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DPD in Germany invests 50 million euros at InlogParc Hamm

• New parcel sorting centre to replace two locations in neighbouring Unna

• After the final development stage the new centre will employ 600

Hamm/Aschaffenburg, 10 December 2014 – Leading international parcel and express service provider DPD is investing approx. 50 million euros in Hamm near Dortmund (North Rhine-Westphalia). In the immediate vicinity of the A2 motorway DPD has acquired a 95,000 m² site from Hamm's Business Development Office for the purpose of establishing a parcel sorting centre with trans-regional coverage. When it is fully completed the DPD centre in Hamm will employ a workforce of 600.

The new parcel sorting centre will replace the two existing DPD locations in Unna. Peter Störring, Director Operations with DPD GeoPost (Deutschland) GmbH, explains: "In the medium term the available capacities at the present locations will not be sufficient to deal with our rising parcel volumes. At the same time we wish to remain true to the region and are therefore delighted that Hamm has been able to offer us the perfect location for what will become one of Germany's largest parcel sorting centres." DPD expects especially strong growth in parcel shipping to private consignees, so-called 'business-to-consumer' (B2C) deliveries. For this reason it is necessary for the company to expand and modernise its parcel handling facilities at a business location which will meet future requirements. At InlogParc the Hamm Business Development Office has been able to offer DPD the ideal site.

With the new DPD centre at InlogParc the Hamm Business Development Office has succeeded in acquiring one of its biggest new companies of recent years. As a result InlogParc will, as has always been planned, gradually stretch from Bönen in the direction of Hamm, for the first time extending into the Hamm municipal area. Referring to the success of InlogParc in attracting DPD a delighted Christoph Dammermann, head of the Hamm Business Development Office, states: "The decision by DPD to relocate here demonstrates that Hamm is an attractive logistics location. Its central position, excellent accessibility andthe fact that the project can be implemented fast convinced the company to invest atInlogParc. We have done our homework thoroughly. The development measures have nowbeen completed and the efforts we have made in the past are paying off. There are noobstacles to the establishment of the company here and the additional jobs which will be created will have a noticeably positive effect on the labour market in Hamm".

After several development stages the Hamm parcel distribution centre will handle more than 200,000 parcels a day. When the final stage is completed the site will employ a teamof 600, including 250 delivery drivers. The new location will also offer eight posts forapprentices. The start of building work on the approx. 2,500 m² office building and theapprox. 17,000 m² large sorting hall is planned for the middle of 2015, while the first parcelswill be distributed from the new location at the end of 2016. Together with its cutting-edgesorting equipment the facility will require an overall investment of around 50 million euros.

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