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Takeda unveils new state-of-the-art warehouse in Belgium to enhance global supply operations

Takeda unveiled its award winning warehouse at its biotechnology manufacturing site in Lessines, setting a standard for sustainable and digital supply chain solutions. The warehouse is strategically positioned as a one-stop logistical building within its plasma-derived therapies manufacturing site. By consolidating storage capacity on-site, this initiative bolsters the resilience of its supply chain, leading to reduced product cycle times and ensuring timely access to high-quality treatments for more than 250,000 patients across 80 countries and regions.

Designed and built to adhere to the highest environmental standards, the warehouse prioritizes primary energy consumption optimization and powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources. The storage centralization on site will reduce 330,000 km of truck trips annually, helping reduce the total carbon footprint of the site by up to 1,700 tons of CO2 per year. This initiative aligns with the site’s broader goal to become a net-zero GHG emissions manufacturing site in its operations by 2030 supporting Takeda’s global net-zero goal.

Cutting-edge equipment

Spanning 6,700 square meters and boasting a storage capacity of nearly 12,000 pallets, the facility is equipped with the latest technology and infrastructure to ensure efficient storage, handling, and distribution of its products. Located within a Factory of the Future, the warehouse integrates cutting-edge automation and digital technologies, leveraging its private 5G network for optimal connectivity. Utilizing autonomous drone inventory, autonomous mobile robots (AMR’s), and advanced radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems for enhanced tracking and monitoring, Takeda ensures swift and accurate handling of inventory, reducing human intervention while maximizing accuracy. Cutting-edge equipment outfitted with safety enhancements like anti-collision detection allow for a safe work environment and enhanced well-being.

Geoffrey Pot, general manager operations at the Lessines site, explains: “This new state-of-the-art warehouse, recognized with the prestigious title of ‘Logistics Building of the Year’ in 2023, marks a significant milestone in our journey. Our commitment to environmental sustainability extends far beyond reducing our carbon footprint in transport and logistics. We are dedicated to minimizing our ecological impact across all activities on our production site. This includes initiatives such as water recycling and reuse, improved waste management, biodiversity promotion, renewable energy utilization, and fostering awareness of environmentally responsible practices."

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