German engineering firm Lödige Industries has completed a new automated air cargo facility at Chengdu Tianfu International Airport in China.

The new, fully automated terminal is equipped with two elevating transfer vehicles (ETVs) that have a five-level, three-directional automated unit load device (ULD) storage and handling system for up to 227 20ft storage positions.

The airport’s cargo terminal is said to be the first in China to be equipped with ETVs from Lödige Industries.

A Chengdu Airport Group construction commanding department spokesperson said: “Chengdu Tianfu has been one of the leading airports since the beginning of its operation and is in the process of becoming an integrated international transport hub connecting China with Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

“Therefore, it was particularly important for us in the cargo area to get a state-of-the-art, efficient and absolutely reliable system that will grow with us in the coming years and offer us excellent throughput and turnaround times.

“Lödige Industries has an excellent reputation in the sector and has also proven its know-how in our joint project.”

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Chengdu Tianfu International Airport started operations last year.

Since then, the airport has handled 60 million passengers and 1.3 million tonnes of cargo and mail.

Lödige Industries Asia-Pacific region and Australia managing director Nicholas Tripptree said: “We are convinced that with the fully automated, highly modern and scalable terminal, Tianfu Airport in Chengdu is optimally prepared for future growth and can easily meet its high standards and its role as a major air cargo location and international hub at all times.”

The company previously completed an automated catering storage and handling facility at Tianfu Airport on behalf of Southwest Air Catering.