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DB Schenker becomes Foundation Partner of Smart City Project Aerotropolis in Australia

Aerotropolis built in vicinity of new Western Sydney Airport • DB Schenker to support planning and design of future logistics structures

DB Schenker has become a Foundation Partner of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, a commercial, logistics, and education hub that is being developed in the vicinity of the new Western Sydney Airport. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Berlin today by Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of the State of New South Wales, and Alexander Doll, Member of the Board of Management for Finance, Freight Transport and Logistics Deutsche Bahn AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DB Schenker.

As one of the world’s leading logistics providers, DB Schenker is committed to potential future cooperation in a number of fields, for example in the planning of a digitally-enabled freight and logistics supply system, a cutting-edge cold-storage logistics hub, or logistics for the aerospace and defence sectors.

Alexander Doll said: “The Aerotropolis is set to become a pioneering project on our path to building smart cities with integrated transportation concepts and sustainable logistics solutions. It is our pleasure to support the development, which will further strengthen DB Schenker’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, that has been so successful over the past decades.” 

DB Schenker’s subsidiary in Australia was established in 1962 and provides a complete range of international air and sea freight forwarding services, together with integrated logistics solutions. In signing the MoU, DB Schenker intends to work cooperatively together with the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority (WCAA) to promote the development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

The WCAA was jointly established by the New South Wales (NSW) and Australian Governments to facilitate the design and delivery of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and support the growth of the Western Parkland City. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “The Western City and Aerotropolis Authority will work with DB Schenker to explore the best freight and logistics technologies for adoption in and around the Aerotropolis.”

Ditlev Blicher, DB Schenker’s Asia Pacific Region (APAC) CEO, said: “For more than 57 years, DB Schenker has been supporting trade and helping businesses grow with our cutting-edge logistics network in Australia and around the world. Today, we are delighted to join in this unique effort of building the Western Sydney Aerotropolis for the benefit of the enterprises and the residents of New South Wales.” DB Schenker is the only forwarder to sign an MoU with the WCAA.

About the Western Sydney Aerotropolis

The Aerotropolis is the 11,000-hectare area around the new Western Sydney airport. The New South Wales government will be focusing on developing an advanced technology and aerospace precinct east of the airport centered around a government owned 114 ha land parcel. West of the airport the government will be working with land owners and the western Sydney airport to develop a world class freight, logistics and agribusiness precinct.

About the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport

Western Sydney International will be a full-service, curfew-free airport offering international, domestic and air freight services. On track to open in 2026, the Airport’s freight precinct has the potential to become Sydney’s most important freight hub, with its airside and landside access helping move 220,000 tonnes of air freight a year in its first stage alone.

About DB Schenker in Australia

DB Schenker is one of the world’s leading global logistics providers supporting industry and trade in the global exchange of goods through land transport, worldwide air and ocean freight, contract logistics and supply chain management. Schenker Australia Pty Ltd was established in Sydney 1962, today operating more than 300,000 sqm with over 1,200 experts across 20 locations. DB Schenker is serving customers in the Industrial, Automotive, Aerospace, Healthcare, Consumer, Electronics, Fashion vertical markets and Perishable solutions, as well as the Exhibitions & Events and the Oil & Gas sectors.