Foundation stone laid for new DFS Logistics Centre

DFS, the German air navigation service provider, laid the foundation stone for a new logistics centre near its Headquarters in Langen, Germany. DFS is investing EUR 24 million in the four-story building.

29.11.2019.- The long-term and rapid availability of spare parts and consumables is indispensable for the company's mission of ensuring safety in air traffic. More than three million components and spare parts are held in stock for the company's air navigation services systems, such as navigation aids and radar facilities. These items are currently stored at two nearby locations. Thanks to state-of-the-art warehousing technology, all components will then be available at one location in the new 8,800 square metre building on the Langen campus. In addition to the entire materials management, the new logistics centre will also house central maintenance, administration, post room and waste management units of DFS.

The useful life of air traffic control systems, in particular radar and navigation facilities, is long. Ensuring the reliable operation of such systems is one of the key tasks of DFS. "Effective and centralised logistics is the only way of achieving this ," says Ralf Bertsch, Director of Systems & Infrastructure Services at DFS. This makes it all the more important to provide an appropriate home for materials management so that this role can be fulfilled over the long term.

The previous logistics building was built in 1971 and was the oldest building on the Langen campus. After a thorough examination of the alternatives, the demolition of the old building and the construction of a new logistics building on the same site proved to be the best approach. This approach was economically and strategically more advantageous than other alternatives, such as a complete overhaul of the old structure or a change of location. Last year, more than 1,000 pallets had to be moved to the provisional locations to accommodate the build.
The new Logistics Centre is scheduled to open in 2021.

Facts about the Logistics Centre
• Around 8,800 square metres of floor space spread over four floors
• Almost 14 metres high, with a footprint of around 4,500 square metres
• High bay warehouse and block warehouse (for the block staking of
   pallets, for example)
• Laboratory and workshop areas
• Zones for the central DFS post room
• Offices and meeting rooms
• Recreational and social areas
• Technical and movement areas

Press contact
Kristina Kelek
Telephone +49 (0)6103 7074161


Stephan Huber, Head of Construction Projects (2nd from left), Katrin Lowitz, Construction Project Manager (3rd from left), Hansjörg Hanika, Head of Logistics (2nd from right), and Ralf Bertsch (right), Director of Systems & Infrastructure Services at DFS, beside the foundation stone of the new Logistics Centre.

Stephan Huber, Head of Construction Projects, Katrin Lowitz, Construction Project Manager, and Ralf Bertsch, Director of Systems & Infrastructure Services, filling a time capsule with newspapers, construction plans and coins.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,500 employees as at 30 June 2019. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, more than three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as control towers at the 16 designated international airports in Germany. The subsidiary DFS Aviation Services GmbH markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services, and provides air traffic control at nine regional airports in Germany and at London Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport in the UK. DFS has been working on the integration of drones into air traffic since 2016 and has set up a joint venture, Droniq GmbH, with Deutsche Telekom.