ZAVENTEM – Less than a year after the foundation stone was laid, Herfurth Logistics and its Brucargo Air Freight division have moved into a brand new logistics building in the heart of the cargo zone at Brussels Airport. A modern, modular and sustainable home base where several technologies have been used to limit energy consumption, one of the priorities of the Brussels Airport Company, which thus continues its investments in the cargo zone.
Herfurth Logistics, which has been a partner of Brussels Airport for many years, has recently replaced its two old buildings with a brand new building, which is located in the so-called second line (in terms of access to the runways) on a plot of more than 8,300 m². Brussels Airport Company has invested in the construction of this new building as part of its real estate strategy, where the company itself invests in real estate development in order to offer modular buildings for rent.
With a total volume of just under 63,000 m³, the building contains a 5,000 m² warehouse with eight loading and unloading quays and 700 m² of offices spread over three floors. Like the other new buildings on the Brussels Airport site, this building has also been constructed with sustainable building materials, notably a full concrete skeleton, with insulated light gray concrete walls and insulated black and white steel sandwich panels and aluminum windows and doors.
Reducing energy consumption was one of the priorities in the construction. For example, 100 solar panels were placed on the roof, and three rainwater cisterns provide water for flushing all toilets. In addition, the new Herfurth Logistics building was also equipped with LED interior lighting with sensors, mechanical ventilation as well as heating and cooling with a heat pump. In addition, there are charging stations for electric cars and a covered bicycle shed.
More space, more activity
Herfurth Logistics and its Brucargo Air Freight division currently employ around forty people in the logistics zone at Brussels Airport. Herfurth was one of the first concessions awarded at Brucargo at the time. Due to the purchase of Brucargo Air Freight in 2016 (building 740), the concession of building 727 that expired in 2010 and the many developments in the company, the existing locations no longer met the group’s infrastructure needs.
Herfurth Logistics differs from its competitors in that it takes a very personal approach to its customers in order to fully understand their needs and the particularities of their activities. Thanks to this strategy, Herfurth Logistics is not only a classic forwarder active in import-export and Cross Docks Operations, but also an important player in the logistics and transport of aircraft and helicopters (Héli-Aviation Logistics).
Other important activities in the group are the handling of perishable goods (with a brand new cold room of 400 m²), project cargo (M-Star Projects), unaccompanied baggage and the management of customs and excise duties. In terms of destinations, Herfurth operates globally and can rely on a worldwide network of agents. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi are some of the most important countries where Herfurth Brucargo operates.
Thanks to the new infrastructure, Herfurth will be able to further expand its existing niche activities, but also start up new activities, in order to be present in the entire logistics chain and offer significant added value. The new complex is undeniably a great asset for attracting new skills and young and less young talents who want to work in a beautiful and sustainable working environment that takes into account the ecological requirements of the future.