New jet: Bernard McCarthy (MD DHL Express) and Minister Breen officially open the facility.
MULTI-national logistics firm DHL Express has unveiled a new €4.5m facility near Shannon Airport.
The new centre will service DHL customers across Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Tipperary and Galway, and is strategically located close to the region’s main airport, and the national roads network.
Servicing exporting and importing companies across region, shipments for delivery to and from the more than 220 countries serviced by DHL are consolidated on airline containers for direct connection to DHL’s Boeing 757 charter flight which operates to and from Shannon Airport on a daily basis.
Bernard McCarthy, the managing director of DHL Express Ireland said: “We have been operating in Shannon since 1979 and today’s opening is testament to our commitment to the region.”
He also confirmed DHL has upgraded the aircraft it operates into Shannon.
“In simple terms this increases our daily carrying capacity on each import and export flight from just over 20 tonnes to over 30 tonnes – so a 50% increase in capacity to support the import and export needs of our customers in the region,” Mr McCarthy added.
Clare TD Pat Breen, the Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, the EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection cut the ribbon at the new centre.
“As a trading nation heavily reliant on exports, Ireland needs a modern transport infrastructure and in particular we need to have the capability to export globally. The services provided by companies like DHL Express therefore are critical to a thriving export community and I’m delighted to see them expand their operations in the Shannon region,” he said.