Nuremberg-based Siemens Dematic has received an order worth around 137 million euros from Consignia to supply machines for sorting letters and parcels in a new mail sorting centre near London Heathrow Airport.
Siemens will also be responsible for integrating the complete system. Once finished, the installation will be capable of handling around eight million incoming and outgoing mail items per day.
The mail sorting centre for Consignia, formerly the British Post office, is due to come into operation in December 2002.
As well as the sorting machines, the scope of the order also includes a computerised system for production planning and control which has been developed by Siemens Dematic’s Postal Automation Division based in Constance, Germany.
Siemens’ Material Handling Automation Division, based in Michigan, will provide the automation technology for the installation.