ECE and Hermes launch construction of another state-of-the-art logistics center

Breaking ground at AirportPark FMO at Münster-Osnabrück Airport

ECE and Hermes Germany will develop another state-of-the-art logistics center: Today, Mayor Peter Vennemeyer, Olaf Schabirosky, CEO of Hermes Germany GmbH, ECE Managing Director Dr. Andreas Mattner, and Udo Schröer, Managing Director of AirportPark FMO GmbH, broke ground for a new logistics center at AirportPark at Münster-Osnabrück Airport in Greven. The event was attended by 100 guests. The logistics center is due for completion in summer 2019 and will be fully operational in October 2019. It is the seventh out of nine logistics centers that ECE will build for Hermes Germany in a short time period as part of its major national project.

The 9000m2-facility will comply with DGNB Gold Standards and meet the highest sustainability requirements. It enables the processing of more than 95,000 packages every day with modern high-performance sorting systems. There will be 100 gates for loading and unloading trucks. Additional 1,500m² have been planned for office, technical and social areas. The investment totals approximately €42 million. The project will create about 110 new jobs.

“We were very lucky to acquire a property in such a great location,” said Olaf Schabirosky, CEO of Hermes Germany GmbH. “Our new logistics center in Greven will be the next milestone for our national infrastructure program. It will enable us to offer our clients and customers in western Germany even faster transit times very soon which will result in even shorter delivery times.” “We would also like to thank all companies involved in the project, especially AirportPark FMO and ECE, for the excellent cooperation.”

“It is an innovative project for the latest logistics strategies that stands out with its efficiency, functionality, flexibility, and sustainability.” We are very pleased to launch the construction of the seventh facility in the series for Hermes at this attractive location. This is the next step on the way to completing this major project consisting of nine logistics centers all over Germany, which we will develop for Hermes Germany by 2020,” said Dr. Andreas Mattner, Managing Director Office, Traffic, Industries at ECE.

The first four logistics centers which were developed by ECE and Hermes in Bad Rappenau near Heilbronn, Mainz, Ketzin near Berlin, and Graben near Augsburg are already operating. The logistics centers in Hamburg, Kabelsketal near Halle/Saale, and the new project in Greven are currently under construction. Two further logistics facilities are currently in planning. All in all, ECE and Hermes will invest approximately €600 million. ECE will be responsible for all processes related to the project including the search and purchase of a suitable site, the planning and turnkey handover as well as for the selling of the property on the investment market.

The Greven logistics center is located in the modern AirportPark FMO industrial area which lies in the proximity to the airport and the major cities of Münster and Osnabrück. Due to its location and accessibility from freeway A1 (Hamburg-Cologne) via the new Airportallee and its proximity to the A1 and A30 interchange (Lotte-Osnabrück), the logistics center can be reached conveniently and facilitates the regional supply in the Münster and Osnabrück metropolitan region. The airport has been the decisive factor for choosing this site for the new express good distribution facility.  Costs and delivery time play an increasingly greater role for logistics companies. Due to the dynamic development of global e-commerce, locations situated in the proximity to airports have become more and more important.  The AirportPark FMO provides ideal infrastructure conditions for logistics companies and other businesses on an area spanning 200 hectares. Currently, ADAC, Schumacher Packaging, Regio-Logistik, and Dream Tec already operate from there.  Other new projects, for example developments of Beresa and Fiege, are also being constructed or are in planning.

During his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony Peter Vennemeyer, Mayor of Greven, emphasized the creation of 110 modern and mainly full-time jobs, which will be made possible by the investment. Udo Schröer, Managing Director of AirportPark FMO, thanked all parties involved for their commitment and the good collaboration which helped speeding up the development and construction permission process:  “Compared to other projects, the short planning period of one year to today’s groundbreaking wouldn’t have been possible without the massive efforts made by the employees of the planning and construction departments of the city of Greven, the Steinfurt district council, and the planners contracted by ECE. Bringing in Hermes is proof for the attractiveness of the 200 hectares regional industrial area which transcends beyond the Münsterland region.”