DHL to develop sustainable distribution centre for Eaton
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On 21 April, DHL Supply Chain, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group, announced they ahd broken ground on a new distribution centre.
The site, located in Rheinbach near Bonn, Germany, will facilitate the firm’s power management customer.
The 35,000sqm, highly automated storage facility is expected to be operational by that start of 2019.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Stefan Raetz, Mayor of Rheinbach, Oscar de Bok, CEO of MLEMEA DHL Supply Chain, Karsten Schwarz, CEO of Germany & Alps DHL Supply Chain, Frank Campbell, President of Corporate and Electrical at Eaton EMEA, and Klaus Gäb, Vice President Supply Chain at Eaton EMEA.
“The construction start for the new warehouse in Rheinbach is another important step in our strategic partnership, in which DHL is building and managing three integrated, high-performance distribution centers for Eaton in Europe,” explains Karsten Schwarz.
“This investment reflects the trust and strategic partnership we have with Eaton, who have leveraged our logistics expertise for the past decade.”
DHL and Eaton have made a deal for the supply chain firm to support Eaton’s European electrical business from three sites – in Germany, the UK, and the Czech Republic – for three years.
217,000 extra workers needed to meet COVID-19 recovery
As the construction industry’s recovery progresses, the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecasts have led the organisation to believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022.
The CSN says there will be an increase in the number of construction workers in “most English regions” by 2025, with demands forecasted at a 1.7% rise for the East Midlands, and a 1.4% rise for the West Midlands.
Scotland and Wales are also predicted to see a surge in demand for construction workers with a total increase of 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. The North East is the only region to see a slight decline in workforce demand at -0.1%.
Wood and interior fit-out trades among the most desirable during COVID-19
According to CSN’s forecast, the trades that are the most wanted are those of wood and interior fit-outs, with both requiring around 5,500 workers per year. Other in-demand trades include technical staff and other construction professionals, requiring 5,150 workers each year, construction managers at 3,600, and the electrical installation trade, which requires 3,400 staff per year.
There is also expected to be demand for 7,850 non-construction, office-based professionals and technical and IT support staff each year. Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.
“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with the government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible. We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.
“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills, and skills related to energy efficiency”, he said.