Goodyear, a well-known American tire manufacturer with a 125-year history, will become the first tenant in the new industrial complex Panattoni Park Cheb East. The strategic location will help the company streamline its logistics chain and reduce its carbon footprint. The construction of the Cheb site has been launched by Panattoni.
Goodyear will lease two new industrial halls based on its Better Future Framework sustainability strategy. One in the Czech Republic in Cheb and the other in Amiens, France. In its efforts to decarbonize, the company is focusing on optimizing logistics and developing new materials and technological processes.
"I am very pleased that we are building a state-of-the-art distribution center for Goodyear that will optimize the tire distribution network in Central Europe. Goodyear recently presented its vision for sustainable tires of the future. They will not be left behind with our building, which will include heat pumps, a photovoltaic power plant, and charging stations for electric vehicles. The target for BREEAM New Construction certification is set at Outstanding," says Pavel Sovička, Panattoni's Managing Director for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The operation at Panattoni Park Cheb East will streamline the transport of tires to customers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, but also facilitate transport to the Nordic countries. Goodyear hopes to reduce the distance between distribution centers and the sales network not only to streamline processes and speed up delivery times for end customers but also to reduce the overall carbon footprint, which will help to achieve optimal sustainable measures.
Goodyear's new 80,000 sqm floor space, in which it is leasing 60,000 sqm, is targeting the highest BREEAM New Construction certification rating of Outstanding. All of the new buildings in Panattoni's portfolio use energy-saving measures with regard to electricity, heating, and water consumption. The new Goodyear hall is no exception. The building's roof will be ready for the installation of photovoltaic panels, efficient heating will be provided by heat pumps and the building will also feature underground greywater tanks. Electric vehicle charging stations will be located in the outdoor parking lot.
Cheb offers excellent transport links throughout Europe. The E42 motorway, which connects Prague with Nuremberg, is located nearby, providing a fast connection to Germany. In addition, there is also access to the l/21 road, which connects to the D5 motorway leading from Prague to Rozvadov. The accessibility of the railway corridor from Prague to Nuremberg is also an advantage. The container terminal in Hof is only 54 kilometers from the site (direct trains to the North Sea and Baltic Sea ports run from here) and the international airport in Karlovy Vary is 45 minutes away. The railway line provides connections to the border areas of Germany and the Czech Republic.
The relocation of supply chain activities is an important strategic step to further establish responsible operations under the Goodyear Better Future Framework and improved go-to-market logistics activities in the EMEA region, enabled by the Panattoni industrial park in Cheb.