DHL unveils US$300m European super hub

DHL has launched its new US$300 million hub in the German city of Leipzig.
DHL's new $300m Leipzig super hub
DHL's new $300m Leipzig super hub

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DHL has launched its new US$300 million hub in the German city of Leipzig. The two million square metre facility, which comprises a distribution centre and an aircraft hangar, will see around 2000 tonnes of freight transshipped every day by 2012.

Its sorting line is the largest of its type in Germany, and is capable of sorting around 60,000 parcels and 36,000 documents every hour.

Leipzig's strategic location will enable DHL to provide direct north-south and east-west access to Europe and leverages existing and emerging routes in central and eastern Europe and Asia.

"It is not only one of the industry's most technically advanced hubs, with some of the world's most sophisticated sorting equipment, but it will also protect and strengthen our leading position in the European, and indeed global, express market," announced John Mullen, CEO of DHL Express.

DHL chose the location due to its strategic position and also as a result of authorisation for night-time flights, a significant local employment base and impressive infrastructure that will allow connectivity via air, road and rail.

Leipzig is also the first DHL facility to be able to meet its energy needs to a large extent self-sufficiently. It has a co-generation unit for combined heat and power generation, along with 1000m2 of solar cells on the roof of the hangar workshop. Two underground cisterns will additionally collect rainwater which will be used instead of drinking water to wash the aircraft.

"Due to the relocation of our European super-hub, we are now able to offer minimised shipment running time and plus our newest prime express services on more trade lanes than ever before, with improved access to Eastern Europe and Asia," announced Scott Price, chief executive officer of the DHL Express Europe division.

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