Information published on 29 October 2019 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 666.

Germany: New regional logistics hub at GVZ Augsburg

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DB Schenker introduces new logistics centre with 38,000 sqm of storage space

GVZ Augsburg is one of the most efficient freight transport centres in Germany. It creates a strategically important location for the region of Augsburg/Bavarian Swabia, and is located centrally between Ulm and Munich, representing a busy regional hub for national and international freight transport. At a celebratory opening event on 8 October, DB Schenker presented a new, state-of-the-art logistics hall with a total storage area of 38,000 sqm. The logistics service provider serves internationally active companies, such as robotics manufacturer KUKA and the MediaShop Group, which are of major importance to the city of Augsburg.

Along with other logistics service providers, DB Schenker has done a great deal for the development of the area since the GVZ opened around ten years ago. Including the new warehouse that has just become operational, DB Schenker now has a commercial space for contract logistics covering 78,000 sqm. In the Augsburg region, DB Schenker operates various logistics businesses in multiple locations, with a combined commercial space of 140,000 sqm.

Prominence in politics and business

Highlighting the economic importance of DB Schenker’s expansion, several prominent politicians and business representatives attended the opening event as guests and speakers.

On behalf of Schenker Deutschland AG, CEO Karl-Heinz Emberger welcomed the guests, and emphasised the importance of the new location at GVZ Augsburg: “DB Schenker’s growing commitment at the Augsburg location represents an extremely successful win-win situation to all those involved. As a globally-positioned logistics company, we provide the economy with an integrated logistical network that is essential for the competitiveness of both industry and commerce.” Mr Emberger thanked all those involved for their commitment to implementation, especially the political leaders who had set out the framework for GVZ’s success story.

Ralf Schmidtmann, Managing Director of GVZ Entwicklungs GmbH, gave an overview of how GVZ Augsburg had developed and looked to the future, pondering where GVZ and the region of Augsburg will stand in five to ten years.

Additional representatives from business and politics, alongside customers of DB Schenker, spoke in subsequent discussion forums. These included Klaus König, CEO of KUKA Robotics.

He emphasised the importance of the cooperation with DB Schenker at GVZ Augsburg for KUKA’s business development: “Our central warehouse, set up at DB Schenker, gains strategic importance as a hub in the supply chain. The excellent transport connections, modern warehouse technology, and DB Schenker as a global partner, enable KUKA to reliably receive goods, as well as optimally store and ship goods to the world.”

Phillip Nachbaur represented the MediaShop Group in his capacity as CEO: “Due to our strong growth, a merger of locations into a central warehouse was essential for the DACH region. This was tied to high expectations, such as faster processes, as well as greater transparency and quality. DB Schenker fulfiled our expectations in Augsburg, and they did not shy away from constantly questioning and optimising them.”

Schenker Deutschland AG, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, is the leading supplier of integrated logistics in the German market, with around 17,300 employees at more than 100 locations, and annual sales of around €4.3 billion.

(Source: DB Schenker)