UPS delivers Expo 2020 Dubai's 21x30m carbon-fibre entry gates
Shipments travelled from Germany through Belgium’s Port of Antwerp and into Dubai’s commercial port in Jebel Ali
NYSE-listed package delivery and supply chain management company, United Parcel Service (UPS), have completed a series of multi-modal deliveries comprising 21x30m carbon-fibre structures that will serve as the three main entrances to the Expo 2020 Dubai, which is due to open on 20 October, 2020.
UPS, which is the official Logistics Partner of the world’s greatest show, moved multiple shipments from Germany through Belgium’s Port of Antwerp and into Dubai’s commercial port in Jebel Ali.
The precision-machined portals were designed and built by HA-CO Carbon GmbH, a small business in Germany’s Bavaria.
In line with Expo 2020’s sustainability theme, 90% of the material used to construct the permanent areas of the site — including the portals — will be reused or re-purposed after the event.
Commenting on the entrances, the president of UPS International, Nando Cesarone, said: “These extraordinary entry portals will welcome 25 million visits — equal to the population of Australia — and, likewise the logistics required for these shipments, is nothing short of monumental.”
Cesarone added: “Whether it’s delivering a 21m entry way or a small package for an international visitor at the Expo 2020 site, our world-class logistics are made possible by a dedicated team that will grow to up to 600 for this global undertaking.”
Speaking about the structures, chief executive officer of HA-CO, Martin Osswald, said: “The hosts of Expo 2020 wanted a structure that would stand the test of time — and there are no other entryways like this on the planet.”
Osswald added: “The detailed specifications for this design and the advanced technology production of the carbon-fiber pieces that make up the entry portals demonstrate Expo 2020’s commitment to excellence. It’s incredible for us to imagine that 25 million visitors will pass through these iconic doors that were made in Germany.”