Dachser has officially opened its Rhine-Neckar logistics center. For its new Mannheim branch, the internationally operating logistics provider has invested in the region of USD 57.5 million, already creating 25 new jobs. Another 25 will follow by mid-2012.

The 1.4 m sq ft site on the Friedrichsfeld-West industrial estate will be utilized by all three business fields: Dachser European Logistics,Dachser Food Logistics and Dachser Air & Sea Logistics.

The new logistics facility comprises two transit terminals: 100,000 sq ft is available for industrial goods and 40,000 sq ft for temperature-controlled foodstuffs. There is also a 40,000 sq ft warehouse with 13,200 pallet spaces for correct storage of goods with different temperature ranges, enabling the Mannheim branch to provide additional scope for high-quality contract logistics services. A two-storey administration building with over 35,000 sq ft of usable space completes the logistics center. On the roof space, Dachser has also installed a photovoltaic system with a rated output of around 800 kWp.

‘Dachser has had roots in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region for 45 years. Our Mannheim branch employs a staff in excess of 300 and today’s new opening represents one of the biggest expansion projects in our company’s history,’ says Michael Schilling, managing director European Network Management & Logistics Systems at Dachser. ‘The continued success of the Mannheim branch underscores the sustainable, customer-oriented growth we are striving for as a logistics provider.’

‘This new logistics facility puts us in an excellent position for future growth,’ comments branch manager Christian Klein. ‘Warehouse space and value added services in particular are currently in high demand in the greater Mannheim region. We are now in a position to offer our customers an ultramodern facility in conjunction with tailor-made contract logistics solutions ’ all conveniently located near the A656, A5 and A6 motorways.’

In 2010, Dachser generated total revenue of USD 5.4 billion. 19,250 staff working in 310 locations worldwide handled 46.2 million shipments weighing a total of 35.5 million tons.