30 March, 2021

Amazon to open its fourth robotic logistics center in Murcia

Amazon continues its investment in the Region of Murcia by confirming the arrival of what will be Amazon’s second center in the Region, joining the last mile logistics station launched in 2020 and located just 200 meters away.

With more than 160,000 m2 (1.722.225 square feet) already under construction, the future center is located in the municipality of Murcia, near the international airport and approximately 20 kilometers from the city of Murcia, this new center will be equipped with advanced Amazon Robotics technology focused on the safety and well-being of employees.

It will be the fourth robotic center of Amazon in Spain, joining those of El Prat (Barcelona) and Dos Hermanas (Sevilla), and a robotic distribution center in Barberá del Vallés (Barcelona). It will be used by the company to store, prepare and manage products, supporting Amazon’s operations in Spain and throughout Europe. The company has not advanced details on how many robots there will be in the center of Murcia, but in El Prat’s there are about 3,500 automatons operating by an action field of 100,000 m2 (1.076.391 square feet).

The new centre represents an investment of about 200 million euros and has already started the recruitment of 800 people. Among the profiles the company is looking for the new center are engineering and maintenance technicians, logistics operators, operations chiefs, job nursing, IT engineers, automation engineers and other positions.

“We are proud and delighted to continue investing in the Murcia Region with a new robotic logistics center equipped with state-of-the-art technology in Murcia, a facility that will play a key role in our operations in the southeastern area of Spain, as well as southern Europe,” said Fred Pattje, director of Amazon Customer Fulfilment in France, Italy and Spain.

The strategic location of the Region of Murcia, the availability of skilled labor and the existence of a regional regulation of administrative agility for investment projects (the Investment Acceleration Unit – UNAI), unique in Spain and which gives projects a shortening to 50% of processing times, as well as provides certainty with administrative deadlines, have been the determining factors in deciding this investment.

The center will be fully operational this year 2021, and together with the last mile center and other planned investments in the area, will contribute to the creation of more than 1,000 jobs in the newly opened Parque Logistico del Sureste.

Amazon has invested 2.9 billion in Spain since 2011 and in 2020 alone created more than 5,000 jobs, bringing its workforce to 12,000 full time employees.