Swedish outdoor brand Haglöfs is moving to Eskilstuna Logistics Park. This has been announced after the company signed a multi-year lease agreement with Logicenters for a total of 18,000 m2.
Wiktor Haglöf started making rucksacks in a small cottage in Dalarna as long ago as 1914. Today, more than 100 years later, the company has grown into something completely different. Thanks to modern product development and strategic distribution, the brand has developed into one of the world’s leading suppliers of outdoor products.
A multi-year lease agreement has now been signed with Logicenters at Eskilstuna Logistics Park, enabling Haglöfs to moving into the logistics property company’s modern facility of more than 50,000 m2. The property is equipped to function as a central warehouse for both start-ups and existing retail companies and is adapted for a combination of retail and e-commerce flows.
“We are delighted to welcome one of Sweden’s strongest brands into our property in Eskilstuna. Haglöfs is a growing company and we look forward to supporting its continued development at close quarters. I would personally like to express my thanks for the cooperation and I am convinced that the company will thrive in its new logistics centre,” says Fredrik Nygren, Commercial Manager at Logicenters.
Eskilstuna Logistics Park has an area of 420 hectares and is located just outside Eskilstuna with direct proximity to the motorway, railway and airport. The geographical location of the logistics park provides excellent transport links to Örebro as well as the Mälaren region and Stockholm, all of which contributes to optimal conditions for fast-growing retail companies and e-retailers.
There is also potential for Logicenters to expand further in the region, enabling both current and new tenants to expand in the future.
“My focus will continue to be on ensuring continuous and sustainable growth for Haglöfs. The partnership with Logicenters provides us with the ideal conditions for continuing to grow as a brand,” says Fredrik Ohlsson, CEO at Haglöfs.
With its new Triple Zero project, Logicenters is aiming to become a leader in the development of carbon-neutral facilities at all levels. To achieve this ambition, the logistics property company is drawing on inspiration and materials from both the plant world and space.
The property sector is in urgent need of better means of developing and operating facilities in order to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. Historically, much attention has been paid to reducing the carbon footprint of building operations. There has been less focus on how much the CO2 materials in buildings cost to manufacture, transport and install. Logicenters wants to change this with the Triple Zero project.
The project has now begun, forming part of the Bålsta Logistics Park in northern Stockholm. At the time of writing, detailed planning is under way regarding the choice of materials and construction techniques to be used in the project. For example, the conventional steel frame, walls and roof will be replaced with wooden structures.
“We are aiming high and will try to achieve total carbon neutrality with this project. However, it will be difficult to obtain some completely carbon-neutral building materials, such as concrete. At the point we are currently at in the project, we are reducing material-bound CO2 by as much as 60%. So we certainly have some way to go here before we reach zero. The most difficult challenge at the moment is to obtain materials and installations with a low CO2 content that are approved for use. There are many existing and new companies working feverishly on this and the pace of innovation is high, something which is very encouraging. To achieve zero across the project as a whole, we therefore need to balance this by finding materials that sequester more CO2 than they emit, such as wood and hemp. Recycling and reuse of the building once it’s worn out in 50-100 years then needs to function in such a way that the sequestered carbon dioxide is not released back into the atmosphere,” says Eva Sterner, Head of Development Projects at Logicenters.
In line with Logicenters’ ambitious sustainability goal to be completely carbon neutral by 2028, the company sees the Triple Zero project as an important opportunity for continued development and the addition of new knowledge. Among other things, Logicenters has begun to look to space for inspiration and approaches that could potentially lower its carbon footprint.
“We are looking at space technology, which is often at the forefront of technological development and was, for example, the first to develop solar cells. We are working with an organisation with access to NASA and it is hoped that innovations will be discovered which can perhaps be implemented here in the long term. It could involve a layer of the space suit which provides a high degree of insulation that could also be used in roof structures, for example, to make them lighter,” continues Sterner.
The name Triple Zero is derived from the ambition to achieve zero emissions during construction and the same during operation. The third zero relates to the construction of carbon-neutral buildings in the future without the costs being higher than for today’s buildings.
“At present, the cost structure of these products is higher. You need to increase production volumes in order for prices to go down. We are prepared to absorb the higher price now in order to help create more demand,” concludes Sterner.
The new logistics facility with a total area of 20,000 m2 is scheduled for completion by the end of 2023. The property is being built on speculation, with Logicenters hoping to find a suitable customer with a high environmental profile.
To inspire and encourage energy saving, a number of large players in the property sector are working together on a joint campaign ahead of winter.
Effective energy use and operational optimisation are nothing new in the property industry. In fact, the sector has actively worked on the issue for many years. Considering this winter’s energy situation, efforts to reduce energy consumption are particularly relevant. The Swedish property companies Castellum, Catena, Corem, Mileway, Logicenters and SLP have established a joint campaign to reduce energy usage under the hashtag #HusFörHus (houses for houses). The aim of the campaign is to contribute to reducing energy consumption by working together, sharing knowledge and inspiring as many as possible to do what they can to save energy.
Follow the campaign through social media by using the hashtag #HusFörHus. The participating companies are happy for more property companies to join the campaign, as well as customers and other partners.
Logicenters is continuing its major investment in solar energy by signing an agreement to install solar cells at a further nine of its facilities. In total, the company has installed solar cells with an expected annual production of 30 GWh – equivalent to household electricity for the whole of Mora.
In April, it was announced that Logicenters had begun construction of the Nordic region’s largest rooftop solar cell plant in Bålsta. This project is in line with the ambitions of Logicenters and NREP to lead development of a carbon-neutral property sector, reaching net zero as early as 2028.
The investment on renewable energy has grown during the autumn and the logistics property company has now signed an agreement to build solar cell plants at a further nine of its facilities. The new installations are expected to generate a total of 2.6 GWh per year, equivalent to electricity for around 520 households.
“As customers today look at their supply chain, we cannot ignore the impact on our environment. The carbon footprint of the property sector is too large to ignore. Sustainable construction, with a major investment in renewable energy, is our most important journey as a company. We at Logicenters really want to lead the way, showing what is possible,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
Logicenters is currently active in a total of five countries where it has installed solar cells with predicted annual generation of 30 GWh, enough to supply electricity to the entire city of Mora (6000 households). A figure that is constantly increasing.
“In addition to being climate-smart, solar energy is almost always profitable in relation to the lifetime of the panels. How quickly they pay for themselves depends on the cost of installation, which has risen in the wake of the energy crisis, and on the price of electricity, which is also on a steep upward trend. However, those who invest in solar cells get a fixed predictable electricity price which is appreciated,” says Jon Malmsten, solar energy expert at Logicenters.
All of the new solar cell plants are scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2023.
|Property name||Address||Annual production (MWh)||Planned output||Contractor||Installation date|
|Blixten 1||Prognosgatan 1 – Borås||441||500||Soltech||Q2 2023|
|Flahult 21:44||Möbelvägen 5 – Jönköping||406||500||Solkompaniet||Q2 2023|
|Kronan 1||Örjaleden 40 – Landskrona||232||254||Soltech||Q2 2023|
|Mörby 5:44||Mörbyvägen 17 – Nykvarn||447||500||Soltech||Q2 2023|
|Norslunda 1:32||Uppfinnarvägen 6 – Arlanda||441||500||Soltech||Q2 2023|
|Telfern 4||Företagsgatan 44 – Borås||441||500||Soltech||Q2 2023|
|Mobilkranen 7||Örebro||210||240||Soltech||Q2 2023|
Logicenters’ facility in Brunna Logistics Park has welcomed its first tenant. Storage company Vinden AB has moved in, signing a long-term lease for 10,850 m2 of the property.
Back in 2017, Logicenters acquired land in Brunna, north of Stockholm, to begin strengthening its presence in the region. The logistics facility on the site has since been built on speculation. In December last year, it was announced that the fast-growing storage company Vinden AB had signed a lease for 10,850 m2 of the property’s total 35,000 m2.
The property at Mätarvägen 31 has now been completed and Vinden AB has received the keys to its new premises.
“We at Logicenters are pleased to welcome Vinden to this property gem which offers great potential for development. Brunna is already an attractive area with proximity to Stockholm and the rest of the Mälaren region, which is a prerequisite for future logistics. The region is the country’s economic engine and Sweden’s largest consumer market, which will contribute to strong growth for Vinden,” says Victoria Ödmark, Commercial Manager at Logicenters.
The new tenant is delighted with the new property and the strengthened conditions for attractive logistics.
“First of all, I would like to thank Logicenters for its strong collaboration – I am very impressed with its expertise & flexibility. For us, the move to Brunna means that we can now switch up our operations by being able to offer even more Stockholm residents and companies our smart full-service storage solution. Both the choice of location and the function of the premises are crucial for fast and smooth service to our thousands of customers,” says Stefan Stoltenberg, COO at Vinden AB.
Logicenters is continuing its major investment in a CO2-neutral property sector. Its cooperation with Dagab is now being strengthened through a solar park to be built at the new facility in Landskrona.
Last year, Logicenters signed a long-term lease for a period of 15 years with Dagab, the Axfood Group’s purchasing and logistics company, for a brand new national warehouse for fruit and vegetables. The new warehouse, with an area of just over 37,000 m2, is located in Landskrona and will replace the current fruit and vegetable warehouse in Helsingborg.
On Thursday, a supplementary agreement was signed, announcing that the parties are expanding their existing cooperation on renewable energy. When Dagab moves into the premises in November, it will do so with 7,000 solar panels installed on the roof, covering an area of approximately 30,000 m2.
“As a logistics developer, our vision is always to offer our tenants modern and sustainable facilities in strategic locations. We are delighted to be continuing our excellent collaboration with Dagab, with its new warehouse being built in accordance with our ambitious sustainability strategy,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
One of Logicenters’ sustainability goals is to be fully climate neutral by 2028, with the Landskrona facility being built in accordance with this profile. The solar park will generate 3.9 MW of electricity when fully operational, which is equivalent to the annual household electricity used by 570 households or the electricity required to power an electric car on 400 laps of the world.
“What is particularly gratifying is that the solar park is being built in electricity zone 4, where the need for new electricity generation is greatest. Our new photovoltaic park will help to keep the facility’s electricity costs down along with the price of electricity in the area,” says Jon Malmsten, solar energy expert at Logicenters.
The new tenant is also delighted with the new solar park.
“Investment in solar power is part of our commitment to green technology at our logistics facilities. The Landskrona facility will add important, new, green energy at the same time as it supports the energy needs for our operations in Landskrona,” says Nicholas Pettersson, CEO of Dagab, Axfood’s purchasing and logistics company.
Logicenters and Dagab have already constructed the largest rooftop solar park in the Nordic region in Bålsta, north of Stockholm.
Logicenters is continuing along its path to continued growth. The logistics property company is to appoint Johanna Wollgård as CFO; she will continue the work of building up its financial reporting.
Logicenters is continuing to develop its operations as the leading owner of modern logistics properties in the key logistics locations in the Nordic region As of 1 September, Johanna Wollgård will step into the new role of CFO, focusing on building up the company’s financial reporting, monitoring investments and, on a broader level, ensuring Logicenters’ profitability.
“This is very positive news for us. As NREP and Logicenters have grown, so has the need to strengthen our Finance Department. Johanna Wollgård will bring her knowledge and experience to our investments, enabling us to make better decisions going forward,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
Johanna Wollgård has held various roles within the NREP Group since 2016. In recent years, her responsibilities have been as Senior Fund Controller for one of the Group’s funds. Wollgård has also worked in the auditing department for the audit and consulting network Deloitte.
“I am very grateful to have been entrusted with this new role and I look forward to taking on the new challenges within NREP,” says Johanna Wollgård.
Logicenters has signed an agreement with ICA Fastigheter AB for the acquisition of land in Kallhäll, just over twenty kilometres from central Stockholm. In the area, the company will build a state-of-the-art facility totalling 53,050 m2 and scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2024.
In April, Logicenters announced that it is building the Nordic region’s largest rooftop solar farm in Bålsta. The logistics property company is now continuing its major investment in the Stockholm area
with the acquisition of land from ICA Fastigheter AB in Kallhäll. The new acquisition is located in one of Stockholm’s most attractive logistics areas Kallhäll, just 20 minutes from the heart of the capital. Logicenters is planning the speculative construction of a state-of-the-art facility with a total area of 53,050 m2 close to Slammertorpsvägen.
Building is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2024. Logicenters intends that the facility will have environmental certification of at least the BREEAM Very Good standard and is also planning to install solar plants on the roofs.
“Having the opportunity to continue our development in Kallhäll, which with its geographical proximity to Stockholm is huge for us. It is one of Stockholm’s best areas for logistics. This acquisition has given us access to a unique piece of land and an opportunity to create something truly unique for the future. As we have previously made several acquisitions in the area, we will also be able to support the business community in the Stockholm region with the provision of a huge area of logistics space in the coming years,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
With its proximity to the E18 and Arlanda Airport, Kallhäll is an excellent hub for modern logistics and last-mile deliveries with its excellent transport links, primarily to Stockholm but also to the rest of Sweden and the Nordic region. Other major companies in the area include ICA, Arla, Dahl and DS Smith Packaging.
Logicenters is making a record-breaking investment in renewable energy. Construction of the largest rooftop solar plant in the Nordic region is now under way in Bålsta, just outside Stockholm. The solar field occupies an area of 80,000 m2.
Construction of Logicenters’ facility in Bålsta began three years ago and is scheduled for completion in 2023. The property will be one of Europe’s largest logistics properties with Dagab, Axfood’s purchasing and logistics company, being the long-term tenant.
An agreement has now also been signed between Logicenters, Dagab and the supplier Solkompaniet to build the largest rooftop solar park in the Nordic region. The roof measures 104,000 m2, with the solar field occupying about 80,000 m2 – one of the largest solar parks in the whole of Europe. This is equivalent to eleven football pitches.
“Our record-breaking investment in renewable energy is a natural part of achieving our ambitious sustainability goals of a CO2-neutral company. Logicenters currently has more than 20 sites where solar panels are installed, a figure that we are doubling through ongoing customer dialogue. We are very proud and excited about this collaboration, which is a real sunshine story. This solar park will truly be the crowning glory of one of Europe’s most modern property developments,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
The rooftop solar park will comprise 16,553 bifacial panels fitted with double-sided active solar cells. These are of high quality, ensuring extra-long durability. The plant is expected to produce around 7,880 MWh annually, which equates to 1,000 laps around the earth in an electric car.
“Our major investment in solar energy is part of the wider green transition to which we are committed, as a means of creating a more sustainable food system. Access to more renewable energy in society is crucial to slowing climate change in time,” says Klas Balkow, Axfood President and CEO.
The setup is similar to a so-called PPA (Power Purchase Agreement), where Axfood commits to purchase all the electricity generated over the next 25 years while installation, operation and maintenance are handled by Logicenters through Solkompaniet. Axfood also has the option to resell any surplus electricity.
Logicenters is continuing to take the lead in a CO2-neutral property sector. The company’s commitment to solar energy has now been strengthened with the recruitment of Jon Malmsten, who will be responsible for the logistics property company’s sustainable energy solutions.
With a sustainability goal to be completely climate neutral by 2028, Logicenters needs to develop all areas of its operations. The ambitious solar strategy has already been implemented at the majority of the company’s logistics facilities and this commitment is now being further developed with a key appointment in this field.
As of 1 April, Jon Malmsten has been employed at Logicenters as Energy transition expert with responsibility for sustainability and energy solutions at properties under management as well as in development projects.
“Personally, I believe it is as natural to incorporate solar cells on the roof of a facility as it is to build floors and walls inside. Our facilities already cover a total area of more than two million m2 and our ambition is to cover this whole area with solar cells. Logicenters currently has more than 20 facilities with solar cell installation, a figure that is set to double as a result of ongoing customer dialogue. Having said that, we are certain that Jon’s days with us will be easy to fill and this is a key appointment for us,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, CEO at Logicenters.
Jon Malmsten joins us from Aktea Energy, where he was responsible for strategy and the needs analysis of charging infrastructure for companies planning to switch to fossil-free operation for their service vehicles. He has also previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Gotland, focusing on wind power technology.
“I am very excited to have this opportunity to challenge myself and contribute towards the high sustainability goals of a CO2-neutral company. As builders of large logistics facilities, we have excellent conditions and thus a responsibility to take a leading role in the installation of solar energy on our large roofs. There are also interesting synergies here, as solar power can charge the electric distribution vehicles of the future. There is a great deal going on in the market right now and Logicenters can make a difference,” says Jon Malmsten.