Logistics provider UPS has broken ground on a new package sorting and delivery centre in Bielefeld, Eastern North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
The $80M facility — set to replace the existing UPS package centre in Herford — will have an operating area of about 15,000sq m.
The project will feature automated sorting systems capable of processing over 22,500 packages per hour, as well as 65 loading and unloading bays for containers and 115 parking positions for UPS delivery trucks.
UPS Germany president Frank Sportolari said: “This groundbreaking affirms UPS’s commitment to companies of all sizes in the region and our trust in the German economy.
“This investment secures strategic future development opportunities for UPS and our customers in Eastern North-Rhine Westphalia.”
North Rhine-Westphalia transport minister Michael Groschek said: “The fact that a company like UPS is investing millions in Bielefeld shows the attractiveness of our state for the logistics industry. It also indicates that this industry sector is an important growth engine for us.”
The centre — part of UPS’s commitment to invest $2bn in the company’s European infrastructure through 2019 — is expected to become operational by the end of October 2017.