FedEx extends European hubs

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FedEx Express plans to assist its European trade growth by extending its hub in Roissy-Charles de Gaulle in Paris and building a new environmentally-friendly facility in Cologne.

The hub at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, which is already FedEx’s largest outside of the United States, will increase in size from 49,000 sq m to 72,000 sq m and is likely to be ready for operation from September 2009. Upon completion the sorting capacity is expected to rise from 24,000 to 31,500 packages per hour.

The extended hub will also boost the company’s green credentials by using more than 250 Liquefied Petroleum Gas and electric ground support vehicles, almost two thirds of the fleet.

The facility at Cologne has been relocated from Frankfurt in order to help the company meet demand for express services in Germany and Eastern Europe.

In a bid to further confirm its commitment to the environment the new facility is likely to feature a 1.4 megawatt solar power system, with the ability to produce enough electricity to power more than 370 homes per year.

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