24. April 2018 | Press release

Ground-breaking ceremony in Hamm for one of DPD Germany's largest parcel distribution centres

  • Symbolic start of construction work in the presence of Secretary of State Dammermann and Mayor Hunsteger-Petermann

  • DPD invests fifty million euros

  • More than 350 workers to be deployed at the new site from autumn 2019

Hamm/Aschaffenburg, 24 April 2018 – With a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony DPD Germany has been celebrating the start of construction work on its new parcel distribution centre in Hamm, Westphalia (near Dortmund). The facility which the international parcel and express service provider will be putting into operation here in the autumn of 2019 will have one of the highest capacities of any in the whole of Germany. DPD is investing around €50 million in the new centre on a 122,000 m² site located on the InlogParc business park, which is shared by the municipalities of Hamm and Bönen. From the very start more than 350 workers will be employed at the distribution centre in Hamm, rising to over 800 when the final expansion stage is completed. The quantity of parcels which will be processed daily will rise in gradual steps from an initial 80,000 to more than 200,000 per day.

"E-commerce is flourishing, and parcel services will therefore become more and more important for our business infrastructure”

Christoph Dammermann, Secretary of State in North-Rhine Westphalia's Ministry for the Economy, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy

"E-commerce is flourishing, and parcel services will therefore become more and more important for our business infrastructure”, states Christoph Dammermann, Secretary of State in North-Rhine Westphalia's Ministry for the Economy, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy, adding: "I am therefore delighted that here in North-Rhine Westphalia we can offer companies like DPD favourable investment opportunities, which at the same time increase our own status as a major business and logistics centre."

Thomas Hunsteger-Petermann, Mayor of Hamm, states: "The new DPD facility in InlogParc is a highly positive development for Hamm, and will be reflected in additional jobs for the area. We are looking forward to hosting one of the largest DPD distribution centres in the whole of Germany in the near future.”

Thomas Ohnhaus, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of DPD Germany, adds: "The new parcel sorting centre here in Hamm is our biggest construction project of recent years. Such significant investment on our part is necessary in order to cope with the expected growth in parcel volumes in the future. From next year onwards this ultra-modern location in Hamm will play a central role in our network.”

Andreas Brockhaus, Managing Director of LIST Bau Nordhorn, comments: "As general contractors we're looking forward to setting up a turnkey logistics facility in line with the very latest standards, which will also take special account of the requirements of environmental sustainability." As a long-standing partner to DPD, LIST Bau Nordhorn was also responsible as the general contractor for supervising DPD's most recent construction projects in Steinen, Baden Württemberg, and in Nagold to the south of Stuttgart.

The new parcel sorting centre in Hamm will replace the existing regional parcel depot in Unna-Königsborn, the capacity of which is entirely exhausted as a result of the strong growth in parcel volumes. In contrast, the national DPD distribution centre on the Unna business park will continue its operations. From the autumn of 2019 the Hamm location will not just serve customers and consignees in the region, but will also become a major national hub for DPD.

The core of the new depot in Hamm will be its high-performance sorting installation, which in the final expansion stage will be able to process up to 30,000 parcels an hour fully automatically. Even in the start-up phase there will be a sorting capacity of 17,500 parcels an hour. In the specifications for the installation DPD attaches great value to drive technology which is low in energy consumption and noise. In other areas, too, the focus is on high levels of energy efficiency. For example, the use of strip lighting and LED technology reduces the energy requirements for lighting to a minimum. Heating is implemented by a gas-heat pump combined with an innovative Zortström energy storage system for efficient, sustainable and economic heating and cooling of the buildings. DPD's environmental and energy management system is certified in accordance with DIN 14001 and DIN 50001 standards, and DPD Germany is committed to carbon-neutral parcel shipping operations.


Facts and figures about the DPD depot in Hamm:

  • Operational startup: autumn 2019

  • Total investment: €50 million

  • Site area: 122,000 m² = around 16 times larger than the pitch in the Signal Iduna Park, home of Borussia Dortmund

  • Yard area: 58,000 m²

  • Buildings: 17,300 m²

  • Workforce: more than 800 after the final expansion stage, 350 on operational start-up:  100 office staff (initially 60),  400 sorting/handling personnel (initially 150) and 320 delivery drivers (initially 140)

  • Daily parcel volume: 200,000 parcels per day after the final expansion stage (initially 80,000)

  • Sorting output: 30,000 parcels per hour after the final expansion stage (initially 17,500)

  • Delivery area (extract): Dortmund, Hamm, Unna, Soest, Arnsberg, Sundern and Menden

Press contact

Peter Rey

Manager Media & Digital Relations

Images: At the ground-breaking ceremony in Hamm: Mayor Thomas Hunsteger-Petermann, Secretary of State Christoph Dammermann, Andreas Brockhaus (Managing Director LIST Bau Nordhorn) and DPD COO Thomas Ohnhaus.