UPS says new $100m facility “demonstrates confidence in French and European economic growth”
At an event attended by the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, UPS announced plans to build a new package sorting and delivery facility in Corbeil-Essonnes/Evry. The new facility, which is being built at a cost of more than $100m, is due to open in the first quarter of 2018 and will feature UPS’s automated package sorting technology.
“France is a key market for UPS and building this new facility south of Paris shows our commitment to the French and European economies,” said Mike Harrell, managing director, UPS France. “Corbeil-Essonnes and Evry are two economic centres in the Essonnes region, with more than 2,000 businesses of all sizes.”
The new South Paris sorting and delivery facility will replace smaller buildings in Chilly-Mazarin and Savigny for small packages and larger freight shipments. It will have an operating area of more than 320,000 square feet and 950 employees.
The new centre will be able to sort up to 37,000 packages per hour, using 124 loading and unloading bays, with 125 parking positions for UPS delivery trucks.
“We are bullish on Europe’s growth potential and this investment in France – UPS’s largest for the country – is part of our $2bn investment program currently underway in Europe,” said Nando Cesarone, President of UPS Europe. “With e-commerce and cross-border business on the rise, we are making our most economical cross-border service up to two days faster in 19 European countries, including France. Our customers rely on our network to help them be successful in today’s global economy where cross-border trade represents real growth opportunities.”
In February, UPS opened a $28 million centre in Lyon-Jonage. Operating in France since 1985, UPS is present in 6 French airports (Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Paris-Roissy, Rennes and Toulouse). There are 53 small package and supply chain centers employing approximately 2,600 people. More than 650 delivery vehicles are part of the UPS French road network and there are 4,000 UPS Access Point locations.