New €45m warehouse for hinges firm Grass

A new European central warehouse facility is to be built for component specialist Grass – the biggest investment in the company’s history.

The €45 million (£40m) 43,000sq m hub, which will open for business at the end of 2019, will be built in Hohenems, Austria.

It will employ 150 people.

The investment is a vote of confidence in the slide-and-drawer systems brand by German parent firm Würth Group.

Grass chief operating officer Thomas Zenker said that the investment was designed to optimise the firm’s supply chain.

“Our order books are full and the demand of the market is excellent. However, there were opportunities, which weren’t taken advantage of due to the strong growth in previous years,” Zenker said.

“With the central warehouse, we’re resolving one of the most important bottlenecks and creating the prerequisites for profitable and sustainable development.”

Grass has been part of the Würth Group since 2004 and the firm said it was “in a very healthy position.”

Robert Friedmann, spokesman for the Würth Group board of directors, said: “With the function of the central warehouse, we’ll be able to significantly shorten our reaction times.

“I’m happy that the company has developed in such a dynamic way.”

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