DHL and Brandenburg Prime Minister break ground for new DHL parcel center in Ludwigsfelde
Deutsche Post DHL Group is continuously investing in its parcel logistics network and is building a "mega parcel center" in Ludwigsfelde, Brandenburg, just outside Berlin. Construction officially started on the major project on February 25, 2019 at the groundbreaking ceremony at the new site. Participants included Dietmar Woidke, the Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg and Andreas Igel, the Mayor of Ludwigsfelde. Representing the Deutsche Post DHL Group were Dietmar Büdenbender, Executive Vice President for Corporate Real Estate; Ralf Steffes, Head of Post & Package Operations Infrastructure; and Steffen Hemme, Package Handling Branch Manager for Berlin.
The new parcel center will feature innovative sorting technology that will allow it to process up to 50 thousand packages and parcels an hour by early-to-mid 2021. As with DHL's existing centers in Obertshausen and Bochum, the new site in Ludwigsfelde will be one of the largest and most efficient parcel centers in Europe. The two existing locations in Rüdersdorf and Börnicke will also be significantly strengthened. By comparison, most DHL parcel centers can process between 30 and 40 thousand shipments every hour.
To mark the groundbreaking, Prime Minister Woidke said: "This investment will further strengthen the Ludwigsfelde location, creating up to 600 new, full-time union jobs. This is very important. The city and the whole region will benefit from this investment in the future. The Industry 4.0 Park will set much in motion with the opening of the logistics center. This is a very good example of how intensive community efforts complement the state's strategy for promoting Industry 4.0 and driving regional development forward."
Deutsche Post DHL Group is already sorting more than a million parcels an hour at its current 35 parcel centers. By 2020, the Group expects this number to grow by 5-7%.
"The parcel market in the Berlin/Brandenburg metro region is growing continuously and so are the demands and requirements of our customers. We want to continue to be their first choice. With the new mega-parcel center in Ludwigsfelde, we are further expanding our commitment to high quality service, preparing ourselves for the coming challenges, and increasing the efficiency of our parcel infrastructure," Steffes said. He also emphasized the extraordinary importance of the project for the customers and the region: "Our nationwide network with an average of more than 4.6 million parcels per day is the leader in Germany in terms of capacity and quality. The new parcel center will make it even more powerful and make our customers' lives even easier."
"The property at the Eichspitze Industry 4.0 Park in Ludwigsfelde not only offers sufficient space for our new parcel center, but is also characterized by its proximity to the A 10 and B 101 highways and good public transport connections, both of which are essential for such a project," says Dietmar Büdenbender. "The Ludwigsfelde location is ideal: the new parcel center on the outskirts of Berlin is an important location for the growing online boom in the capital and the surrounding state of Brandenburg," says Büdenbender.
At the beginning of last year, DHL acquired the 165,000 m² (41 acre) site at the Eichspitze Industry 4.0 Park in Ludwigsfelde. The parcel center building alone will be the size of five soccer fields, with around 37,000 m² (398,000 sq. ft.). In order to operate the building as energy-efficiently as possible, the use of a heat-driven combined heat and power plant is planned. The lighting will be provided by energy-saving LED lamps. DHL is investing a high double-digit million euro amount in the construction of the parcel center.
"Of course, we are very proud that such a renowned DAX company as Deutsche Post DHL Group was the first to move into our innovative Eichspitze Industry 4.0 Park in Ludwigsfelde. The innovative technology and high degree of automation used here is part of our relocation strategy based on Industry 4.0. In addition, the fact that DHL employees will be paid union wages is another factor in favor of working in Ludwigsfelde. The current demand for high-quality developed areas shows that, as the city of Ludwigsfelde, we have made a sustainable decision with the development of this industrial area," Mayor Igel commented.
DHL continues to focus on further expanding the package infrastructure in order to be able to continue processing the constantly increasing parcel volumes reliably, quickly, and with great flexibility for both shippers and customers. Today, more than one million shipments can be processed in each of the 35 parcel centers in each hour of operation. The new location in Ludwigsfelde will expand the existing parcel network in early-to-mid 2021 and is an important pillar in order for further increasing DHL's performance in the medium term. In June 2016, the company opened what was the largest parcel center in Germany at the time with a sorting capacity of 50,000 parcels per hour. A second, equally large location will be opened this year in Bochum.