Topping-out ceremony held for DPD’s Steinen sorting center

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Construction work has reached a significant milestone for DPD’s new €16m (US$17.5m) sorting center being built in the municipality of Steinen, Germany. Senior officials from DPD as well as investment firm Deutsche Anlagen-Leasing and general contractor LIST Bau Nordhorn gathered together for the official topping-out ceremony.

The new location will handle approximately 10,000 parcels each day and will initially employ a workforce of around 80 with room for future expansion. Operations at the 320,000ft² depot are planned to start as early as autumn 2017.

Thomas Ohnhaus, regional manager at DPD Germany, said, “I’m delighted that thanks to the great work done by everyone involved we will be able to start operations in Steinen soon. Here in southern Germany we urgently need additional capacity, because the boom in e-commerce is causing a steady increase in parcel volumes.”

The aim of the new parcel sorting centre in Steinen is to relieve pressure on the existing depot in Freiburg. From Steinen, DPD will serve southwest Germany together with the Upper Rhine area. The depot region also covers the southern Black Forest down to Müllheim.

A prominent feature of the new depot in Steinen is its high standard of energy efficiency with its own solar installation for water heating, together with an air-water heat pump for central heating. In addition, the new depot will shorten traveling distances, which will reduce transport-related CO? emissions.

May 15, 2017

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