Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ukrainian Logistics Hub For DHL Freight Whilst Group Trial Electric Vans In Germany

New Cargo Centre Opens Up The East and Parcels Division Continues to Offer Green Credentials
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UKRAINE – GERMANY - DHL Freight today commenced operations using 20,000 square metres of the newly constructed logistics centre and freight terminal near Kiev in the village of Kalinovka. The new facility will serve as a main gateway for DHL Freight’s network in Eastern Europe, especially the Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. With seventeen docking banks available for their trucks DHL say they invested to “assure best-in-class transport and warehouse services for our current customers and to ready ourselves for the continued growth in the Ukraine and Eastern Europe overall”, according to Piotr M. Sikorski, Managing Director DHL Freight Poland & Ukraine.

The centre has had a troubled history with its original plans mooted early in the century, after which work was apparently suspended due to the economic climate. The developers were reportedly granted a $45 million loan in 2008 which kick started the project, one of several freight terminal developments proposed for Ukraine in the next few years.

The Ukrainian market is part of DHL Freight’s road freight network that connects Western Europe with Eastern Europe and the Middle East stretching from Austria to Russia and Poland up to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Stefano Arganese, Chief Executive Officer DHL Freight Central Eastern Europe Middle East commented:

“The new centre will even better serve our customers and take our freight business to the next level in terms of coverage, transport volumes and cost efficiency. Furthermore it strengthens our supply chain network and allows us to serve international companies transporting cargo to and from Eastern Europe.”

Meanwhile in Germany Deutsche Post DHL is road testing 12 new Renault Kangoo Z.E. electric vehicles for combined deliveries. As part of the "E-mobility in commuter traffic" pilot project, the vehicles will transport letters and small packages in the Rhine-Ruhr area until the end of 2011. By using these electric vehicles, Deutsche Post DHL and the car maker Renault are trialling the operational suitability of electric vehicles for commercial fleet operations.

RWE Effizienz GmbH is responsible for supplying vehicle power via electric charging points. The focus is particularly on battery development, road handling and the safety of the virtually silent vehicles, especially in inner city areas and pedestrian zones. For combined transport, the vehicles must for example be able to cope with heavy stop-start traffic and achieve a given range. Member of the Mail Divisional Board at Deutsche Post DHL, Joachim Wessels commented:

"Due to its electric drive train, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. is quiet and fuel-free, and also 100 percent CO2 neutral as it uses green power. This will help reduce air and noise pollution in inner city areas and pedestrian zones. The joint pilot project with Renault is an important part of our Group-wide GoGreen environmental protection program, which includes the practical testing and use of alternative vehicles."