Lufthansa Cargo moves forward with cargo hub modernisation

Lufthansa Cargo hub modernisation
(l-r) Gunnar Löhr, head of Supply Management & Infrastructure, Lufthansa Cargo; Harald Gloy, COO, Lufthansa Cargo; Anton Schirle, CEO, Bleichert Automation and Manfred Hannes, head of Sales Bleichert Automation.
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Lufthansa Cargo is pushing ahead with the modernisation of its Frankfurt (FRA) logistics centre signing a major contract for a new high-rack storage system.

The contract represents one of the highest-volume contracts in Lufthansa’s comprehensive infrastructure programme, the carrier says. The central high-rack storage system will be the centerpiece of the Frankfurt hub, and will be implemented by mechanical engineering company Bleichert Automation.

Construction and commissioning will take place in several stages, with realisation of the high-rack storage system and the first part of the material distribution axis planned between 2022 and 2025. The complete modernisation of the Lufthansa Cargo Centre is scheduled for completion in 2029.

“With Bleichert Automation, we were able to gain experienced experts in the field of warehousing and material handling technology who will support us with individual and custom-fit solutions,” explains Harald Gloy, the cargo airline’s chief operations officer.

“By continuing the successful cooperation with our logistics general planner agiplan, we now have a high-performance team on board for the realization phase and can move forward in large steps towards construction.”

Anton Schirle, managing director of Bleichert Automation, says: “By providing our technology, we can make an important contribution to the modernization of the logistics centre. The assignment of this project is a significant indicator for our company and for Germany as a business location. It proves that our ideas and innovative developments are competitive.”

Christian Jacobi, executive partner at agiplan, adds: “After the joint concept and planning phase for the future-oriented cargo logistics at the Frankfurt hub, we are now pleased to ensure a smooth realisation of the new warehouse and conveyor technology for the client.”

Lufthansa Cargo will further develop and renew the logistics centre at its home hub in Frankfurt on a modular basis. The transit high-rack storage system, which will be around 40 metres high in the future, with four aisles over 13 levels, as well as a multi-level distribution axis along the production areas, forms the centerpiece of the renewal of cargo handling at the Frankfurt hub.

The carrier says the new building will further improve handling times at Lufthansa Cargo’s central location and increase efficiency. This means a higher turn-over rate, smoother transport processes and an improvement in service quality for all customers.


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