Centralizing and optimizing the material flows on the Pfizer Puurs site was identified as a key enabler for the site’s future growth. A new logistics center with a fully automated warehouse and AGV system is conceived to realize the required optimization while preserving a sufficient level of flexibility.

Van Looy Group was challenged with the MHE concept design and the engineering of the construction and technical utilities.

Project information

IndustryPharma / Healthcare

Construction periodQ1 2018 – Jan 2019

LocationPuurs, Belgium

Key figures

  • 3.400 m² ground floor shipping/receiving + 2.650 m² highbay
  • 33m building height
  • 13.020 ambient + 1.200 cooled pallet locations (with internal highbay slave pallets)
  • 6 ASRS pallet cranes (5 ambient aisles single deep + 1 cooled aisle double deep)
  • Pallet conveyor system over 2 floors with connection to production
  • AGV system for integrated automated transport with production areas
  • Temperature controlled in different regimes

Responsibilities Van Looy Group

  • Logistics concept engineering
  • Civil and utilities engineering

About Pfizer

Pfizer Puurs is the second largest production site of Pfizer worldwide for the production of aseptic medicines and the largest packaging unit of Pfizer in Europe. In total, the Puurs site employs more than 1.500 people who annually produce, pack and prepare more than 300 million sterile units to export to more than 170 countries. The plant was founded by Upjohn in 1963 and acquired by Pfizer in 2003. Since then, the production unit has been an important link in Pfizer's global supply chain.

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