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Semi-permanent building provides long-term storage solution for Irish international food group

31 July 2017

Irish manufacturers, who are responding to an unprecedented demand for export goods, could be excused for scepticism that a “temporary” building would be up to the job of providing a long-term warehousing solution, says leading temporary building specialist Spaciotempo

According to the firm, the concept of temporary or semi-permanent warehousing is still relatively new to the Irish market yet, scepticism is now turning into belief as manufacturers capitalise on the positive trading situation and turn to the solution seeing it as a real alternative and viable option.

Rondo Ireland, part of the international Rondo Food Group, is one such company which first called in Spaciotempo after a fire destroyed its packaging storage facility in Arklow, County Wicklow last December.  So impressed was the firm at the rapid turnaround offered by Spaciotempo to install a 1,500 square metre warehouse for packaging and raw components that took just 15 days to install from the initial enquiry through to handover of the completed building, that it called the company in again to install a second building this month.

Stephen Smith, Technical Manager at Rondo Ireland, explains: “When our fire completely destroyed our cardboard storage facility, our first thought was for our customers and ensuring we could deliver orders as planned so, finding a solution to get us back up and running quickly was our priority. Spaciotempo came through with flying colours and over six months on, the building continues to deliver.  It is structurally robust and withstands all conditions and so we had no hesitation in choosing Spaciotempo a second time, for another two-year hire and would recommend the company to anyone for anything from a short term “emergency” hire, to a long-term storage solution.”

Spaciotempo’s second building for Rondo Ireland is for finished goods, prior to export and provides the much-needed storage as the manufacturer finds itself at the centre of an increase in global orders.

Stephen added: “We ship all over the world and our business is growing.  Our latest 400 square metre Spaciotempo warehouse is situated next to our main facility, which is important as containers can be placed directly outside the facility and packaged goods can be loaded directly into the containers straight from the warehouse, minimising handling costs and time.  Positioning of warehousing is key to operational efficiency and that’s why temporary structures are a perfect solution as building a permanent structure is not always possible nor necessary, especially when companies such as ours need the flexibility to manage storage requirements in line with demand.”

Phil Tallon, Area Sales Manager for Spaciotempo, based in Ireland, said: “It’s important to win customer trust and our work with Rondo Ireland and the feedback we have received is testimony that our solution is flexible and robust and can last as long as the requirement, whether that be for a few months or years. 

“We are delighted to help Rondo Ireland again with the company’s second building which proves the durability and resilience of our solution.   What’s more, the fact that Rondo Ireland has hired a second building from us in such a short space of time is a great boost for us and demonstrates that semi-permanent or temporary buildings are a good long-term storage solution.

“We stock an extensive range, so we can get customers’ new warehousing up and running quickly, as we did for Rondo Ireland and, the benefit of hiring means there is minimal initial outlay so customers can spread the costs over a hire period with the flexibility to adjust storage needs and extend hire terms in line with business demand.  It is great news that manufacturing and exporting in Ireland is thriving and equally rewarding that firms are changing their perception and see that our buildings provide a viable, robust, flexible and sustainable warehousing solution.”