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DHL Express opens new EUR140m regional hub at Brussels Airport

LBR Staff Writer Published 23 February 2018

DHL Express, a provider of logistics and express delivery services, has opened a new regional hub at Brussels Airport in Belgium, with a capacity to handle 42,000 shipments per hour.

The company invested over €140m to develop the new hub, which features an advanced logistics technology that can quadruple the capacity of DHL Express in Brussels.

The 36,500m² hub allowed DHL to create an additional 200 new jobs at the Brussels Airport.

The hub includes two automated sorting systems, which can process up to 42,000 packages per hour, turning it as the fifth largest hub in the global DHL network.

It provides air and ground links to multiple European destinations, in addition to direct intercontinental connections to the Americas, Middle East and Africa.

The hub’s advanced sorting techniques and better insulation helps DHL to reduce its ecological footprint by 768 tons of CO² per year.

DHL Express CEO Ken Allen said: “Brussels plays a crucial role in the worldwide DHL Express network. Brussels Hub is one of our largest hubs in the world and because of its location in the logistics heart of Europe, it also plays an important role in connecting companies from this region with the world.

DHL Brussels Hub vice president Koen Gouweloose said: “This new hub is a great example of some of the latest state-of-the-art logistics technology. It allows us to process even more packages even more quickly and efficiently.”

In November 2017, DHL Express, along with the Airport Authority Hong Kong, announced an investment of around €335m for expanding its Central Asia Hub (CAH) in Hong Kong.

The expanded CAH will enable DHL to handle more shipment volumes across the Asia-Pacific region.

The scope of the expansion includes the installation of an advanced material handling system, which will help increase the productivity and throughput capacity of the hub from the current 75,000 pieces of shipments per hour to 125,000 pieces per hour.
Image: The new hub will quadruple the capacity of DHL Express in Brussels to 42,000 shipments per hour. Photo: courtesy of DHL International GmbH.