New hub to foster state of the art robotics
The Airport Authority of Hong Kong (AA) and the Alibaba Group have both expressed their commitment to jointly build a global smart logistics network to foster more inclusive trade.
The collaboration entails a Smart Logistics Hub (the Hub) in Kwo Lo Wan at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
In June 2018, a joint venture led by Cainiao Network (the logistics arm of Alibaba Group), was awarded the right to develop and manage the Hub, with a view to developing it into a world-class digital logistics centre in Asia.
The Hub’s key aim is to facilitate the fast growing global cross border e-commerce trade and strengthen Hong Kong’s international competitiveness.
The Hub occupies a site of about 5.3 hectares, with an estimated gross floor area of 380,000 square metres.
It is scheduled to commence operation in 2023.
The Hub will be future-proofed, with high design specifications for large-scale, cutting-edge robotics and automation as well as temperature-controlled features.
HKIA has been the world’s busiest cargo airport for eight consecutive years.
The development of the Hub aligns with the cargo development strategy of HKIA to capture opportunities arising from increased cross-border e-commerce and related businesses, as well as the growth in the logistics business related to temperature-controlled products such as pharmaceuticals.