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Sometimes it is a good idea to reallocate land to increase the efficiency of a business and generally make things easier. This is precisely what has happened in Berlin. Berlin Recycling GmbH and TSR have swapped grounds at the Westhafen (Western Harbour) in Berlin – a win-win for all involved.
For many years now, TSR has been renting two different areas at the Westhafen inland port in Berlin – Westhafen I and Westhafen II. A new plan was drawn up in 2013 to merge these activities and run them at a single location in Berlin to cut transport costs and grow efficiency. By doing so, the equipment and logistics solutions could be deployed far more effectively – and the distance between buildings would be much shorter.
Thanks to the company’s contacts at Berlin Recycling GmbH, an extremely pragmatic solution was found for this plan: Berlin Recycling, which, at the time, operated a glass recycling plant on grounds adjacent to Westhafen II, was interested in relocating to TSR’s Westhafen I area. In exchange, TSR would get Berlin Recycling’s old grounds which cover more than 20,000 square metres and are right next door to its other operations.
The Berlin switch over – by swapping grounds, both businesses can now operate more efficiently.
An exchange which was completed in June and has made everyone very happy: Berlin Recycling now has grounds that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and are large enough to tranship the 60,000 tonnes of old glass it collects in Berlin. In turn, TSR has found a good subtenant for Westhafen I. Over the next few months, TSR will be implementing its plans to ensure the new grounds are used effectively. “Besides the investments, which have already been or are yet to be implemented, we will, of course, adapt our business operations and logistics processes to the new situation,” explained regional manager, Marina Dankert. “By doing so, we hope to increase our turnover rate.” The work to convert the grounds is expected to be completed next year.