Craiss acquires major contract in Austria

• The logistics expert will be responsible for the production logistics of a German technology group from autumn 2021

• Establishment of a new subsidiary in Weiz in eastern Styria

• Construction of a new logistics centre has already started


In the coming months, the first branch of the newly founded Austrian subsidiary of Albert Craiss GmbH & Co. KG will be opening in Weiz in Eastern Styria. (Photo: Unger Stahlbau Ges.m.b.H.)

Albert Craiss GmbH & Co. KG has been awarded the contract for production supply and shipping logistics for a German technology group. At its Austrian production site in Weiz, the Swabian logistics service provider and its newly founded subsidiary, Craiss Generation Logistik Austria GmbH & Co. KG, will gradually take over the inbound and outbound logistics beginning in autumn of next year. In preparation, the German medium-sized company is currently building a new logistics centre in the south of that industrial city. The general contractor for the new construction is Unger Stahlbau Ges.mbH from Burgenland. The third member of the jointly founded real estate company CUT (Craiss-Unger-Temmel) is the Weiz entrepreneur Hagen Temmel.

"With our many years of experience in the automotive and supplier industry, we at Craiss have the key resources for innovative and highly efficient production logistics: professional employees and a high level of expertise in the digitisation of complex logistics processes," said Jörg Schneider, managing director of contract logistics at Albert Craiss GmbH & Co. The logistics service provider will start implementing inbound logistics for the plant in Weiz for this major German customer. Large-scale power supply systems are being manufactured there. The range of tasks includes the end-to-end intralogistics process from incoming goods, consolidation and storage of supplier parts, technical quality inspection, plant supply by shuttle truck, the in-house operations to be carried out with respect to the “last mile”, and supply to the production stations. In the second stage, in the first quarter of 2022, outbound logistics will begin with the return transport of finished products to the logistics centre, technical preparation for dispatch, sea packaging of machine parts and international dispatch.

Craiss is currently having the new logistics centre built on a 48,000 square metre site in the customer's vicinity. A modern infrastructure is being created on an approximately 18,000 square metre logistics area, equipped with extensive crane technology and special equipment, such as heavy-duty floor-level conveyor technology, differentiated shelf storage technology for handling lean material flow processes, along with technical, value-added services. Schneider expects the new building to be completed and put into operation beginning in autumn of 2021. This undertaking will initially create around 50 jobs for industrial, commercial and technical staff at the new Craiss location.

Strategically, for Craiss the acquisition of this contract means entry into the Austrian market for industrial contract logistics. The company from Mühlacker in Baden-Württemberg has been active as a partner in transport logistics for numerous Austrian customers for many decades. With this new location in Styria, the Craiss Group is also pursuing its growth strategy in the field of contract logistics and at the same time expanding its service portfolio in production logistics to include technical quality control and seaworthy packaging for heavy industrial goods.