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DHL breaks ground on new parcel facility in Bochum, Germany

LBR Staff Writer Published 23 August 2017

DHL has broken ground on a new parcel center in Bochum, Germany, which is expected to start operations in 2019.

The new facility will be equipped with sorting technology, allowing it to process up to 50,000 shipments per hour 

In early 2016, DHL purchased an area of over 140000m2 at the Mark 51°7 property from Opel. The heat-driven cogeneration (CHP) unit integrated with a photovoltaic system will be mouted on the roof to operate the facility.

The new parcel sorting center, which will offer 600 job opportunities, will also have energy-saving LED bulbs to provide lighting.

The new facility will ensure reliable, fast and flexible service to both parcel senders and recipients. DHL owns 34 parcel sorting centers, which ship over 1m parcels each hour.

In June 2016, DHL started commercial operations of a parcel center, which processes 50000 shipments an hour, in Obertshausen, Germany.

DHL Group CEO Jürgen Gerdes said: "Our network - with an average of 4.3 million parcels per day - leads the way in Germany when it comes to capacity and quality. Now we are making our network even more efficient - and making the lives of our customers even easier as a result. Our Packstations, parcel boxes and other innovative delivery services also have a hand in this.

"The new parcel sorting center in the heart of the Ruhr region is a very important gateway to one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe. Their shipments can be picked up very late and still be delivered anywhere in Germany the following day.”

DHL economics and digitization minister Andreas Pinkwart said: “Logistics and trade are two important pillars of our economy in North Rhine-Westphalia. With modern parcel sorting centers like this one, DHL is creating the conditions to meet the requirements of e-commerce - as a dynamic growth engine of trade - in the future as well.”

Image: DHL breaks ground on Bochum parcel facility in Germany. Photo: Courtesy of Deutsche Post AG.