XPO, a leading provider of innovative and sustainable transportation and logistics solutions in Europe, has announced the opening of a new site, located only 5 kilometres away from the centre of Alicante, in the Llano del Espartal industrial estate. The 5,000 square metres facility, with 33 docks, is the company's fourth transportation and distribution site in the Valencia region, along with two in Valencia and one in Castellón.
With this new site, XPO reaches 19,000 square metres of transportation and distribution surface area in the Valencian Community, which employs nearly 300 people throughout the region, providing direct and indirect jobs, and serves more than 750 customers. XPO's turnover has grown by double-digits in the last four years in the Valencian Community.
At the new Alicante site, XPO offers groupage and pallet distribution services, with more than 1,000 pallets moved per day, last mile and in-night deliveries solutions, serving customers in the omnichannel retail, food, industrial and automotive sectors, as well as large retailers. In terms of technology, the Alicante site is equipped with the latest innovative tools to provide the best service quality to its customers and prime attention to its transport partners, allowing significant progress in efficiency and real-time delivery monitoring.
The new Alicante site has the sustainability Leed Gold green building certificate and an outstanding installation of 100 solar panels 500W, which will achieve a reduction of around 40% in electricity consumption and a very high level of self-consumption, in line with XPO's commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of its logistics operations.
Massimo Marsili, managing director – Southern Europe and Morocco, XPO, said: "We are very proud to expand our presence in the Valencian Community. The opening of this site in Alicante represents a very important milestone in our objective to further strengthen the capillarity of our transport and distribution network in the Iberian Peninsula and to bring flexibility, agility and high-quality service to our customers in the region.”
María Empar Martínez, regional secretary for Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Trade and Consumer Affairs of the Generalitat Valenciana, has valued very positively "the growth of XPO in Alicante, its strong commitment to sustainability and self-consumption" and stressed that its presence in Llano del Espartal "will contribute to the industrial areas of Alicante being a benchmark in Spain, a commitment to leadership that we share". She also said that "the GDP of the province of Alicante represents a third of the Valencian economy and all its indicators, such as the labour market, exports and tourism, for example, are currently in positive territory. We must continue working to take advantage, consolidate this inertia and transform it into new opportunities, economic growth and employment in the medium and long term".
Luis Barcala Sierra, Mayor of Alicante, who attended the inauguration, thanked "XPO for its commitment to setting up in Alicante, which highlights the strategic location of this area for logistics, distribution and last mile deliveries. From the City Council, we are working to generate the best conditions for the establishment of new companies and job creation that is materialising with the arrival in the capital of large logistics and transportation companies, in addition to the boost given to all the innovative and digital industry, along with the traditional sectors associated with tourism and the commercial industry”.
The official opening event of the new site, chaired by Massimo Marsili, was attended by María Empar Martínez, Regional Secretary for Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Trade and Consumer Affairs of the Generalitat Valenciana; Antonia Moreno, Territorial Delegate of the Regional Council of the Generalitat in Alicante, Luis Barcala Sierra, Mayor of Alicante and Mari Carmen de España, Councillor for Development and Employment, and was attended by Luis López, Regional Director East & South of XPO; Juan José Hernández, President of the Provincial Federation of Transport of Alicante (Fetrama) and Vice-President of the Business Union of the Province of Alicante (UEPAL); Carlos García, general secretary of the Valencian Federation of Transport and Logistics Businessmen (FVET); Jaime Agramunt, president of the Association of Logistics Operators of FVET; Joaquín Pérez, president of the Business Confederation of the Valencian Community in Alicante (CEV), accompanied by Juan Ramón Pérez Vázquez, from the Soledad Group; Antonio López, president of the Proport Alicante Foundation, accompanied by Jose Andrés Martínez, director in Alicante of Romeu & Cía; Vicente J. Seguí, vice-president of the Federation of Business Parks of the Valencia Region (FEPEVAL); representatives of ALIA - Alicante Investment Agency (Alicante Investment Agency), as well as other relevant authorities, associations and clients.
XPO´s pallet distribution network in the Iberian Peninsula has 229,000 square metres of own space and 1,020 loading and unloading docks, with a total of 72 transportation and distribution sites. Between 2020 and 2022, XPO has opened 10 new logistics sites in Alicante, A Coruña, San Fernando de Henares (Madrid), Castellbisbal (Barcelona), Benavente (Zamora), Heras (Cantabria), Irún (Guipúzcoa), Lugo, Valencia and Vitoria.