Baesweiler, North Rhine-Westphalia — Cook Medical, a world leader in minimally invasive medical technologies, today announced a major development in the extension of its European operations with the opening of a new €15m distribution center in Baesweiler, Germany.
Located less than one hour from Cologne, the new center will be the company’s delivery hub for all European countries providing easy access to Europe’s largest freight airport Cologne/Bonn, as well as to major road and rail networks.
Cook’s increased presence in Germany marks an important step in safeguarding continuity of patient care. The center will streamline Cook’s distribution activity across Europe offering the highest standard, both in terms of device quality and customer service.
“Baesweiler is an ideal location for our European distribution center as we continue to increase our commitment to supporting patients worldwide,” said Bill Doherty, VP EMEA Cook Medical. “Due to its excellent infrastructure and proximity to the cities of Cologne, Dusseldorf and Aachen, it is one of the most efficient logistics locations in Europe – providing our business and patients with increased assurance. This is an important step in achieving our aim to enhance patient care, both with our medical solutions and our streamlined distribution network.”
The distribution center, which has a total storage surface of 5850m2, will stock up to 800,000 products previously stored at Cook Ireland, based in Limerick and William Cook Europe in Denmark. At any one time there will be close to 5,000 different products in stock with 1,500 shipments daily, and up to 20 larger bulk shipments to various distribution partners. In a full year, Cook Medical expects to distribute over half a million packages from the center and will ship regularly to over 100 countries worldwide. The new European Distribution Center joins a network of continental distribution centers serving Cook Medical, with the others being Bloomington, Indiana for the Americas and Shanghai for Asia/Pacific.