Maxims Holdings, a diversified Board of Investment (BOI) approved company opened its futuristic modern warehousing complex at Mulleriyawa on January 29.
The brand new facility is built on a 4.5 acre land with a total investment of Rs.2 billion. Along with modern office space this is the phase one of two stage mega projects that has a total storage capacity of 65,000 square feet. The state of the art warehouse has a host of new and high tech storage racking systems with computerised location allocations, loading/unloading bays with dock levelers which can handle four 40 feet containers at same time and ample parking facilities. The location of every widget can be identified with pinpoint accuracy.
Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, Chairman Maxim Holdings Private Limited noted that in this day and age storage needs can be complex and the space a company needs for warehousing and the management of its inventories may be highly specialised. “Warehouse operations basically conclude the speed and accuracy with which every customer’s order gets fulfilled. Since people wish to do business with those they trust, and everyone wants everything instantly all the time, warehouse operations directly affect an organisation’s perception, performance, and profitability. With long years of successful history in business, Maxim Holdings (Pvt) Limited has developed this warehouse complex at Old Road, Mulleriyawa with the prime objective of renting out the facility keeping all these in mind,” Dr. Weerasinghe said.
This state of the art warehouse facing the low level road at Colombo – Avissawella, is on a prime location having easy access to Colombo city and Colombo Sea Port. Most of the tea processing and exporting companies are having their processing and warehousing facilities in this area along the main road. Dr. Weerasinghe said that closer such operations are to population centers, the less it costs the retailers and the faster and more competitive they can be in courting cost-conscious shoppers who yearn for bargains and free shipping.
Maxim’s revolutionary warehouse complex is designed, for Maxim’s main office, tea processing, packing and warehousing.
The warehouse complex building plans were approved for construction by Kotikawatte – Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabawa and it was completed within 30 months.
The facility comprises a fully air conditioned main office covering 11,771 square feet. The office has well laid out dedicated areas. Lobby and Elevator (6 passenger 450kgs) have access to the 1st floor, office for Chairman and Board of Directors, office space for HR and Administration Department, office space for Finance, office space for Marketing, office space for Operations (Import Export), office space for Product Development, office space for Procurements, Tea Tasting Room, Staff Pantry and rest rooms.
The tea processing facility and warehouse processing facility along with the double height warehouse covering 50,399.7 square feet has dedicated areas which include air conditioned office spaces for the Factory Manager, Assistant Factory Manager, and the Tea Bagging Manager, air conditioned Cool Room for store flavours, tea blending area, air conditioned tea bag machine area, Packing area, Lab and Testing area, Machine and Maintenance Room, factory staff pantry and rest rooms, Raw Material Store, Packing Material Store, Finish Goods Store, Loading and Unloading Bay, Generator Room, Fork Lift Charging Area, worker rest rooms and canteen.
The entrance is equipped with multi vehicle access and wide open motored gates with fully functional security control room. The security control room includes security units, employ attendance recording system, Visitors Handling and it is covered by an alarm system for operations and in case of an emergency.
There are security points placed around the building with a 24 hours CCTV monitoring system. There is a fence around the premises.
The power supply from CEB with a 630KVA transformer has standby back up power which is supplied from a 630KVA silent generator. The entire warehouse building is completely covered with a fire protection system that has fire detection, fire hydrant, firefighting equipment’s and water storing sump as per Fire Department standards.
The warehouse is equipped with a modern racking system and will be ventilated by electrical turbine ventilators along with windows. It will be using sky lighting through the roof with energy saving light (CFL and LED). While it has a processing area that has tiles/epoxy flooring to meet intentional food safety requirements, the warehouse’s main office and factory office areas will be covered by a data cabling system and telephone system housed in a main server room. A dedicated parking space is allocated for management, staff and visitors. The perimeter is equipped with a landscaped garden and a storm water drainage system.
Maxine warehouse’s main contractor is Buildmart Lanka (Pvt) Limited of Nawala, Rajagiriya.
Maxims has established a Perfecta Universal automated complete tea bags production line with blending facilities and other production facilities in line with International Standards – ISO 22000: 2005, HACCP and GMP. Maxims Holdings will hope to provide contracts in tea bagging facilities to small and medium scale companies in the tea trade.