Number of companies in the Logistics Cluster
Source: Statistical Office of the city of Leipzig. Calculations by Leipzig Office for Economic Development
Selected companies in the logistics sector
The high number of businesses working in Leipzig’s logistics sector is set to keep rising owing to the local advantages of the air/road/rail network and the availability of suitable land.
DHL’s hub at Leipzig/Halle Airport
In 2016, the expansion of DHL’s European air freight hub at Leipzig/Halle Airport was completed. The new sorting depot is 40,000 square metres in size, nearly twice as big as the old one. The additional space and the introduction of new sorting equipment have boosted the handling capacity for express mail by about 50% to 150,000 consignments per hour. Since starting work on its hub in 2008, DHL has invested a total of €655 million there. The expansion programme alone cost €230 million and has created 1,300 new jobs. All in all, over 4,900 people are employed at DHL’s Hub Leipzig, more than 700 of whom work for European Air Transport GmbH, DHL’s aviation arm. EAT is chiefly responsible for operating, servicing and maintaining DHL’s own freighter fleet and currently manages about 75 aircraft at Leipzig/Halle Airport. EAT’s 250 or so pilots fly Boeing B757s and Airbus A300-600s, mainly on the network’s European routes.
New DHL Life Sciences and Healthcare Centre of Excellence
DHL Global Forwarding, the air and sea freight specialist of the Deutsche Post DHL Group, opened a new logistics centre for the pharmaceutical industry in September 2014 on the doorstep of Leipzig/Halle Airport. It is primarily used to handle temperature-sensitive air freight. Built at a cost of about €3.4 million, the new logistics centre has created 30 new jobs.
AeroLogic: Express freight for the world market
AeroLogic GmbH, a joint venture set up by Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express, operates one of the world’s most advanced fleets of intercontinental freighters at Leipzig/Halle Airport comprising nine Boeing 777Fs. The cargo carrier currently flies over 45 different routes to 21 destinations in Asia, the Middle East and North America. It links the transport hubs of Leipzig and Frankfurt to the main global destinations of its two parent companies. AeroLogic delivers some 2,000 tonnes of mostly time-critical express freight for Lufthansa and DHL every week.
European maintenance base for the world’s biggest aircraftfrom Antonov and Boeing
In line with its EASA, FAP, BDCA and FAA certification, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Service GmbH (AMTES) provides maintenance and repair services for Boeing 747s (-200/-300/-400/-8F), Boeing 777s (-200/-300), Boeing 737s (-300/-400/-500/-600/-700/-800) and the Antonov A320 family in line maintenance. In addition to a C14 rating (wheels and brakes), the company also has C4, C8 and C20 ratings (Structure Repair Shop).
DB Schenker: Diversity is key
At its sites in Leipzig, Schenker Deutschland AG is excellently poised to offer suitable solutions to its clients’ individual requirements. It delivers a full range of logistics services, including air and sea freight, overland transport, trade shows, special transportation and contract logistics. At Schenker Deutschland AG’s largest logistics terminal, 1,100 employees pack car parts ranging from airbags to shock absorbers for shipment to BMW assembly plants abroad. Elsewhere, DB Schenker handles the just-in-sequence delivery of components to vehicle manufacturers’ production lines. Industrial customers also appreciate DB Schenker’s outstanding services. For instance, it organizes the supply of spare parts throughout Europe for Vestas wind turbines and in-house logistics for Jungheinrich. Other clients benefit from DB Schenker’s logistical expertise at its shared logistics centre.
Kühne + Nagel
Kühne + Nagel is one of the most successful corporations in the global logistics industry. At its ultramodern KN Pharma Campus in Leipzig, which is designed for handling pharmaceuticals and fitted with 20,000 square metres of storage space (36,000 pallets) divided into two temperature-controlled zones (15–25°C and 2–8°C), manufacturing or ‘late postponement’ concepts are implemented for pharmaceutical companies. They include activities such as repackaging medicines, bundling, labelling, folding and the addition of package inserts depending on the target markets. This is an enormous help to pharmaceutical companies since they no longer have to incorporate these steps into their own manufacturing processes. Moreover, they can respond very flexibly to country-specific demand and amended regulations, for example regarding the identification of active ingredients or the appointment of different distributors in the destination country.
Amazon has operated its own fulfilment centre in Leipzig since 2006. Same-day deliveries to customers in Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig are effected from here. Thousands of items are stored on an area of some 75,000 square metres – as big as eleven soccer pitches! Amazon in Leipzig currently has a headcount of nearly 2,000 in various areas ranging from dispatch workers and IT specialists to HR officers. As well as participating in sandwich degree programmes, employees are also offered in-house traineeships. Leipzig is an important link in Amazon’s European logistics network currently comprising 31 fulfilment centres.
momox GmbH is Germany’s leading recommerce provider of books, DVDs, Blu-Rays, CDs, video games and clothing. The online trade-in and second-hand store is also one of the world’s biggest sellers on eBay and Amazon. momox currently employs more than 1,200 people at its three locations in Leipzig, Berlin and Stettin (Poland). In 2016, momox boosted its profits by 55% to €6.8 million. At its biggest fulfilment centre on the former Quelle site in Leipzig, more than 700 employees handle the logistics of buying and selling various media products. Over 8 million items are stored on 60,000 square metres – and they’re joined by as many as 100,000 new articles (and counting!) every day. Therefore, momox is always on the look-out for additional staff – and not just at its giant warehouse next door to the Leipziger Messe expo centre.
Source: Leipzig Means Business 2017