Logicenters is beginning 2021 with increasing of pace and strengthening the development team through key recruitment. The logistics property company has recruited Sanna Vikström in the role of Development Manager for Logicenters in Finland. Sanna has substantial experience in project development, having most recently worked as a construction project director at Sitowise Oy. Logicenters has also recruited for several posts to the Swedish office.
Logicenters has high ambitions and is kick-starting 2021 with key recruitment. During the past year, Logicenters in Finland has implemented new developments in Kurikantie, Pirkkala, and now has a number of projects in the start-up phase. In order to support the high rate of growth, the logistics property company has recruited Sanna Vikström as Development Manager in Finland. Sanna has a wide range of experience in project development, having most recently worked as a construction project director at Sitowise Oy. She will now become a key member of Logicenters’ team, continuing to promote the investments in Finland.
“The demand for modern logistics properties are growing and we are constantly looking for experienced people to join us. This is why Sanna is a very valuable recruit. With her extensive experience in project development, she will form an important piece of the puzzle in our future expansion. I would therefore like to warmly welcome Sanna and I look forward to working with her to take Logicenters forward,” says Eva Sterner, Head of Development at Logicenters.
Sanna will be responsible for Logicenters’ development team in Finland. This covers everything from dialogues with the municipalities regarding local management plans and building permits, identifying land for potential new development projects to being responsible for procurement. An important part of the work will also involve maintaining an active dialogue with Logicenters’ tenants.
“Joining such a successful and leading company as Logicenters is something I am very pleased and proud of. Logicenters’ expansive development is an indication that it is an ambitious company that is rapidly expanding its market share and growing. I am therefore very much looking forward to working with my new team to continue promoting Logicenters’ project development,” says Sanna Vikström, Development Manager, Logicenters Finland.
In addition to Sanna in Finland, Logicenters has also made three other important recruitments in Sweden, which is also a rapidly growing market. Rebecca Axelsson joins the Swedish office as an architect together with Peter Zekovic and Johan Bäcklund, who will both be assistant project managers.
Scandinavia’s leading company within flow technology, GPA Flowsystem AS, has moved into Logicenters’ property in Langhus, just outside Oslo. The lease agreement is for a 5,350 m2 section of the logistics property company’s facility.
The leading specialist in flow technology, GPA Flowsystem AS, has now become a new tenant at Logicenters’ property in Langhus, just south of Oslo. GPA now has an area of 5,350 m2 at its disposal. The property has a generic design and is equipped with all the necessary specifications for modern logistics operations. In addition to all the necessary indoor specifications, the property also has spacious outdoor areas which promote efficient traffic management and outdoor storage.
“We are very happy that GPA Flowsystem AS has now moved into our facility in Langhus. It is an exciting company that we are convinced will thrive. They are moving into a property well suited to modern logistics operations and also situated in an optimal location for logistics in the heart of Oslo’s southern logistics corridor. We would like to wish them a warm welcome,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
In terms of geography, Langhus is optimally located for logistics operations and is considered to be the most attractive logistics area in southern Oslo. From the property there is easy access to the E6 motorway with excellent links to Oslo, Sweden and further south to Denmark and the rest of northern Europe.
“It is great to have moved into our new warehouse in Langhus. In addition to the property fitting our business well, we are delighted by its geographical location, offering strategically good links to Oslo and the rest of the Nordic region. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Logicenters for an excellent collaboration,” says Per-Ivar Søfteland, CEO of GPA Flowsystem AS.
Logicenters is to develop a 72,000 m2 logistics facility for Dahl Sverige AB in Bålsta, just north of Stockholm, with the two parties having already signed a lease agreement. The property will become Dahl’s new central warehouse and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2022. Logicenters has also acquired Dahl’s current 45,000 m2 logistics facility located in Kallhäll, between Bålsta and Stockholm.
Logicenters is ending the year with a major double deal while continuing to consolidate its presence in the Stockholm region. In Bålsta, Håbo municipality, Logicenters will develop a 72,000 m2 logistics facility for HVAC wholesaler Dahl Sverige AB. Logicenters will be responsible for the construction of the state-of-the-art, highly automated central warehouse – which is to be developed in close consultation with Dahl to ensure that all the company’s logistical needs are met.
“We are delighted to have been entrusted with the development of Dahl’s new logistics facility. We have worked with Dahl for many years and taking the collaboration to the next level feels completely natural. The fact that the new central warehouse is also one of the year’s largest logistics deals in Sweden is of course also a great record. It is a joy to establish a base in a municipality such as Håbo which really understands the value of modern logistics and I would like to thank the municipality for its excellent collaboration yet again”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Logicenters has also acquired Dahl’s current 45,000 m2 logistics facility located in Kallhäll, in the neighbouring municipality of Järfälla. It will take control during the first quarter of 2021, with Logicenters having an opportunity to expand the facility by up to 12,000 m2 in addition to the existing warehouse space. Dahl will continue to operate from the property until the new central warehouse in Bålsta has been completed.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with Logicenters again. It is rewarding to work with a company which shares our view on the development of the logistics facilities of tomorrow and we look forward to moving into our new state-of-the-art central warehouse”, says Göran Dahlin, CEO of Dahl Sverige AB.
In line with Logicenters’ high sustainability goals, the new property in Bålsta will have the environmental certification BREEAM Very Good. There will also be an option to install solar cells on the property’s roof. The existing warehouse in Kallhäll will undergo a sustainability inspection when Logicenters takes control.
“It is very gratifying that Logicenters has once again chosen to establish itself in our municipality and we also look forward to welcoming Dahl to Håbo. We are convinced that Håbo’s strategic location in the region will benefit their operations”, says Mattias Jonsgården, head of local government at Håbo municipality.
“Companies and enterprise create jobs and are a priority issue in the municipality. We are therefore pleased with the new establishment in Håbo and take a positive view of the high sustainability goals and the property’s intended environmental certification”, says Liselotte Grahn Elg, mayor of Håbo municipality.
Logicenters has continued to strengthen its portfolio in the e-commerce sector by signing an agreement with e-retailer Finnish Design Shop. The agreement includes the construction of a new logistics facility in Turku, Finland. The property will be 12,000 m2 in size and ready for occupancy in 2021.
Logicenters is continuing to establish itself as the obvious partner for e-commerce companies in the Nordic region. Most recently, the logistics property company has signed an agreement with Finnish Design Shop. The agreement includes the development of a new, modern 12,000 m2 logistics facility in Turku, Finland, which is expected to be completed in late summer 2021. Logicenters will develop the property in line with the e-retailer’s specific needs. Included in the agreement with Finnish Design Shop is the development of a modern high-quality office, which also incorporates a showroom.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome another e-commerce company to our properties. The fact that it is such an established player as Finnish Design Shop is, of course, a real feather in our cap. We are constantly striving to be as flexible as possible and to adapt our properties to our customers’ specific needs, something which we are certainly achieving this time. We pride ourselves as being present throughout the customer’s onward journey, both before and after they move in,” says Jarkko Äikää, Commercial Director Logicenters Finland.
The facility will also focus significantly on sustainability, with geothermal energy being used to heat the property. There will also be an option to use self-generated solar power. During construction, Logicenters has also committed to preserving as much of the forest adjacent to the property as possible.
“It is really exciting to have finally concluded an agreement with Logicenters. We look forward to moving into our new facility that has been well adapted to our needs and will enable us to conduct our fast-growing business as optimally as possible. We would like to thank Logicenters for their outstanding collaboration and focus on sustainability, which is so important to us,” says Teemu Kiiski, CEO, Finnish Design Shop.
NREP Logicenters styrker nå sin posisjon i Oslo-regionen betydelig med et rekordoppkjøp på Gardermoen. Logistikkeiendommen huser Coops logistikksenter i et 27 meter høyt, topp moderne bygg på 84 800 kvadratmeter.
Logistikkeiendomsaktøren Logicenters fortsetter å etablere og konsolidere sin tilstedeværelse på strategiske steder for logistikk i Norge. Rett ved Oslo lufthavn har Logicenters nå kjøpt et førsteklasses logistikkanlegg på 84 800 m2 fra Møller Eiendom og Stokke Industri. Norges nest største dagligvarekjede, Coop, er en langsiktig leietaker på eiendommen. Videre er det en mulighet for å utvide anlegget, og Logicenters ser frem til å utforske en fremtidig videreutvikling av eiendommen sammen med Coop.
”Jeg er veldig stolt over å kunne kunngjøre off-market oppkjøpet av dette førsteklasses logistikkanlegget på et av Norges mest attraktive logistikkområder. Det er helt i tråd med vår langsiktige strategi om å skaffe eiendommer av akkurat dette kaliberet. Det er heller ikke tilfeldig at de to største logistikkanleggene i eiendomsporteføljen vår, denne og den ene i Bålsta, skal brukes av aktører i dagligvarehandelen. Dette er en bransje som i mindre grad enn andre blir påvirket av konjunkturer, ettersom det alltid vil være etterspørsel etter mat”, sier Matthias Kettelhoit, sjef for Logicenters
Eiendommen er helautomatisk og inneholder kjøle-, fryse- og tempererte lagringsområder og gjør det mulig for leietakeren å håndtere store mengder produkter. I tråd med Logicenters strategi for bærekraft og energieffektivitet er det muligheter for å installere solcellepaneler på eiendommen, både på taket og på fasadeveggene.
”Som en av Nordens ledende eiendomsinvestorer, streber vi alltid etter å intensivere vår tilstedeværelse på strategiske steder rundt om i regionen – akkurat det vi har gjort med anskaffelsen av denne eiendommen. Dette oppkjøpet er den største enkeltinvesteringen vi har gjort i logistikksegmentet, og er også den nyeste i vår ambisjon om å utvide NREPs tilstedeværelse i Norge ytterligere. Vi vil takke Møller Eiendom og Stokke Industri for et godt samarbeid og ser frem til å fortsette vårt samarbeid med Coop på denne eiendommen, sier Jens Petter Hagen, Partner, NREP Norge.
NREP Logicenters har brukt CBRE og Wikborg Rein som henholdsvis kommersiell og juridisk rådgiver i prosessen.
Partnerskapet mellom Møller Eiendom og Stokke Industri har eid og utviklet eiendommen siden den ble ferdigstilt i 2015. Investeringen ble gjort med et femårsperspektiv.
“Vi er veldig fornøyde med å ha kommet til enighet med NREP. Deres fokus på utvikling av moderne logistikkeiendom og langsiktig eierskap passer godt sammen med både eiendommen og leietakeren”, sier Thomas Sletten, investeringsdirektør i Møller Eiendom.
Pangea Property Partners har vært eksklusiv finansiell rådgiver for Møller og Stokke. Advokatfirmaet Thommessen har også bistått selgerne i transaksjonen.
Groundbreaking has now taken place in Køge, south of Copenhagen, where Logicenters is developing a 35,000 m² logistics property. The tenant who will be moving into the facility is PostNord TPL upon its completion, with which the logistics facility provider signed a lease earlier this year.
In July earlier this year, Logicenters announced that they had signed a lease with PostNord TPL in Køge, just south of Copenhagen. The agreement involved the development of a 35,000 m² logistics facility which is planned to be ready for PostNord to move into in the autumn of 2021. And now the groundbreaking ceremony for the new property has taken place.
“We are very proud to be able to further deepen our partnership with PostNord TPL. This groundbreaking is extra special for us since we are the ones who will serve as the developer for construction of this facility. I am certain that PostNord will be happy with its new facility that meets all their needs”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
The property will have a clear focus on sustainability and will be prepared for the installation of solar cells on the roof of the property as well as being BREEAM certified. This is in line with Logicenters’ strategy to develop sustainable facilities with lower carbon emissions and energy consumption.
“We are very excited that the groundbreaking ceremony for our new logistics facility has now taken place. On PostNord TPL’s behalf, I would like to thank Logicenters’ for a great partnership thus far and look forward to moving into our facility”, says Håkan Lindberg, CEO of PostNord TPL A/S in Denmark.
Logicenters continues to strengthen its position in southern Sweden with the acquisition of a logistics facility in Landskrona in Skåne. The logistics property company has acquired e-commerce company NA-KD’s new 23,000 m2 logistics warehouse. The e-commerce company will continue to operate from the property.
Logicenters is continuing to establish and consolidate its presence at strategic logistics hubs. It has now acquired NA-KD’s 23,000 m2 logistics facility in Kronan Logistics Park, Landskrona. The e-commerce company, which recently moved into the property, will continue to operate from the site. It will also be possible to expand the facility by up to 9,000 m2 in addition to the space currently leased by NA-KD.
“We are very happy about this new collaboration with a growing e-retailer. Logicenters is flourishing and we are more than ready to help NA-KD optimise its logistics management and e-commerce by acquiring this property. Kronan Logistics Park has an unbeatable location for logistics, close to both Malmö and the rest of the Öresund region. We are looking forward to working with NA-KD and it will be exciting to follow its development in a rapidly growing e-commerce sector,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
The acquisition of NA-KD’s logistics facility has enabled Logicenters to double its presence in Kronan Logistics Park to a total of almost 50,000 m2 of logistics space. Earlier this year, a 24,000 m2 facility was completed in the park, which is also included in the logistics property company’s property portfolio.
“We are delighted to link up with a leading logistics real estate player that is familiar with our needs. Logicenters is professional, flexible and easy to work with and we are looking forward to it taking over the management of our property. This will enable us to continue focusing on the streamlining of our internal processes and taking our business to the next level,” says Oscar von Konow, COO at NA-KD.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the property being developed by Logicenters in Kurikantie, Pirkkala took place on 23 October. The modern 4600 m² sorting facility will be leased to PostNord Oy, with which the logistics property company signed a lease earlier this year. Logicenters is also planning to develop an additional 7000 m2 warehouse onsite.
This summer, Logicenters announced that they had signed a lease with PostNord Oy in Pirkkala, Finland. The agreement involved the construction of a 4600 m² sorting facility which is to be ready for occupancy in the early summer of 2021. And now the groundbreaking ceremony for the new property has taken place. In addition to the sorting facility’s modern specifications, it will also be heated using geothermal energy, with the electricity being provided by solar power.
“We are very proud that development of the sorting facility for PostNord Oy is now under way. The building will be equipped with specifications which meet all of PostNord Oy’s needs. Logicenters is at the forefront when it comes to developing properties with a high environmental performance, as will be clearly demonstrated by this facility,” says Jarkko Äikää, Commercial Director Logicenters Finland.
The facility will also be prepared for further development with a 2000 m² extension. Logicenters will also develop a 7000 m² detached warehouse onsite.
“It is gratifying that the groundbreaking ceremony for our new sorting facility has now taken place. The facility will form part of our investment in delivering more quickly and responsibly throughout Finland. We can’t wait to move into the finished facility as this will strengthen our competitiveness and flexibility,” says Jani Ståhlhammar, COO at PostNord Oy in Finland.
Present at the groundbreaking ceremony were Marko Määttä (Logicenters), Ville Hilmola (PostNord), Jaakko Hermikoski (PostNord), Jani Ståhlhammar (PostNord) and Jarkko Äikää (Logicenters).
Earlier this year, Logicenters signed a lease with e-retailer and Borås company Care of Carl. The web-based menswear store is now moving into Logicenters’ facility in Viared, just outside Borås. Care of Carl has leased an area measuring approximately 12,000 m2, equivalent to half of the property’s floor space. Consequently, the remaining area is available for additional tenants.
E-commerce is currently breaking all records, with e-commerce companies experiencing almost explosive developments during 2020. The keys to Logicenters’ property in Viared, just outside Borås, have been handed over to web-based menswear store and Borås company Care of Carl, which is now moving into the property. The e-retailer’s new property has been equipped with all the technical specifications required for modern logistics operations. The facility’s technical solutions have also been adapted to suit the e-retailer’s operations.
“We would like to warmly welcome Care of Carl to its new property. We see that the growth in e-commerce has exploded this year, as it continues to play an even greater part in people’s lives. Therefore, we believe that Care of Carl’s new logistics facility will enable them to be well equipped for the future. The fact that the property is also located in one of Sweden’s best geographical locations for logistics is also beneficial. We are now looking forward to closely following a fast-growing and smart e-commerce company on its journey”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Geographically speaking, Viared has an ideal location for logistics. Its proximity to Landvetter Airport and the major cities of Gothenburg and Jönköping makes it very attractive to a range of different sectors – not least fast-growing e-retailers. The area is also ranked as Sweden’s main area for logistics. With Care of Carl moving into half of the property, this means that the other half – approximately 12,000 m2 – is available for additional tenants, with the opportunity for rapid occupancy.
“We are really looking forward to moving into our new logistics and office facility in Borås. The logistics premises have been perfectly designed according to our needs and the office premises have been completely renovated according to our wishes. E-commerce has continued to grow throughout the year, placing even greater demands on our internal processes, so it feels good that we now have access to a much larger warehouse space. With the move, we are ready to take our business to the next level, while at the same time continuing our operation in our hometown Borås, where our journey once began”, concludes Henning Källqvist, CEO and founder, Care of Carl.
With an area of 60,000 m2 and capacity of 5 megawatts, the solar plant in Borås is the largest ever installed on a rooftop in the Nordic region. Behind the investment is real estate investor NREP through its logistics arm, Logicenters, and tenant Speed Group. Solkompaniet has been commissioned to erect the plant and installation of the solar cells has now begun. In addition to meeting the property’s electricity needs, it is estimated that the plant will contribute with 2.6 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity to the grid. The rooftop plant will be by far the largest in Sweden.
According to the Swedish Energy Agency’s statistics, only one solar plant with a capacity of more than 1 megawatt was built in Sweden in 2019. Said plant was built on the ground and has a capacity of 1.5 megawatts. A plant is now being developed which is more than three times this size – the largest rooftop solar plant in the Nordic region. In order to push the transition to renewable energy, Logicenters – the real estate investor NREP’s logistics branch – and its tenant Speed Group are using the rooftop of the 83,000 m2 logistics facility in Viared, outside Borås. It is estimated that the solar cells can produce 4 million kilowatt hours annually, which is equivalent to the annual electricity demand for 1,800 all-electric cars.
“The roofs of large logistics facilities are the ideal location for installing solar plants. Therefore, it feels important that, as developers and owners of logistics properties, we are at the forefront of solar electricity production on our rooftops. We have a number of ambitious sustainability goals, one of which is to operate all our properties using renewable energy. And the demand for solar electricity is high from both companies and individuals – something which we can now fulfill. This facility will meet the tenant’s electricity needs on an annual basis, contribute more renewable electricity to the grid for the inhabitants of Borås to use and can save the environment up to 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year”, says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters at NREP.
During 2020, electricity prices have been 40 percent higher in central Sweden than in northern Sweden. It shows very clearly that we have a lack of transmission capacity and too little electricity generation south of the Dalälven river. This means that solar electricity, when it is developed on both roofs and in solar parks, can make an important contribution to the demand for electricity during the summer months in central and southern Sweden.
“The large solar plant will help to meet the increased electricity demand for electricity in southern Sweden with locally produced renewable electricity. An important contribution to the transition to a completely renewable electricity system”, says Johan Öhnell, chairman of Solkompaniet, which will build the plant during the autumn.
The energy tax – an obstacle to widespread solar production
There is great potential to produce solar energy in Sweden. At the same time, current energy taxes penalise those installing large solar plants. Companies generating solar power on their properties are taxed on the electricity they generate when a solar plant exceeds the power limit of 255 kilowatts. The government has recently proposed raising the limit to 500 kilowatts, but the Borås plant is ten times that size. The companies behind the solar plant in Borås have the capacity to contribute electricity from renewable energy sources – but are calling on the government to rethink and remove the limit altogether.
“NREP has a total of 2.5 million square metres of real estate in the Nordic region and is continuing to make climate investments such as solar cell installations on a number of rooftops. But the government has a heavy responsibility in expanding the financial incentives for this type of venture. An energy tax on self-generated solar electricity, used partly by the company itself and partly contributing renewable electricity to the electricity grid, is not the right way to go. We have a number of ambitious sustainability goals, one of which is to operate all our properties using renewable energy, but there must be an increased cooperation between various players in the community“, says Stefan Wallander, CEO of NREP in Sweden.
“Our major customers demand an action plan from Speed Group, in order to contribute to the goal of a maximum increase in global warning of 1.5°C, in line with the Paris Agreement. The installation of the solar plant is our single greatest step towards meeting our customers’ high sustainability requirements,” says Mats Johnson, CEO of Speed Group.