UPS to double capacity of Hanover super-hub

In its biggest current investment outside of the USA, UPS is investing €163 million to extend the capacity of its super-hub in Hanover-Langenhagen.

There are to be two phases of the expansion until 2023 where the sorting capacity will be doubled to 30,000 packages per hour.

Lower Saxony Minister for Economic Affairs Dr Bernd Althusmann attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the hub. The UPS super-hub is to serve as an important link in the company’s European and German network, with businesses offered improved access to its smart global logistics network.

Frank Sportolari, president of UPS Germany, said online retail sales in Germany are expected to reach €70bn (US$76bn) this year.

“E-commerce offers small and medium-size businesses a platform to trade like micro-multinationals. Transforming our existing sorting and distribution hub in Hanover-Langenhagen will allow businesses of all sizes in Germany to reach new business customers and consumers worldwide, whether that’s in Seoul, San Francisco or Stuttgart,” Sportolari said.

Althusmann added, “Langenhagen and Hanover are located in the middle of Germany and in the heart of Europe – a potential from which the logistics sector can profit like hardly any other location. The expansion of this UPS branch is thus a commitment to the business location of the Hanover region and at the same time a door opener for the export activities of local companies.”