Coca-Cola Company 
Joana

GIGANTIC XXL HIGH-BAY WAREHOUSE

Kocher Regalbau has constructed a high-bay warehouse in silo construction method for Coca-Cola right in the middle of a seismic area in Romania.
The central warehouse has capacity for 34.848 loaded pool palettes with 800 mm x 1200 mm each.

Rack type

Palette warehouse

Length

98
m

Width

80
m

Height

27
m

Capacity

34848
pool palettes

THE CUSTOMER

“The Coca-Cola Company” (TCCC) is the world’s largest supplier of non-alcoholic beverages. The corporation sells more than 500 beverage brands in over 200 countries around the world. These include not only the world-famous Coca-Cola, but also fruit juices, water and ready-to-drink tea and coffee. The production and bottling take place on site, in the respective production plants.

THE PROJECT

Early 2009 the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company planned to build a massive high-bay warehouse to load finished bottles and cans. The Coca-Cola plant is based in Ploiesti at the southern foot of the Carpathians, about 60 kilometres north of the capital Bucharest. The dimensions of the central warehouse were impressive: the prerequisite was 34.848 pool palettes with a base area of 800 mm x 1200 mm and a palette weight of up to one tonne.

THE IMPLEMENTATION

In addition to FKI Logistex, Kocher Regalbau relied for this major project on the proven silo construction method of the cold and hot profiles with galvanized surface. Kocher had already built a high-bay system for Coca-Cola in England in 2006 which provided 25.200 palette bays.

SPECIAL CHALLENGE

The special feature of this steel construction was not just the gigantic size of the beverage warehouse. Also relevant for the design of the high-bay silo was that the envisaged drinks warehouse was situated in seismic area. A clear challenge for the specialists at Kocher Regalbau, but no impossibility. It took about 20 weeks to construct the high-bay silo’s 2.300 tonnes of steel. Despite the bad weather conditions and the earthquake hazard, the schedule was successfully maintained.