Friday, February 13, 2015

Express Freight Group Invests in New Cargo Distribution Hub

Expansion at Airport Needed to Keep Pace with Traffic Growth
Shipping News Feature

BELGIUM – Express freight carrier DHL is expanding its Belgian operations with the planned construction of a new cargo distribution hub at Brussels Airport. The €114 million investment in the Brussels Hub will triple capacity from 12,000 to 39,500 shipments per hour thanks to the modernisation of the sorting technologies used and is expected to create 200 new jobs by 2020.

In 1985 DHL originally set up its Brussels facility regional hub. In the last five years, the company says Brussels has enjoyed solid double-digit volume growth and, together with its central European location, Brussels is increasingly being used as an international and transit hub, resulting in the current hub nearing 100% of its capacity. Koen Gouweloose, Managing Director, DHL Aviation NV said:

"The new hub will guarantee an even quicker and higher quality service. It will connect Belgian and other EU companies with 18 intra-European destinations and a number of important intercontinental destinations such as the US, China and Africa. In addition, DHL provides 64 road connections from Brussels directly to major business destinations in Europe. This will further reinforce the important position of Brussels in the European and global network, and strengthen Belgian trade connections with the rest of the world."

The total surface area of the planned hub is 36,500 m² and consists of a new 31,500 m² sorting centre and a modern 5,000 m² office complex. DHL will also reduce its environmental footprint through the use of new, more efficient sorting technologies, better insulation, a new vehicle fleet that runs on natural gas, a solar park, environmentally friendly lighting and other measures, in line with DHL's GoGreen programme. For the Brussels Hub, this means an additional saving of 768 tonnes CO2 per year based on Vlarem2-regulations. Koen Gouweloose, Managing Director, DHL Aviation NV commented:

"The new hub will guarantee an even quicker and higher quality service. It will connect Belgian and other EU companies with 18 intra-European destinations and a number of important intercontinental destinations such as the US, China and Africa. In addition, DHL provides 64 road connections from Brussels directly to major business destinations in Europe. This will further reinforce the important position of Brussels in the European and global network, and strengthen Belgian trade connections with the rest of the world."

Photo: An artist’s impression of the new facility.