Abbott’s challenge for Van Looy Group was initially to make a 2nd opinion analysis on an existing design of the new EDC. Soon after revealing the potential for significant CAPEX and OPEX reductions by an alternative, improved design, Van Looy Group was rewarded with the architectural design and the detailed engineering for the logistics, technical utilities and building. Van Looy Group was further responsible for the construction and project management during implementation.

The new distribution center NELH (Northern Europe Logistics Hub) supplies to

  • wholesalers and hospitals in Northern, Western and Central Europe;
  • Abbott subsidiaries on a global level.

Project information

IndustryPharma / Healthcare

Construction period14 months

LocationBreda, The Netherlands

Key figures

  • 18.000 m² ground floor
  • 30m building height
  • 28.000 pallet locations
  • 6 ASRS pallet cranes
  • 1 ASRS minload crane
  • Conveyor system (box, tray and pallet)
  • Temperature controlled in different regimes (2-8°C; 20-25°C; -20°C freezer)

Responsibilities Van Looy Group

  • Logistics concept engineering
  • Civil and utilities engineering
  • Construction management
  • Project management

About Abbott

Abbott is one of the world leading suppliers of medical care products including medicines, hospital and OR supplies, diagnostic products and health nutrition. For more than 130 years, Abbott has been working on new technologies and treatments in the medical science. Abbott employs approximately 90.000 people and sells its products in more than 130 countries.

The company’s credo is ‘Live not just longer, but better’.

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