Panattoni Europe completes packaging centre for Volkswagen group on schedule

  • Work completed on new packaging centre in Wilhelmshaven’s deep-water port for Audi, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles auto parts
  • Five halls meeting the gold standard of the German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB) providing approx. 45,000 m² of hall space
  • Handover achieved on schedule at the end of March 2019


Panattoni Europe, the leading project developer for industrial and logistics properties in Europe, has completed the multi-brand packaging centre for Volkswagen Group auto part exports on schedule.

Building work began in June 2018 on the 100,000 m² plot in Wilhelmshaven’s JadeWeserPort and reached its culmination on 27 and 28 March 2019 when the entire logistics centre was handed over to the main tenant, Audi. Early access to the entire hall complex had been provided at the beginning of February 2019, allowing shelving and other required systems to be installed. Operations began immediately after the handover and will be ramped up on a gradual basis.

The VW Group will use the new JadeWeserPort packaging centre to ship around 7,000 individual auto parts – including headlights, steering wheels and audio systems – to its overseas production facilities in Argentina, Mexico, the United States, China, among other locations. To this end, Panattoni Europe designed a logistics centre with five DGNB-gold-standard halls providing maximum flexibility for loading, unloading, storing and commissioning parts and components. The new centre can handle the shipment of around 12,000 40’ high-cube containers per year.

As Fred-Markus Bohne, Managing Partner of Panattoni Europe, was keen to emphasise: “Cooperation with the Volkswagen Group and the relevant management team at JadeWeserPort could not have been better, and we would like to express our sincere thanks to them for that. This project has demonstrated once again that, despite having to deal with increasingly complex approval processes and stipulations, and in spite of scarce construction capacity on the market, we are still capable of meeting short completion and handover deadlines.”

The general contractor for the multi-brand packaging centre was Goldbeck International GmbH, Bielefeld.