Parcel Logistics UPS doubles its capacity with technology from Siemens

  • Technology from Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics doubles sorting capacity at the UPS site in Nuremberg Harbor to 30,000 parcels per hour
  • Upgrade completed during running operations
  • Key know-how from a previous UPS project successfully transferred

For the last two years, UPS has been expanding its hub in Nuremberg, Germany, and Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has contributed with its logistics equipment. The updated facility now boasts an hourly sorting capacity of 30,000 parcels – double the previous 15,000 parcels per hour. And whereas before sorting was done by a conventional conveying system, today an automatic system with five Visicon singulators, eight sorters and a total of 87 terminal stations takes care of the job.

“Our priority was to ensure that the UPS could carry on operations as usual while new equipment was being installed,” said Michael Reichle, CEO of SPPAL. The upgrade took place alongside running operations, exactly as it happened at the UPS Air Hub Cologne. Key project personnel was shifted from Cologne to Nuremberg to maximize project know-how and ensure success.

Nuremberg Harbor on the Main-Danube canal is a significant logistics center in Southern Germany. One of the largest employers there is the American logistics provider UPS. The company sees Nuremberg as an important hub for its European cross-border network and as a bridge to further destinations in countries like Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Italy.

On the occasion of the hub’s officially opening, Frank Sportolari, President of UPS Germany, said “With this expansion, UPS is investing in its network to handle the growing export business. The hub holds a key function of UPS to support its customers with exports to Southeast Europe.”

In addition to the UPS air hub in Cologne/Bonn (Germany) that was officially opened in 2014, SPPAL was recently contracted to equip Singapore Post’s new Regional eCommerce Logistics Hub in Singapore.

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