Groundbreaking for new technologies

DHL Freight is investing in the future: a modern transshipment facility will be built near Hanover on an area of 63,000 square meters by mid-2019 – an important reinforcement of the line network and a test area for the “Terminal of the Future.” The groundbreaking ceremony that took place in late June has been the start of the construction of the newest and most technologically advanced DHL Freight Terminal on more than six acres of land. In the Airport Business Park Langenhagen, not far from Hanover Airport, an 8,300 square meter transshipment hall with more than 80 loading bays will go into operation in the summer of next year. 260 employees organize and consolidate freight for the Europe-wide all-in-one groupage service Euroconnect as well as the premium day-definite groupage service Eurapid.

Technology Carrier

The new building in Hanover will serve as a test bed for innovative solutions and technologies of the “Terminal of the Future.” Among other things, a control center for the central collection of all shipment and operating information, intelligent forklift trucks with cameras and sensors for scanning goods, a solution for the automated volume measurement of freight items, as well as ring and glove scanners are used.

Sustainable way of construction

The new location will be built according to the latest environmental standards. A photovoltaic system, heat exchange pumps, and LED lighting save energy and reduce CO2 emissions during operation. The aim is to comply with the criteria for the gold certificate of the German Sustainable Building Council. At the same time, DHL Freight contributes to the Group-wide target of reducing all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. “The new freight hub is an important investment in our existing European network with more than 200 terminals and reflects our FREIGHT 2020 corporate strategy,” said Thomas Vogel, COO DHL Freight, at the groundbreaking ceremony. “Here in Hanover – Langenhagen, we will offer sustainable, efficient and customer-oriented road freight and logistics solutions with the highest service quality, bringing us a good deal closer to our goal of becoming the undisputed market leader in overland transport services.”

In the picture (from left): Bernhard Wirth, CEO DHL Freight Germany & Austria, Thomas Vogel, COO DHL Freight, Gero Schiffelmann, Member of the Management Board DHL Freight Germany and responsible for Euronet, Hartmut Köhler, Branch Manager Hanover, DHL Freight, Piotr Sikorski, Area Manager North, DHL Freight, Ulf-Birger Franz, Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Transport and Education, Hanover Region, Mirko Heuer, Mayor of the City of Langenhagen.
Author: Sonja Terbrüggen

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