DHL opens new $50M logistics hub in Tokyo, Japan
DHL Supply Chain opened its new logistics centre, a purpose-built facility located in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Tokyo. The construction represents a US$50m investment by the global logistics provider to support continued business growth in Japan.
The 44,000 square meter facility took just 12 months to complete and adds an additional 20% to DHL’s warehousing footprint in the country. It will operate as a multi-user campus with resources and infrastructure shared across different customer operations.
“Our investment in the new Sagamihara Logistics Centre is evidence of DHL’s long term commitment to the logistics market in Japan,” said Victor Mok, CEO of DHL Supply Chain North Asia. “Incorporating cutting-edge technologies and best warehousing practices the new facility is now ready to operate and is the ideal solution for retail, consumer and healthcare customers.”
Strategically located in the west of Tokyo the facility has excellent transport access to Central and Western Japan through the national road network, and is in close proximity to airports and docks for international requirements. The inland location means it is built on a solid foundation, reducing the risk of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, affecting operations.
The opening ceremony was attended by key stakeholders involved in the construction of the Sagamihara Logistics Centre, including Takashi Suzuki, Head of Construction, Realty & Financial Business Division (Division Three), Itochu Corporation; Taisuke Miyajima, CEO and President of Kenedix, which are investors of IK Investment Two G.K., and Makoto Takahashi, Representative Director and President of Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering.
Noboru Matsuoka, President and Representative Director, DHL Supply Chain Japan added, “The new warehouse provides DHL with a great opportunity to grow its supply chain business. It will be a hive of activity servicing the country, and will provide a platform where we can offer a range of value-added activities for our customers including co-packing, labeling or technical services.”