DHL invests over US$40m in new South Africa facilities

DHL invests over US$40m in new South Africa facilities

Global logistics giant DHL Express has invested a total of 30.5 million euros (R418 million) in South Africa to boost capacity in its supply chain and global forwarding divisions in South Africa, reports from Johannesburg said last week.

The company also said it has launched two new facilities located in Plumbago, in close proximity to the OR Tambo International Airport east of Johannesburg.

The investment includes, among others, a 25 000 square metre-supply chain’s multi-user warehouse facility to be used to consolidate its technology client portfolio, as well as some key fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) clients.

The facility has been purpose-built for the technology and consumer industries including specialty designs such as high density storage up to 16m in height for FMCG companies, optimised operational flows, a super flat floor necessary for such high-level storage and retrieval, and the latest technology on reach trucks.

The new site is an excellent location for logistics services, DHL top officials say, adding that the facilities offer the twin benefit of both freeway access and high visibility.

Roger Crook, DHL CEO of global forwarding and freight, said: “Part of our global three pillar Strategy 2020 is to focus on further expansion of logistics services in the world’s emerging markets.”

The company also said that the investments signalled its long-term growth plans for the region as it brings state-of-the-art infrastructure, IT systems and world-class services to support businesses operating in Africa.

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