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DHL announces plans to create and manage European distribution centers for Eaton’s electrical business

Date: September 25, 2017

  • DHL Supply Chain to integrate Eaton’s major European standalone distribution center capabilities
  • Plans include a new state-of-the-art, sustainable facility in Rheinbach, Germany


Bonn, 25 September 2017: DHL Supply Chain has signed a long-term agreement with the global power management company Eaton to create and manage three distribution centers for their Electrical business in Europe.


Over the next few years, the contract logistics specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group will consolidate Eaton’s major standalone distribution center capabilities throughout Europe into three high-performing and integrated primary distribution centers. These will be located in Germany, in the UK and in the Czech Republic, where the current DHL managed distribution center will be expanded.


“Eaton has been a valued partner for years and we are delighted to further intensify our collaboration. Based on DHL Supply Chain’s broad expertise in devising integrated supply chain solutions, we developed the Rheinbach concept for a full warehouse consolidation, starting with planning, construction, fit out and full automation to the initial setup and operation,” describes Oscar de Bok, CEO Mainland Europe, Middle East & Africa, DHL Supply Chain.


In Rheinbach, Germany, a new building is planned that will serve Eaton’s customers in Western Europe. The green field construction is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter 2017, with DHL storing and distributing different electric components such as switch cabinets, fuses and control devices in the new warehouse after its completion in 2018. The goal is to create a more efficient warehousing concept enabled by a fully automated solution and thereby reducing overall run times to meet increased customer demand.


“Providing tailored contract logistics solutions is one of our globally proven strengths and the newly to be constructed warehousing solution will help Eaton to prepare its business for a successful future,” Karsten Schwarz, CEO Germany and Alps, DHL Supply Chain adds. “The new facility will not only provide a significant increase of productivity due to its innovative set up but also demonstrates DHL’s commitment to the wider Bonn region.”


As both DHL and Eaton have a strong commitment for sustainability with corresponding goals, the new warehousing site is to comply with the standards of the German Society for Sustainable Construction (DGNB) and will be built to achieve the silver certificate of the association.


“DHL is very experienced in warehousing and distribution as well as supply chain solutions and we can help with their environmental focus and drive energy efficiency by applying Eaton’s power management technologies to their facilities. It’s a very interesting partnership where we support each other’s growth while we keep focused on our core businesses,” says Klaus Gaeb, Vice President Supply Chain and Operational Excellence, Eaton EMEA


As DHL already has a significant footprint in Europe, this revised distribution approach would also provide strong future prospects to the majority of distribution center employees from Eaton covered by this agreement, who have been given the opportunity to join DHL following the completion process.


With these new agreements Deutsche Post DHL Group and Eaton are taking the next step in extending their strategic partnership. Since 2008, DHL has been supporting Eaton in the review and improvement of its supply chains across the globe, winning the company’s “Best Supplier Award” in 2016.


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DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.


DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016.


Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

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