For the past two years, Logicenters has invested heavily in its project development department, more than doubling the number of employees. Under the leadership of the company’s Head of Development, Eva Sterner, the department will expand further and scale up initiatives in both area efficiency and environmental work. However, Eva Sterner would also like to attract more women to a male-dominated industry.
With a PhD under her belt and a background as Technical Director Due Diligence at WSP and Managing Director at Watts, Eva began working at Logicenters seven years ago. According to Eva, it is the growth journey, a steady flow of interesting projects, and above all, her colleagues who have been significant reasons behind her becoming a long-term presence at Logicenters. In recent years, both Logicenters and her own department have grown significantly. According to her, this is both because the organisation is flexible and has great ambitions, but also because Logicenters is comprised of people who are driven to do things in new and innovative ways.
Eva Sterner is currently head of Logicenters’ project development department, which has expanded from two to eight people since 2017, with further recruitments planned. Central to this future development is the continued ability to attract talent, with Eva particularly wishing to encourage more women and girls to apply to the logistics industry. An industry which has until now been male dominated.
“I am proud to work for a company with such great ambitions and which allows all its employees to grow. As I personally had no female role models in the logistics industry, I would like to be a role model for girls wanting to work at smart logistics properties. For this to be possible, female employees must be both encouraged and promoted. I believe that Logicenters does this every day, which is something I see as both modern and important,” says Eva Sterner, Head of Development at Logicenters.
The project development department has a great responsibility regarding procurement, contact with tenants, property development and the contractual parts of the works contract. The department is constantly striving to find newer, smarter ways to develop modern properties, where 30-metre high-bay warehouses and energy audits exemplify innovative initiatives from Logicenters. With regard to energy efficiency, Eva plays an important role in Logicenters’ work to reduce its carbon footprint. Something which she finds customers are appreciating more and more.
“I am finding that there is increasing focus on the environment within the industry, something which I am very pleased about. We often coach our customers on issues regarding reduced energy consumption, not least by conducting energy audits, and we are finding that we are being listened to. It is my ambition to continue to drive this development forwards in order that we can offer even smarter and more energy-efficient logistics properties with as low a carbon footprint as possible. Being able to lead this development in an organisation where both colleagues and management support my ambitions is something of which I am very proud and something that makes Logicenters an attractive workplace and company,” concludes Eva Sterner.
For the third year in a row, Intelligent Logistik will be presenting the prestigious award Logistics Establishment of the Year. The idea behind the award is to highlight interesting logistics projects and mirror the progress currently being made within the logistics industry. Last year, Logicenters won together with tenant Zalando for the logistics facility in Brunna. This year, Logicenters has the opportunity to take home the prize once again.
The jury’s nomination for Logicenters’ and Speed Group’s facility in Viared, Borås:
The largest logistics development of the year with an ambitious building rate, with a total of 83 000 sqm being built during two effective phases in 2018 and 2019. The facility is one of the largest TPL-facilities in the Nordics with further plans on automation (Autostore). Interesting business arrangement with staffing operations used as a basis for the running of TPL-business, something being seemingly cost efficient. TPL is a growing industry, and the establishment of this facility mirrors a clear trend within the logistics development industry.
The award ceremony will take place on the main stage during Logistik & Transport at 16.30 on the 5th of November.
Logicenters is continuing to expand its organisation. Three positions have been added to support growth of the operation. Viktor Gyllenhammar, Chatrine Gustavsson and Erik Lundmark are taking on new roles at Logicenters.
Logicenters’ ambition for the coming years is to strengthen its leading position in modern logistics facilities in the Nordic region. Investment in the organisation is continuing with the welcoming of three new recruits.
Viktor Gyllenhammar joins the team as Asset Manager. His primary duties will be the management of Logicenters’ properties and he will have overall responsibility for budget, follow-up and technology. His role also entails responsibility for leasing and contract negotiation through close dialogue with tenants. Gyllenhammar’s most recent position was in management at Castellum.
Chatrine Gustavsson has been appointed Project Development Associate and will primarily support project developers with tenant contact, stakeholder management and diverse issues in development projects. Her most recent position was as Local Project Manager at PostNord Real Estate – Property and Projects where she was responsible, among other things, for supplying the core business with functional and suitable logistics premises.
Erik Lundmark has been recruited as a Fund Controller with a focus on financing issues, investor reporting and transactions. The reinforcement is another step for Logicenters in strengthening and sustaining the growth of the finance team. Lundmark most recently worked in the auditing department at Deloitte.
“We have ambitious goals when it comes to the development of Logicenters. By recruiting Chatrine, Viktor and Erik, we have further strengthened the team. We want to work with the best, and now we will grow through new experiences and perspectives. I am therefore proud and delighted that all three have chosen to join us,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Head of Logicenters.
Logicenters and the magazine Intelligent Logistik signs partnership on the logistics location ranking Logistikläget 2020 – assessing Sweden’s top 25 logistic locations. The ranking list is based on geographical location, business climate, sustainability in the logistics infrastructure, establishment of logistics facilities, workforce availability, academic education, and availability of logistics space.
The event, including several seminars on logistics topics, will take place in Stockholm on the 6th of February.
Logicenters and Axfood’s purchasing and logistics company Dagab have now signed a contract for the development and leasing of a logistics facility of just over 100,000 m2 in Bålsta. Dagab will become a long-term tenant at the facility, which will be one of the largest in Europe. The property will be 30 metres tall, have environmental certification and comply with modern specifications such as a high degree of automation and several temperature zones.
In March 2019, Logicenters signed a memorandum of understanding with Dagab, Axfood’s purchasing and logistics company, for the development and leasing of a logistics facility in Bålsta. The parties have now signed an agreement which goes beyond development to represent Logicenters’ largest lease in Sweden.
“This is a major development project where Logicenters is expanding its property portfolio with a large, modern and environmentally certified facility beyond the ordinary. We are very proud of the confidence Axfood is placing in us and the development of a facility in a prime position which will enable it to expand its operations. We have a successful collaboration with Dagab and look forward to a rewarding and long-term relationship,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head at Logicenters.
The logistics facility, with a capacity of around 100,000 m2, is one of Europe’s largest and most modern food distribution centres for both retail and e-commerce. The property will have a unique height of 30 metres and a high degree of automation which will ensure that the chilled, refrigerated and temperate zones are maintained. In line with Logicenters’ strategy regarding sustainability and energy efficiency, the facility will have a high level of environmental certification and there is also a plan to incorporate solar cells on the roof.
The property is strategically located at Håbo Lundby 2:8 outside Bålsta, northwest of Stockholm. The proximity to the E18 and Stockholm makes this an attractive location. In addition, railway sidings run all the way into the site, which will facilitate the future transport infrastructure. The logistics facility will enter into operation in 2023 and will also mean many job opportunities.
“We are very pleased that we are now one step closer to the start of construction on our highly automated logistics centre. This new logistics solution will enable us to become both more efficient and more flexible when it comes to future developments in the grocery trade. Being able to stock a wider range of products in the new facility will enable us to deliver faster and more sustainably, strengthening our offers to customers,” says Nicholas Pettersson, CEO of Dagab.
Real Advokatbyrå has provided Logicenters with legal consultation regarding the deal.
This Monday marked the start of construction on the property that Logicenters is developing in Landskrona, Skåne. The modern logistics facility with solar cells on the roof is scheduled to be available to tenant Thomas Cook Travel Retail during 2020.
In February 2019, Logicenters announced that it is undertaking a development in Skåne for the first time. Ground has now been broken on the 24,000 m2 logistics facility at Kronan Logistics Park in Landskrona. In addition to the property’s modern specifications, solar cells will be installed on the roof, in line with Logicenters’ strategy on sustainability and energy efficiency.
Present at the groundbreaking ceremony was Eva Sterner, Head of Development at Logicenters and Torkild Strandberg, the mayor of Landskrona. Representing Thomas Cook Travel Retail were Magnus Persson, Warehouse Logistics Manager, Mikaela Andersson, Project Manager Warehouse and Lars Bording, Director of Airshoppen.
“I am pleased that Logicenters is establishing itself on the Skåne market with this modern new development. Landskrona is ideally positioned in an important logistics hub in the region. In addition, half of the property is still available for anyone looking for an outstanding logistics site in the Öresund region,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head at Logicenters.
The logistics facility is scheduled for completion during the second quarter of 2020. Tenant Thomas Cook Travel Retail will utilise 12,000 m2 of the property’s total of 24,000 m2, divided into 10,000 m2 of warehouse space, a 1,500 m2 mezzanine and 500 m2 of office space.
“When the property is ready, we will be able to increase capacity for our online shopping service Airshoppen, which is important to us. It is exciting to see construction beginning and we are pleased that Logicenters has been able to meet our logistical requirements, especially regarding sustainability,” says Magnus Persson, Warehouse Logistics Manager at Thomas Cook Travel Retail.
Logicenters has signed a new agreement with Skanska concerning the development and acquisition of a new property in Helsingborg. A modern logistics facility of 30,150 m2 is to be constructed with completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. The tenant PostNord TPL will also move in at this time.
An agreement has now been signed between Logicenters and Skanska concerning a 30,150 m2 logistics facility in Helsingborg. Development is being undertaken by Skanska and the property will be acquired by Logicenters. The property is scheduled to be completed in February 2020 and will have future-proof specifications to ensure it meets PostNord TPL’s operational requirements.
With an excellent location, the logistics facility is located in the well-established industrial district in Södra Väla in Helsingborg. With proximity to the E4 and E20 motorways as well as Sweden’s second largest container port, the property is located at a strategically important regional hub.
“Helsingborg is one of Sweden’s most important locations in terms of logistics. We are now proud to further strengthen our presence in southern Sweden with the long-term ownership of this property. The facility fits well with our strategy of offering properties in optimum locations as well as with modern specifications,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head, Logicenters.
“We are delighted to be able to expand our cooperation with Logicenters. We have enjoyed good experiences with Logicenters for some time now, as we have together developed more than 50,000 m2 of space at other locations in the country,” says Henrik Ahnström, Head of Project Development, Skanska Fastigheter Göteborg AB.
Logicenters is expanding at a greater rate than ever before. With a total of nine logistics facilities under development, the company is strengthening its position in the Nordic market significantly. The total area currently being developed by Logicenters amounts to a total of 227,000 m2, with several LOIs also having been signed.
Logicenters is a leading developer and owner of modern logistics facilities in the Nordic region. In August 2018, the total holding of logistics space amounted to 1.6 million m2. This figure continues to rise and Logicenters currently has nine ongoing development projects totalling 227,000 m2. Of these, six are in Sweden, two in Denmark and one in Finland. In addition, LOIs have been signed for an additional 210,000 m2, including a 110,000 m2 facility for Axfood in Bålsta, Sweden.
“I am incredibly proud of Logicenters’ success. It is thanks to a strong team and a unique operational flexibility that we have been able to grow at the pace we have. This current expansion is enabling us to increase our presence in important logistics hubs and a natural consequence of this is that we need further reinforcement of the team. We are now looking for project developers for several of our development projects,”says Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head at Logicenters.
A sustainable focus
Sustainability is one facet of today’s Logicenters development projects. Energy-efficient solutions and solar panels on roofs are examples of recurring specifications in the construction of new properties. According to Logicenters’ Head of Development, Eva Sterner, the sustainability strategy is an important success factor.
“Reducing our carbon footprint to the greatest possible extent is of the utmost priority to us. Our sustainability strategy integrated in the logistics portfolio enables us to help our customers reach their climate goals, something that we know is appreciated. The great interest in our facilities is a confirmation that we maintain a high standard of development and we will continue to work to meet the functional and sustainable logistics needs of tomorrow,” says Eva Sterner, Head of Development at Logicenters.
The construction of a new Logicenters property in Arlandastad being developed together with Skanska commenced yesterday. The facility is scheduled to be available to the tenant Veddestagruppen during the second quarter of 2020.
Logicentersis breaking ground on the project in Arlandastad near Stockholm. A 25,000 m2 logistics facility will be developed with modern specifications adapted for the operations of the tenant Veddestagruppen. The development is being undertaken by Skanska, while Logicenters remains the owner.
“Arlandastad is an extremely good logistics location with close proximity to the international airport, theE18 and E4 motorways and Stockholm. That is why we have now invested in two facilities here. We are pleased to be able to offer Veddestagruppen a modern facility in a prime location and look forward to a continued long and successful collaboration,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head at Logicenters.
The new facility will accommodate all four of Veddestagruppen’s subsidiaries – Veddesta Distribution, Veddesta Transport, Multi Logistik and Bemanningsstrykan. This will enable the group to increase its warehousing capacity by up to 50 percent.
2019 will be a year of expansion for Logicenters. Three key positions are now being added in order to support the growth of the organisation. Simon Campbell, Richard Drougge and Victoria Ödmark will be taking on these new positions at Logicenters.
Logicenters is growing in terms of both real estate holdings as well as organisationally. In the coming years, the company will continue to strengthen its position as a leading developer and owner of modern logistics facilities in the Nordic region. In order to support growth and meet the needs of tomorrow, Logicenters is strengthening its workforce with the addition of three new recruits within property development, finance and business development.
“We have recruited three people to Logicenters, all of whom will have a significant role to play. They all possess skills that we need, and I am delighted that they have chosen to join us. By offering new perspectives and experiences, our latest recruits will help us to continue growing and to maintain our competitiveness in the market,” says Matthias Kettelhoit, Commercial Head at Logicenters.
Simon Campbell is joining the Project Development team as Project Manager. In his role, he will manage new construction projects, with key client focus. His recruitment became necessary due to Logicenters’ many ongoing and planned development projects. Campbell has 12 years of experience from managing production services within Skanska, most recently as project manager.
Richard Drougge has been recruited as Fund Controller with a focus on financing issues, investor reporting and transactions. This recruitment is another step for Logicenters to support growth and meet investors’ reporting requirements. Drougge has many years of experience in the industry, with his most recent role being project leader for property transactions at PwC.
Victoria Ödmark has been appointed as Business and Asset Manager. She will primarily focus on the development of Logicenters’ business and will be responsible for managing key accounts. Ödmark has worked in NREP for the past two years, most recently with responsibility for the expansion of Pelican Self Storage. Prior to this, she worked for five years as a transaction consultant at the consulting firms Newsec and Savills.