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DHL Parcel is investing in the business location of Bochum with the construction of another highly modern mega parcel center, this time in the heart of the Ruhr region. Right on schedule, the official construction phase for this major project was heralded today with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by NRW Economics Minister Andreas Pinkwart, Bochum’s mayor Thomas Eiskirch, Jürgen Gerdes, Board Member for the Post – eCommerce – Parcel division at Deutsche Post DHL Group, Rolf Heyer, managing director of Bochum Perspektive 2022 GmbH, and Michael Dufhues, Board Member of general contractor Bremer AG. By the fall of 2019, the new facility will be able to process up to 50,000 shipments per hour thanks to innovative sorting technology, making the Bochum site one of the largest and most efficient parcel centers in Europe.
“Our network – with an average of 4.3 million parcels per day – leads the way in Germany when it comes to capacity and quality,” says Jürgen Gerdes, emphasizing the project’s significance for the company’s customers and for the region. “Now we are making our network even more efficient – and making the lives of our customers even easier as a result. Our Packstations, parcel boxes and other innovative delivery services also have a hand in this.” Gerdes describes the location of Bochum as ideal: “The new parcel sorting center in the heart of the Ruhr region is a very important gateway to one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe.” He also points out the benefits for business customers in the region. Thanks to their proximity to the parcel center, their shipments can be picked up very late and still be delivered anywhere in Germany the following day.
“Logistics and trade are two important pillars of our economy in North Rhine-Westphalia. These are closely intertwined and changing fundamentally through digitization,” Economics and Digitization Minister Andreas Pinkwart emphasizes. “With modern parcel sorting centers like this one, DHL is creating the conditions to meet the requirements of e-commerce – as a dynamic growth engine of trade – in the future as well. I am particularly pleased that DHL has found an excellent location for this project here in Bochum at Mark 51°7.”