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DHL opens EUR230m sorting facility in Leipzig, Germany

Published 14 October 2016

DHL has opened a new sorting facility at the express hub in Leipzig, in a bid to expand its processing capacity in the European region.

The company invested around €230m to develop the facility, which can sort bulkier and heavier shipments on a fully automated basis.

The facility is expected to increase firm’s processing capacity by about 50% to 150,000 shipments per hour.

The expanded facility features a total area of about 44,000m², of which 40,000m² area is allocated for warehouse building and 4,000m² for modern office facilities.

According to the company, around 1,300 jobs have been created since work began on the expansion, helping to increase the firm’s employees to around 4,900 in the region.

The facility includes advanced conveyor technologies, which will allow to handle packages with a weight of up to 170kg.

Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel said: “The successful launch of our expanded hub and the new sorting facility is a further step that reinforces the importance of Leipzig as our main European express hub.

“I am particularly delighted by the many additional jobs that we have been able to create. As a major employer and investor, we are very proud to be able to carry on supporting the positive economic development in Leipzig and the surrounding region.”

DHL Leipzig hub managing director Ralph Wondrak said: “The expansion of our capacity and particularly the introduction of our new sorting technology provide our customers with two crucial advantages: even more reliability at an even greater speed.”

Image: DHL’s Leipzig facility can sort bulkier and heavier shipments on a fully automated basis. Photo: courtesy of DHL International Gmbh.