DHL opens advanced Singapore facility featuring robotic technology

DHL Supply Chain has opened an Advanced Regional Center (ARC) in Singapore featuring automation systems with advanced robotics.
The 90,000sq m facility, which increases the logistics firm’s warehousing footprint on the island by 40%, uses 130 robotic shuttles to pick and store products from 72,000 locations spread across 26 levels.
DHL believes this will improve picking efficiency picking by 20% and utilise 40% less space than conventional warehousing operations.
The company said that the facility would act as a model for the future of warehousing in land-scarce countries and dense cities where land availability is limited and expensive.
Deutsche Post DHL Group chief executive Frank Appel said: “We see the Asian region as a swift adopter of technologies for enhanced productivity and efficiency.
“By 2020, Asia will constitute 30% of our total revenue. Facilities like the Advanced Regional Center offer a ready model of innovations that reduce complexity, improve accuracy and maximize opportunities for productivity gains.”
The facility also boasts clean rooms for life sciences and healthcare businesses, specialised infrastructure for aerospace operations and customised storage solutions for managing service parts for technology customers.
DHL is not the only logistics company to be expanding its presence in Singapore. Earlier this year, Kuehne + Nagel also opened a new facility on the island.

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