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13.07.2016 - Largest parcel center in Germany opens in Obertshausen

With a sorting capacity of 50,000 parcels per hour, Deutsche Post DHL Group’s largest, most modern and efficient parcel center was opened on 15 June 2016. The center has been built in the south Hessian town of Obertshausen. On about 37,000 square meters of indoor floor space, more than 6 kilometers of sorting and conveyor lines were assembled with over 400 sorting terminal points, at which employees load the packages for further shipping. For the structure supporting the industrial equipment alone, more than 2,000 tons of steel was needed - equivalent to one third of the steel used to build the Eiffel Tower in Paris. "For this project, we took completely new paths and, for the first time, even assumed the role of producer for the installed sorting system,” says Jürgen Gerdes, Board Member for the Post/eCommerce/Parcel division at Deutsche Post DHL Group. “That gives us not only great innovation potential, but also allows us to constantly develop our own technical knowledge. With this, Obertshausen will set the standards for the future - not only for us, but also for the sector," For comparison, German parcel centers until now had a sorting capacity of between 30,000 and 40,000 shipments per hour.