Amazon plans EUR 10 billion Germany investment

A promise of a further EUR 10 billion in investments in Amazon Web Services’ logistics network and cloud infrastructure across Germany, along with the creation of 4,000 new jobs – those were Amazon’s messages very much welcomed by Germany’s Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, against the backdrop of the country’s economic downturn. A third new fulfilment center is due to open in Horn-Bad Meinberg (North Rhine-Westphalia) later this summer, adding to the recent MAY24 addition in Erfurt (Thuringia), and the one in Großenkneten, which opened in AUG23. By the end of 2024, Amazon will count over 40,000 permanent employees in Germany, across more than 100 German locations, and will have invested more than EUR 77 billion in the country since 2010.

Helping the German economy with jobs and innovation. Source: Government

Rocco Bräuniger, Amazon Germany Country Manager, said: “With our teams continually focused on innovation, we’re helping German customers transform the way they work, live, connect and thrive. Our teams work hand-in-hand with state-of-the-art technologies to deliver for small businesses and customers, while AWS enables organizations of all sizes in Germany to grow their businesses and innovate using the cloud. And with that comes a positive impact for the country – and especially the communities where we operate – with a broad range of investments and jobs ranging from research and development to logistics and customer service.

Stefan Hoechbauer, Managing Director for Germany and Europe at AWS, said: “Germany is at the heart of innovation across Europe. AWS is more committed than ever to helping German customers lead and build new technologies and services using the wide variety of capabilities in the AWS Cloud, including generative AI. To address the growing demand for our services, we’re investing heavily in Germany’s digital infrastructure. This also includes our commitment to support digital skills and talent development programs across Germany and to partner with local communities on joint initiatives with a lasting impact.”

In other news, last week, Amazon also increased its agreement with Sun Country Airlines, opting for eight more B737-800 freighters from next year on. A total of 20 freighters will now fly on behalf of Amazon at least until 2030. The agreement includes a possible further extension to 2037. Jude Bricker, CEO of Sun Country, commented: “Amazon is an extremely important customer to Sun Country and strong execution on our current cargo services positioned us well to grow our business. We look forward to continuing to provide services to Amazon into the 2030s.”

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