The expansion of a state-of-the-art equipment processing centre (EPC) in the port of Zeebrugge is helping manufacturer Doosan further capitalise on Northern European markets.

By January 2020, the facility will be used to customise all Doosan machinery intended for Europe, with 3,000 machines predicted to pass through the workshop on an ongoing annual basis.

The EPC will contain three overhead cranes – two with a 10-tonne capacity and one with a 20-tonne capacity – and modern warehousing systems, as well as a fully equipped production line for Stick and Boom assembly.

With a floor strength capable of handling machines of up to 90 tonnes, the facility will be fitted with a new warehouse management system and will be run using Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma project management methodologies.

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“We know that the ‘finish to order’ concept means that our OEM customers want to be able to deliver machines according to customer needs and specifications as quickly as possible,” says Antonio Essolito, WW Solutions General Manager Belgium EPC/VPC.

“And we can now offer that – plus, being inside the port itself gives us a strong advantage over our competitors. Our customers will be able to distribute more quickly, the service provided will be more competitive and the quality will be better. It’s a win-win situation!”

Werner Van Dessel, Senior Business Development Manager, WW Solutions, says: “Together with the increased technical competences built up over years in Zeebrugge as well as our ocean service through the group’s vessel fleet, we’re well-equipped to meet the demands of our existing and potential new customers.”