DHL Freight opens new freight hub in Hanover-Langenhagen, Germany


DHL Freight has officially opened its newest freight hub in the Airport Business Park in Langenhagen, Germany. Around 290 employees are already dispatching and consolidating freight at the new terminal. With the new location in Hanover-Langenhagen, DHL Freight is investing in its existing European network of over 200 terminals.

“The opening of the new Hanover-Langenhagen freight terminal adds another important hub in European overland transport,” said Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight.

The 8,700 sq m transhipment terminal houses more than 86 loading bays, where freight for both the Europe-wide all-in-one groupage service “Euroconnect” and the “Eurapid” premium day-definite groupage service is handled. The approximately 290 employees include a team of experts who assist national and international customers with customized logistics solutions and transport management for the “Euronet” full truckload (FTL) service.

New technologies for the “Terminal for the Future” are being trialled and deployed at the new freight centre. In the field of yard logistics, for example, DHL Freight is already testing an electric manoeuvring assistant that uses augmented reality and automated steering to independently manoeuvre and swap bodies at the site. The technology developed by StreetScooter in cooperation with special vehicle manufacturer KAMAG facilitates smooth operations. Assisted manoeuvring’s potential lies in increased process reliability, reduced material wear, and a simplified workplace for drivers. 

Another innovation being tested at the new DHL Freight terminal is automated weight, volume, and shipment data recording devices. With the help of a combination of different technologies, all shipment-relevant data is digitally transferred to the transport management system within a few seconds. LTL cargo is primarily still recorded manually.

Source: DHL