UPS has officially opened its new 32,000m2 package sorting and delivery facility at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park in the south east of England.
At $163m, the new London Hub is one of UPS’s largest single infrastructure investments outside of the United States in the company’s history.
The new building will act as a UK package processing hub and distribution centre for the local area as well as a gateway to UPS’s global logistics network, with capacity to process up to 28,000 packages per hour and room for further expansion.
Rami Suleiman, newly appointed UPS president of the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region (ISMEA), said: “Every single day, we see evidence of a more inter-connected world of commerce.
“And we are delighted that UPS continues building upon its relationship with Dubai-based DP World to explore new international opportunities.
“We are leveraging our work with DP World, a global trade enabler, along with UPS’s smart global logistics network to improve trade flow processes that our customers rely upon to expand their businesses globally.”
The new London Hub is part of a $2bn infrastructure and network investment programme by UPS across Europe to add capacity and provide even faster services across the region.
More than 500 employees will operate out of the new operations hub that spans the space of approximately five football pitches.
“We congratulate UPS on this strategic development. By using DP World London Gateway Logistics Park and Port, UPS will have a fast ‘global conveyor-belt’ directly connected to their own worldwide network,” said HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World’s group chairman and CEO.
UPS is also working with Expo 2020 Dubai as the official logistics partner to help connect Dubai to the world and the world to Dubai.