DHL Express has opened its new sorting centre Leipzig/Halle Airport capable of sorting 150,000 parcels per hour following an investment of €230 million ($255 million).
The expansion has increased capacity by 50 per cent and it can sort bulkier and heavier packages weighing up to 170 kilogrammes on a fully automated basis. DHL has created 1,300 jobs since work started on the expansion, bringing its total number of employees at the hub to 4,900.
Deutsche Post DHL Group chief executive officer, Frank Appel says: “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 adds: “Through our investment, we are able not only to increase the daily capacity of our flights but also to further improve our efficiency. We are ensuring that Leipzig will continue to play a central role in the world of global trade.”
DHL Express has invested a total of €655 million in the Leipzig hub including the most recent upgrade. The expansion covers 44,000 square metres, of which 40,000 is dedicated to warehouses and 4,000 for office facilities.