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  • 17 Dec 2018

API invests in European foil distribution with new facility in Amsterdam

API invests in European foil distribution with new facility in Amsterdam

API Group has relocated its Amsterdam distribution facility to SEGRO Park Amsterdam Airport (SPAA), creating a distribution hub to better service regional customers.

The 1,700 sqm warehouse and office space, located next to Schiphol Airport, will provide the company with a state-of-the-art site from which it can distribute its whole foil product range to its European customer base. The location next to Schiphol Airport, main motorway routes and major ports, means it is strategically placed to offer API’s European customer base excellent logistical and supply chain options, the company stated.

Following the acquisition of Amsterdam Metallized Products in 2016, API Group has successfully transitioned the manufacturing of coating and laminates products previously located at AMP to other API sites in the UK and Dunmore sites in Germany. 

The new Amsterdam site will act as a hub for the company’s foil operations in continental Europe, primarily serving the Benelux countries, Germany and Scandinavian locations. Italian, French, UK and Polish distribution sites complete API’s network across Europe.

Oskar Schnitzer, head of sales for the region served by the new hub, said: ‘Amsterdam is an important location for the business and the new site will allow us to continue to meet customer demand. The location near Schiphol and the sustainable and innovative space that the new facility provides us with is the ideal place to best service our Benelux and German customers.’

API Group CEO Dino Kiriakopoulos said: ‘Our aim has always been to relocate the Amsterdam manufacturing site with the ambition of delivering better service to our customers and growing sales throughout the region, while retaining the ability to serve our markets with a state of the art distribution unit.

‘By leasing such a flexible facility, in the short term we have a site that allows us to locate resources and other group materials to limit any potential impact of Brexit and in the medium term, we have the ability to continue to expand.’

Kiriakopoulos added: ‘This move represents another big step forward in optimizing our group footprint to best serve our customers.’

Pim Honig, managing director of API’s Amsterdam manufacturing location, has stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

‘We thank Pim wholeheartedly for the service to the Amsterdam manufacturing site, and wish him all of the best in his future endeavours,’ said Kiriakopoulos. 

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