DHL Express opens flagship sorting center at Brussels Airport

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DHL Express has opened its new €140m (US$172m) regional hub at Brussels Airport in Belgium. The logistics center is equipped with state-of-the-art sorting technology enabling it to handle up to 42,000 packages per hour, almost quadrupling its previous capacity. It has also created an additional 200 jobs.

Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express, said, “Brussels plays a crucial role in the worldwide DHL Express network. Brussels Hub is one of our largest hubs in the world and because of its location in the logistics heart of Europe, it also plays an important role in connecting companies from this region with the world.

“This new hub is a key part of our worldwide investment plan and will support our growth, the efficiency of our network and the high level of quality for which customers turn to DHL Express.”

Covering 36,500m² (393,000ft²), the hub is the fifth largest in the global DHL network. It offers air and ground links to a broad number of European destinations, as well as direct intercontinental connections to the Americas, Middle East and Africa.

Koen Gouweloose, vice president of DHL Brussels Hub, said, “This new hub is a great example of some of the latest state-of-the-art logistics technology. It allows us to process even more packages even more quickly and efficiently. As a hub, this allows us to play an important role in the network, while paying close attention to security and working conditions for our 1,200 employees, who are in turn ensuring that our clients are receiving the great service they expect from DHL Express.”

Danny Van Himste, managing director of DHL Express Belgium and Luxembourg, said, “The new hub allows us to provide an even better service to our customers. We can help Belgium be even better connected to Europe and the world. We are addressing the needs of customers of all sizes and from all industry sectors in the Belgian market. With the hub giving us extra capacity, speed and flexibility, national borders should be no barrier to our customers.”

As part of DHL’s GoGreen program, the hub also reduces the company’s ecological footprint by 768 tons of CO? per year, thanks to its more efficient sorting techniques and better insulation. 

February 26, 2018

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