VanRiet supplies new sorting system for DHL in Austria

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VanRiet Material Handling Systems has successfully installed a new parcel sorting solution at DHL Express’s new hub in Linz-Hörsching, Austria. The new center represents the largest construction project in the history of DHL Express Austria.

VanRiet supplied its HC Sorter to the hub, which at 9,000m² is capable of handling 6,000 parcels per hour. This HC system sorts the shipments that leave the parcel center via three different modes of transportation: by truck, by courier and by airplane.

“During the tendering procedure for the sorting plant, we were not only looking for the best technical solution, but also for a partner who understands what we do,” said Ken Straetman, project manager at DHL Express Austria, of why VanRiet was awarded the contract. The express business is growing rapidly and demands are increasingly complex. “That is why we needed a flexible sorting solution and a supplier that could deliver the highest possible quality within the shortest possible timeframe,” added Straetman.

The hub, located at Linz Airport, is a combined service center, sorting facility and main handling center, with access to DHL Express aircraft that fly to the DHL air freight hubs in Brussels, Belgium, and Leipzig, Germany, four and five times a week, respectively. As such, the new parcel center required a sorting system with a high degree of flexibility and the ability to handle the complexities of simultaneously supplying a road hub, an air gateway and a courier service center.

“In close mutual consultation, the VanRiet engineers have managed to develop a versatile system that is ideally equipped for the future,” said Straetman about the cooperation with the Dutch intralogistics company.

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