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New Schiphol terminal to put dnata “at the forefront of modern air cargo operations”

Lödige Industries has been awarded a contract to supply dnata’s new cargo terminal at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The move to a new terminal building was necessitated by construction measures at Schiphol to improve airport infrastructure, dnata said. The building is scheduled to become operational in 2024 and has been developed by Schiphol Commercial Real Estate and designed by the architectural firm DP6.

The building will be equipped by Lödige Industries with a fully automated system to “secure future growth”, dnata said.

Two separate automatic storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) with twelve stacker cranes are used in the terminal for import and export, and 2,500 pallets can be stored. An additional storage for up to 700 ULDs is served by four elevating transport vehicles (ETVs). To ensure flexible and scalable ULD transport within the terminal, dnata said it would also deploy seven intelligent automated guided vehicles (AGV) developed by Lödige Industries, which will be used for the first time on a large scale.

Smart gates will be another feature. These automatically record the volume and weight of all incoming shipments through 3D scans and significantly speed up handling. A comprehensive high-performance warehouse management system integrating all elements will enable dnata to further expand its operations and service at Schiphol, the company said.

“We are delighted to enhance our operations with a major investment at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol,” said Jan van Anrooy, managing director of dnata The Netherlands. “Equipped with latest technologies, our new terminal enables us to significantly expand our offering and meet the increased demand for our services. It will also help us consistently provide service excellence to our customers, ensuring the highest level of safety and quality at every stage of the handling process. We look forward to cooperating with Lödige Industries, a strong partner who shares our passion for innovation.”

Lödige Industries’ managing director Benelux Arthur van Brink commented: “We are very proud of this new order from dnata, with whom we have already partnered very successfully in the past. The new terminal will place dnata at the forefront of modern air cargo operations. During the initial stages, our team worked very closely with the architects to ensure the new terminal can take full advantage of our high-tech automation solutions and support dnata in its growth plans.”

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