DHL announce 100m AED investment in Dubai
DHL has announced plans to build its largest ground operations facility in the Middle East and North Africa, following an official ceremony opening the new site facility near Dubai.
The new Express ground operations facility project will cost 100m AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham) according to a statement released by DHL, who claimed that the facility will increase the speed of service, ensuring earlier deliveries and late pick-ups.
The facility, which covers over 185,844 square feet, will sit within Meydan’s racecourse district, is just minutes from the heat of Dubai. The investment, which will be completed with a partner, MGE Middle East General Enterprise L.L.C. will include ‘state-of-the-art features and capabilities’, in addition to best in class handling processes, according to an online statement by DHL.
Due to be completed in Q3 2013, the building features energy efficient management systems, security, indoors loading and supply chain equipment. In addition, DHL plans for the the new investment to feature the latest automated handling equipment and communication technology systems, which are designed to bolster efficiency, enhance speed or service and reduce transit shipment times.
Frank-Uwe Ungerer, Country Manager for DHL Express UAE, commented: “The new DHL Express UAE facility is a logistics milestone in DHL’s Middle East and North Africa network and we are extremely proud to be partnering with Meydan to launch our largest ground operations facility in the region.”
“As the region’s economy goes from strength to strength this new facility marks not only a milestone in the growth of DHL but also of the UAE economy. Since DHL first began operations in 1976, our growth has mirrored that of the UAE. DHL’s latest investment will help to further consolidate the global connectivity of the UAE by connecting the Middle East to DHL’s global network for at least the next 20 years, and thereby ensuring continued growth through improved transit times and network reliability. This outstanding investment will further cement our leadership position in terms of connections, convenience and cost-effectiveness.”
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany