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09 June 2015

FASHION LOGISTICS ARE GOING GREEN

THE MIROGLIO GROUP’S M2LOG LOGISTICS CENTRE ADOPTS GEWISS SMART TECHNOLOGY [4] TO LIGHT ITS OWN HUBS

The Miroglio Group’s commitment to sustainability has been extended to the Logistics Hub in Pollenzo (CN). A spin-off of the Group dedicated to supply chain management and a benchmark of integrated logistics in the textile and clothing sector, M2LOG has chosen the innovative Gewiss Smart [4] technology to renovate the lighting systems in its own fashion distribution hubs in Pollenzo. Together with the hubs in Castagnole delle Lanze (AT) which focus on textiles and yarns, the two centres cover a surface area of 90,000 square metres.

With an annual distribution of 20 million items of clothing and 20 million metres of fabric, and a maximum capacity of 1,000,000 items distributed each week, the M2LOG Centre is the ideal logistics partner for businesses operating in the fashion sector. An innovative and cutting-edge plant in terms of distribution, handling and management systems for the warehouse stock, M2LOG has applied its own standards of qualitative excellence to the lighting systems.

M2LOG has entrusted the initial evaluation of energy requirements, the definition of the preliminary project and the drafting of an investment plan to Sofisolar, a company specialising in energy efficiency services for buildings and which identified the Gewiss lighting solutions as the ideal response to the project's specific requirements. Energy efficiency, sustainability and visual comfort in the workplace are the three prerequisites of the new system with approximately 3400 old generation fluorescent bulbs being replaced with 3000 Gewiss Smart [4] devices, installed within 4 of the 7 Pollenzo Hubs. Based on an average of 3000 hours’ use per year of the lit spaces, the new technology enables an overall reduction from 547,728 kWh/year to 283,152 kWh/year, equating to a 50% reduction of energy consumption with a saving of approximately 264,576 kWh/year, the equivalent of 52 tons of petrol and 101 tons of CO2.

The Miroglio Group has been working towards energy efficiency and eco-sustainability in general for many years,” emphasises Piero Abellonio, Buying and Logistics Director of the Alba-based Group. “The investments in latest generation technologies that we have made over the last three years for Miroglio Textile are objective proof of this. With this new project in partnership with Gewiss, we have reached our objective to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions, focusing on renewable energy. The same approach aimed at energy efficiency will be gradually taken forward in our network of retail stores”.

Sofisolar has always believed in the effectiveness of LED technologies in large company buildings, and to have installed the system for a prestigious client such as the Miroglio Group with reliable highly-advanced technology products like those provided by Gewiss is extremely satisfying and is a motivation for future growth,” commented Valter Galli, Sole Director of Sofisolar.

Aldo Bigatti, Commerial and Marketing Director for Gewiss, added: “As a partner of Sofisolar, we thank the company for choosing Smart [4] technology for a project of such prestige and importance; we are certain that the quality of our solutions will fully meet M2LOG’s requirements and ensure the required performance”.

 

POLO LOGISTICO M2LOG
M2LOG was set up in north-west Italy as a spin-off of the Miroglio Group dedicated to supply chain management. M2LOG is a benchmark for integrated logistics in the textiles and clothing sector, thanks to the experience of a group which has been leading the way in the fashion system for more than half a century. Founded in 1947, the Miroglio Group is a leading international textiles and clothing business, operating in Italy and the world with 49 companies in 34 countries and more than 1,300 single-brand stores. In the fashion world, the Miroglio Group creates, produces and distributes the collections of 11 clothing brands including Motivi, Elena Mirò and Caractère.

 

SOFISOLAR
Sofisolar is the product of the extensive experience of a team of professionals in the renewable energy sector. The Sofisolar mission is to put the customer first, offering independent energy consultation services. The Sofisolar technical staff are able to provide “ready-to-go” energy-saving projects, beginning with an energy diagnosis for private clients, businesses, accommodation providers, hospitals and public or private associations and institutes, identifying the effective requirements and proposing solutions to fulfil them. Sofisolar provides its clients with a competent and professional service, starting from the initial evaluation of the client’s energy requirements, defining a preliminary project and drafting an indicative investment plan through to the execution of the project and the consequent creation of the required system.

GEWISS, INNOVATION SINCE 1970
Constant development of management systems is the philosophy which has driven the decisions of GEWISS from its foundation to today. GEWISS was established more than forty years ago and since its first day of operation, quality-focused research and the development of exceptional solutions have been the values guiding every action and decision. Over the years, this innovative mission has morphed into a business model based above all on the continual investment in Research and Development. 

The constant experimentation with new materials and new technologies, the global vision of the concept of lighting technology and the formalisation of aesthetics based on the unmistakable principles of Italian design are the deepest and most intimate aspects of GEWISS lighting solutions. This perfect alchemy has enabled GEWISS to become a global partner in creating lighting systems designed to suit every environment, space and location; in fact, GEWISS is able to provide solutions for indoor and outdoor settings, industrial contexts, buildings designed for the tertiary sector (commercial and public buildings), sports facilities, street lighting and emergency lighting systems. The GEWISS lighting range includes architectural floodlights, residential and urban street lighting, aluminium floodlights, recessed street lights and wall, floor and modular elements.