Medical technology firm Medtronic has began construction of a new 33,000m² distribution facility in Heerlen, the Netherlands.
The move will allow the company to reach more than 15,000 hospitals and clinics in Europe within 24 hours.
The facility will be established and operated in partnership with supply chain management firm CEVA Logistics.
About 140 new jobs will be created apart from the existing 1000 Medtronic employees in Heerlen. The first activities at new facility are anticipated to commence mid-2017.
CEVA will manage the facility, which is being developed by real estate partner WDP. It will act as a storage and distribution centre for Medtronic’s products including implantables, surgical instruments and patient monitoring systems.
Medtronic EMEA Customer Care and Supply Chain vice president Sikko Zoer said: “We strive to ensure the timely delivery of our medical technology products to hospitals and patients, and the unique geographical location of this new facility is aimed at supporting anticipated growth across the European market. We look forward to enhancing our presence in this community.”
CEVA Logistics the Benelux executive vice president Bart Beeks said: “The new distribution center will allow CEVA to provide Medtronic with world class logistics services both today and in the future and underscores our global expertise in the healthcare sector."