Imperial wins contract to store batteries for German car manufacturer
DUISBURG's Imperial chemical logistics division has captured the contract to store and handle lithium-ion traction batteries for the German operations of a major global automotive manufacturer
DUISBURG's Imperial chemical logistics division has captured the contract to store and handle lithium-ion traction batteries for the German operations of a major global automotive manufacturer.
Under the contract, Imperial will store the batteries at two locations with a combined footprint of 25,000 square metres. At one of these sites - one of Imperial's 17 European specialist multi-user hazmat warehouses - it will also be responsible for charging the batteries in readiness for delivery to the manufacturer's after-market network.
The bulk storage and handling of charged lithium-ion batteries constitutes a significant potential hazard and requires specific expertise and specially equipped facilities. Imperial's warehousing deployed on the contract accordingly embodies extensive, state-of-the-art fire prevention features, along with numerous other safety measures, a company statement said.
'Regulations governing the storage of rechargeable batteries are extremely strict and our site at Rieste meets and exceeds these stringent criteria,' said Imperial Logistics vice president Michael Pohl.
'We are delighted to complement Imperial's existing automotive logistics services for this client, with the addition of our extensive specialist capabilities and resources in the field of hazardous materials handling and storage,' Mr Pohl said.
Said Imperial executive vice president Markus Kanis: 'Our battery logistics solution addresses all environmental and safety issues involved in transporting, handling and storing large-format lithium batteries - from delivery of raw materials through battery manufacture, to supplying both the assembly track and after-market services. The winning of this contract is recognition of the commitment we have already made to this exciting but challenging new market.'