The firm, who operate in over 200 countries around the world, identified Manchester as perfect site from which to export British products to an expanding global market.
“Our investment in this state of the art facility is reflective of the demand for British-made goods overseas,” said DHL UK and Ireland chief executive Phil Couchman. “As the region’s economy goes from strength to strength, this new facility also marks a milestone in the growth of DHL.
“This operation will serve to enhance DHL’s competitive logistical performance due to its strategic location, state-of-the-art features and best in class handling processes.”
Couchman highlighted the Enterprise Zone status of the site as a real attraction for the company.
“The location of the hub within the Enterprise Zone will support future export opportunities for small businesses in the region, allowing British businesses to get their product to international markets with even greater speed and reliability.”
When completed, the company’s 37,308 sq ft site will employ 150 people. The agreement will maintain DHL’s association with the Manchester area, superseding their current premises in Trafford Park. The firm is also the official logistics partner of Manchester United Football Club.
John Atkins, Manchester Airport Group’s property director, welcomed the news.
“This is fantastic news for the local area and the regional economy, as well as a high-calibre kick-off point for Airport City. DHL is a global leader in its field and a well-established, highly-recognised global brand, which we are delighted to welcome as the first occupier at the UK’s first Airport City.
“The logistics sector is a key growth area and we aim to build on Manchester’s status as a major airport for cargo, with the logistics hub at Airport City becoming a catalyst for economic growth in the region.”
Thursday’s agreement is further evidence of the building momentum on Manchester’s Enterprise Zone. Last month, the Chancellor announced a British-Chinese joint venture to develop the £800m project.