DSV commissions multimodal logistics center in Denmark

Published: Sunday, July 5, 2020

Logistics giant DSV has commissioned a two billion Danish kroner (US$300m) 700,000-sq m multimodal logistics center in Denmark, to consolidate its warehouse and cross-docking terminals and accommodate the expected future growth of its business operations.

The planned new structure at Horsens in Jutland, includes a 200,000-269,000-sq m area for warehousing, a 50,000-sq m zone for cross-docking facilities and approximately 18,000 sq m of office space.

The project will replace the company’s current numerous facilities in and around the city which are now insufficient for its operations, it says.

Simon Galsgaard, managing director for DSV Road in Denmark, outlines: “As part of our growth strategy we want to consolidate all our activities within air, sea, and road into one location to ensure that our operations are efficient.

“Horsens is a strategic hub for transport between the Nordics and all other European countries. We also want to retain our many talented employees and with this new development we will maintain our connections with the city,” he adds.

The Jutland project is DSV’s largest single construction programme. “We look forward to the new and huge potential it [will] provide us, as it is part of our strategy to consolidate smaller sites and create larger, modern and future-proof facilities that will benefit both our customers and us,” Galsgaard explains.

Among other things, the new Horsens logistics center will be characterized by a large degree of automated processes, the introduction of which will ensure quicker and more efficient handling of expected larger volumes.

The company expects to break ground on the development in August next year and will begin occupying the facility by the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023. The substantial structure is scheduled for final completion during 2026.

Peter Sørensen, mayor of Horsens, believes: “As far as I know, this is the largest sale of land for industrial purposes in the history of Horsens and I am very pleased that DSV has chosen to place its new logistics center in our municipality.

“Today, DSV employs around 750 people in Horsens; with the expansion, the number is expected to increase to more than 1,000 – and probably even more. In addition to administrative positions, [the company] is offering employment within transport and warehousing. For that reason, also, I am very pleased that we have entered this agreement,” he adds.

“Building a facility of this size will create a lot of additional jobs during the construction phase, something from which local craftsmen and hauliers will benefit. According to DSV’s estimates, the project may amount to 250 new jobs,” Sørensen underscores.