23.04.2013: UK creates new possibilities for growth
Northampton/Kempten, 23 April 2013. Dachser UK is investing in a new build on Brackmills Industrial Estate near Northampton. The new buildings will replace the existing facility in Northampton, which because of the country organization’s rapid growth has reached the limits of its capacity.
The new branch office on the industrial estate to the south of Northampton has an area of 66,000 square metres, offering space for a 6,000-square-metre transit terminal, a warehouse of 10,500 square metres and a two-storey office building. Overall the move to the new facility will represent an increase in space of 65 percent for contract logistics and value added services, and transshipment capacities will double. The new branch office will feature the latest state-of-the-art technological developments and is scheduled to go into operation in early 2014. Dachser is investing 26 million euros in the project.
“This investment in our new branch office near Northampton clearly symbolizes our long-term commitment and underscores our growth plans for the UK,” explains Nick Lowe, managing director Dachser UK. “Because we anticipate continued growth and think strategically, we are planning in a second step to extend the transit terminal,” Lowe adds. The new site on the industrial estate just outside Northampton is conveniently located and will make it possible to create new jobs in the area in the medium term. Dachser currently has a staff of 291 in the UK.
Apart from the branch office in Northampton, Dachser has two other branch offices in the UK, in Dartford and Rochdale. The logistics provider recently opened an additional sales office in Reading.
26.03.2013: Dachser reinforces its food network
The internationally operating logistics provider enters strategic partnership with Fresh Logistics (Raben Group)
Kempten, 26.03.2013. The new strategic alliance will enable Dachser to expand its network for temperature-controlled transport services in eastern Europe. Food Logistics freight services to Poland, the Czech Republic and the Baltic states will from now on be carried out in cooperation with Raben subsidiary Fresh Logistics.
“This partnership enables us to meet our goal to make reliable and standardized services for all temperature ranges in the non-frozen segment available to customers in these eastern European countries,” says Alfred Miller, managing director of European Food Logistics at Dachser. Daily, precision-timed services to the new transshipment centres in both neighbouring eastern European countries now operate from Dachser’s Schönefeld (Berlin) and Hof branch offices.
The new partner operates a full-coverage groupage network in all five countries. Consignments from all German points of departure thus reach consignees in Poland or the Czech Republic in just two to three working days, depending on the distance from the respective import platform. Like Dachser, Fresh Logistics also offers its customers on-demand shipment status information and digitalized delivery documentation.
Through its Fresh Logistics cold chain logistics subsidiary the Raben Group is Poland’s leading food logistics provider. It has a national network of branch offices handling distribution of foodstuffs in all temperature ranges. All Polish retail chains are served on a daily basis. Fresh Logistics employs a staff totalling approx. 600, has 40,000 square metres of temperature-controlled warehouse space and a fleet of over 550 vehicles. The company is certified in compliance with ISO 22000 and ISO 14001 and has a standardized quality management system in place in accordance with ISO 9001.
As a result of the cooperation, Fresh Logistics will become the biggest partner within Dachser’s European Food Logistics network. “I am pleased that in Raben Group we have found a partner that shares our high standard of delivery quality and striving for standardized, transparent processes,” says managing director Alfred Miller. “Poland comes sixth in the export ranking of the German food industry, and export volumes are continuing to rise. Germany on the other hand is by far the biggest sales market for Polish food exports. Our goal is to mutually tap this potential for transnational transport services.”
Ewald Raben, CEO of the Raben Group: “For Fresh Logistics the opportunity to cooperate in a strong network not only opens the gateway to Poland’s most important trade partner, but at the same time to the whole of northern, western and southern Europe. This also opens up a tnew perspective for our customers.”
About Raben Group:
Raben Group is one of the leading logistics operator in the markets of CEE, where it has been present for over 80 years. Raben Group offers comprehensive logistics solutions in road, sea, air transport and global supply chain management. The Group has 100 000 000 m2 of warehousing area at its disposal, located in 10 European counties. 8 000 employees of Raben Group take care about high quality of rendered services and friendly customer service. Raben Group includes the following brands: Raben, Fresh Logistics and Raben Sea & Air. More on www.raben-group.com, www.freshlogistics.com.pl In case of question please contact: Bogna Błasiak, Raben Group, Marketing Director, e-mail: email@example.com, phone 00 48 61 898 82 36.
20.03.2013: Dachser on course for revenue of 5 billion euros
Kempten, Munich. 20 March 2013. Dachser closed the 2012 financial year with new record highs in terms of overall revenue and staff numbers. Revenue growth nevertheless slowed to 3.7 percent. Dachser has set initial growth impulses for 2013 with the acquisitions of the Spanish logistics providers Azkar and Transunion. Including revenues from these acquisitions and expected organic growth, Dachser aims to surpass the 5-billion-euro revenue threshold for the first time in the current fiscal year.
Dachser increased group revenue in 2012 to EUR 4.41 billion, which is 3.7 percent higher than 2011 (EUR 4.254 billion). 49.8 million consignments weighing 37.5 million tonnes represent an increase of around one percent respectively over the previous year. The number of company-owned branch offices worldwide rose to 347. At the end of 2012 Dachser employed 21,650 staff members worldwide, of whom 8,750 are based at the logistics provider’s international country organizations.
Increased capital investment
“Many of our customers experienced 2012 as an economically extremely unstable year. The economic slowdown in Europe in the second half of the year was exacerbated by a weakening on the air freight routes to and from Asia,” summarizes Bernhard Simon, head of the Dachser management board. “Against this background we succeeded in consolidating the organic growth of the previous years and maintained our stable position on the market. As a family enterprise that takes a long-term approach to planning, we adopted a counter-cyclical approach in 2012 and increased our capital investment by around 10 percent.” With capital investment totalling EUR 148 million, Dachser continued to strengthen its logistics network last year and thus laid the foundation for further growth.
Revenues of the Dachser business fields
Dachser’s biggest business field, European Logistics, contributed to the group’s revenue in 2012 with EUR 2.661 billion (previous year EUR 2.625 billion) closing the fiscal year with a slight growth of 1.4 percent. Dachser Food Logistics raised its revenues by 13.2 percent to EUR 573 million (from EUR 506 million in 2011) and once again proved to be a stabilizing factor independently of the economic fluctuations. The Dachser Air & Sea Logistics business field generated EUR 1.305 billion, realizing a growth in revenues of 7.4 percent. With Malaysia and Vietnam, the Air & Sea Logistics business field added two new Asian country organizations to the Dachser network.
|Gross revenue (EUR billion)||2012||2011||Change|
|European Logistics||2,661||2,625||+ 1,4%|
|Food Logistics||0,573||0,506||+ 13,2%|
|Air & Sea Logistics||1,305||1,215||+ 7,4%|
|Group revenue||4,410||4,254||+ 3,7%|
(*excl. revenues from investments of 50% and lower)
Dachser plans to continue to invest substantially in the expansion of its European and intercontinental network in the 2013 financial year. “In particular our Iberian acquisitions Azkar and Transunion are currently providing new momentum and growth stimuli,” Bernhard Simon explains. The air and sea freight forwarder Transunion extends the network with additional locations in Turkey, Argentina and Peru. Boosted by the organic growth anticipated in 2013 as well as the consolidated revenues of Azkar and Transunion, Dachser hopes to exceed revenue of five billion euros for the first time in 2013.
“The integration of Azkar and Transunion is making rapid progress. The motivation of the local teams to become a value-enhancing part of Dachser is extremely high,” Bernhard Simon is keen to point out. “Hence we have kicked off the new year with a healthy new sense of dynamism and enthusiasm.”
31.01.2013: Azkar: Reorganization of the Board of Directors
Kempten/Madrid. 31 January 2013. The acquisition of Azkar announced in December by the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, has been approved by the antitrust authorities. Azkar has now reorganized the Board of Directors according to the strategy announced in Decemeber.
The Board of Directors of Azkar decided in their first board meeting held in 2013 to appoint José Antonio Orozco as President and Juan Antonio Quintana as Managing Director (CEO).
In addition, Bernhard Simon, Head of Dachser’s management board, has been appointed as Vice-president of Azkar´s Board of Directors. Michael Schilling, Managing Director of Dachser, joins as a new Board member, and Kenth Eriksson remains in the Board as an independent member.
Thus, the continuity of the management team of Azkar is reassured and complemented and enhanced by the capabilities of the Dachser Group, in line with the strategy announced by Bernhard Simon in the press conference held on December 12th.
Azkar (www.azkar.com) offers its customers an efficient network on the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe. Azkar has over 500,000 built square metres of logistics area and a fleet of 2,650 vehicles. The company has a staff of over 3,000 working at 91 locations.
23.01.2013: Dachser reinforces air and sea freight business
Kempten, 23 January 2013. On 1 January the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, acquired 100 percent of the shares in the joint venture Dachser Netherlands Air & Sea Logistics B.V. established in 2008.
Dachser Netherlands Air & Sea Logistics B.V. has handled shipments in the international air and sea freight forwarding segment at its three locations in Maastricht, Rotterdam und Amsterdam since 2008. The company was founded as a joint venture together with the Dutch partner Seacon Logistics and has posted steady growth rates since its inception. With effect from 1 January 2013, Dachser Air & Sea Logistics now holds 100 percent of the shares in Dachser Netherlands Air & Sea Logistics.
“We will continue to accelerate growth in the Benelux countries in future and further expand our air and sea freight business in the region,” says managing director Thomas Reuter. “In Dachser Netherlands Air & Sea Logistics B.V. our customers have a strong services provider with a proven track record and direct access to our full-coverage European overland network,” Reuter adds.
17.01.2013: Dachser acquires Transunion
Dachser is expanding its Air & Sea Logistics business field with 15 additional locations in five countries
Kempten/Valencia, 17.01.2013. Effective retroactively from the beginning of the year, the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, has acquired the Spanish air and sea freight forwarder Transunion S. A. subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. The company employs a staff of 235. In addition to nine offices in Spain the company is also represented in Turkey, Argentina, Peru and Mexico.
Dachser is continuing to expand its global logistics network in line with its Global 2.0 strategic growth programme. “The acquisition of the complementary Transunion network allows us to offer our customers even better access to the Latin American market as well as an excellent presence in mainland Spain and Turkey,” Dachser managing director Thomas Reuter, responsible for the Air & Sea Logistics business field explains the acquisition. Founded in 1978, Transunion (TU) is expected to post revenue of EUR 95 million in fiscal 2012.
“We are delighted that the shareholder families of TU have decided to shape the future of the company as an integral part of Dachser,” Reuter says.
For his team and himself, CEO Federico Camáñez, who has in particular decisively influenced the international development of Transunion over the past 20 years, sees the merger with Dachser as both a challenge and an opportunity for customers and staff. He will continue to be responsible for the management of the entire group and will report directly to Thomas Reuter.
Dachser now considers itself well-positioned in the Spanish market following the buyout of Azkar for the overland freight segment announced just last month. The two transactions enable the company to cover nearly all areas of logistics on the Iberian Peninsula.
”Dachser and Transunion are not only well matched by virtue of their services portfolio in the air and sea freight segment. The fact that both companies are family enterprises also means that they have a very similar mindset,” Reuter says, explaining the rationale behind the merger. Both management and staff will continue to service their customers’ respective markets as competent experts.
The two companies have already cooperated for over 15 years. For the owners of Transunion the most important consideration is to secure the company’s continued existence and the future of its staff within an internationally expanding logistics provider like Dachser.
Overview of Transunion locations and countries:
Spain: head office in Valencia, where the whole TU group is domiciled. Two offices in Valencia, one in Barcelona, Alicante, Murcia, Sevilla, Vigo, Madrid and Bilbao.
Turkey: head office in Izmir, branch offices in Istanbul and Mersin
Argentina: Buenos Aires
Mexico: Mexico City
Transunion S. A. (www.transunion.es) generated total revenue of approx. EUR 95 million in 2012 with a staff of 235 employees.
17.12.2012: Dachser welcomes ten thousandth EDI user
40 million electronic orders are processed each year.
The Berlin production site of Rudolf Wild GmbH & Co. KG relies on the electronic interchange of logistics data. The producer of natural ingredients and intermediate products for the food industry is the ten thousandth user to benefit from the advantages of closely meshed logistics systems and has linked its transport and warehouse systems via an interface to Dachser’s EDI centre.
In complex logistics projects with several partners and different IT systems, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the formula for deeply integrated relations between consignor and logistics provider. Companies like Rudolf Wild GmbH & Co. KG transmit their transport and warehouse data electronically to Dachser’s EDI centre, the company’s central communication platform. Here all data are converted, processed and forwarded, resulting in coordinated, transparent and for the most part paperless logistics processes.
“The automated processing saves costs and time and avoids errors,” explains Petra Bögle, head of the Business Integration department at Dachser. “The enhanced data quality benefits downstream systems, for example for invoicing or archiving.”
Dachser began integrating its customers’ IT systems via the EDI interface back in 1985. “In the past few years the switchover to the electronic format has gained considerable momentum,” Bögle adds. “In the past three years alone, the number of EDI users at Dachser has doubled. The total volume of exchanged messages has in the meantime reached 40 million a year.”
12.12.2012: Dachser acquires Iberian partner Azkar
- Azkar generated revenue of EUR 367 million in 2011 and employed a staff of over 3,000
- Successful partnership since 2007
- Acquisition strengthens Dachser’s pan-European overland transport network
Kempten/Madrid, 12 December 2012. Effective 15 January 2013 subject to the approval of the anti-trust authorities the internationally operating logistics provider Dachser is to acquire the Spanish logistics provider, Azkar S.A. Dachser has held a 10 percent stake in its Iberian logistics partner since 2008.
Azkar is one of the biggest Iberian logistics providers and market leader in the Spanish groupage segment. The company generated revenue of EUR 367 million in 2011 with a staff of over 3,000 working in 91 branch offices. Additionally, the company is supported by some 2,000 external drivers. Following the acquisition the enterprise will continue to be headed up by José Antonio Orozco and the current management team. For the time being, the company will also continue to operate under the same name.
For Bernhard Simon, head of Dachser’s management board, the timing of the investment in Spain is also indicative of Dachser’s confidence in Europe’s future. The rationale behind the acquisition aims at securing the future growth of both companies. Azkar operates at a profit despite the dire state of the Spanish economy. Dachser invests hundreds of millions of euros annually in the expansion and modernization of its logistics network. These investments will in future also benefit Azkar.
Dachser can boast one of the most efficient global logistics networks. With Azkar the family-owned enterprise is now also reinforcing its network on the Iberian Peninsula.
Dachser is already represented in Portugal with its own country organization. The integration of both companies will advance the company to one of the country’s leading logistics providers.
“The historical similarities in the evolution of both companies are remarkable,” says Dachser’s chief executive Bernhard Simon. He points out that both companies were founded almost simultaneously in the early 1930s: “Our corporate business models have seen very similar developments in key areas.” As well as the full-coverage branch office network across the Iberian Peninsula, Azkar’s strong position in contract logistics also ties in well with Dachser’s strategic orientation.
José Antonio Orozco sees the advantage of the acquisition particularly from the customer perspective: “We are the number one in Spain. With Dachser behind us, we will be able to secure our future and have access to a dynamically evolving, global logistics network.” Dachser and Azkar have enjoyed a close partnership since 2007. Within the scope of this cooperation, both companies have increased their respective revenue in the groupage segment to and from Spain by over 20 percent annually. Orozco adds: “In economic terms, the cooperation has definitely paid off. What’s more, the past five years have also shown that we have a very similar mindset and way of doing business. Our corporate culture corresponds ideally with the values that Dachser as a family enterprise stands for.” Simon points out, “that Dachser’s success lies in its decentralized organization and Azkar will continue to operate in this tradition.”
Simon does not see the acquisition as a deviation from Dachser’s corporate policy. “We will continue to focus on organic growth.” Following the takeover and successful integration of its French competitor, Graveleau, in 1999, Azkar is the second major corporate buyout in the family enterprise’s history. Since the start of cooperation in 2007 and the acquisition of a 10 percent stake in Azkar in 2008, there have repeatedly been negotiations between Dachser and Azkar’s major shareholder, Luis Fernández Somoza, and his management team. For the family of the main shareholder Somoza the transaction with the Dachser family enterprise presents the ideal solution to the upcoming question of succession. Somoza points out that “Azkar will continue to write its future history as part of another family enterprise, which stands equally for continuity and is guided by values that benefit both customers and staff.”
Azkar (www.azkar.com) offers its customers an efficient network on the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe. Azkar has over 500,000 built square metres of logistics area and a fleet of 2,650 vehicles. The company has a staff of over 3,000 working at 91 locations.
03.12.2012: The logistics career ladder
140 guests attended Dachser’s informative careers day.
Kempten, 29 November 2012. On 23 November Dachser held its third careers day at the company’s head office in Kempten. 140 guestsn from all over Germany, informed themselves about job opportunities and development options at Dachser.
“It‘s not just about finding a job. It’s about finding the right job from which to launch your future long-term professional career,” Bernhard Simon, head of the Dachser management board, stressed in his lecture. And a company like Dachser that offers young people promising opportunities and prospects also invests in young people or university graduates in other ways. What’s more, logistics is an industry that offers considerable potential for the future, Simon continued.
The following lectures also met with keen interest among the listening students: Michael Schilling, managing director European Network Management & Logistics Systems at Dachser, and Markus Maurer, satellite branch manager in Rottenburg, spoke about their own career paths at Dachser.
The subsequent panel discussion also presented an opportunity for exchanges. Bernhard Simon and Professor Dr Martin Göbl from Kempten University of Applied Sciences discussed the topic “Bachelor’s degree – what next: part-time Master’s, MBA & Co.” The discussion was chaired by Andre Kranke, deputy editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine VerkehrsRundschau.
Award ceremony for “Logistics Masters” competition
The event concluded with the presentation of prizes to the winners of Germany’s biggest competition for logistics students, the “Logistics Masters”. The contest is initiated by Dachser and the weekly magazine, VerkehrsRundschau. This year the first prize went to Daniel Melzow from the University of Duisburg-Essen, who prevailed against more than a thousand students from over 120 chairs and universities. Fabian Lang, also from the University of Duisburg-Essen, came second and Timm Weber from the University of Münster took home third prize.
The “career point” as a job exchange For more information and a picture gallery please click here.
The Dachser careers day was rounded off by “career point”, the company’s dedicated job exchange. This is a platform where the logistics provider‘s corporate divisions present their activities and interested graduates can inform themselves about possible entry-level positions in the company, internships or topics for their degree thesis.
For more information and a picture gallery please click here.
15.11.2012: Dachser expands its network in South Africa
Kempten/Port Elizabeth, 15 November 2012. Dachser South Africa, the local organization of the internationally operating logistics provider, recently opened a fourth branch office in Port Elizabeth, extending an established network of South African offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
“This office has been in the pipeline for some time, driven by expanding opportunities in the Eastern Cape,” says Detlev Duve, managing director of Dachser South Africa. According to Duve, Dachser plans to harness the opportunities brought by the continuous growth in the logistics industry in the Eastern Cape since the inception of the Port of Ngqura, also known as Coega.
“It was important to us to offer our customers in particular in the automotive industry a transport solution and a connection to our global logistics network from Port Elizabeth to the rest of South Africa,” Thomas Reuter, managing director Dachser Air & Sea Logistics, explains.
Harold Thomas has been appointed manager of the Port Elizabeth branch office. With over 30 years of experience in the freight industry, Thomas will lead a team of highly skilled staff recruited from the Port Elizabeth area. “Dachser South Africa is committed to employing and training local staff. Job creation is and will continue to be important to us particularly given the high level of unemployment in the region,” says Duve.
08.10.2012: Dachser now also in Vietnam
Kempten/Ho Chi Minh City. 8 October 2012. Dachser is continuing to pursue its worldwide expansion course and at the beginning of October established a joint venture in Vietnam. Majority shareholder is Dachser Far East Ltd. in Hong Kong.
The range of services provided by Dachser Vietnam Co. Ltd. extends from air and sea freight business to customs clearance and a wide variety of other logistics services. In the short term the company plans to employ a staff of 20. The head office and first branch office is located in Ho Chi Minh City. The opening of a second branch office in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi is planned for the end of the year.
“Through our commitment in Vietnam we are present for our customers in one of the most productive and strongest growth markets in the region,” Thomas Reuter, managing director Dachser Air & Sea Logistics, points out.
Michael Deisemann has been appointed country manager. He has known the logistics business in Vietnam for over 14 years and will report to Edoardo Podestá, regional managing director Far East, who is based in Hong Kong.
Dachser is represented in Asia with branch offices in Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. By 2017, the company aims to be present with its Dachser Air & Sea Logistics business field at 220 locations in 49 countries.
04.10.2012: DACHSER expands in Langenau
Kempten/Langenau, 4 October 2012. Travellers on the A7 motorway can hardly miss it: on the site of Dachser’s logistics centre in Ulm heavy equipment is in use. The internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, is investing a total of EUR 26 million in the expansion of its branch office in Langenau. Completion is scheduled for mid-2013.
On an extension area directly adjacent to the motorway Dachser is constructing two temperature-controlled buildings for food logistics: a 5,200-square-metre transit terminal and a 7,500-square-metre high-shelf warehouse with 15,000 pallet spaces. After completion, 50 additional trucks will be able to dock at the logistics facility simultaneously. The current transit terminal for foodstuffs will be utilized in future for the European Logistics business field, so that Dachser will also gain an extra 2,800 square metres of space for industrial goods. At the same time, Dachser is also expanding its office premises in Langenau by 2,000 square metres.
“Since the last expansion in 2008 we have seen double digit annual growth at our Langenau location,” explains Gaby Geprägs, branch manager with a focus on Sales and Administration at the logistics centre in Ulm. “We appreciate the confidence the regional business community places in us and hope to continue to earn it by providing first-class logistics services. That’s why we have committed to this investment in the future and are expanding our capacities.”
From mid-2013, Dachser will provide a logistics area at the Langenau site totalling almost 60,000 square metres. The logistics centre will then have 115,000 pallet spaces altogether, 54,000 of which will be suitable for storing goods in different temperature zones. 88 national and 25 international daily scheduled services link the logistics centre to Dachser’s European groupage network. Dachser’s Air & Sea Logistics branch office in Stuttgart offers connections to the intercontinental markets.
12.09.2012: DACHSER Takes On 509 New Trainees
Kempten, Germany, 11 September 2012. A total of 509 trainees throughout Germany recently began their training at Dachser. The international logistics provider is currently training young people in three professions in business, two in IT, two in trades, and three in technical fields, as well as professional drivers, at a total of 78 locations. Additionally, 62 students started their cooperative bachelor’s degrees this year.
“Training the next generation of employees in a wide range of fields is our answer to the shortage of skilled personnel. As a family company, we value qualified vocational training particularly highly,” says Bernhard Simon, Managing Director of Dachser.
Along with classes at vocational schools and universities, trainees and students at Dachser are able to take part in numerous internal and external training courses on topics ranging from specialised areas of forwarding and logistics to foreign languages. “This is our contribution toward making sure the next generation is well-prepared for the demands of professional life,” says Simon.
The company maintains a constantly high quota of trainees of over 10%. Currently, 1,401 young people are enrolled in training and study programmes at Dachser. “This year the number of trainees and students at our locations throughout Germany increased by 32 and 14, respectively, compared to last year. This means that we’ve set a new record for the number of trainees at the company,” says Simon.
03.09.2012: Dachser opens additional branch office in China
Hong Kong, Kempten. 3 September 2012. The internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, is opening a new branch office in Nanjing, thus extending its network of locations in the Yangtze River Delta.
“The cities along the Yangtze River are experiencing enormous growth in the manufacturing and processing industries, which is also leading to a steep rise in demand for logistics services,” says Thomas Reuter, managing director of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics.
From Nanjing air and sea freight services will be provided for the entire region, including the cities of Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Wuhu, Nantong, Zhangjiagang, Wuhan and Yichang.
Nanjing takes Dachser’s total number of locations in China and Taiwan to 18.
Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province and has a population of around 5.5 million. The city is the central transport hub of the Yangtze River Delta and boasts the largest inland port in the People’s Republic. Nanjing’s airport, Lukou International, ranks 10th in China for freight volume.
27.08.2012: Food Logistics - new branch office in Koblenz
Kempten/Koblenz, 27 August 2012. DACHSER Food Logistics is expanding its full-coverage logistics network for temperature-controlled food logistics with a new branch office in Koblenz.
On a site of 12,000 square metres, DACHSER has a transit terminal of just under 2,000 square metres and 660 square metres of office space. 23 trucks can be loaded and unloaded simultaneously. A staff of 24 will ensure smooth transshipment and handling processes and a further 25 drivers will deliver the consignments and collect fresh goods from DACHSER's customers.
“With the new terminal we are also responding to the continuously rising demand for our services,” explains Mathias Oetter, manager of the Offenbach branch office, who will also be responsible for the new location. “At the same time we are thus relieving pressure on the surrounding food logistics branch offices in Offenbach, Überherrn, Alsdorf and Neuss with respect to incoming tonnages and long distances to suppliers and consignees.” Customers in the catchment area will benefit from later collection times.
Conveniently located on the A61 and A48 motorways, DACHSER is at the same time integrating the Koblenz region more closely into its pan-European food logistics network. The logistics provider also operates a highly efficient network made up of own country organizations and high-performance partner companies beyond Germany’s borders.
“Almost 200 kilometres separate Offenbach and our branch offices in the west,” explains Alfred Miller, managing director of DACHSER Food Logistics. “With this new presence in the triangle formed by the North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland and Rhine-Main region branch offices, we are not only optimizing the final mile. With this first location in Rhineland-Palatinate – the only federal state so far not to have a food logistics facility – we are now also moving closer to our customers.”
13.07.2012: Dachser acquires stake in Papp Italia
Kempten/Nogarole Rocca, 13 July 2012. After approx. two and a half years of successful cooperation, Dachser acquires a 50 percent shareholding in its Italian partner Papp Italia.
Prior to the signing of the contract on 6 July the company, which was founded in 1997 and has its head office in Pradelle di Nogarole Rocca, northern Italy, was a fully-owned subsidiary of the German company Balthasar Papp Internationale Lebensmittellogistik KG, Munich. The facility near Verona includes a 17,000-square-metre refrigerated warehouse with different temperature zones and 41 ramps, 5,000 square metres of which serves as a cross docking platform. In total, Papp Italia handles 165,000 tonnes a year with annual revenue of EUR 19.5 million.
“This volume is essential for efficient transport operations and provides a sound basis on which to build,” explains Alfred Miller. The managing director of Dachser Food Logistics views entry into the Italian market as a further stepping stone in the development of a pan-European food logistics network, in which Dachser is relying on a combination of established local partners and its own country organizations. “Papp Italia has proved to be an efficient and reliable partner. And we are on the same wavelength. The time was ripe to establish a more integrative commitment beyond a simple cooperation in this key market.”
Dachser will therefore continue to rely on established structures and the existing management in future. “Our customers already benefit from a highly competent and superbly networked provider with unrivalled transit times. From now on, customers planning complex contract logistics solutions in Italy and desiring Dachser’s accustomed high quality will be able to obtain them there. The service and the modern warehouse can absolutely hold their own with our standard,” Miller says.
Mathias Papp, managing director of the current parent company in Germany, also believes the two companies are a perfect match. “The connection of strengths in our respective geographical areas creates a perfect symbiosis and delivers real added value for our customers, some of whom, in fact, work together with both Dachser and Papp.” The fact that both companies have their roots in Germany is an additional bonus. “We share the German mindset,” says Mathias Papp. “This is reflected in our common values and an uncompromising approach to quality. We apply the same criteria to the future business strategy and the joint development of competences.”
19.06.2012: 'DACHSER magazine' wins second FOX AWARD
Kempten, 19 June 2012. For the second time in succession, the DACHSER magazine has received the FOX AWARD for efficiency in corporate publishing.
This prize has not been conferred just for successful layout and effective reader navigation, but rather the jury is recognizing the magazine’s cost-efficient production and sophisticated distribution system. Every single print copy reaches its reader, whether at the workplace or in their private letter box.
The jury was also impressed by the new look and conceptual design implemented with the first edition of this year. “We have increased the number of pages from 28 to 36,” explains DACHSER magazine editor-in-chief Jörn Erdmann. “The idea behind this was not to include more contents, but to reinforce the storytelling character and optimize the reporting-style visual language.” The focus has also been placed more strongly on the transnationality of the company and the individual middle sections for the German and French core markets have been dropped. What has not changed, however, is the concept of a hybrid customer and staff magazine.
Dr Andreas Froschmayer, manager of the Corporate Development & PR division at Dachser, points out the special distribution concept: “The variable print run of the magazine is specifically planned that way and corresponds to the requested quantity. We systematically determine demand by asking our branch offices and country organizations ahead of each publication. They then distribute the magazines directly and personally to their customers and staff.”
The FOX AWARD was conferred for the first time in 2011 as the first efficiency award in corporate publishing. A jury made up of industry and media experts evaluated corporate media in internal and external communications with respect to their development, coverage, efficiency, contribution to revenue, distribution quality and brand conformity. The overall impression – enjoyment and curiosity when using the media – also influenced the final score. 173 renowned companies and agencies submitted their work this year, which was 82 more than last year.
The DACHSER magazine is produced by BurdaYukom in the Burda Creative Group and published four times a year in German, English and French. Going back 53 years, the magazine traditionally addresses international customers, staff and the general (media) public. This heterogeneous target group results from the especially integrative network concept that has made Dachser a leading global logistics provider.
07 May 2012: Dachser now also present in Malaysia
Kempten/Kuala Lumpur, 7 May 2012. Dachser is continuing to pursue its worldwide expansion course and established a joint venture in Malaysia at the beginning of May.
The services provided by Dachser Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. range from air and sea freight business to customs clearance and other logistics services. Via its new joint venture partner, the company is also able to offer special transports. It is planned in the short term to employ a staff of 15 for the joint venture between Dachser and the Malaysian entrepreneur Ah Seng Tan (holdings in Multitrans, Megalift). The head office and at the same time first branch office are located in Petaling Jaya, near the capital Kuala Lumpur. There are also plans to open a second branch office.
“In Malaysia we are now present in another Tiger State following Singapore and Thailand, enabling us to develop both international and inner-Asian freight services for the benefit of our customers,” stresses Thomas Reuter, managing director Dachser Air & Sea Logistics. With the new country organization Dachser is expanding its service portfolio in the Asian-Pacific basin. Reuter adds: “Thanks to years of experience and sound knowledge of the local markets, our joint venture partner provides access to established local contacts and in-depth knowledge from the word go”.
CEO of Dachser Malaysia is Huned Gandhi, a former member of the Dachser India management team. He reports to Detlev Janik, chief regional director South/South-East Asia, who is based in Singapore.
Dachser is present in Asia with branch offices in Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand and recently announced its growth strategy for the Dachser Air & Sea Logistics business field. The company aims to extend its presence to 220 locations in 49 countries by 2017.
03 May 2012: Reinforcing the presence in the Czech Republic
Expansion of the logistics facility near Prague
Kempten/Kladno, 3 May 2012. In Kladno near Prague, where once steel from the Poldi steelworks was stored, excavators are now digging for Dachser: the logistics provider is expanding its existing facility with the addition of a new transshipment hall for industrial goods and ambient foodstuffs. At the same time a spacious, four-storey office building is also being built to accommodate Dachser’s head office in the Czech Republic.
Dachser is investing a sum in the region of 9.1 million euros in the approximately 57,000-square-metre expansion site. The new transit terminal will provide around 3,600 square metres of space for industrial goods and approximately 585 square metres for foodstuffs. A maximum of 38 trucks, five for food logistics, can dock at the same time for loading or unloading. The new buildings will be ready for occupation by November 2012. The two existing warehouses for industrial goods and food will continue to be used, so that upon completion of the construction work 14,500 square metres of logistics space will be available in total.
“However, space is not the only decisive factor. Above all we are currently investing in further enhancing our service quality, which is the prerequisite for future growth,” says Petr Kozel, Managing Director Dachser Czech Republic.
“The Czech Republic is our location in the heart of the European markets. It is therefore very important for the Dachser network with its pan-European, precision-timed freight services,“ comments Michael Schilling, Managing Director European Network Management & Logistics Systems at Dachser. “With the expansion of the Kladno branch office, we are laying the foundation for sustained further growth of one of our most dynamic country organizations.”
Dachser is present with its European Logistics, Food Logistics and Air & Sea Logistics business fields at a total of eight locations in the Czech Republic. The Czech country organization employs a staff of 310 employees.
Picture: Jan Pihar, Dachser branch manager Kladno; Martin Drábek, President Association of Forwarding and Logistics of the Czech Republic (SSL); Miroslav Bernášek, Deputy Mayor of Kladno; Michael Schilling, Managing Director European Network Management & Logistics Systems at Dachser; Petr Kozel, Managing Director of Dachser Czech Republic
17 Apr 2012: Dachser continues growth trend
Kempten, Munich. 17 April 2012. In 2011, the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, posted double-digit growth and raised group revenue by 13% to EUR 4.3 billion. 21,000 staff working in 315 profit centres worldwide contribute to the family-owned company’s success.
In 2011 Dachser handled 49.3 million consignments weighing a total of 37.1 million tonnes. “Following the crisis and a period of recovery the markets stabilized again somewhat last year. Dachser was thus able to return to the growth corridor we have defined as being ideal for long-term organic growth,” Bernhard Simon, head of the Dachser management board, said, commenting on last year’s business figures.
Over the next five years, Dachser intends to invest around EUR 1.3 billion, above all in its European overland transport network.
Qualified specialists – a particular “plus point”
Investing in future generations is also a matter of great importance to Bernhard Simon: “Over 1,200 young people are currently involved in vocational training schemes at Dachser in Germany. Consistently investing in initial and advanced training is the only way to overcome the shortage of qualified staff”. Of the 21,000 staff members currently employed, 12,400 are based in Germany and 8,600 abroad.
Dachser European Logistics
Dachser’s biggest business field generated revenue of EUR 2.6 billion and thus accounts for 61% of the group’s total revenue. The European overland transport network as the core of the company was further reinforced in 2011. Three Eurohubs in Bratislava, Clermont-Ferrand and Überherrn/Saarland now enable Dachser to consolidate groupage freight via its pan-European scheduled services in an even more targeted and systematic manner, thus optimizing capacity utilization, efficiency and environmental sustainability of transport services.
Dachser Air & Sea Logistics with ambitious growth plans
Thanks to the buoyancy of global trade, the Air & Sea Logistics business field was again a driver of growth in 2011. Revenue for the first time exceeded the one billion threshold (EUR 1.1 billion), equivalent to a rise of 17%. Dachser continues to set its growth targets high, aiming to double revenue in the Air & Sea Logistics business field to EUR 2.2 billion by 2017. 5,000 employees in 220 branch offices will then be working in the Dachser Air & Sea Logistics business field. In 2011, this figure was 3,200 staff members at 141 profit centres in 28 countries. By 2017 it is planned to expand the network to 49 countries.
The Othello proprietary forwarding software, which is currently and in the coming years being successively rolled out in all Dachser Air & Sea Logistics branch offices, will ensure integration and standardization. Thanks to globally uniform, closely integrated transport management systems, Dachser will offer its customers a gap-free, transparent flow of information with high quality of data, independently of location or means of transport.
Dachser Food Logistics
Dachser Food Logistics raised its revenue in 2011 to EUR 555 million – a healthy increase in revenue of 16%. This business field held its ground well in the market and contributed 13% to overall group revenue.
Outlook for 2012
In the current financial year Dachser is again looking to increase growth by double-digit rates and invest in the expansion of its European and international network.
13 Feb 2012: New branch office in the Netherlands
Kempten/Zevenaar, 13th February 2012. In Zevenaar, Dachser is currently constructing one of its largest branch offices in Europe. The facility is expected to start operations this summer. Over the medium term Dachser will thus create up to 35 new jobs with an investment volume of EUR 22 million.
The approx. 30,000-square-metre logistics complex is being built in multiple stages on a site of more than 83,000 square metres. “The volume at the Zevenaar location has soared in recent years and our revenue is also growing nicely,” says Aat van der Meer, managing director of Dachser Netherlands. “As a result of this growth, we have outgrown our present site.” Dachser is thus further expanding its warehousing and contract logistics activities. The current site in Zevenaar will be moved once the new building has been completed.
The first construction phase encompasses a cross dock with over 7,200 square metres and 82 bays as well as a three-storey office building with almost 3,000 square metres. In further steps, the expansion of the premises will include the construction of an additional 3,300-square-metre cross dock and a warehouse of more than 16,000 square metres.
“Construction of the new branch office will boost our presence in the Benelux countries,” says Michael Schilling, managing director Dachser European Network Management & Logistics Systems. “This capacity expansion at Zevenaar will help improve our closely meshed logistics network, which extends across the whole of Europe.”
Dachser Netherlands was established in Zevenaar in 1975. “We are proud of our roots and from the outset we wanted to stay in Zevenaar also in the interests of our 200 employees,” van der Meer says. The new branch office is strategically located on the A12 motorway, which is the east-west route across the Netherlands and one of the most important links to Germany and the Ruhr region in particular.
Intercontinental markets will also benefit from the new facility. In the Netherlands Dachser offers integrated logistics concepts for air, sea, overland and warehousing services. The capacity expansion in Zevenaar will provide even closer links to global procurement and distribution markets.
09 Feb 2012: Dachser Cargoplus: Setting Sights on Turkey
Kempten/Memmingen, 9 February 2012. Dachser Cargoplus is targeting the Turkish growth market. Dachser’s central branch office in Germany for pan-European full truck load freight services as well as transports to the CIS states and the Maghreb has built up a dedicated team of specialists who are developing the German market from Memmingen.
From now on, Dachser will consolidate its shipments to Turkey via Cargoplus Memmingen. “This will enable us to provide more direct departures to customs offices not only in Istanbul, increase departure frequencies and reduce transit times,” explains Wolfgang Haase, Cargoplus division manager at Dachser. Only the Mannheim and Munich/Unterschleissheim branch offices will continue to conduct their traditionally strong business with Turkey themselves.
“We believe services to Turkey offer enormous growth potential for Cargoplus,” Haase continues. “Customs stipulations and requirements, a greater need to coordinate and harmonize transport operations, together with local specificities demand a high degree of specialization, communication and individual planning. These are precisely the strengths of Cargoplus.”
European growth with full/part load freight services and country focus
Specialization is Cargoplus’ business. This business segment performs transport services that Dachser’s groupage network is unable to provide, thus opening up new markets for the company. Dachser Cargoplus organizes pan-European full load services for major customers within Europe as well as groupage and full/part load freight services to the CIS states, the Maghreb and now also to Turkey. To make this possible, Dachser has since 2006 built up a European team of specialists who combine expertise in forwarding and charter business with specific local knowledge.
In Europe, Cargoplus is already represented with dedicated branch offices in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden and the Czech Republic. As of 1 January 2012, customers in Belgium can also benefit from Cargoplus services. In the course of the year Poland will also be added. “In addition to our full-coverage groupage network, our aim is to successively establish Cargoplus across the whole of Europe,” says Michael Schilling, managing director of Dachser’s European Network Management & Logistics Systems, giving an outlook to the next goals.
06 Feb 2012: Dachser Food Logistics wins 2012 Image Award
Kempten, 6 February 2012. Dachser Food Logistics has been awarded the 2012 Image Award by VerkehrsRundschau magazine and the German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer (CSU) after coming first in the “food and consumer goods logistics (young professionals)” category.
In a study conducted by the market research institute TNS Emnid, 536 young logistics professionals (students, business trainees and young skilled workers and managers under the age of 32) were questioned about the image of leading brands in the food and consumer goods logistics sector. Dachser scored 799 out of a possible 1,000 image points, putting it at the head of the field. According to the study, the main factors that determine the image of a logistics provider are quality, customer focus and a good price-performance ratio.
Birgit Bauer, editor-in-chief of VerkehrsRundschau, and Peter Ramsauer presented the award to Alfred Miller, managing director of Dachser Food Logistics, at a celebratory gala. “It’s great that the managers of the future like Dachser and have confidence in our services,” commented Miller with pleasure. “However, we also need to engage in a continual process of dynamic development as both a service provider and an employer in order to keep this positive reputation. This is also the only way that we will continue to meet the increasing demands of our customers in the future.”
As well as the “food and consumer logistics” category, Dachser’s image also came under the spotlight in the “load forwarding and groupage services” and “air freight and sea container services” categories. In both cases the Kempten-based company was also ranked amongst the top brands.
06 Feb 2012: Dachser wins Lufthansa Cargo Quality Award
Kempten/Frankfurt, 06 February 2012. For the second year running Dachser has received the Lufthansa Cargo Quality Award. Once again the logistics provider convinced Lufthansa through the highest delivery quality among Germany’s major air freight forwarders.
Performance was measured according to quality parameters such as compliance with the scope of delivery, punctuality and handling care. In 2011, Dachser again secured first place in the category for major forwarders with over 10,000 air way bills.
The objective behind the Lufthansa Cargo Quality Awards is to achieve highest quality standards in the interaction between air freight forwarding and airline. “It is unusual for a logistics provider to receive the award two years in a row,” says a pleased Jürgen Huber, general manager of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics Germany, adding: “Quality has top priority at Dachser. The award sets us apart from other major German air freight forwarders and confirms that we are on the right track.”
Picture: Jürgen Huber, General Manager Dachser Air & Sea Logistics Germany, and J. Florian Pfaff, Vice President Area Management Lufthansa Cargo Germany, at the award ceremony.
01 Feb 2012: Dachser IT certified to ISO 27001
TÜV rubberstamps information security: Customer data in safe hands worldwide
Kempten, 1 February 2012. Dachser has had its central IT services, computer centres, infrastructure and IT departments certified against the internationally recognized standard for information security, ISO/IEC 27001:2005.
Independent inspectors from TÜV SÜD (the German Technical Inspection Association) confirm that Dachser’s information security management system is of the highest standard. Thanks to the certificate, customers can be certain that their data are in safe hands with Dachser. After all, the company’s forwarding and warehouse management systems, as well as its eLogistics Internet applications, are defined and programmed in-house by Dachser’s central IT division in Kempten, which then makes them available worldwide. The result is uniform and highly integrated systems.
“Customers do not just send us data. They also trust us to treat their sensitive business information responsibly. As an internationally operating logistics provider, we need to comply with these high standards of information security worldwide and be able to prove that we are doing so,” is how Christian von Rützen, Dachser’s team leader for IT security, explains the decision to undergo certification.
Certification to ISO/IEC 27001:2005 covers all aspects of information security, ranging from technical areas such as virus protection, spam defence and the security of Internet applications to system reliability and emergency planning and on to organizational aspects such as confidentiality agreements with external IT service providers and consultants. The standard requires a risk management system to be in place at all levels to enable the plethora of risks to be appropriately classified and managed. Above all, certification to ISO/IEC 27001:2005 is not designed as a snapshot but as an ongoing process of improvement. Only those that work on their security processes consistently will be able to pass the annual surveillance audit and ultimately be able to renew their certificate.
“The ISO 27001 certification is a milestone for our IT,” comments Stefan Selbach, manager of Dachser’s information technology division. “Modern supply chains rely on intelligent, failsafe IT systems. With core IT systems and elogistics Internet applications that are uniform, highly integrated and now also certified as secure, Dachser is well equipped to meet the current and future needs of its international customers.”
30 Jan 2012: Dachser Far East: new warehouse in Shanghai
Kempten/Shanghai, 30 January 2012. The internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, is expanding its contract logistics activities in China. A new warehouse in Shanghai with 10,000 square metres was recently put into operation.
Due to the growing demand for contract logistics services, the existing warehouse that opened in July 2007 had reached its capacity limits. The new facility is located close to the centre of Shanghai directly on the G2 Beijing-Shanghai expressway and the G 1501 Shanghai ringroad, giving speedy access to the Greater Shanghai administrative area with its 23 million inhabitants. Other cities of over a million inhabitants, including Suzhou and Wuxi, are just a one- or two-hour drive away.
The new warehouse provides space for up to 16,000 pallets in an area of 10,000 square metres. “China is and will continue to be a key bridgehead for the expansion of our intercontinental network,” says Thomas Reuter, managing director of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics.
The new warehouse is managed with the help of Dachser’s proprietary warehouse management system, Mikado. The operational and administrative warehouse management software has been long established in Europe and for the past five years has also been used very successfully in China. Additionally, the warehouse is equipped to a high standard with modern shelving systems that fully comply with all fire prevention requirements. Access controls, video surveillance and a round-the-clock security service ensure the necessary security on the 20,000-square-metre site. Covered and lowerable loading ramps permit safe and easy goods handling.
Dachser has been active in China for over thirty years and currently employs a staff of 650 at 15 locations in Greater China.
26 Jan 2012: Dachser Schönefeld on the road to success
New warehouse / expansion of food transit terminal / renewal of contract with Dallmayr
Kempten/Schönefeld, 26 January 2012. For Dachser’s logistics centre in Berlin 2012 is set to be a year of growth. The internationally operating logistics provider is undertaking not one, but two construction projects. With this, the Brandenburg facility is among other things creating space for customers like Dallmayr, which has just extended its logistics contract with Dachser by several years.
In December 2011, Dachser signed a contract with the investor Helios Europe to construct a 15,000-square-metre warehouse with approximately 22,000 pallet spaces and 18 bays. A further 14,000 square metres of space is optionally available for future expansion. Helios had acquired large areas for the construction of logistics facilities on land immediately adjacent to the Dachser branch office. “The new warehouse will provide a foundation for expanding our contract logistics activities,” says branch office manager Olaf Schmidt. “Right on our own doorstep.”
For the traditional Munich-based coffee specialist, Dallmayr, the new warehouse comes at just the right time, having recently extended its contract with Dachser by several years. The logistics provider handles procurement and distribution for Dallmayr’s coffee segment with a capacity of 10,000 pallet spaces. “In addition to the storage of production materials and a wide range of coffee products, Dachser also provides various supplementary services for us, such as display and mixed case building, or quality controls,” explains Dr Johannes Dengler, a member of the management board of Alois Dallmayr Kaffee OHG, praising the process competence of the Allgäu-based logistics provider.
Parallel to this, construction work is scheduled to start in spring on a new 7,200-square-metre transit terminal for food on the site of Dachser’s Schönefeld branch office which will allow 76 vehicles to be loaded and unloaded at the same time. After completion of the new terminal the current food handling area will be utilized for industrial goods, providing a dedicated space totalling 10,500 square metres with 115 bays. Expansion of the site to a total of just under 90,000 square metres also necessitates creation of a second access and 75 additional parking spaces for swap bodies.
The new warehouse will start operations in October 2012, the food transit terminal in February 2013.
20 Jan 2012: Emmi relies on Dachser
Kempten, 20 January 2012. Switzerland’s largest milk processor, Emmi, and Dachser Food Logistics, a leading German provider of temperature-controlled food logistics services, have signed a warehousing and distribution logistics contract for the German market.
From 1 July, Dachser Food Logistics will handle logistics for dairy and fresh food products as well as Swiss cheese for Emmi. As part of the deal, Emmi Germany will occupy around 3,000 pallet spaces at the Allgäu logistics centre in Memmingen. Here, the products, over two thirds of which will come from Switzerland, will be consolidated with products from Germany, Italy or other countries, picked and delivered to customers in Germany and parts of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Furthermore, Dachser will provide a range of supplementary services for Emmi, such as display building, finishing, labelling, web-based order tracking and delivery of sample and trade fair consignments. The new business will generate around 30 new jobs in Memmingen this summer.
The highly modern distribution centre, built in 2008 in compliance with the latest hygiene and environmental standards, already provides storage capacity for the products of many food customers, including well-known names from the dairy processing industry, in a chilled area of 20,000 square metres. This portfolio will enable Emmi to benefit from synergies in the warehouse and in daily groupage distribution to German retailers. Emmi regards Dachser’s many years of experience in contract logistics with temperature-sensitive foodstuffs as an additional advantage. The Memmingen location is certified in accordance with the EU Organic Farming Regulation, IFS Logistics and DIN ISO 9001:2008.
“In Dachser’s logistics centre in Memmingen we have identified an optimal location for linking up with the Emmi group’s European network as well as for distributing goods to our discerning customers in Germany,” says Dr Elisabeth Wagner-Wehrborn, managing director of Emmi Germany, of the arrangement. “Dachser will provide us with all our logistics services from a single source, from collection of the goods directly from production through to delivery – including electronic proof of delivery. What’s more, Dachser is an innovative, sustainable company with high quality standards. It fits well with Emmi. We are confident that Dachser’s high service level will enable us to further expand our market presence in Germany.”
12 Jan 2012: South Africa: Jonen Freight becomes Dachser
Kempten/Johannesburg, 12 January 2012. One year after foundation of the joint venture between Dachser and Jonen Freight, the South African logistics provider is being rebranded and will from now on operate under the name Dachser South Africa (Pty.) Ltd. The ownership structure remains unchanged.
“The new name reflects the integration of the company into the Dachser network, through which we link South Africa with the world’s major economic centres,” says Thomas Reuter, managing director of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics. South Africa is a substantial market and an important node in this network.
The joint venture draws a positive balance after the first operating year. “Revenue has grown by over ten percent,” says Detlev Duve, managing director of Dachser South Africa and son of Jonen’s founder. The company has been active in South Africa for over 30 years. “We currently employ a staff of 157, which is 35 more than a year ago,” says German-born Duve.
Dachser South Africa has branch offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. As well as air and sea freight services, the logistics provider offers its customers a wide range of supplementary services such as customs clearance, warehousing and distribution.
10 Jan 2012: Dangerous Goods Competence for Romania
Dachser strengthens its European network with one of the most modern dangerous goods warehouses in the region
Kempten/Ploiesti, January 10, 2012. Dachser has opened a dangerous goods warehouse near Bucharest with an area of approximately 6,500 square metres and 11,500 pallet spaces. As currently the only warehouse in Romania, the facility, with an investment volume in excess of ten million euros, complies with the Seveso II Directive (96/82/EC).
“The facility in Ploiesti is a flagship project in the expansion of our European logistics network,” comments Michael Schilling, managing director European Network Management & Logistics Systems at Dachser. “With this commitment, Dachser is setting standards for the entire growth region.”
Dachser Romania has constructed the warehouse with the support of Liegl & Dachser. The Hungarian joint venture has operated a dangerous goods warehouse in compliance with the strict Seveso II Directive in Pilisvörösvár near Budapest since 2006.
Engelbert Liegl, managing director of Liegl & Dachser Hungary, explains: “In combination with the excellent connection to the Dachser Eurohub in Bratislava, we are able to offer international customers from the chemical industry efficient and safe contract logistics for the entire region”.
Dangerous goods in the VCI dangerous goods classes 2, 3, 4.1, 6.1, 8, 10–13 can be stored safely in Ploiesti. The facility is divided into six fire protection zones separated by fire protection walls and doors. Sprinklers with foam mixing system are installed at each storage level. The dangerous goods warehouse is also equipped with fire alarm systems and sensors for combustible and toxic volatile substances. The warehouse floor is waterproof and repels oil and chemicals.
Dachser stores twice as much extinguishing water in Ploiesti as is legally required. Tanks and lines to the warehouse can be heated when temperatures fall below zero. Two special 2,000-cubic-metre concrete retaining basins beneath the facility ensure that not a single drop of contaminated extinguishing water or liquids escaping as a result of accidents or damage can seep into the ground. The high shelves can withstand earthquakes up to a magnitude of 8 on the Richter scale. Additional stability is guaranteed by supplementary metal clips and twice the amount of steel as is usually used. These measures are unique in any racking system in Europe.
“The new warehouse underscores our dangerous goods competence. The safety measures are in line with the latest technological standards,” explains Steve Heidner, Central Dangerous Goods Management at Dachser.
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