Release Date: 18 March 2008
Release ID: 1034
GEFCO UK, one of Europe's leading transport and logistics groups, has been selected to manage just-in-time logistics for the production of high-tech photovoltaic (PV) solar technology for Solarcentury, the Europe’s leading solar energy company, specialising in the design and supply of building integrated solar electric and thermal technology.
Solarcentury has already begun using GEFCO’s integrated logistics warehouse in Coventry as its main European storage centre, and will utilise GEFCO’s customs management process, which was approved by HM Revenue and Customs in 2007. GEFCO’s ability to handle rapid growth is critical for Solarcentury as the PV technology industry is expanding fast. Solarcentury’s European growth exceeded 25% last year.
Under the new supply chain process, GEFCO will provide raw materials storage and transportation to a Solarcentury facility in Wales where the latest solar technology, the Solarcentury ‘C21’ solar electric roof tile, are assembled, branded and boxed. The finished products are returned to Coventry before being delivered on a just-in-time basis, duty-paid to Solarcentury’s European distribution hub in Chessington, to be distributed throughout the UK and Europe.
Andrew Speers, Supply Chain Manager at Solarcentury commented: “As a truly strategic supplier, GEFCO provides us with both the scale and flexibility we need as a fast growing company.” He added: “We were particularly keen to partner with an organisation able to help us implement our CSR strategy, reducing the environmental impact of our operations through new distribution methods such as reverse logistics and local sourcing. Essentially, we’re confident that GEFCO can meet our unique needs both now and as the company grows.”
Solarcentury aims to make the transition to low and zero carbon buildings a simple one. The company designs and supplies bother solar electric and solar thermal technology, working directly with architects, housing developers and engineers throughout Europe to deliver large scale renewable energy and carbon reduction solutions. Solarcentury’s finished solar technology has been used in thousands of commercial and residential developments, including Channel 4 and The Eden Project. Their latest innovation is the ‘Complete Solar Roof’, a world first completely integrated solar thermal and solar electric roofing system. To the observer a house with the award winning C21e, electric, and C21t, thermal, tiles looks like any standard home, but this roof can supply the owners with two thirds of their domestic hot water needs and half of their electricity. Other products include an ‘Energy Roof’ system for large industrial flat roofs.
GEFCO is currently working with Solarcentury to optimise its entire supply chain and has identified potential efficiency improvements in network and outbound logistics and storage solutions to meet future demand growth.
Valérie Arnaud, Key Account Manager at GEFCO UK commented: “It’s very exciting to be working with a company like Solarcentury, which is developing products that offer real solutions to creating renewable energy in the UK and further afield. GEFCO’s warehousing and network capabilities offer the perfect solution for Solarcentury, who have very specific and fast-growing needs in the UK and Europe. It’s anticipated that Solarcentury will see considerable growth, and we look forward to supporting this expansion and the changing demands of their business.”
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