Vedum Kitchen & Bath is a family business that started in 1919 in a small town in the West countryside. They manufacture and sell kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities.
Straight through the town runs Älvsborgsbanan, a railway that goes between Uddevalla and Borås.
When Vedum Kitchen & Bath grew, they needed to build a new warehouse of 11,000 sqm, and they saw no other way than placing it on the other side of the railroad. Therefore, the material is now being transported from the production to the warehouse on a bridge over the rail.
" – Everything has worked out very well. Right from the start."
Tomas Berg, delivery manager, Vedum
When the new premises were built, more space was created for production, thus increasing capacity and making handling of stock and outgoing delivery more rational.
At this stage, more trucks were needed and since the cooperation with Helge Nyberg AB extends over 20 years, it was natural to expand with a third generation of forklift trucks.
Tomas Berg is delivery manager and he is very pleased with the electric trucks.
– We bought new forklift trucks to the warehouse, but also a new towing tractor solution, that was new to us, Tomas Berg says.
After the towing tractors, large trolleys are connected. These trolleys are designed to be able to handle the very long material that are picked up. The trolleys are driven to the packing department, where they are disconnected and waiting for packing.
Kitchen and bathroom
When the material from the production enters the warehouse, it is placed on shelves. From here, each order is picked, then packed and sent to the customer.
An order can for example consist of two bathrooms and a laundry room that is to be delivered to a house manufacturer or eight kitchens to a rental property of a construction company.
The products picked from the shelves are often big and heavy, therefore it requires a trolley and truck that can handle the load.
The trucks has the forks pointing backwards and they are designed with quiet and reliable lift for handling loads up to 500 kg.
– Right now we have one of our older trucks on service, but that’s probably the first time, says Tomas Berg, smiling.
– Everything has worked out very well. Right from the start.
Vedum has about 450 employees and they produce about 7,000 cabinets a week.
It is a 20 percent increase over the last three years. They run 3 shift, with full production under two of them and one reduced shift at night.
One of the reasons for the positive figures is the increase in sales in the webshop. Here the products are also sold directly to the final consumer.
– This means that the single-piece picking is increasing and when the computer system is running like it’s supposed to, we will be able to increase the rate even more, says Tomas Berg.