Deutsche Post DHL Group division DHL Freight has opened a new warehouse in the Manisa Organized Industrial Zone near Izmir, Turkey, on 5 July.
DHL Freight said the facility was part of an investment in the “high single-digit million euros”, and was built in response to increasing customer demand in line with a growing economy and logistics industry in Turkey.
It was built in the Manisa Organized Industrial Zone to meet requests from customers for warehousing services, which can now be provided in close proximity.
DHL Freight chief executive officer, Uwe Brinks said: “We’ve chosen to make a significant investment in our own network here in order to meet our customers’ growing needs and take advantage of Turkey’s essential geographic location for logistics routes.”
Brinks led the opening ceremony, at which DHL Freight Turkey managing director, Hasan Kavci, was also present. The investment is part of DHL Freights strategy FREIGHT 2020 to become the “undisputed market and quality leader for road freight”. To this end, DHL Freight said it continuously invests in its network, including over 200 terminals in 32 countries.
“Manisa hosts Turkey’s first logistics park and is home to some of the country’s leading production and import/export companies,” said Kavci. “Our new warehouse provides a great opportunity to play a role in these global operations.”
DHL Freight said firms in the region of Manisa export to more than 100 countries worldwide and had an export volume worth nearly €3.5 billion in 2017. This makes Manisa one of the top ten export cities in Turkey. Around 50 employees will work at DHL Freight’s new location, ten of whom are new additions to the company. Alongside warehousing services, they will provide tailor-made value added services.