DHL strengthens its European network

DHL Freight  officially opened a new DHL Freight Terminal in Erlensee, Rhine-Main area, on June 10.

From now on, around 260 employees will take care of general cargo and full loads at the modern location, thus contributing to increasing efficiency and service quality in the European land transport network. The new transshipment facility near Frankfurt am Main includes a cross-dock terminal, a warehouse for specialty chemicals and general production materials as well as office space that has been built in the extensively renovated, listed tower of the former air base. With the opening of the new terminal, DHL Freight is also putting two all-electric trucks for local transport into operation as part of a recent cooperation agreement with Volvo Trucks, in order to make the collection and delivery of goods to customers CO 2-free and thus more sustainable.

“The demand for road transport and tailor-made logistics services requires us to constantly expand our network. With the new location in Erlensee as an important hub in the Frankfurt am Main area, we have once again significantly expanded our capacities and can thus offer our customers better solutions and services. At the same time, we are proud to contribute a little more to our Group’s sustainability strategy through modern and sustainable solutions at the site,” says Thomas Vogel, CEO DHL Freight DACH.

The approximately 82,840 m² construction project was built according to the most modern construction and environmental standards, in accordance with the  Sustainability Roadmap  of Deutsche Post DHL Group, which among other things provides for sustainable construction of new buildings. The roofs of the warehouse and the gatekeeper building, an area of 11,300 m², were greened and energy-saving LED lighting was installed indoors and outdoors. DHL Freight, together with other companies and research institutions, also supports the CiLoCharging (City Logistic Charging) project, which aims to integrate and optimize charging, energy and route management in peri-urban logistics. The developed processes of the project will be tested in the new logistics centre in Erlensee using the two fully electric Volvo trucks. The electric trucks are mainly used for the collection and delivery of customer goods in the Rhine-Main area and thus in local and urban transport. With a payload of 16t, the range is up to 250 km.

The new location in Erlensee in the Main-Kinzig district, realized by Fäth Immobilien, is conveniently located at the motorway junctions BAB 66 and 45 and also to Frankfurt am Main it is only about 25 km. Around 260 employees from the branches of DHL Freight Maintal and DHL Freight Euronet have moved to Erlensee. In addition, the number of employees is expected to grow to around 300 in the short to medium term. DHL Freight is thus further expanding its capacities in its European general cargo network and thus meeting the enormously high demand for transport solutions in road freight transport.

In addition to a 12,000 m² cross-dock terminal, the site also has 3,800 m² of office space and a 10,500 m² warehouse for specialty chemicals and general production materials. For the office space, the former, listed tower of the airport in the Fliegerhorst II business park was extensively renovated and integrated into the terminal. The warehouse for specialty chemicals complies with the existing regulations of the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) and the Ordinance on Plants Requiring Approval (4th BImSchV) and thus meets the highest safety standards.

It was not until August 2021 that the ground-breaking ceremony took place. The grand opening ceremony on June 10, 2022 was accompanied by Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight, Thomas Vogel, CEO DHL Freight DACH, Götz Hanningsmann, Site Manager DHL Freight Erlensee as well as Thorsten Stolz, District Administrator Main-Kinzig Kreis, Sylvia Braun, Mayor Bruchköbel, Stefan Erb, Mayor Erlensee and the client Ferdinand Fäth, Managing Director Bau- und Immobilienverwaltung Fäth.

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