Global logistics giant DHL Express is investing R22-million (about US$2-million) to upgrade its Johannesburg Gateway facility – a fixed base for shipment handling – based at OR Tambo International Airport, in South Africa.
This comes after the company found that the facility’s capacity has outgrown due to rapid volume growth.
The Johannesburg Gateway facility upgrade is the third in a series of developments by DHL Express to cater for the surge in growth experienced in South Africa’s major cities over the past 14 months.
The R22 million upgrade includes an increase in floor space and advancements in the technology and processes utilised, the company said this week.
The upgrade also aims at meeting the increase in parcel volumes which the company has experienced in the region, as well as ensuring capacity for expected future growth.
Hennie Heymans, MD of DHL Express South Africa, said the rapid growth in the Gauteng region has necessitated the expansion of the Johannesburg Gateway to efficiently accommodate the inbound and outbound flow of parcel volumes.
“The expansion will see an increase in the Gateway’s handling capacity from three unit loading devices to ten, thereby allowing the company to accommodate 50 000 kg in parcels, up from 15 000 kgs,” he explained.