El Crisol Opens Latin America’s Largest Laboratory CEDIS
After 14 months of construction and planning, El Crisol opens the doors of its new distribution center (CEDIS) Queretaro, which has a warehouse area of 15,000 m2, becoming the largest storage center for laboratory materials, equipment and biologicals in Latin America.
The Mexican company has 61 years of experience in the commercialization and distribution of laboratory equipment for different industries and has offices in Mexico City, Puebla, Queretaro, Monterrey, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosi, Torreon, Guadalajara, Merida, Tijuana and Culiacan. The new center will comply with the logistic requirements to receive, import and distribute laboratory materials. It will begin operations officially on Feb. 1, providing opportunities for investors in Queretaro and neighboring states and allowing them to bring more projects to the region.
“Together with this project, we come to revolutionize the services given to all laboratories in Mexico and Latin America. In the short term, CEDIS will offer its space and infrastructure to other companies in the sector to generate better Third Party Logistics (3PL). The following months of operation will represent an investment of MX$350 million (US$18.6 million), in addition to the MX$320 million (US$16.9 million) already invested in the project so far, generating more than 100 permanent direct jobs. With this infrastructure investment, Queretaro becomes the capital of laboratory supplies in Mexico,” said Rodolfo Camargo Alvarado, El Crisol´s CEO, during the inauguration of the storage center.
The center will be a comprehensive one-stop solution, providing a full service that includes transportation, inventory management, warehousing, picking and packing, office and warehouse spaces in one location, technical assistance and calibration laboratories. Additionally, the CEDIS offers the necessary infrastructure to manage the human resources involved in all its operations. The center also has a training area for products related to all kinds of laboratories.
On its first stage, referring to its first three months in operation, the center will offer its services only to El Crisol and its partners, but later the company will begin to turn it into a logistics hub, allowing many manufacturers and operators working in the area to operate from there. The company also plans to continue offering its services to other states in Mexico and later work with international companies.
The construction of the CEDIS involved the processing 20,000m3 of earthworks, along with the setting of 4,100m3 of concrete and 170 tons of asphalt. Finally, construction required 51 tons of steel for the structure. In total, the CEDIS has two storm tanks, a water treatment plant, an electrical substation and an emergency plant. During the inauguration, it was mentioned that the pandemic and the logistics challenges caused by the Ukrainian war, made it harder to finish its construction, especially when most of the planning and development had to be done from home, said representatives during the center’s inauguration. The site had to be redesigned mid-way through the project and much work was done to reach the expected opening date while adhering to the budget.
Projects as large as this one requires collaboration between the public and private sectors to succeed. “This collaboration between government and business is the formula the country needs to bring economic growth and truly sustainable well-being to the population,” said Rodolfo Camargo and Amarildo Barcenas, Municipal President of Pedro Escobedo, Queretaro, during the inauguration event. More projects of this kind are expected to arrive to the municipality, allowing the region to take advantage of a geographic location that has been beneficial and strategic for moving materials or any product within Mexico, added Amarildo Barcenas. Additionally, they mentioned that by working together, investors’ fears when entering the country go away. Collaboration helps to generate jobs and well-being for the country and the state.
During an exclusive interview with MBN, Camargo said that this CEDIS is “the work of an excellent and robust team that helped us to move forward despite the complexities. We are very proud to see such a large investment for the company, which also gives us the certainty that it will be successful and allow us to go to markets outside of Mexico and export the Mexican model further afield.” Camargo also emphasized that the company wants to create employment centers, investing to be a grain of sand in the country’s growth. “We want to emphasize this in our marketing strategy to demonstrate that behind the science and research, there is a first-class supplier with knowledge, experience and expertise with the leading global brands,” Camargo told MBN.