OREANDA-NEWS. DHL today officially opened the new sorting center at its express hub in Leipzig. Thanks to the state-of-the-art sorting facility, bulkier and heavier shipments can now be sorted on a fully automated basis at Europe's most modern shipment sorting facility. The investment of EUR 230 million to expand the European hub has boosted the processing capacity of DHL at the site by about 50 percent to 150,000 shipments per hour. The company has also created 1,300 jobs since work began on the expansion, bringing the total number of people employed by DHL at the hub to around 4,900.

The further expansion of the modern hub underscores Leipzig's prominent position within DHL's global network and reflects the company's response to continued dynamic growth in the international express delivery business. The new sorting technology is the first of its kind in the industry. It consists of a combination of various innovative conveyor technologies, enabling the fully automated handling of packages with a weight of up to 170 kilograms, which would otherwise be too heavy or bulky for standard conveyor belts.