Luxembourg-based alcohol manufacturer and distributor Amber Beverage Group (ABG) has signed an agreement with warehousing equipment maker Jungheinrich for purchasing $18.4m (€15.5m) equipment for its automated high-bay warehouse.

ABG said that the new warehouse facility is being built in partnership with AI Engineering specialists.

The beverage firm will invest more than $39.3m (€33m) in this project.

ABG CEO Jekaterina Stuģe said: “It is very important for us to ensure efficient cargo and pallet management for our partners in over 185 countries and to maintain the speed of development of investment projects which are characteristic of our company.

“The biggest part of our investment will be in hi-tech equipment for our new warehousing, once again confirming Amber Beverage Group’s ambitious plans to become one of the ten most influential and modern spirits industry players globally.”

The first stage of the construction will involve the acquisition of more than 24,000m² for automated warehouse order storage, assembly and issuance areas, and the administrative area.

ABG said that the high-bay area of the automated warehouse will not require the presence of employees as all processes will be automatic.

The warehouse will have a height of 24m and pallets will be placed on top of each other on shelves across nine floors.

The new facility will have the capacity for 35,000 pallets at a time, with an option for further expansion to 45,000 pallets if required.

It is planned that, upon completion, the warehouse will merge with the three existing ones while the planned flow will touch 360,000 processed pallets or around 33,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) annually.