Advise in contracting and monitoring the local project developer setting

April 6, 2016 2835

The Gates Corporation is a market leader in automotive and industrial power transmission products worldwide. Based in Denver, Colorado, the company has numerous manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world and a European headquarters in Erembodegem, near Aalst, Belgium.

Gates had outgrown their European Distribution Centre in Ghent. Gates needed to build a facility (18.000 m²) that would reflect Gates™ position as a key player in the European supply chain for their industries and markets. After having started with local expertise, Groenewout was asked to advise in contracting and monitoring the local project developer setting up a new facility meeting all specifications of Gates and expected future growth.

Groenewout assisted Gates with contractual issues and in fine-tuning the distribution centre design. Furthermore Groenewout provided a thorough review of the project during the realization and ensured that work on the building was progressing to schedule and the building was delivered to spec.


  • Professional expertise to meet all regulations with building and technical installation knowledge at hand
  • Guaranteed adherence of desired building requirements with the logistics operation
  • Securing strict time management which was key in this project as Gates needed to move in a for Gates seasonal slow period.
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50 years of experience

Consulting firm with over 50 years of experience.

European database

Availability of a European logistics database with benchmark figures on transportation and warehouse costs.

Network design

Full scope expertise on network design, as well as warehouse design (conceptual layout, logistics - and storage equipment) and logistics building design (engineering and investment calculations).

Implementation support

Ability to support implementation of new logistics concepts (70% of Groenewout revenue is with existing customers in follow-up/implementation projects.

Extensive knowledge

Extensive operational knowledge, hands-on, pragmatic and bottom-up approach.

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