FKI Logistex, the St. Louis-headquartered supplier of integrated material handling solutions, won a contract to provide The British Library with a new storage-and-retrieval system. The new facility will house and safeguard a substantial part of the United Kingdom's national collection of books and journals, which currently require an additional 7.7 miles of shelving space per year.
Working closely with the Library and its architects, FKI Logistex will supply and integrate a range of customized, high-density storage-and-retrieval systems into the new facility, located on the Library's existing site in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. The storage unit will incorporate 163 miles of high-density, fully automated storage in a low-oxygen environment.
"Our company is delighted to have been given the responsibility to design and supply these vital systems in the major new British Library storage facility," says Andy Smith, managing director, FKI Logistex warehouse, distribution and manufacturing systems Europe. "As the material handling system integrator for the Library's original Boston Spa site, we have already developed an excellent working relationship with the Library and its partners. We look forward to delivering the final phase of this complex and exciting project."