Panattoni expands into Dutch market

Pan-European industrial specialist Panattoni has entered the Netherlands - the second largest warehouse market in Europe. 

The firm has opened a new office in Amsterdam, headed by Jeroen Gerritsen as managing director, as of December 1. It follows Panattoni's successful ventures in Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

'The Netherlands is a very important logistics market. Rotterdam is the largest seaport in our continent, serving all of Europe,' said Robert Dobrzycki, Panattoni's CEO for Europe.

'We understand that the Dutch market is mature. Still, I am convinced that we will find our niche in it. For instance, we can focus on brownfield projects, developed on post-industrial or industrial sites,' Dobrzycki added.

According to Panattoni, the Dutch warehouse market, with space exceeding 31 million m2 as of mid-2019, is second only in size to Germany (69 million m2). It is distinguished by more than 139,000 km of roads, 6,800 km of railways and 5,000 km of waterways. Four seaports led by Rotterdam and four international airports complete the picture.

Gerritsen, who has been in the real estate business since 2001, said: 'It’s all about having the creativity and stamina to get things done, in finding the right answers to challenges in relation to the environment and scarcity of land is where we will need to excel. Paving the way for our clients so they can focus on their business. I’m looking forward to picking up these challenges together with the ambitious Panattoni team.'

Panattoni Europe is part of the Panattoni Development Company, one of the largest industrial developers in the world, with 26 offices in North America and Europe. Panattoni has been present in Central Europe since 2005.

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