UPS continues investment in Europe

International delivery company UPS has launched a new 8000 square metre facility in Lyon-Jonage in France as part of plans to expand its reach in France. The facility, costing €25 million, is planned to be a package sorting centre as well as a distribution hub for parcels of all sizes.

The facility will be able to process 10,000 packages an hour, which will triple UPS previous sorting capacity in the Lyon area.

UPS France country manager Mike Harrell said: “This new hub is needed not only to support our existing customers and their growth, but also to create capacity to support our future business development in this very important market.

“We are reaffirming UPS’s commitment to expanding commerce in France and connecting our customers to global markets.”

The facility will have 160 employees and a delivery fleet of 120 vehicles. It will also be able to accommodate 40 load and unload positions for HGVs and 132 parking spaces for delivery vehicles.

UPS fought the bid by FedEx to buy up European international delivery company TNT but has not managed to prevent the deal from going ahead. Even so, as a company in the top three of market leaders in Europe, UPS is a market leader and is still investing heavily in infrastructure around the EU.

In November 2015 UPS announced that it would invest £120 million in a new sorting and delivery facility near London. The 32,000 square metre facility at the DP World London Gateway logistics site will serve the growing demand for parcel delivery in London and the south east. It should be operational in mid 2017 and will acts as a UK hub and distribution centre for the local area, as well as serving as a gateway to the global transportation network of UPS.