DHL eCommerce Solutions, one of DHL’s divisions, recently announced a $650 million investment plan for its DHL Parcel UK e-commerce operation in Coventry.
The investment follows a 40 percent increase in volume since the beginning of 2020, as well as increased demand for its e-commerce and B2B services.
The expansion project is intended to provide the necessary infrastructure to support growth while also positioning the company at the forefront of sustainable and digital logistics.
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Fives, a long-term DHL partner, will be in charge of automating the entire facility, which is a new 25,000 sqm hub that will open in early 2023 at Segro Park Coventry Gateway, which is south of Coventry Airport.
This mega-hub will be outfitted with cutting-edge intralogistics technology which can automatically sort items of various sizes and weights at high speeds.
Richard Wenham, Head of Operational Support at DHL Parcel UK Ltd said: “We chose Fives for its ability to really understand our business and help us build a system that will handle the majority of products we process.
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“Fives’ skill in getting underneath the skin of how we work really impressed us from the outset of the project. The whole team is looking forward to building a long-term relationship with Fives’ team over the coming years.”
Four GENI-Belt cross-belt sorters and two GENI-Flex sorters will be at the centre of the automation project.
They can sort items ranging in size from 150 mm and 50 g to 2,000 mm and 60 kg.
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To sort 56,000 items per hour, Fives’ technologies will be outfitted and integrated with vertical switches, swiveler wheel diverters, 3.5 kilometers of conveyors, nearly 40 high-speed induction lines, and approximately 150 chutes.
Vincenzo Guerra, Chief Sales Officer (CSO) at Fives Intralogistics SpA (Italy) said: “The recent growth of the UK market is one of the fastest in the world. Fives are increasingly investing in the UK, through project execution, visibility, and a sustainable presence.
Guerra said: “This important investment plan is expected to bring opportunities both from historical customers, such as DHL and from new potential partners.”
Source: Transport and logistics Middle East
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