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Mars UK and DHL open London Gateway facility

22 July 2023

THE PROJECT will reduce Mars UK’s logistics carbon footprint by 7.7% and remove a million miles a year from roads.

THE £350 million investment has led to a 42 metre distribution centre, one of the tallest in Europe. It features 3,700 solar panels, which produce 27% of the site’s power usage. It has achieved BREEAM 'Outstanding' accreditation.

The building incorporates the latest automated pallet storage and retrieval (ASRS) technology and the Gateway facility also features High Frequency charging of equipment resulting in up to 30% less energy usage, rainwater harvesting and LED lighting throughout.

The new site follows the opening of the East Midlands Gateway facility in May 2022.

The two new sites together will increase Mars’ UK warehousing capacity by over 50%. The location of the warehouses means it has strong transport links. Mars is able to streamline the inbound and outbound distribution of its product portfolio, removing a million miles a year from roads.

Mars Wrigley UK general manager Adam Grant, said: “Today is a major milestone for Mars UK’s logistics operations and a meaningful step in our sustainability journey. Over the past few years, our partnership with DHL has seen the completion of two pioneering facilities. Not only does this futureproof our distribution practices, it also puts into action Mars’s aim to create a world-class logistics operation that is sustainable, smart and agile.”

Saul Resnick, CEO, DHL Supply Chain UK&I added: “This project with Mars UK further solidifies our belief that working with partners whose business and sustainability targets align with your own allows you to achieve the best results. This partnership does exactly that - it represents a great example for others of how businesses can work together to reduce carbon footprint and create a more sustainable future. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Mars UK and supporting the company’s growth in the years to come.”