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Goodman and Vandeputte showcase innovative solutions in Puurs

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Goodman Group and Vandeputte Group today held an inauguration ceremony in Puurs to celebrate the completion of an 18,000 sqm logistics facility. Participants included Danny Peeters, Executive Director Goodman; Dirk Vandeputte, Managing Director Vandeputte Group and Kris Peeters, Minister-President of Flanders.

The inauguration ceremony included a panel discussion with Danny Peeters and Peggy Daneels, Director Supply Chain, Vandeputte, on the impact of new customer expectations on logistics processes, which was moderated by Johan Van Overtveldt – Editor-in-chief, Knack and Tendances.

“We are delighted to be present at the inauguration of Vandeputte’s new warehouse in Puurs. A flexible supply chain is central to a modern business environment and I am confident that the new, state-of-the-art facility, will provide Vandeputte with increased efficiencies and allow them to be truly innovative in their supply chain management,” said Danny Peeters.

Guests at the event also received a guided tour of the 18,111 sqm facility developed by Goodman, which comprises a warehouse with 12 loading docks and three overhead doors, a 586 sqm mezzanine and 440 sqm of office space.

The new facility allows the Vandeputte Group to consolidate its current space requirements, while catering for future expansion in one modern distribution centre. Construction commenced in May 2012, with the completed project delivered in December 2012.

The property was developed to Goodman's standard warehouse specifications and adapted to Vandeputte Group’s specific requirements. Highlights include extra roof insulation, a super flat floor to enable small aisle racking and fewer loading docks.

The warehouse is adjacent to the 21,329 sqm facility previously developed by Goodman at the end of 2011 and sold to Duvel-Moortgat.
On 31 May, Goodman and Vandeputte will host the Francophone community at Puurs. Philippe Van der Beken, Managing Director Continental Europe will represent Goodman during the moderated panel discussion.

Goodman is number one European developer
PropertyEU magazine has named Goodman as the number one developer in Europe for the second year in a row. The ranking, which appears in the March edition, is based on completed projects in sqm from 2010 to 2012.

For further information, please contact Goodman:
Jeroen Gaudissabois, +32 (0)2 235 01 46,
Porter Novellie,  +32 (0)495 62 66 77, 
jeroen.gaudissabois@porternovelli.be About Vandeputte Group

As a European expert in industrial safety and well-being, and as a market leader in the Benelux Vandeputte Group offers its clients a made-to-measure approach to the prevention of occupational accidents and to limiting occupational discomfort. Our organisation comprises two complementary divisions. Vandeputte Safety focuses on the development and distribution of a complete range of personal protection equipment for industrial end-users. Samurai@Work is a complete package of training, advice trajectories within activities such as safety, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, workplace cosmetics and the environment.

For more information please visit:  www.vdp.com

About Goodman
Goodman is a global integrated property group that owns, develops and manages logistics and business space across Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Brazil. The Group invests in business parks, office parks, industrial estates and warehouse and distribution centres.

Goodman also offers a range of listed and unlisted property funds, giving investors access to a range of specialist services and property assets, and is working continually to build value in industrial property and fund management, with innovative new developments, and business and investment offerings.

With total assets under management of €16.5 billionand over 400 properties under management, Goodman is the largest industrial listed property group on the Australian Stock Exchange, and one of the largest listed specialist fund managers globally. Its market insight and dedicated local teams create sound investment opportunities and develop properties and environments that meet each client’s individual requirements.

With more than 970 staff and 36 offices in 18 countries, Goodman has the global reach to meet customers’ needs as their businesses expand or evolve. In Europe, Goodman has offices in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden and the UK.

For more information please visit:  www.goodman.com/be