June 18th, 2003 , Barcelona
Abertis develops 500 hectares in Spain for logistics operators
ABERTIS LOGÍSTICA ATTENDS SIL WITH ITS PROJECTS IN ÁLAVA AND SEVILLE.
A large part of the projects being developed by Abertis Logística are currently under construction. Such is the case with Zal Sevilla, a latest-generation logistics park which will make the Port of Seville one of Europe’s top-ranking inland ports, Arasur, Álava’s multimodal platform and Stage Two of the Port of Barcelona’s Logistics Activities Area (ZAL, in its Spanish initials). They are all large areas located in strategic spaces aiding multimodal transport, given their proximity to infrastructure networks on land (dual carriageways, motorways and railway lines) sea and in the air, and which will be provided with high-quality integrated services for haulage companies, businesses and logistics operators.
However, Abertis Logística had its origins under different names (firstly Dromogest and subsequently Acesa Promotora Logística) and began its activities in the Services Area of the CIM Vallés integrated goods centre, very close to Granollers and alongside the A-7 motorway, and in the building of Barcelona’s Parc Logístic de la Zona Franca, a project which it carries out on a 50/50 bases with the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona.
The Abertis Logística MD, Lluís Serra, believes that “as the logistics operations industry grows, there is a greater need for space and the provision of services and the potential for growth in this market is thus greater”.
The development of logistics activities is based on the following factors: the incorporation of new models for the management of commercial transactions, the globalisation of markets and the appearance of new operators who require spaces which reduce costs. It is a highly dispersed industry, with a clear trend towards development and sustainable growth in which the key operators are still consolidating their position.
A point of reference
For Abertis Logística the goal is clear: to become a point of reference and a prestige brand due to the quality of its installations and customer service.
In all its projects, Abertis Logística collaborates with local partners with local knowledge, a factor which helps ensure that the projects are properly completed on time.
Álava’s multimodal platform, Arasur, is the most ambitious project in terms of area, since it is designed for operators who require large amounts of space and, also, to offer inland services for the ports of Bilbao and Pasajes. Work is currently being carried out on the Partial Plan to commence Stage 1 before the end of 2003. As regards Zal Sevilla, construction of the first four industrial units is being completed and it is forecast that their commercialisation will commence during the first half of 2004.
Operator . . . . . . . . . . Area (Ha) . . . . . . . City
Parc Logístic . . . . . . . . 40 ha . . . . . . . . . Barcelona
Zalsevilla* . . . . . . . . . . 26 ha . . . . . . . . . Puerto de Sevilla
Arasur* . . . . . . . . . . . 200 ha . . . . . . . . . Álava
CIM Vallès . . . . . . . . . . 7 ha . . . . . . . . . . Barcelona
Cilsa (ZAL I+ZAL II)* . 200 ha . . . . . . Puerto de Barcelona
However, Abertis Logística has consolidated its activity in operational logistics projects such as Parc Logístic de la Zona Franca, Cim Vallès and the Port of Barcelona’s ZAL. Its significant growth has been the result of effective planning and management of logistics services in the industry’s principal operating sites.
The company has positioned itself by means of strategic involvement in Spain-wide projects which are a point of reference within the country’s logistics industry. Abertis Logística has commenced an intense phase of platform development activity in Arasur (Álava) and the Port of Seville’s ZAL, in which it has 40% and 60% stakes, respectively The activities in which Abertis Logística participates are located in key goods transportation areas such as motorways (the CIM Vallés services area), Barcelona airport and Ronda del Litoral costal ring road (Parc Logístic de la Zona Franca) and the Port of Barcelona (Cilsa).
The company’s customers are logistics operators for whom integrated services are designed to help them carry on their activities in key business areas, interconnected with high-capacity infrastructures. The operators find in these areas the opportunity to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
Strategic areas in Andalucía and the Basque Country
The Port of Seville’s Logistics Activities Area (ZAL Batán) has a total surface area of 36 hectares and is noteworthy for its proximity to the city centre and for its excellent connections to road and rail networks. Abertis Logística will start up a construction and operation project for the buildings aimed at logistics activities and the provision of common services. The company is making a significant operating investment, back by the Andalucian savings banks Unicaja, El Monte and Caja San Fernando.
The Álava Logistics Centre (Arasur) is one of the industry’s most ambitious projects. In only four years, it will become Álava’s largest company, with a workforce of ten thousand. The services to be developed by Abertis include a port logistics activities areas, a warehousing centre, regulation and distribution of goods, an intermodal transfer centre and an international transit centre with a range of services. Stakes in Arasur are also held by Caja Vital and Álava Agencia de Desarrollo (the Álava Development Agency, which are planned to be joined by Ribera Baja (Rivabellosa) Municipal Council.
Abertis, a leading infrastructure management corporation Abertis Logística is a 100% subsidiary of Abertis Infraestructuras, the holding company of the corporation arising from the merger between Acesa Infraestructuras and Áurea Concesiones de Infraestructuras.
Currently, the group has 4,500 employees in Europe and Latin America, and is Spain’s leading motorway and car parking management concern, with a growing interest in emerging industries such as the development of logistics areas and telecommunications infrastructures.