Jul 21, 2022  Bowling Green, KY

Industry 4.0 technologies driving digital transformation

Henkel Celebrates Completion of its Most Technologically Advanced Logistics Facility in North America

Henkel celebrated the expansion of its largest and most technologically advanced logistics operations in North America at Bowling Green, Kentucky. The logistics hub underwent a $70 million upgrade over three years to integrate Industry 4.0 innovations to help optimize storage space, enhance efficiency, and drive digital automation. The state-of-the-art facility supports Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care production, storage and distribution of brands such as Persil®, Purex®, and all® laundry detergents, Snuggle® fabric softeners, Schwarzkopf® hair care, and Dial® soaps.  

“At Henkel, we are continually seeking ways to enhance our supply chain network and invest in purposeful growth,” said Mark Fratamico, Vice President Laundry Supply Chain Operations, North America. “Increased automation allows us to provide efficiencies and superior customer service, help our retailers meet consumer demand and increase operational agility so we can continue to respond to a rapidly changing business environment.”  

The new digital automation capabilities strengthen Henkel’s supply chain resiliency and are a key enabler to proactively respond to dynamic market conditions. Digitization and cutting edge technology allow more rapid exchange of data, streamline processes and increase supply chain resource efficiency, which optimizes the warehouse structure and workflow. The 1.4 million square foot logistics hub has the capability to store 200,000 pallets (up from 88,000) and enables up to 1,000 trucks per day throughput (up from 200).

“We actively invest in products, technologies and innovations that help boost our productivity and efficiency,” said Dirk Holbach, Corporate Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain. “Through digital transformation we use data to gain additional insights that help improve decision-making across our supply chain. This advanced innovation requires collaborative and committed partners, and dedicated employees; we are grateful for everyone‘s support to help us deliver this project on time, on budget, and with excellence.”

Henkel’s technologically advanced logistics facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky features automated receiving and storage and supports the company’s Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care production, storage and distribution.

Henkel leaders, supply chain partners and local dignitaries celebrate the completion of the state-of-the-art Bowling Green logistics facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Bowling Green, Kentucky.