Medical tech company opens new £9million distribution centre

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Coloplast's new distribution centre has officially opened (Photo: Coloplast)

The new centre will handle all of the company’s distribution activities for the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It promises a reduction in complex supply chains, meaning faster delivery of its products to patients.

There will also be an increase in the capacity to meet same-day orders, which are essential for customers with intimate healthcare needs.

The distribution centre is also the new home of a special stoma bag cutting facility, which enables Coloplast to ensure that patients receive personalised and individually sized stoma bags. To provide this additional service, the company have ten specialist laser machines on site, of which there are only 50 in the world.

Coloplast’s General Manager Annemarie van Neck said: “After several years of development, our new integrated warehouse and distribution centre is finally open for business. We will now be able to supply our trade customers directly, rather than rely on previous supply routes where there were risks of delays."

Over the last year, there were over 30 new roles created in Coloplast across the business, including 16 new starters at Coloplast’s previous warehouse facility, The Links, near Orton Southgate.

Ten staff successfully completed their apprenticeships in 2019, and a further ten will start the scheme in 2020.

The centre took ten months and cost £9million to build. Sustainability was a key focus for the centre’s design, with low-flow sanitaryware, a rainwater harvesting system, pulsed water meters and a water leak detection system making it highly water efficient. Sixty covered cycle storage spaces have also been created to support employee health and wellbeing and reduce commuting emissions.

Tom Hennessy, chief executive of the city’s economic development company for the city, Opportunity Peterborough, added, “Coloplast is one of Peterborough’s most well respected employers and it’s great to see careers, not just jobs, being created for residents.

“The company has a 40-year legacy here and this investment really evidences the strength of Peterborough’s offer for international businesses. Opportunity Peterborough will continue to support Coloplast’s growth in Peterborough as it delivers life changing products and services to customers across the UK.”