New terminal at the Eurasian junction

DHL Freight puts a warehouse in Manisa into commission. The facility near Izmir is not only situated in one of the top export regions of Turkey, but also conveniently near the ground transportation connections to China, South East Asia and the Middle East. With the Manisa Organized Industrial Zone, founded 1970, one of the first big industrial development zones is situated in Manisa, 40 road kilometers north east of Izmir. Each year, the resident corporations export goods worth in excess of 3.5 billion Euros to more than 100 countries. Consequently, high quality logistics services are in constant demand and sufficient reason for DHL Freight to construct a new logistics warehouse. On July 5th, Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight, ceremonially commissioned the terminal into service.

we Brinks, CEO DHL Freight (middle), cutting the ribbon together with DHL Freight employees at the Manisa warehouse opening ceremony. [Photo: DHL]
Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight (3rd fr. left), cutting the ribbon together with DHL Freight employees at the Manisa warehouse opening ceremony. [Photo: DHL]

The complex in Manisa offers storage- and warehousing services as well as tailor-made value added services housed on 38,000 square meters to the customers of DHL Freight. Some 50 employees take care of orders; 10 of these jobs have been created from scratch.

Continuous network adjustments

DHL Freight operates more than 200 terminals in 32 countries. The new facility in Manisa is part of DHL Freights strategy FREIGHT 2020 to become the undisputed market and quality leader for road freight. “We’re thrilled to be opening our brand-new warehouse in Manisa,” declared Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight. “We’ve chosen to make a significant investment in our own network here in order to meet our customers’ growing needs and take advantage of Manisas essential geographic location for logistics routes.”
Uwe Brinks was accompanied at the opening ceremony by Hasan Kavci, Managing Director, DHL Freight Turkey, who emphasized the locations importance: “Manisa hosts Turkey’s first logistics park and is home to some of the country’s leading production and import/export companies. Our new warehouse provides a great opportunity to play a role in these global operations.”

Conveniently situated

The investment, ranged in the high single-digit million Euros, is also a response to increasing customer demand for transport services in Turkey – consequence of the prolonged economic growth. Notwithstanding the geopolitical situation, the country is becoming more and more of a trade hub between Europe and the emerging markets in the far east.

Author: Kim Liessfeld

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