Lödige Industries completes automating Turkish Cargo’s terminal at its SmartIST complex

Lödige Industries has recently completed the new fully automated terminal for Turkish Cargo. At the new location at Istanbul Airport, one of the largest and most efficient cargo terminals in the world has been built on a total area of around 300,000 sq mt, offering a handling capacity of four million tonnes per year. With the completion of the new cargo hub, one of the largest projects ever realised by Lödige Industries, Turkish Cargo has moved its operations from Ataturk Airport to the new Istanbul Airport, more than tripling its capacity.

The new terminal offers the highest quality of service and efficient processes with diversified special cargo areas for product groups such as temperature-controlled storage (6,000 sq mt), express cargo (2,000 sq mt) and living animals (500 sq mt). In addition, 5,000 sq mt are available for e-commerce and mail cargo, and another 1,000 sq mt for a high-security area for handling valuable cargo.

With automated high-bay warehouses with 17,000 storage locations, 30 stacking cranes, 15 lifts and an integrated warehouse management system with direct interface to customer and freight management systems, Turkish Cargo is able to deliver the highest level of performance, even during peak demand. Thanks to the connection to the Lödige Customer Care Centre as well as a team of experts on site, the systems are permanently monitored, and continuous functionality is ensured around the clock.

“Turkish Cargo’s goal is to always deliver the best possible quality to its customers and industry partners. With the brand-new cargo hub at İstanbul Airport, we are able to combine the highest quality standards with the utmost efficiency, making Istanbul the most advanced logistics centre in the world. For the technical equipment, Turkish Cargo has opted for the most powerful, reliable and innovative solutions and has therefore deliberately chosen the quality and experience of the leading supplier Lödige Industries,” says Turhan Özen, Chief Cargo Officer of Turkish Cargo.

“Turkish cargo’s ambitious plans are an impressive demonstration of what is important in future-oriented cargo terminals. With our facilities, one of the fastest growing cargo airlines has the ideal environment to deliver top performance day in, day out, whilst being ready for the challenges of the future. We are very proud to have successfully built this beacon together with Turkish Cargo. And we are absolutely convinced that Turkish Cargo is thus ideally equipped for further growth,” says Philippe De Backer, CEO of Lödige Industries.

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