The construction of the Omniva LT terminal, the most modern parcel sorting terminal in the Baltic States, has begun in the Kaunas Free Economic Zone (LEZ). The total area of the facility will reach almost 22,000m², equivalent to three soccer stadiums. The company is investing more than €40m (US$44m) in the terminal and the sorting technology installed in it. Completion is expected in the second quarter of 2024.
According to Mart Mägi, chairman of the board of Omniva, the parcel sorting terminal is significant not only for Lithuania, but also for the entire Baltic region.
“Operating the largest network of parcel machines in the Baltic countries, we are naturally ripe for expansion, so record investments in the largest and most modern parcel sorting terminal in our region are very timely. Lithuania was chosen as it is closest to the Western countries from which and to which the largest number of international shipments travel. And so far, it has had the lowest level of automation, but the highest growth. We anticipate that the terminal will ensure the automated distribution of shipments to more than 700 destinations.”
The parcel sorting line itself will be manufactured by the company Equinox Europe, in which Omniva has separately invested €9m (US$9.9m). This line will eventually sort up to 15,000 parcels per hour.
According to Omniva’s CEO, Vaidrius Verikas, the terminal will stand out with modern technologies and unique sustainability solutions. The company is planning to install a 1.6MW solar power plant on the roof of the building, which will fully cover all the terminal’s electricity needs.
“Reducing energy costs brings economic benefits and helps gain a competitive advantage,” said Verikas. “However, by investing in green energy we also look to the future and purposefully follow the path of sustainable business. The next step will be the electrification of the transport fleet.”
Part of the building will be dedicated to modern office premises, to which about 60 employees of the Kaunas administration will move. Employees will be able to use the gym, sauna, chill zone, outdoor basketball court and grill area.