As a positive indicator of its steady growth, Bunzl Hungary’s Budapest facility has undergone several phases of development, including a recent merger and warehouse extension, over the course of its 17 year presence in the region.
When Beltex, a privately owned business dedicated to catering, cleaning and hygiene joined the Bunzl Group in 2008, a 2,400 sq m purpose-built warehouse was erected on the outskirts of Budapest. In 2017, its sister company Propack moved in, requiring an extension of 3,000 sq m. Last November, a merger with Silwell and Propack took place and an additional 2,500 sq m was added to the structure.
Together the three companies, under the Bunzl Hungary name, continue to service customers with cleaning and hygiene, foodservice, grocery and personal protection equipment. Now totalling 10,000 sq m and at maximum capacity, the building houses the warehouses and offices of Bunzl Hungary.
The mergers and renovations have enabled the companies to improve their energy efficiency exponentially.
Prior to the move, they all began using the same enterprise resource planning system, which meant they were fully operational when it was time to start sharing a space. In addition, streamlining and joining forces made it possible to standardise turnaround to up to 24 hours nationwide, reduce costs and increase the speed of packaging.
More than just a sound decision for business, the choice to expand premises has also decreased the companies’ carbon footprint.
From three warehouses plus a site in downtown Budapest, they have gone down to one warehouse on the periphery of town and a central cash and carry depot. Throughout the process, the warehouse designers have been mindful of energy efficiency and upgraded the lighting system to LEDs. However, unlike some of the newer purpose-builds, the warehouse is not yet fully automated, but this may feature in future plans along with solar panel installations and car charging stations.
With steady growth forecast for Bunzl Hungary, Nicolas Ingram, Managing Director, Bunzl Central and Eastern Europe observed: