UPS opens package sorting facility at London Gateway
15 / 05 / 2018
UPS has officially opened a 32,000 sq m package sorting and delivery facility at London Gateway Logistics Park in south east England.
At £120m, the London hub represents one of UPS’s largest single infrastructure investments ever made outside of the US.
The new building – located close to a major maritime container hub – will serve as a UK package processing hub and distribution centre for the local area, as well as a gateway to UPS’s global logistics network.
It will have the capacity to process up to 28,000 packages per hour and there is room for further expansion.
“This state-of-the-art facility enables us to further improve our services to companies of all sizes that are looking to grow their cross-border business,” said Mark Vale, president for UPS UK, Ireland and Nordics.
“With strong growth in our export volume in the UK, which increased nearly 20% in 2017 and more than 15% in the first quarter of 2018, we are optimistic about the future.
“This key investment is tangible proof of UPS’s commitment to helping customers doing business in and with the UK,” Vale said.
“E-commerce growth, cross-border trade expansion, and unique customer needs are accelerating demand for UPS’s services,” observed Lou Rivieccio, president of UPS Europe.
“This strategic investment in capacity and cutting-edge technologies in the UK is helping advance UPS’s smart global logistics network of the future.”
The new London hub forms one part of a $2bn infrastructure and network investment programme being undertaken by UPS across Europe intended to add capacity and provide even faster services across the region.
Other investments forming part of this programme include the announcement of a €130m facility to be built in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, the opening of an $80m facility in Bielefeld, Germany, and the construction of a $100m hub in Evry, France.