Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Bollore invests $100m in Singapore warehouse

Steve Rogerson
July 9, 2019

French company Bollore Logistics has invested S$100m to equip its Blue Hub warehouse in Singapore with integrated automation and IoT technology to improve storage flexibility, productivity and efficiency.
Certified as the first BiodiverCity project in Asia, Blue Hub is said to set a benchmark on warehouse design with a strong focus on sustainability and employee-centricity. BiodiverCity assesses and rates the performance of construction projects taking biodiversity into account.
The 50,000m2 warehouse is fully automated with a view to supporting the growth of users in the perfumes and cosmetics sector.
The site has an automated multi-shuttle system for optimising storage density while ensuring optimal inventory rotation. It is also equipped with a 43m-tall Spiralveyor conveyor with high energy efficiency, generating energy savings of up to 87% and thus reducing costs.
The hub includes the second integrated B.Lab innovation centre, which serves as a regional platform for interdisciplinary cooperation and research. The platform fosters collaborative work between sector stakeholders, with the aim of developing value-creating products using robotics, and digital and sustainable technologies.
In line with Singapore's Smart Nation vision, Bollore Logistics seeks to contribute to the innovation ecosystem through this platform. To that end, B.Lab will work with local universities to train young minds on creative thinking and the creation of logistics services.
Bollore aims to make Blue Hub an icon of sustainable architecture. It is equipped with an energy-management system, which harnesses the IoT to make predictive building analyses, and a smart lighting control system. Further initiatives include a storm-water recycling system, energy and water consumption monitoring, photocell sensor for harvesting daylight, food digester for a zero-waste cafeteria, and chemical-free landscape management.
In addition to obtaining the highest-level eco-certification, Green Mark Platinum and Leed Gold (earmarked), Blue Hub's design comprises a range of biodiversity initiatives.
"Following the success of our Green Hub, Blue Hub follows the same philosophy by blending sustainability buildings with employee centric features,” said Cyril Dumon, CEO of Bollore Logistics in Asia-Pacific. “The facility also integrates B.Lab, our first innovation centre in Asia, which serves as a nexus for research, innovation and collaboration. The Blue Hub is the embodiment of Bollore Logistics' focus on sustainability, innovation and employee development."
Green Hub, a logistics hub wholly owned by Bollore Logistics, opened in 2012. It was the first Green Mark Platinum warehouse in Singapore and the largest logistics centre in Asia to obtain Leed Gold certification.