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DHL breaks ground on new distribution facility for Eaton in Germany

LBR Staff Writer Published 22 March 2018

DHL Supply Chain has broken ground on a new distribution facility in Rheinbach near Bonn, Germany.

The company is building the new 35,000m² automated storage facility for its customer Eaton, which is a multinational power management firm.

Expected to be operational in 2019, the strategically-located facility will be connected to all modes of transport, and is near to the Duisburg/Venlo port of entry.

DHL will serve Eaton's European electrical business from three distribution centers in Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic during the next few years.

Earlier this year, DHL commenced operations of the new site for Eaton in the UK. The company is currently involved in the modernization and expansion of the Czech facility.

DHL is developing the new facility in Rheinbach to support Eaton serving customers in the Western Europe.

DHL and Eaton have developed a concept for the new facility, which includes complete warehouse consolidation ranging from planning, design and equipment to commissioning and regular operation.

Featuring advanced technology, the new facility will provide Eaton with maximum flexibility and tailor-made logistics solution to better serve its customers.

Eaton's power management technologies will be deployed across the facility to meet the Gold Standard 2015 of the German Council for Sustainable Building.

DHL Supply Chain Germany & Alps CEO Karsten Schwarz said: "The construction start for the new warehouse in Rheinbach is another important step in our strategic partnership, in which DHL is building and managing three integrated, high-performance distribution centers for Eaton in Europe.

"This investment reflects the trust and strategic partnership we have with Eaton, who have leveraged our logistics expertise for the past decade."

Eaton EMEA supply chain vice president Klaus Gäb said: “This new building is a clear demonstration of our joint approach and supports both companies in achieving our growth and sustainability goals.”

Image: The new distribution center in Rheinbach is designed to benefit Eaton's Western European customers. Photo: courtesy of Deutsche Post AG.