DHL boosts Central Asia hub
DHL has announced the completion of its Hong Kong hub expansion project, which the express giant has claimed is the first large-scale automated express hub in the Asia-Pacific and significantly boosts the company's operations in the Asia region.
With investment in the Central Asia Hub (CAH) amounting to US$210 million in total, the facility has now expanded to 35,000m and is projected to handle around 40 million shipments this year.
"Asia Pacific continues to be a key growth driver - in the first half of 2008, we grew 13% year-on-year," said Dan McHugh, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific. "The expansion of the CAH is testament to the ongoing rise of intra-Asia trade and the Asia Europe trade lane."
The company was keen to highlight the benefits of the hub's automated system, which is able to handle 75,000 pieces per hour, an increase of 114% compared to the throughput measured before the network was upgraded. DHL also indicated that CAH's completion, well ahead of schedule, was representative of the importance of the Asia Pacific sector for the operator.
"Currently, over 60% of express cargo being processed by the Central Asia Hub is taken up by intra-Asia Pacific shipments, a figure that we expect to continue to grow alongside increasing intra-regional trade," added McHugh.