DHL’s new EUR 134 million hub to handle 37,000 packages per hour
DHL Express is to build a new state-of-the-art hub at Copenhagen Airport.
The hub will be ready in 2023 and with new state-of-the-art automated systems, DHL will be able to handle nearly 37,000 packages per hour, 24 hours a day.
The DKK 1 billion (approximately EUR 134 million) investment is the biggest DHL Express has made in Denmark and the Nordic countries.
John Pearson, Global CEO of DHL Express comments: “We want to grow through quality. Therefore, we are investing significantly into the expansion of our infrastructure to increase efficiencies and to improve delivery capabilities. Our international hubs are the backbone of our global network which connects businesses from all industries and private customers alike, and enables them to benefit from the ongoing e-commerce growth.”
Packages to and from Denmark usually travel via the DHL hubs in Leipzig, Germany, or East Midlands, UK. However, once the new hub at Copenhagen Airport is built, planes will reach their destinations more directly and without additional stops along the way. Fewer stops mean faster delivery, which is critical for many companies’ business and vital for consumers today.
“We are experiencing enormous growth in our cross-border online trade,” states Atli Einarsson, Managing Director of DHL Express in Denmark. “We are also preparing for our customers’ growth, including manufacturing companies within the pharmaceutical and fashion industries. This massive upgrade of our facility will turn it into one of the most modern of our 19 regional hubs worldwide. This demonstrates the importance of our country’s future role in the network. The new regional hub will benefit businesses and consumers in Denmark and throughout the Nordic region.”
Copenhagen Airport Group CEO Thomas Woldbye considers DHL’s billion-kroner investment as an important investment for Denmark – and a pat on the back for the airport, following many years of strong and close collaboration. “Air freight is crucial for maintaining and developing the Copenhagen Airport as a key Northern European hub. We consider expansion a key target in our strategy, and we are very grateful that DHL has chosen CPH for their new hub. We can see growing demand for high-quality air freight facilities to handle the increasing volume of freight to and from places like China. It also meets the needs of consumers, who do more and more of their shopping online. This really is great news for Denmark and the region!” declares Woldbye.
Koen Gouweloose, Vice President of DHL Brussels Hub, said: “This new hub is a great example of some of the latest state-of-the-art logistics technology. It allows us to process even more packages even more quickly and efficiently. As a hub, this allows us to play an important role in the network, while paying close attention to security and working conditions for our 1,200 employees, who are in turn ensuring that our clients are receiving the great service they expect from DHL Express.”