7 of the World’s Largest Factories and Warehouses
Welcome to a round-up of some of the worlds largest factories and warehouses. We feature space ship factories to the worlds largest distribution warehouse and a 200 year shipyard.
Tesco Distribution Centre, Ireland.
The house hold name of Tesco comes from humble beginnings, once selling from a market stall in East London in 1919, Tesco now puts its name to over 3,000 stores in the UK and Ireland.
The largest of all of Tesco’s Distribution Centres covers more than 70,000 square meters and is home to over 600 employees. If the racking was placed end to end it would reach over 15.6km!
This section of the supply chain is responsible for all of the ambient grocery products and has its own dedicated bespoke distribution system that entered the Guinness Book of World Records for having over 12 petabytes of data, that is over 12,000 terabytes or 12,000,000 gigabytes!
NASA Vehicle Assembly Building, USA.
NASA’s VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) was completed in 1966 and covers 34,000 meters squared (over 3.6million meters cubed). The building contains over 10,000 tons of air conditioning ventilation due to the building having its own weather!
The VAB was built for the vertical assembly of the Saturn V Rocket which was part of the Apollo Program and was originally name as “Vertical Assembly Building”.
It is currently the tallest single storey building in the world and in 2000 was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Meyer Werft GMbH, Germany.
Meyer Werft GMbH was founded in 1795 and today has the 5th largest usable space in the world with the largest shipbuilding hall in the world. The shipbuilding yard is home to such vessels as cruise ships, tankers, livestock carriers, ferries and research ships and houses approximately 2,500 employees.
The shipyard was founded by Willm Rolf Meyer and is now ran by Bernard Meyer. The company has been privately held amongst family for more than 6 generations. Originally crafting wooden vessels, construction of iron ships began in 1874.
Constellation Europe, UK.
Constellation houses 57 million bottles, is Europe’s biggest wine warehouse and is almost 80,000 meters squared.
Constellation Europe is responsible for around 15% of the alcohol consumed by Britain and can even bottle wine on site.
Boeing Everett Factory, USA.
The Boeing Everett Factory has a floor area of over 400,000 meters squared and is where some of the largest Boeing aircraft are built like its 747 in 1968. The factory is the worlds largest building by volume at 13.3 million meters cubed and has a floor coverage of 399,480 meters squared, this overtakes the record from NASA’s VAB mentioned earlier.
Jean-Luc Legardere Plant, France.
Jean-Luc Legardere is where the AIRBUS A380 is finally assembled, located in Toulouse, the floor plan of the factory is around 200,000 meters squared and took over 50,000 tons of steel to construct.
Target Import Warehouse, USA.
Target’s Import Warehouse in Washington is one of four warehouse they have in North America and also their largest. It is currently the second largest building (by volume) in the world with a volume of over 7.4 million meters cubed.
Thank you for reading our blog on the 7 largest factories and warehouses in the world. Whether your factory or warehouse is 100 square meters or 100,000 square meters, there is always rooms for improvements in terms of efficiency, storage and health and safety.