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German Federal President visited the logport logistic park

  21.06.2006    

German Federal President Dr. Horst Kohler saw for himself in Duisburg that the German logistics sector is more successful than ever. He visited the logport logistic park during the course of his trip to Duisburg upon the invitation of the Duisburg Labor Exchange.
“logport is currently the fastest growing logistic park in Europe. 75 percent of the tracts have been marketed. Operations have started on 50 percent. 2,000 jobs have been created. This number is to increase to 4,000. Marketing will be completed by 2008 within less than half the time originally anticipated,” Duisburger Hafen AG’s Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake recited impressive numbers.
“The logport project shows that Germany is a worldwide leader in the development of logistic and distribution infrastructures,” said Staake. 35 international groups of companies including numerous global players could be won for logport during the last six years and built mainly European distribution centers for major consumer and capital goods manufacturers, President Kohler learnt.
The President crossed “Solidarity Bridge” on his way to logport in the south of Duisburg. The bridge is where steel workers had once demonstrated against the closure of the Krupp steel mill. The mill which had given work to some 16,000 people was nevertheless shut down. Duisburger Hafen AG purchased the land in 1998 to make it one of Europe’s leading logistic park focused on general cargo and containers with the financial support of the European Union and the State of North-Rhine Westphalia. The demolition of the former steel mill and the redevelopment of the 265 hectare site started in 1999.
logport now possesses an excellent transportation infrastructure including a container terminal, a port and a marshalling yard for trimodal transportation chains. A new roll-on roll-off facility has attracted two automobile logistics firms. E.H. Harms and Cobelfret plan to ship 100,000 automobiles this year.
During the boat trip to the ThyssenKrupp steel mill in the north of Duisburg that followed, Staake explained the economic importance of the Port of Duisburg to the city and the region: “Logistics has increasingly become a job machine. Over 17,000 jobs already depend directly or indirectly on the port. This number will rise to 20,000 by 2010 as further transportation and logistics companies open new facilities,” said Staake.
Some 500 million Euros are invested by the port and its customers in the port infrastructure each year. Approx. 100 million metric tons of cargo are handled by ships, trains and trucks in the private and public ports of Duisburg.

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