale med Movianto glæder os meget. Vi kommer til at levere en topmoderne, bæredygtig og højteknologiske lagerbygning, som vil blive tilpasset Moviantos behov og effektivisere deres logistikoperationer. Vi ser frem mod at byde Movianto velkommen i løbet af tredje kvartal i år”, siger han.
Den nye logistikejendom ligger i Skandinavisk Transport Center, som har en helt unik god beliggenhed med hurtig adgang til motorvejene E20, E55 og E47 samt havnene i Køge og København.
Marina Steensen, CEO DK i Movianto, glæder sig til at tage den nye lagerbygning i brug.
”Vi ser frem til at flytte ind i en ejendom, der er skræddersyet til vores virksomhed. Inden for lægemiddelbranchen er der et stort behov for effektive logistikløsninger og sikker distribution, og vi tror, at lageret i Køge kommer til at blive en central del af vores virksomhed og vores ønske om at effektivisere vores distribution yderligere i de kommende år. Vi vil gerne takke Logicenters for et fremragende samarbejde om at realisere denne mulighed”, siger hun.
The logistics property company is continuing to expand its presence in Norway. Logicenters has now announced that it has acquired a 70,000 m2 site from Skolt. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2023 and the entire developed logistics park is scheduled for completion in 2025.
Logicenters has acquired a site on speculation in Moss, Norway. During the first quarter of 2022, Logicenters will start preparing the land, which is expected to be ready for construction in the fourth quarter of 2022. To begin with, a building will be constructed on the site which will later become part of a developed logistics park. Construction of the planned property will begin in the first quarter of 2023. The entire logistics park is scheduled to be fully developed during 2025.
The logistics property company is in dialogue with several exciting companies, for whom Logicenters wants to develop facilities at the new logistics park in Moss.
“We are delighted to have secured this site in Moss. The area has seen strong growth in recent years and we can see that development in Moss is off to a good start. With tenants in the area such as Greencarrier, Europris, HelloFresh, Onna Greens, Altus Logisitics, Etac and Rockwoll, Moss logistics park has been on the map for major logistics companies for some time. Moss also has a good supply of labour, which we are finding is becoming increasingly important to logistics companies. The park is also located right next to the port of Moss and its dry dock. So there are great opportunities to move goods in and out of the country easily using containers and ships that are more environmentally friendly than heavy transport. Our ambition is to develop a state-of-the-art property with a strong focus on the environment, sustainability and energy efficiency. We are currently looking for major tenants who focus on the same factors as us. We would like to thank Skolt for a smooth process and look forward to further cooperation in the preparation of the park,” says Ruben Krantz, Commercial Manager at Logicenters.
The logistics park in Moss is strategically located close to Oslo, Moss Airport and Rygge.
“I would like to thank Logicenters for a very professional and smooth process. I look forward to continued great collaboration in the future,” says Karsten F. Hansen, CEO at Skolt.
Logicenters udvider sine aktiviteter og etablerer sig for første gang uden for Norden. Den førende nordiske logistikejendoms-aktør har erhvervet en polsk portefølje og tager dermed sit succesrige koncept baseret på langsigtethed, kvalitet, fleksibilitet, kundefokus og bæredygtighed til et af Europas største vækstmarkeder.
Det NREP-ejede Logicenters fortsætter sin vækst og rykker med sin overtagelse af den polske udvikler af logistikejendomme BIK SA nu for første gang uden for Norden. Den polske portefølje består af fire ejendomme med to potentielle udvidelser samt en byggegrund – i alt et samlet areal på over 115.000 m2.
Polen er det femtestørste marked for logistikejendomme i Europa og et af de hurtigst voksende markeder på kontinentet. Alene i 2019 blev der udviklet 2,7 millioner m2 logistikfaciliteter i landet, hvilket er fire gange så meget som i Sverige, der er Nordens største logistikmarked. Samtidig ligger Polen rent geografisk ideelt med gode forbindelseslinjer til Norden og resten af Europa foruden en fin indenlandsk infrastruktur.
Logicenters nye besiddelser ligger i Wroclaw og Katowice i det sydlige Polen. Med et højt befolkningstal og store fabriksområder er dette område strategisk vigtig i forhold til logistikdrift, forklarer CEO i Logicenters, Matthias Kettelhoit.
”Vi har i de seneste år vokset eksponentielt i Norden og har fortsat ambitioner om at styrke vores position på hjemmemarkedet. Samtidig ser vi Polen som et naturligt skridt i vores videre udvikling. Dels fordi det polske marked har et kæmpe potentiale, som vi gerne vil bistå med at forløse, dels fordi flere af vores nuværende kunder allerede har virksomhed i landet og har efterspurgt vores tilstedeværelse. Vi ser frem til at kunne understøtte deres videre vækst, hvilket ligger helt på linje med den kundevendte måde, vi driver virksomhed på”, siger Matthias Kettelhoit.
Bæredygtighed i fokus
Internationalt ligger det nordiske logistikmarked i forreste linje inden for bæredygtig logistik. Derfor ser Logicenters sin ekspansion til det europæiske marked som et naturligt skridt til at bringe deres nordiske bæredygtighedsprofil ud i verden. Og præcis som i Norden vil faciliteterne i Polen imødekomme høje krav inden for bæredygtighed og energieffektivitet.
”Vi udvikler morgendagens logistikejendomme med en fleksibilitet og i en kvalitet, som holder i mange år frem. Vi udvikler anlæg, der ikke kun er bæredygtige og energieffektive, men også omkostningseffektive selv over lang tid, hvilket vi oplever en stigende efterspørgsel på. Og ligesom vi har været førende inden for udviklingen af bæredygtige logistikejendomme i Norden, vil vi bane vejen for mere bæredygtige faciliteter i Polen. Det vil gavne både vores kunders forretninger og miljøet”, siger Matthias Kettelhoit.
With the ambition to switch to 100 percent renewable electricity in its operations before 2025, Logicenters is now ramping up its efforts by installing solar panels on six more of its facilities. This means that Logicenters will be doubling the number of solar plants compared to today. It is estimated that the solar panels will generate a total of 9 gigawatt hours of electricity annually.
Logicenters has recently signed an agreement to install solar plants at six of its facilities across the Nordic region. Logicenters currently has solar plants on seven of its properties. With the installations now being carried out, Logicenters will be doubling the number of solar plants installed on its facilities. It is estimated that the solar cells will have a total capacity of up to 10,000 kWp and will produce 9 gigawatt hours of electricity on an annual basis. This is equivalent to the energy required to supply 1,800 homes with electricity for an entire year.
For example, Logicenters and its tenant Speed Group are currently installing the Nordic region’s largest rooftop solar plant in Borås, Sweden. At this property alone, the solar cells cover a roof area of 60,000 m2 and have a capacity of 5,000 kWp.
“We are very pleased to be managing this sustainable transition in the logistics industry. It is of the utmost priority to us that we reduce our climate footprint as much as possible while simultaneously securing the future energy needs of our tenants. By installing solar cells on our roofs, we can also utilise very large areas not normally in use, instead of taking up land that may be better suited for other things”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
As the leading developer and owner of modern logistics facilities in the Nordic region, Logicenters also wants to manage the transition to renewable energy within the logistics industry. Through NREP, Logicenters has become affiliated with RE100, a global coalition of companies committed to renewable energy. Consequently, Logicenters is undertaking to switch to using 100 percent renewable electricity throughout the company’s property portfolio before 2025.
“Solar cells are just one part of our comprehensive sustainability work. We are also maintaining an ongoing dialogue with our tenants regarding the implementation of energy efficiency measures that will also mean significant potential savings for them,” says Karin Sjövall, Head of Sustainability at Logicenters.
Logicenters is beginning 2021 with increasing of pace and strengthening the development team through key recruitment. The logistics property company has recruited Sanna Vikström in the role of Development Manager for Logicenters in Finland. Sanna has substantial experience in project development, having most recently worked as a construction project director at Sitowise Oy. Logicenters has also recruited for several posts to the Swedish office.
Logicenters has high ambitions and is kick-starting 2021 with key recruitment. During the past year, Logicenters in Finland has implemented new developments in Kurikantie, Pirkkala, and now has a number of projects in the start-up phase. In order to support the high rate of growth, the logistics property company has recruited Sanna Vikström as Development Manager in Finland. Sanna has a wide range of experience in project development, having most recently worked as a construction project director at Sitowise Oy. She will now become a key member of Logicenters’ team, continuing to promote the investments in Finland.
“The demand for modern logistics properties are growing and we are constantly looking for experienced people to join us. This is why Sanna is a very valuable recruit. With her extensive experience in project development, she will form an important piece of the puzzle in our future expansion. I would therefore like to warmly welcome Sanna and I look forward to working with her to take Logicenters forward,” says Eva Sterner, Head of Development at Logicenters.
Sanna will be responsible for Logicenters’ development team in Finland. This covers everything from dialogues with the municipalities regarding local management plans and building permits, identifying land for potential new development projects to being responsible for procurement. An important part of the work will also involve maintaining an active dialogue with Logicenters’ tenants.
“Joining such a successful and leading company as Logicenters is something I am very pleased and proud of. Logicenters’ expansive development is an indication that it is an ambitious company that is rapidly expanding its market share and growing. I am therefore very much looking forward to working with my new team to continue promoting Logicenters’ project development,” says Sanna Vikström, Development Manager, Logicenters Finland.
In addition to Sanna in Finland, Logicenters has also made three other important recruitments in Sweden, which is also a rapidly growing market. Rebecca Axelsson joins the Swedish office as an architect together with Peter Zekovic and Johan Bäcklund, who will both be assistant project managers.
Construction of Logicenters’ solar plant now under way:
With an area of 60,000 m2 and capacity of 5 megawatts, the solar plant in Borås is the largest ever installed on a rooftop in the Nordic region. Behind the investment is real estate investor NREP through its logistics arm, Logicenters, and tenant Speed Group. Solkompaniet has been commissioned to erect the plant and installation of the solar cells has now begun. In addition to meeting the property’s electricity needs, it is estimated that the plant will contribute with 2.6 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity to the grid. The rooftop plant will be by far the largest in Sweden.
According to the Swedish Energy Agency’s statistics, only one solar plant with a capacity of more than 1 megawatt was built in Sweden in 2019. Said plant was built on the ground and has a capacity of 1.5 megawatts. A plant is now being developed which is more than three times this size – the largest rooftop solar plant in the Nordic region. In order to push the transition to renewable energy, Logicenters – the real estate investor NREP’s logistics branch – and its tenant Speed Group are using the rooftop of the 83,000 m2 logistics facility in Viared, outside Borås. It is estimated that the solar cells can produce 4 million kilowatt hours annually, which is equivalent to the annual electricity demand for 1,800 all-electric cars.
“The roofs of large logistics facilities are the ideal location for installing solar plants. Therefore, it feels important that, as developers and owners of logistics properties, we are at the forefront of solar electricity production on our rooftops. We have a number of ambitious sustainability goals, one of which is to operate all our properties using renewable energy. And the demand for solar electricity is high from both companies and individuals – something which we can now fulfill. This facility will meet the tenant’s electricity needs on an annual basis, contribute more renewable electricity to the grid for the inhabitants of Borås to use and can save the environment up to 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters at NREP.
During 2020, electricity prices have been 40 percent higher in central Sweden than in northern Sweden. It shows very clearly that we have a lack of transmission capacity and too little electricity generation south of the Dalälven river. This means that solar electricity, when it is developed on both roofs and in solar parks, can make an important contribution to the demand for electricity during the summer months in central and southern Sweden.
“The large solar plant will help to meet the increased electricity demand for electricity in southern Sweden with locally produced renewable electricity. An important contribution to the transition to a completely renewable electricity system”, says Johan Öhnell, chairman of Solkompaniet, which will build the plant during the autumn.
The energy tax – an obstacle to widespread solar production
There is great potential to produce solar energy in Sweden. At the same time, current energy taxes penalise those installing large solar plants. Companies generating solar power on their properties are taxed on the electricity they generate when a solar plant exceeds the power limit of 255 kilowatts. The government has recently proposed raising the limit to 500 kilowatts, but the Borås plant is ten times that size. The companies behind the solar plant in Borås have the capacity to contribute electricity from renewable energy sources – but are calling on the government to rethink and remove the limit altogether.
“NREP has a total of 2.5 million square metres of real estate in the Nordic region and is continuing to make climate investments such as solar cell installations on a number of rooftops. But the government has a heavy responsibility in expanding the financial incentives for this type of venture. An energy tax on self-generated solar electricity, used partly by the company itself and partly contributing renewable electricity to the electricity grid, is not the right way to go. We have a number of ambitious sustainability goals, one of which is to operate all our properties using renewable energy, but there must be an increased cooperation between various players in the community“, says Stefan Wallander, CEO of NREP in Sweden.
“Our major customers demand an action plan from Speed Group, in order to contribute to the goal of a maximum increase in global warning of 1.5°C, in line with the Paris Agreement. The installation of the solar plant is our single greatest step towards meeting our customers’ high sustainability requirements,” says Mats Johnson, CEO of Speed Group.
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