5. April 2019 | Press release

Topping-out ceremony for DPD's new parcel sorting centre in Aichach near Augsburg

  • New depot offers significantly higher capacities as a response to continuous parcel volume growth

  • DPD invests 45 million euros

  • 380 workers to be deployed from 2020 onwards

Aichach/Aschaffenburg, 5 April 2019 – Last Thursday DPD and its general contractor LIST Bau Bielefeld celebrated the clearly visible progress of construction at the future location of the Augsburg depot with a traditional topping-out ceremony. At the beginning of 2020 the international parcel and express service provider will be opening a new parcel sorting centre here, at one of DPD's most important hubs in southern Germany. DPD is investing around 45 million euros in the new 53,500 square metre site on the Acht 300 business park operated by the town of Aichach and the municipality of Dasing. Initially around 36,000 parcels will be handled daily at the depot, rising to 93,000 in the final phase.

Klaus Habermann, Mayor of Aichach, is delighted that DPD is establishing its new depot in his district: "In DPD we have been able to attract to our area a major company with international operations. We are confident that this investment will have a positive impact on the region and on the labour market here.”

"With this new parcel sorting centre we have taken a further step towards strengthening our nationwide infrastructure. Thanks to the higher capacities it offers we will be well equipped for the future to cope with the constantly growing volume of parcels. In southern Germany the new depot will soon be one of our most important locations."

Thomas Ohnhaus, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of DPD Germany 

Thomas Ohnhaus, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of DPD Germany, adds: "With this new parcel sorting centre we have taken a further step towards strengthening our nationwide infrastructure. Thanks to the higher capacities it offers we will be well equipped for the future to cope with the constantly growing volume of parcels. In southern Germany the new depot will soon be one of our most important locations."

Andreas Brockhaus, Managing Director of LIST Bau Bielefeld, comments: "Here we are building a logistics centre that meets the latest technical standards while also fulfilling sustainability requirements." As a long-standing partner, LIST Bau is currently supervising its ninth construction project for DPD. Four loading halls are being built in Aichach, together with one unloading hall consisting of a two-storey timber-framed building containing a north, middle and south tower. There will also be a separate three-storey office building and a multi-storey car park with six levels and 224 parking spaces.

Among other aspects the focus of the construction work is on energy efficiency. For example, LEDs are used for lighting in order to significantly reduce energy requirements. In addition, the electrical supply is designed in such a way that an infrastructure for electric vehicles can easily be installed later. DPD's environmental and energy management system is certified in accordance with DIN 14001 and DIN 50001, and DPD Germany is also committed to completely carbon-neutral parcel transport.

The new parcel sorting centre will replace the existing regional depot in Augsburg. This is DPD's response to the ongoing increase in its parcel volumes, for which the current location no longer offers sufficient capacity. Initially the new facility will serve the same delivery area for which the previous Augsburg depot was responsible. In the long term, however, there are also plans to relieve the pressure on the parcel sorting centres in Neufahrn to the east and Nuremberg to the north.

 

DPD in Augsburg – facts and figures

  • Operational start:                          early in 2020

  • Total investment:                          45 million euros

  • Site area:                                           53,500 m² = around seven and a half times the size of Augsburg F.C.'s WWK Arena

  • Built-up / surfaced area:            30,000 m²

  • Workforce:                                       40 office staff
                                                                 140 sorting personnel
                                                                 200 delivery personnel

  • Daily parcel volume:                    93,000 in the final stage (initially 36,000)