Major expansion at Cologne-Bonn for UPS

US express giant, UPS, has announced its largest facility investment outside the US, with an estimated US$200 million expansion of its Cologne-Bonn air hub in Germany.


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Major expansion at Cologne-Bonn for UPS

US express giant, UPS, has announced its largest facility investment outside the US, with an estimated US$200 million expansion of its Cologne-Bonn air hub in Germany. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013 and entails a major extension to the logistics group’s hub at the German airport, which will be partially dedicated to processing larger freight shipments. The installation of additional stateof- the-art technology is also planned, to increase the hub’s sorting capacity from the current rate of 110,000 packages an hour to 190,000. “The Cologne hub has served us well for 25 years and continues to be exactly where we need it to best serve our customers on the important trading lanes within Europe, and beyond to the Americas and Asia,” said Jim Barber, president of UPS Europe. “This investment demonstrates our long-term confidence in, and commitment to, the European economy and its businesses that continue to produce goods sought after the world over,” he added. “Increased capacity and efficiency at our Cologne/Bonn facility will ensure customers continue to enjoy the highest possible levels of service in today’s highly competitive, fast-moving global economy.” UPS operates 37 flights into and out of Cologne every weekday –10 are intercontinental, six go to the US and four to Asia. Over the past decade its European export volumes have increased at an annual rate of more than 10 per cent. Last year, rival operator FedEx set up its Central and Eastern Europe hub at Cologne-Bonn in a joint investment with the airport authority totalling €140 million.