State-of-the-art warehouse opens in Bahrain

B&B Logistics opens a temperature-controlled warehouse complex at Mina Salman.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  May 9, 2005

B&B Logistics has opened a state-of-the-art warehouse complex at Mina Salman, Bahrain costing US $8 million. The warehouse, located next to Bahrain’s primary container terminal and Hidd causeway, is the largest air conditioned facility in the port area covering 16,00 m² with a total storage capacity of 12,000 pallets. “This warehouse answers the need for high-quality warehousing at prime locations in Bahrain and represents the largest private sector investment in Mina Salman for many years,” said Abdulla Hassan Buhindi, B&B logistics chairman. “We believe that this area offers great potential — not only as a logistics and distribution centre, but also as a strategic development location. Our new warehouse will help to expand the port’s supply chain facilities and enhance the role of Bahrain as a regional container gateway and logistics hub,” he added. The warehouse, which was designed and built in six months, contains very narrow aisle (VNA) racking and specialised materials-handling equipment that can reach up to 11 metres, providing quick order picking for fast moving consumer goods. The warehouse also features advanced inventory control and a stock management system based on software that has been developed in-house by BANZ over the last five years. This system uses sophisticated, microwave-based wireless connectivity to ensure efficient and secure communications between B&B Logistics and the Bahrain Customs Authority for the receipt and movement of bonded goods. Established last July, B&B Logistics is joint venture between BMMI and BANZ, specialising in the construction and operation of temperature-controlled warehousing facilities for clients across the Middle East and North Africa region.

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