The key to the expansion, which cost €230m ($252.82m), is the fully automated sorting technology that combines various innovative, reinforced conveyor systems to handle packages weighing up to 170 kilograms. These heavier items tend to damage conventional conveyor belts, DHL said.
"The expansion of our capacity, and particularly the introduction of our new sorting technology, provide our customers with two crucial advantages: even more reliability at an even greater speed," said Ralph Wondrak, managing director of DHL Leipzig Hub. "Through our investment, we are able not only to increase the daily capacity of our flights but also to further improve our efficiency."
The expansion covers a total area of 44,000 square meters - 40,000 square meters for the warehouse building and 4,000 for office facilities.
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