UPS Opens Expansion Of Its European Air Hub At Cologne/Bonn Airport

COLOGNE/BONN, March 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE: UPS) has celebrated the official opening of a $200million expansion of its European air hub facilities atCologne/Bonn Airport in Germany that will continue to serve asEurope's window into the world of international trade and export.The expansion, which took two years to construct and has alreadycreated an additional 200 jobs, constitutes one of UPS's largestfacility investments in the company's history and cements itsposition as the largest employer at the airport with more than2,500 employees today.    
UPS Opens Expansion of its European Air Hub at Cologne/Bonn
UPS celebrated the official opening of a $200 million expansion of its European air hub facilities at Cologne/Bonn Airport in Germany that will continue to serve as Europe's window into the world of international trade and export.

"With this upgrade, we now have the equivalent of 15 footballfields of sorting space for a growing export economy on the move,"said Cindy Miller, President, UPS Europe. "All of this ensures thatUPS's Cologne/Bonn air hub remains the centerpiece of the company'sEuropean express network, a key component of UPS's global airoperations, and one of the largest and most advanced sortingfacilities in the world."

The operating area now measures more than 105,000 square meters(1,130,000 square feet).  The addition of eight automatedsorters increases the hub's package sorting capacity by 70 percentto 190,000 packages per hour - or around 53 packages persecond.  The conveyor system now covers a distance of about 40kilometers (25 miles), with a package taking an average of just 15minutes to move through the hub from unload to load point.

The expansion equips the existing facility with additionalstate-of-the-art technology and includes a building extension thatis partially dedicated to processing larger express freightshipments.  The Cologne/Bonn facility serves as aninternational logistics hub for both major multi-nationals as wellas small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe wishing totap into UPS's world-class trading network. 

"The Cologne/Bonn hub is our flagship facility in Europe andcontinues to serve us and the needs of our customers well," saidMiller. "Our strategic investment in Germany, one of the world'stop exporters, underscores our commitment to the European economy.This is part of a long-term strategy to help our customerssuccessfully compete and do business on the important trading laneswithin Europe and linking Europe to North America and Asia in anera when free trade agreements on the horizon promise growth forcompanies large and small."

As an early investor in European operations with Germany as itshub, UPS has enjoyed great success in Europe with solid exportvolume growth over the past decade. With the Cologne hub expansionin place, UPS can reliably connect the world to Europe and Europeto the world like never before and has positioned itself forcontinued growth in its international express business.

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About UPS

UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broadrange of solutions including the transportation of packages andfreight, the facilitation of international trade, and thedeployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage theworld of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, USA, UPS serves morethan 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can befound on the Web at www.UPS.comand its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPSnews direct, visit www.pressroom.ups.com.

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CONTACT: Carsten Helssen, UPS Europe Public Relations         carsten.helssen@europe.ups.com         +32 2 7769832

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