Kuehne + Nagel expands its capacities at Duisburg logport

In the presence of Erich Staake, Duisburger Hafen AG Chief Executive Officer, and Hans-Georg Brinkmann, Managing Director of the German Kuehne + Nagel organisation, Thomas Hoffmann, responsible for Kuehne + Nagel’s operations in the greater Duisburg region today broke the ground for the extension of the company’s logport facility.

Kuehne + Nagel has been operating a state-of-the-art facility with 25,000 sqm of warehouse space on the Duisburg logport premises since 2003. Growing demand for the company's value-adding services at what is one of Europe's preferred logistics hubs called for the extension of the property. The second phase of construction will double the existing warehouse space on an adjacent 44,000 sqm plot of land.

"The expansion underlines the importance of Duisburg as a logistics location for the Kuehne + Nagel Group and is a confirmation of our dynamic performance in the region," commented Hans-Georg Brinkmann. "Our customers benefit from the bundling and processing of goods flows at this central hub. By utilising the Europe-wide intermodal transport network at Duisburg, costs can be reduced and the environmental impact kept low."

"We are very pleased about Kuehne + Nagel's confidence in our location," said Erich Staake. "This investment strengthens Duisburg's contract logistics capabilities and points the way for the port of Duisburg as a central European logistics hub."

Completion of the second phase of construction is scheduled for June 2008. The total investment amounts to approximately 22 million euros, making Kuehne + Nagel one of the largest investors in Duisburg logport. Overall, the company manages facilities with a total warehouse area of 100,000 sqm in Duisburg and provides leading trade and industry companies with tailored contract logistics services.


The duisport Group

Duisburger Hafen AG owns and operates the Port of Duisburg, the world's most important inland port and logistics site, on the confluence of the Ruhr and the Rhine. The duisport Group offers the complete infrastructure needed for port and logistics operations including a full-service investor support package. It also provides a range of logistic services which back up the portfolio of Port customers.

For further information, please see www.duisport.de