Case Studies

Featured Case Study:

Complete Site Clear Out of Lagunitas Brewing Facility in Azusa, California.

Heineken signed a Master Service Agreement with EquipNet to assist in managing and selling its surplus equipment across a global portfolio, including a complete site clear out for a Lagunitas facility located in Azusa, California.

Complete Site Clear Out of Lagunitas Brewing Facility in Azusa, California.

Heineken signed a Master Service Agreement with EquipNet to assist in managing and selling its surplus equipment across a global portfolio, including a complete site clear out for a Lagunitas facility located in Azusa, California.

100% of MRO Assets Sold from Multiple Facilities in Midland, Pennsylvania.

The client required the clearance of thousands of units of MRO and spare parts from multiple facilities in Midland, Pennsylvania, all within a highly constrained timeline of just two weeks. This necessitated expeditious action to ensure the vacancy of the thirteen buildings.

biotech closure management

Kaleido Biosciences - Company Closure | Massachusetts, USA

All operations within a biotechnology company were being shut down, resulting in a range of lab assets that needed to be cleaned, removed, and sold. The seller had no process in place to properly prepare the assets for disposition and EquipNet’s team had to manage all needs, including the inventory, cleaning, decommissioning, transportation, marketing, and sales of the assets.

Chemical Production Facility Closure:
Albany, Georgia

The client, a leading drug developer with a global presence, determined that it would no longer need a 300,000-foot facility. After trying to sell it as-is and disappointed by not getting any serious offers, the company reached out to EquipNet for help as it realized that a full facility clearance would be needed before any further steps.

Plastic Manufacturing, Facility Equipment from a Plastic Toy Industry Leader: Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

The client, a global leader in the toy production industry best known for plastic building bricks, had a facility with over seventy pieces of plastic manufacturing and facility support equipment that it was trying to sell. The facility’s location added an extra obstacle, for the plastic industry does not have a heavy presence in Asia.

Specialized Furnaces Still-Installed in a Tesla Manufacturing Facility: Fremont, California

Telsa had space occupied by seven specialized idle furnaces that could only be used by a handful of companies, so finding a buyer proved to be difficult. An added obstacle was trying to find one buyer for all seven assets to eliminate multiple dismantling fees and pick-ups. Due to these obstacles, Tesla came to EquipNet for help.

personal care facility management

Creams, Liquids, and Soap Facility Closure:
Guarulhos, Brazil

A client was in need of a comprehensive asset management solution for the closure of a site that manufactured OTC and pharmaceutical-grade creams, liquids, and bar soaps for skincare needs. Over 150 assets needed to be managed and sold, including Complete Production Lines, as well as Laboratory and Plant Utility Equipment.

Multinational Beauty Company Site Closure: Hünfeld, Germany

A turnkey solution was needed for a complete closure of a Personal and Homecare client’s beauty manufacturing facility in Hünfeld, Germany, which was home to over a thousand high-quality, late model equipment assets that now had to be inventoried and tagged before being sold within the requested deadline.

Medical Device Manufacturing Company Site Closure: Goleta, California

The client contacted EquipNet for assistance with a facility closure in Goleta, California that needed to be complete within a 4-month timeframe. Equipment featured a range of R&D assets, including microscopes, lab ovens, flow hoods, balances, as well as medical device, injection molding, and machine shop items.

MRO Sealed Bid for Manufacturer of Specialty Materials: Pennsylvania, USA

The client is a global manufacturer that focuses on advanced specialty materials and complex components for industries including aerospace and defense, oil and gas, and medical. With a four-month timeframe, the client approached EquipNet for help selling and removing over 4,000 assets across three plants.

Multi-Phase Pharmaceutical Facility Closure: Mexico

The client needed assistance with a multi-phase facility closure that consisted of two buildings at the same site. With over 800 assets to manage and sell, and a one-year timeframe that ended up being cut short, EquipNet needed to act efficiently in order to successfully gain maximum return for the client.

Medical Device Facility Closure: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The client reached out to EquipNet to request asset management services for a full site closure in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The company wished to maximize the value recovered from its equipment, which included CNC Machining Centers, Milling Machines, and more, within a timeframe of only seven months. 

Industrial Warehouse Clearance:

The client reached out to EquipNet for immediate clearance on a number of transformers and generators that were located at a warehouse in Panama. The warehouse costs were becoming burdensome, leading the client to make the decision that it needed to sell the stored assets within the next six months. 

Cookie Production Line: Colombia

This client originally sought out an auctioneer company to help sell a cookie production line from a facility in Colombia. When the company was unsuccessful in its efforts, the auctioneer directly reached out to EquipNet for expert assistance. 

Solid Dose Facility Closure: Colombia

The client planned to close a facility that manufactured pharmaceutical solid dose products. With a deadline in eight months, EquipNet had to ensure the right plan was in place to sell off the equipment and provide the client with the appropriate financial return.

Vaccination Facility Closure: Brazil

The client reached out to EquipNet regarding a need for a full plant closure at its facility in Fortaleza, Brazil. Since this site was handling vaccinations, the entire facility had to be cleared and demolished, which included five buildings in total.

Ongoing Solid Dose Facility Project: Mexico

This is an ongoing project that we have been working on at the client’s facility in Mexico City. When the company has surplus, the equipment is sent to EquipNet’s warehouses in Monterrey and Toluca to be placed on consignment. 

Surplus Food Manufacturing Equipment: Mexico

The client had a number of lower value assets along with a couple of higher value items that were surplus to its ongoing operations. The company did not have any strict deadline, but was looking for complete sell-through and to maximize its return. 

Surplus Dairy Manufacturing Equipment: Mexico

The client was in need of a comprehensive asset management solution to sell its surplus equipment in four different facilities in Mexico. The equipment included various food processing and packaging assets, primarily used for dairy and other related products.

Consumer Goods Manufacturer:

The client’s facility in Vallejo, Mexico City decided to conduct an efficiency project, which resulted in the decommissioning of multiple lines of manufacturing and packaging equipment, as well as some utilities equipment and other assets. 

Household Products Facility Closure: Guatemala

The client was originally working with a third party auctioneer to sell its surplus equipment from a site closure in Escuintla, Guatemala. When the event did not yield the desired results the company was looking for, the client reached out to EquipNet.

Unused Liquid Processing Skid: Colombia

The client reached out to EquipNet with an urgent need to sell an unused, high value liquid processing skid. This facility is responsible for manufacturing various household products, including liquid, powder, and solid products. 

Oystar IWKA Inline Tube Filler:

The client originally purchased an Oystar IWKA Inline Tube Filler from a project we were working on with another client. Once the client shipped the equipment to the site, the company’s plans to produce the new product fell through.

Surplus Frozen Food Manufacturing Equipment: Chile

When the client realized an opportunity to generate return on some surplus assets, it came to EquipNet for help. The company did not have a deadline to sell the equipment by, but an estimated 12 months was used as an appropriate timeline.

Multi-Phase Personal Care Facility Closure: Puerto Rico

The client asked EquipNet to handle the complete closure of a skin care product manufacturing facility in Cayey, Puerto Rico within nine months. The facility, which had approximately 2,500 assets, was still an active manufacturing site at the time.

The Success Of Buying & Selling Equipment With EquipNet

EquipNet is constantly working on asset disposition projects with multiple clients across the globe to help companies buy, sell, and manage their surplus. This case study outlines how EquipNet was able to help our long-term client buying and selling. 

Biotech/Pharmaceutical Facility Closure: Massachusetts

One of our previous project clients recommended our services to Synta Pharmaceuticals to help with closing a facility consisting of three different buildings. The entire facility needed full clearance and contained an array of over 400 pieces of R&D equipment.

Leading R&D Company Closure: California

The client had decided to close down its business and was in need of a comprehensive and affordable solution to sell and manage its lab and analytical equipment. Equipment included some high-value items such as an AB Sciex 3200 Mass Spec.

R&D Facility Consolidation:
Mont-Saint-Guibert. Belgium

The client was in the process of consolidating its R&D facility in Europe and determined that the majority of the equipment in its Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium facility was surplus to the ongoing operations, leading it to approach EquipNet for help.

Food Manufacturing Site Closure: Rancho Dominguez, California

Mid-year, this client notified EquipNet of a full site closure for its facility in Rancho Dominguez, California. With only a two week removal window and a requested clearance deadline in less than five months, EquipNet needed to act quickly. 

Leading Perfume & Personal Care Facility Closure: New Jersey

The client contacted EquipNet requesting asset management services for a complete site closure at its facility in New Jersey. The facility was converting from a manufacturing plant to a distribution center and required clearance within six months. 

Leading Global Food Packaging Company: New York

The client was re-vamping its facility in New York and was switching from manufacturing equipment to co-packers to increase efficiency and improve workflow. The client was seeking an all-inclusive and proactive solution to sell many assets. 

Industrial & Medical Device Clients: Case Studies

An overview of four different projects with EquipNet, including a leading device engineering facility, global healthcare provider, global pharmaceutical conglomerate, and an industrial manufacturing company. 

Medical Device Facility Closure: Cascading Sales Model

The client reached out to EquipNet regarding a need for asset management for a full site closure. Using EquipNet’s Cascading Sales Model, this client was able to successfully close its medical device facility and gain financial return from its surplus equipment. 

Leading Device Engineering Facility: In-House Project Management

The client’s in-house EquipNet project manager realized an opportunity for a large cleanout of surplus medical device equipment at its headquarters.

Sterile Facility Asset Management: Two-Phase Disposition Project

This client reached out for assistance with a two-phase asset disposition project at a facility in Cleveland, Mississippi, featuring sterile fill/finish equipment. 

Leading Pharmaceutical Client: Medical Device Manufacturing Facility

We helped this client manage over 250 assets at its medical device manufacturing facility, resulting in $1.7 million savings and over $250,000 in sales. 

Becton Dickinson Site Closure: Medical Device Manufacturing Equipment

Becton Dickinson’s Seattle facility was closing, consisting of two buildings with over 100 assets including Mori Seiki, Haas, and Fadal CNC Machining Centers, Tool Room and Support equipment.

Leading Global Pharmaceutical Client: Kfar Saba, Israel

This client reached out to EquipNet for assistance selling an unused Optima Syringe Filling Line. The equipment was purchased new, but was no longer needed and had been sitting idle in the OEM’s facility.

Sheet Metal Fabrication Company: Site Closure Management

EquipNet helped this client manage its closure within its requested timeline, resulting in $1 million in return and 100% of assets sold through a dedicated online auction event and individual asset sales through MarketPlace. 

Leading BioProcessing Facility In Sweden: Complete Site Closure

Early in the year, the client reached out to EquipNet requesting assistance with a facility closure in Staffanstorp, Sweden involving over 100 assets. This facility had been manufacturing a raw ingredient used for insulin.

R&D Facility Closure: San Francisco, California

The client was closing a 50,000 sq. ft. San Francisco lab facility that housed 500 surplus lab and analytical assets. The multi-building site needed to be cleared out within a 45-day timeframe, leading the company to approach EquipNet for assistance.

Leading Pharmaceutical Company: North America

The client’s Lincoln facility was utilizing a third party warehouse storing approximately 80 assets, including solid dose and sterile processing equipment. Per request of the warehouse location’s landlord, the client needed the facility cleared by the end of August 2016.

Telecom Facility Closures: Multiple Locations Across The Globe

The client reached out to EquipNet for assistance closing the entire telecommunications division of its company, which included over 20 facilities spanning across the globe. Facilities included locations in over five different countries.

Large Paper Coating Facility Closure: North America

This client reached out to us for assistance closing a large paper coating facility within a three month timeframe. The inventory consisted of approximately 1,000 assets, including four very large paper coating lines, as well as paper converting equipment.

Menlo Park - Global Bottling Company: Facility Closure

The client decided to move its Menlo Park, CA production operations to other facilities. This decision slated the Menlo Park site for complete closure, requiring removal of bottling lines, mixing and blending tanks, and an outside bulk tank farm from the facility.

Global Consumer Goods Company: Facility Closure

The client asked EquipNet to handle the complete closure of a skin care product manufacturing facility in Cayey, Puerto Rico with a nine-month deadline. The facility, which had approximately 2,500 assets, was still an active manufacturing site at the time.

Novartis Asset Disposition Project: Solid Dose

EquipNet was asked to facilitate the complete facility clearance of Novartis’ Suffern, New York manufacturing facility. The goal was to provide an initial inventory of all high-end machinery and internally redeploy as many assets as Novartis required.

Global Pharmaceutical Company: Inventory And Evaluation Of Equipment

In November 2013, the client tasked EquipNet with the inventorying and evaluation of equipment from two warehouses: one in Hudson, NH and an additional one in Methuen, MA. The goal was to both verify and qualify the inventory at each warehouse and search for discrepancies.

Global Pharmaceutical Corporation: Procurement Services

The client suffered a setback when one of their facility’s cap elevator unexpectedly stopped working properly. They reached out to the OEM in an attempt to find a speedy resolution to the problem, as they did not want to endure a prolonged delay in their facility’s activities because of this mishap.

Leading Healthcare Provider: Massachusetts

In the final stages of shutting down its Norwood, Massachusetts lab facility, the client managed to address all but one of the critical steps to successfully conducting a facility closure. With a one month deadline looming, 150 surplus lab assets needed to be cleared out of the facility.

Bayer Asset Management: St. Joseph, Missouri

Bayer made the decision to sell a facility handling its solid dose manufacturing. Once production stopped, Bayer needed a way to liquidate all of the equipment within this building, as well as three local warehouses in order to move forward with the sale of the facility, and reached out to EquipNet for help.

Leading Healthcare Provider: New Jersey, United States

With a looming site closure on the horizon for a facility in New Jersey, this company needed to come up with a way to dispose of its lab equipment (HPLC’s, Mass Specs, NMR’s, GC Systems), as well as nearly everything else under the roof.

Semiconductor Facility Closures: Multiple Locations, Europe

The client presented EquipNet with an aggressive requirement to clear multiple facilities of surplus Electronic Test and Measurement equipment. With only a few months until the mandatory deadline, EquipNet had to act fast.

Global Pharmaceutical Conglomerate: Latina, Italy

One of the client’s pharmaceutical processing facilities in Italy was planning an upcoming project. This endeavor required the acquisition of a thermoformer and a blister packaging line, which, if purchased new, would cost more than $500,000 and had an average lead time of one month.

Leading Healthcare Provider: Mount Holly, North Carolina

Clariant planned to demolish a facility in Mount Holly, North Carolina. According to initial estimates from demolition contractors, the company would expect to pay $1 million to demolish the plant. Under these plans, Clariant staff would have to spend an enormous amount of time and money managing the project, so the company came to EquipNet for help.

Technology Asset Disposition: Global Healthcare Leader

When the company decided to refresh the technology of its entire field sales organization, EquipNet was called upon to manage the disposition of over 8,000 tablets, peripherals, and accessories. EquipNet provided logistics for inventory pick-ups at the client’s location and analyzed the inventory to determine the best disposition channel for each individual item.

Leading Global Provider Of Healthcare Solutions: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The client was ceasing production of an API at a facility in Brazil that was owned by its sister company, and reached out to EquipNet for assistance. EquipNet had to overcome a number of challenges, which included a very strict deadline to clear the client’s assets from the facility, in order to guarantee a successful outcome.

Facility Closure And Liquidation Of Biopharmaceutical Equipment

The client reached out to EquipNet for assistance with a full laboratory closure in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With a strict deadline to clear the facility, EquipNet needed to act quickly and efficiently to ensure the ideal result for the client.

Pioneering Company:
Global Consignment

Over time, the client had amassed a substantial surplus inventory but had to pay monthly expenses to relocate and store them in a local warehouse. Although the expense was minor, the client realized it was unnecessary and reached out to EquipNet for guidance.

Pet Care Manufacturing Client:
Joplin, MO

A client wanted the entire facility closed down and cleared out by the end of 2013. Because of this, EquipNet faced a sixth-month timeframe to achieve total clearance on 180 assets, many of which were heavily installed.

Leading Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturer: Humacao, Puerto Rico

The client contacted EquipNet with an urgent need for an equipment part for a Kikusui press. Its current press broke down during the middle of a production run, and it needed to be replaced ASAP or the company would suffer a significant money loss.

Corporate Client - Global Healthcare Leader: Bridgwater, NJ

The client elected to shut down a 1.2 million square foot facility, one of its largest, and needed it cleared out prior to the client’s shutdown date. The company engaged EquipNet to assist with the removal and liquidation of the assets.

Global Pharmaceutical Client - Procurement Service: Belgium

The client’s Belgium site had an urgent need for a Bruker NMR to continue a pressing project. After receiving the financial approval, the client was left with the option to purchase a new unit from the manufacturer or to explore the used equipment market.

University Solutions Client:
North America

The client reached out to EquipNet for help selling two pieces of idle equipment that were taking up valuable space in the university’s research facilities. The equipment included two high-end Mass Spectrometers, one Micromass Q TOF Premiere and one Thermo LQT Orbitrap.

Global Healthcare Company:
Carlyle, IL

In July of 2013, this client enlisted the services of EquipNet to aid in the disposition of approximately 300 assets located within its facility in Carlyle, Illinois. Equipment located at this site that needed to be sold included various types of packaging machines, injection molders, and more.

Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Client: North America

The client had hundreds of miscellaneous MRO items that had been taking up space at its Bethlehem, PA facility. The client needed these miscellaneous parts removed from the facility to free up space and make room for new equipment as soon as possible, and came to EquipNet for help.

Leading Global Healthcare Provider: Broomfield, Colorado

In this ongoing project that began in 2014, the client had a warehouse full of surplus assets at its Broomfield location and was unsure of the equipment’s fair market value. The client also noted that there was additional surplus still in use at the site.

Novartis Storage Clearance: Grimsby, United Kingdom

The client requested EquipNet’s help to inventory and sell all equipment located in one of its temporary storage areas within six months. The equipment consisted mostly of MRO/spare parts and six high-value pieces of processing equipment.

Global Pharmaceutical Company: Horsham, United Kingdom

The project started in 2011 with a simple request for disposition of a small number of surplus assets, but evolved into a full site closure ending in October 2014. The project required the disposal of close to 2,000 assets together with full site clearance based on the client’s specification.

Pharmaceutical Client:
County Wicklow, Ireland

A client determined that it would need to drastically cut manufacturing costs at its API processing facility located in County Wicklow, Ireland. With this large-scale downsizing taking place, the company sought the assistance of EquipNet to help find a final disposition for an unused, high-end Agitated Vacuum Pan Dryer.

Consumer Manufacturing Client: North America

Our client had a facility in Clinton, CT for manufacturing hair sprays, deodorants, and other various personal care products which the company was planning to shut down in multiple phases. The client needed to achieve clearance on all assets at the site in less than a year, leaving a tight deadline with a magnitude of work.

Redeployment Specialists:
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Prior to shutting down its Newcastle upon Tyne facility in preparation for a closure, the client requested for EquipNet to take a complete inventory of all high-end equipment. However, once the shutdown was complete, EquipNet was then tasked to take inventory of the lower-value assets.

Bayer Asset Management:
Banwol, South Korea

This project called for the clearing of 10 very large silos from a Bayer facility in Banwol, South Korea. From the start, EquipNet knew this would be a difficult project to succeed with, so initially low expectations were set and the client was notified of this.

International Healthcare Company: North America

The client had twenty (20) Auto Syringe Infusion Pumps and six (6) Vital Signs Patient Monitors that it no longer had use for. Since the equipment was obsolete the client engaged EquipNet to assist with the liquidation of the equipment.

Biotechnology Client:
Menlo Park, CA

In the summer season, the client decided that it would need to cut its workforce by 68% due to a steady decline in sales of the company’s top-selling product. Due to the significant downsizing, it was also decided upon that its Menlo Park, CA facility would be shut down.

Global Healthcare Company:
United Kingdom

The client enlisted EquipNet’s services to assist in the disposition of approximately 150 assets at its closing Hammersmith, UK facility. Prior to shut down, the facility had been performing human nuclear medicine trials and therefore equipment included PET scanners, various lab, and maintenance equipment.

Ongoing MRO Management:
Rahway, New Jersey

The client was in need of an ongoing asset management solution to help manage and sell over 25,000 pieces of surplus MRO equipment and spare parts at a facility in Rahway, New Jersey. This facility consists of multiple buildings, and featured a wide range of equipment that needed to be managed.

Biopharmaceutical Laboratory Surplus: Argentina

The client had planned to build a biotechnology laboratory for the production of recombinant mammalian cell proteins in large scale, however the company never moved forward with the project. This left the client with a surplus of new, uninstalled assets that were no longer needed.

Surplus Medical Devices from Medical Technology Company:
Mexicali, Mexico

A long-term client of EquipNet’s reached out seeking assistance with selling surplus medical device assets at the company’s facility in Mexico. The client requested clearance within three months; with such a short window to sell the assets, EquipNet’s Specialists recommended a Dedicated Sealed Bid auction event.

Facility Clearance Project:
Union, New Jersey

A leading drug development company with facilities across the globe reached out to EquipNet for assistance with a massive clearance task at its Union, New Jersey facility. Some larger and more complicated assets, as well as a stop-and-go nature of the disposition, created a challenge that EquipNet was ready to handle.

Outright Purchase Program Case Study -
Facility Clearance Project:
Abbott Laboratories, Scarborough, Maine

A multinational medical devices and health care company reached out to EquipNet for assistance with a complete facility clearance within a 3 week time period. It was a big challenge due to the tight timeframe and 40,000 sq ft to clear, but our team was diligent in finding the right solution for our customer.