H.Essers Spain welcomes Ecolab

H.Essers Spain welcomes Ecolab

The partnership with our customers is central to the work of H.Essers. The long-standing relationship with our client Ecolab is a perfect example of this. Ecolab was looking for a warehouse solution in Southern Europe and the H.Essers team of Lieven Severijns, Business Unit Manager South, went to work on this question. And brought it to successful completion.

Back in 1995, Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services, started working together with H.Essers. We provided them with warehousing at our main site in Genk, where the required space was expanded to eventually store a stock of no less than 50,000 pallets. Most transports leaving this site were destined for the Benelux and Germany. “In 2008, our company set up a second location for Ecolab, this time with a 7,000-pallet warehouse in Denmark,” says Lieven Severijns. “In 2009, a third hall followed in Romania, with another 3,000 pallets. It makes for a great growth story, in which we have always endeavoured to consider the specific needs of the company in both the short and long term.”

The right know-how within reach

Ecolab had been looking for a similar location on the Iberian Peninsula – mainly Spain – for several years with the idea of setting up a strategic starting position towards Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. “When we took over Coral Transport & Stocks in Spain in 2021, we saw the potential of this new location and the possibility of starting a fourth distribution centre here,” says Lieven. “The right licences had already been granted and Coral had a Seveso warehouse that would be perfect for Ecolab. The added value of the takeover became immediately apparent with these assets: both the knowledge and the infrastructure were readily available.”

Smooth integration

In the meantime, several H.Essers teams have been working hard to get the site ready. In March, the site will be fully operational. Lieven: “The personal presence of our experienced team and close cooperation with our new Spanish colleagues have greatly facilitated the implementation of this project. We are pleased to be a strategic partner for Ecolab, actively thinking together with them about how the supply chain and warehousing could be optimised.” Joachim Giesler, Director Warehousing EMEA at Ecolab, says: “Our years of experience with H.Essers and their acquisition of Coral created a perfect symbiosis between the local expertise and licences on the one hand and H.Essers’ extensive knowledge of customers, systems and processes on the other. Thanks to their customised approach, the integration went very smoothly and it allowed us to take a major step into southern Europe, practically risk-free.”

Are you interested in the international solutions that H.Essers can offer its customers? Or do you have a need for flexible supply chain optimisation abroad? Lieven Severijns (lieven.severijns@essers.com) will be glad to assist you.