DHL opens new transshipment terminal near Hanover airport

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Sep 16, 2019: Logistics giant DHL last week opened its newest freight hub in the Airport Business Park in Langenhagen, near Hanover, Germany.

With the new location in Hanover-Langenhagen, DHL Freight is investing in its existing European network of over 200 terminals.

The transshipment terminal, with an area of 8,700 m², houses more than 86 loading bays, where freight for both the Europe-wide all-in-one groupage service ‘Euroconnect’ and the ‘Eurapid’ premium day-definite groupage service is handled.

Around 290 employees are assisting national and international customers with customised logistics solutions and transport management for the "Euronet" full truck load (FTL) service.

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"The opening of the new Hanover-Langenhagen freight terminal adds another important hub in European overland transport," said Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight. 

"The combination of a convenient location and innovative technologies makes this new future-oriented freight transshipment center an important growth driver within our network."

New technologies are being trialed and deployed at the new freight center. One of them is an electric maneuvering assistant. 

DHL Freight is already testing an electric maneuvering assistant that uses augmented reality and automated steering to independently maneuver and swap bodies at the site. The technology developed by StreetScooter in cooperation with special vehicle manufacturer KAMAG facilitates smooth operations. This will help to increase process reliability and reduce material wear.

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Another innovation being tested at the new DHL Freight terminal is automated weight, volume, and shipment data recording devices.

With the help of a combination of different technologies, all shipment-relevant data is digitally transferred to the transport management system within a few seconds. LTL cargo is primarily still recorded manually. The partial automation of the process increases both efficiency and speed. Accurate recordings of freight dimensions are essential for optimal loading strategy and correctly billing customers.

Further, in line with Group's environmental protection programme, DHL Freight is testing and implementing a variety of environmentally responsible concepts for vehicles fitted with alternative engines and technologies worldwide. For instance, two of DHL Freight's recent sustainability measures include the purchase of LNG-trucks in southern Germany and the electric maneuvering assistant at the new location in Hanover.

The opening ceremony was attended by, among others, Tim Scharwath, CEO Global Forwarding, Freight and Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight.

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