Lidl continued to grow in Finland as it’s investments totalled 190 MEUR according to the company’s latest financial statement . The German grocery giant invested in a new distribution centre and five new stores in the Helsinki Region. The new over 6 hectar distribution centre and warehouse are located in Järvenpää – the heart of Helsinki Ring of Industry. In terms of logistics, the location is perfect for serving the needs rapid growth of the region, which is expected to grow by 15% in the next 20 years.
Energy efficiency and automation also played a key role in planning the new distribution centre. According to SWECO’s HVAC project Manager Mikko Hiltunen, the cooling process of the refrigerator and freezer rooms generates plenty of condensed heat, which can be either utilised in the distribution centre’s heating or distributed to Fortum’s district heating network to be used by the citizens of Järvenpää. This excess energy can be used to warm the household water of 500 single-family homes.