DHL Express invests €150m in German hub

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DHL Express has announced plans to invest €150 million (£125.7m) in its main European hub in Leipzig, Germany, to double capacity there and create around 400 new jobs.
The Leipzig site opened five years ago, and is one of three global hubs that “form the backbone of the DHL network”. It employs more than 3,500 people.
The investment will see additional warehousing, sorting, and office facilities constructed on a space of some 44,000 sq m.
With the installation of a new shipment sorting system, DHL said the facility will be able to handle 150,000 shipments an hour.
“Our European Hub in Leipzig is a critical part of our express infrastructure,” said chief executive officer at DHL Express Europe, John Pearson.
“Since we established operations here it has been a driver behind DHL’s ability to help customers in Germany and other European markets, who are trading internationally, expand and grow.
“This investment will allow us to support our customers’ future growth requirements, while further strengthening both DHL’s service capabilities and our economic contribution to Leipzig and the surrounding region.”
The investment will also include a new parking yard for trucks, and will incorporate green technologies, to support DHL’s GoGreen programme.
With construction beginning this month, the expansion is set to be operational from the fourth quarter of 2014.

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