Apollo Tyres to build sustainable tyre warehouse in Enschede

Apollo Tyres’ primary tyre warehouse in Enschede, the Netherlands, is to be partially rebuilt to improve operational efficiency and reduce its environmental impact.

Scheduled to reopen in February 2025, the 25,000 m2 warehouse will be redeveloped on the existing site by Heylen Warehouses, a private logistics and semi-industrial real estate company.

The existing facility handles goods for Apollo Tyres’ two main product brands – Apollo Tyres (for trucks, buses and off-highway vehicles) and Vredestein (for passenger cars) – and has been in continuous use since 1947. The site currently handles the storage and distribution of over five million tyres per year.

25,000 m2 of the current warehouse, known locally as the ‘VDC’ warehouse, will be demolished on 1 December 2023 and rebuilt with solar panels on the roof to provide renewable energy to the facility, reducing Apollo Tyres’ dependence on power from the grid.

This latest investment at the facility aligns with Apollo Tyres’ long-term plan to achieve carbon neutrally by 2050. In addition to the Enschede warehouse, all of the company’s European facilities will be upgraded to improve their sustainability credentials by 2025.

Located next to de Hoeveler, the new Enschede warehouse will benefit from a modern new design. As part of the rebuild, Apollo Tyres has signed a new long-term lease agreement with Heylen Warehouses.

Benoit Rivallant, President and CEO of Apollo Tyres Europe, said: “The new-look warehouse will mark an important milestone for the company as we implement a global strategy to become a more sustainable manufacturer. Over the last few years, we have made significant investments in the region, including increasing biodiversity, improving local water management and supporting the community. This represents the next important stage in our long-term commitment to Enschede.”

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