DHL breaks ground on Eaton facility

DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics segment of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has broken ground on the construction of a new distribution centre for its customer Eaton, the global specialist in power management.
The new facility at Rheinbach, near Bonn, will consist of a 35,000 square metre, highly automated storage facility. It is expected by DHL to go in operation by beginning of next year.
“The construction start for the new warehouse in Rheinbach is another important step in our strategic partnership, in which DHL is building and managing three integrated, high-performance distribution centres for Eaton in Europe,“ explained Karsten Schwarz, chief executive of Germany & Alps DHL Supply Chain.
“This investment reflects the trust and strategic partnership we have with Eaton, who have leveraged our logistics expertise for the past decade.”
Over the next few years, DHL expects to support Eaton’s European electrical business from three distribution centres in Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic.
The new site in the UK began operating for Eaton at the beginning of 2018 and a process of modernisation and expansion of the Czech site is currently under way. The new plant in Rheinbach is designed to benefit the company’s Western European customers in particular.
The “strategically located site” is said by DHL to offers easy connection to all modes of transport and “guarantees efficient supply internationally due to its geographical proximity to the Duisburg/Venlo port of entry”.
Moreover, DHL added: “The plant in Rheinbach allows fast turnaround times to European core markets with its connection to nearby DHL Freight and DHL Parcel Hubs and is geared to the needs of many industries.”
The facility will offer complete warehouse consolidation, built into its planning and design. The plant will also be equipped with cutting-edge technology in order to give it a high level of automation.
Eaton’s own power management technologies will be use throughout the site and buildings, including main LED and emergency lighting, energy storage systems, low and medium voltage distribution.
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