Kuehne + Nagel expands in Hamburg - new logistics centre in Altenwerder

The opening of a new logistics centre with a warehousing space of 31,000 sqm in Hamburg Altenwerder underlines the expansive business policy of Kuehne + Nagel in Germany as well as the central importance of Hamburg as a location for the globally operating Kuehne + Nagel Group. In the presence of numerous customers and business partners from the industry, trade and service sectors, Ole von Beust, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and Klaus-Michael Kuehne, President of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, today officially inaugurated the logistics centre.

Built on a 60,000 sqm plot, the new logistics centre doubles Kuehne + Nagel’s warehousing capacities in Hamburg and sets the preconditions for the further dynamic expansion of the contract logistics business which, in addition to the strong sea- and airfreight operations, constitutes the company’s third main activity. The new facility directly borders on the state-of-the-art Altenwerder container terminal, and its excellent infrastructure facilitates efficient logistics services for customers from the industry and trade sectors.

Particularly in view of the enlarged European Union, the new Kuehne + Nagel facility at this strategic location represents an important logistics hub for national and international customers. Global supply chains can be optimised and logistics costs reduced by bundling activities at a single centre as well as providing innovative warehousing and distribution concepts.

The modern facility is geared to providing complex and value-added services and complies with the highest security requirements.

Around 7,000 sqm of warehouse space are already in operation, and by the end of the year a further 18,000 sqm will be utilised for recently won business. In the course of this favourable development, Kuehne + Nagel is creating new jobs in Altenwerder and intends to increase its logistics staff from 50 to over 100 employees. Furthermore, the company operates a 8,500 sqm logistics facility for a customer in the healthcare sector in Hamburg-Rahlstedt.

“With a considerable investment programme Kuehne + Nagel is underlining its interest in Hamburg. At the same time, the company benefits from the attractive conditions of the business location Hamburg which is of great importance for the whole Kuehne + Nagel Group,” said Klaus-Michael Kuehne at the opening ceremony. “The future-oriented port policy as well as the political changes in Eastern Europe have brought Hamburg an upswing which is likely to accelerate in the coming years. As a global full service provider, Kuehne + Nagel aims to significantly participate in this development while contributing to the growth of the port and the city on its part.”

Ole von Beust, First Mayor of Hamburg, said on the occasion of the opening ceremony, “By 2015, cargo traffic between the old and new member states of the European Union is estimated to treble. At the same time, a doubling of cargo handling is expected for the Port of Hamburg. With its new logistics centre Kuehne + Nagel is staying abreast of these developments and is creating new jobs, which is good news.” Ole von Beust additionally emphasised the involvement of the Kuehne Foundation in the new Hamburg School of Logistics. “This will enable us to qualify young talents at the highest level to the benefit of all partner companies and the region.”