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UPS makes largest-ever investment in France with advanced tech hub

UPS makes largest-ever investment in France with advanced tech hub

UPS officially opened a new 30,000-square-metre, advanced technology package sorting and delivery hub outside Paris in Corbeil-Essonnes/Évry. The French Minister of Transportation, Elisabeth Borne, the mayors of both Corbeil-Essonnes and Évry, and other dignitaries attended the opening ceremony. The new Paris Hub facility, which employs nearly 1,000 people, facilitates cross-border trade and enhances package delivery service in the Île-de-France area.

“This US$100 million advanced technology facility spans four football fields and is the single biggest investment UPS has ever made in France,” said Nando Cesarone, President of UPS International. “With modernisation and growth initiatives like this new Paris Hub, UPS is helping businesses in Europe – small and large – connect with customers faster and with greater efficiency. Placed at a strategic point in Europe, the building is as modern as it is efficient. UPS’s enhancements to its European network combined with leading technology help us plug France into the global trade arena. We are especially grateful for the business-minded support from the government partners who share our growth-oriented view of France’s role in international trade.”

The building is equipped with advanced technology, automated sorting equipment and has the potential to sort up to 37,000 packages per hour, which is more than twice the capacity of the two facilities in Chilly-Mazarin and Savigny that it replaces.

French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne, said: “This exceptional investment, UPS’s largest ever in France, is a sign of confidence: the attractiveness of France and its place in global trade also extends to our capacity in the logistics sector. This is a crucial issue for the government, which is acting with resolve to build a logistics sector for our country that is greener, better connected, better organised and that can rely on an outstanding infrastructure network.”

The new US$100 million facility is a part of the company’s multi-year, US$2 billion European investment plan, which aims to modernise and expand the UPS network across the continent. Since 2015, UPS has invested in new hubs in Lyon and Montpellier, a new facility in Dijon and a combined package centre/UPS France headquarters in Paris. Better connecting France to UPS’s enhanced European network offers customers in Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Indian Sub-continent, Middle East and Africa attractive access to European markets.

“UPS has been serving French businesses for more than 30 years. This new Paris Hub facility improves efficiency and service for our customers. Last quarter, we grew our export volume in France by over 10% thanks to an increasingly cross-border business,” said Rob Burrows, Country Manager, UPS France. “With advanced, automated sorting technology, Paris Hub is part of our national network of nearly 60 facilities that connects French businesses to their customers across UPS’s enhanced European network – and around the world.”

As part of its transformation strategy, UPS is prioritising resources and directing investment for the greatest strategic benefit and long-term shareholder return. Early in 2017, the company announced plans for extensive upgrades to its smart global logistics network, enhancing capacity and efficiency through the use of state-of-the-art processes, information technology and automation.

UPS has been offering services in France since 1985 and established its own operations in 1988. The company currently has 56 operating facilities in France, has a fleet of more than 800 delivery vehicles and serves six airports – Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Paris-Roissy, Rennes and Toulouse.