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Dachser builds on its growth driver

Revenue up by a solid 1.6 percent in 2019; European overland transport grows 2.9 percent; EUR 151 million invested in logistics facilities and IT systems

Kempten, April 7, 2020. Even as the global economy becomes increasingly weaker, Dachser was able to continue growing in 2019. The logistics provider increased its consolidated net revenue by a solid 1.6 percent to EUR 5.66 billion. Driving this growth was again the Road Logistics business field, net revenue rose by 2.9 percent to EUR 4.60 billion. In contrast, the Air & Sea Logistics business field saw a decline of 4.1 percent, mainly attributable to weaker demand for air freight services for automotive customers.

The revenue growth at the Group level contrasts with declining shipment and tonnage figures. Although the number of shipments was down by around 3.7 percent from 83.7 to 80.6 million, tonnage fell only slightly compared to the previous year, slipping by 1.0 percent from 41.4 to 41.0 million metric tons. “When the economic wind turns, quality and reliability count more than ever,” says Bernhard Simon, CEO of Dachser. “That’s why we’re all the more committed to ensuring our employees are well-qualified and motivated and why we’re continuously investing in our network, our processes, and our IT.”

Business development in detail

Dachser’s Road Logistics business field—which comprises the transport and storage of industrial goods (European Logistics) and food (Food Logistics)—continued to provide stability while driving growth at the company. In 2019, Road Logistics increased its consolidated net revenue by 2.9 percent from EUR 4.47 to 4.60 billion. The Business Line European Logistics contributed 3.63 billion Euro (+2.4 percent) to the Road Logistics revenue. “Cross-border services remained strong and contract logistics saw positive development throughout Europe. Although the situation on the freight market relaxed in the course of 2019, the shortage of drivers and lack of qualified personnel in Germany and many other European countries continues to be our most pressing challenge,” Simon explains.

Dachser’s Food Logistics business line achieved the strongest growth in 2019, recording revenue growth of 5.1 percent from EUR 917 to 964 million. The number of shipments handled declined by 1.7 percent and tonnage saw a slight rise of 0.6 percent. “Food Logistics has been a reliable pillar of our business model for years,” Simon says. “The alliances with our partners in the European Food Network have proven to be extremely stable and fruitful.”

In the Air & Sea Logistics business field, revenue declined by 4.1 percent in 2019, from EUR 1.19 to 1.14 billion; the number of shipments was down by 5.6 percent. “In Air and Sea Logistics, we’re feeling the effects of the business climate, which is very volatile and greatly impacted by the disruptions to world trade,” Simon says. “In our air freight business, the effects of the weak demand for transport services from the German automotive industry are particularly evident.” In 2019, Dachser took steps to future-proof this business field. These included adding the life sciences/pharmaceutical and fashion & sports sectors to its customer portfolio and expanding rail services along the New Silk Road. Air and sea transports, particularly for LCL, were connected more tightly with the European overland transport network. In addition, the rollout of Dachser’s Othello transport management system, developed in-house, is now essentially complete. “By mid-2020, we will use our own transport management system to handle 99 percent of all shipments. The resultant improvements in efficiency and productivity allow us to add further value for our customers,” Simon says.

In the coronavirus crisis – An anchor of stability in difficult times

To further improve the quality of its services, last year the family-owned company invested EUR 151 million in the construction or expansion of transit terminals and warehouses and in IT systems and technical equipment. Investments of a similar amount are planned for the current year, too. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Dachser, like many companies, will have to readjust its targets. Simon explains: “The final impact on our business is difficult to predict; all we can do is reassess the situation daily and respond accordingly, taking an agile and flexible approach.  In view of the current restrictions on business activities, we can’t avoid a downturn in volume in our industrial goods business, especially in Spain and France. However, in terms of our service portfolio and customer structure, we deliberately adopt a very broad position so that we can adapt well to new scenarios. As a logistics provider, we are a key link in the basic supply chain for the food sector, and we expect this business to remain relatively stable.”

Dachser further increased its equity ratio in 2019 to over 57 percent. With its current workforce of some 31,000, Dachser has more employees than at any other point in its history. “We’re very proud of this because our employees are the heart and backbone of the service we provide. Securing jobs is our top priority in 2020,” Simon says. “We also want to remain a stable and reliable partner for customers and subcontractors. Together, we’ll overcome the crisis surrounding the coronavirus with fair prices and fair remuneration, and lay the foundations for future growth.”

Overview of net revenue:

About Dachser:

Thanks to some 31,000 employees at 393 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.7 billion in 2019. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 80.6 million shipments weighing 41.0 million metric tons. Country organizations represent Dachser in 44 countries. For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.com

Dachser expands its contract logistics capacities for Maas-Rhein logistics center

Dachser wins contract to provide contract logistics for Emerson’s Climate Technologies division in Europe and invests in Alsdorf

Alsdorf/Kempten, February 11, 2020. The US conglomerate Emerson is expanding its collaboration with Dachser. In view of the new European contract logistics mandate for Emerson’s Climate Technologies division, Dachser expanded its capacities in Alsdorf by adding a 7,000-square-meter warehouse.

Over the past 30 years, Emerson’s Climate Technologies division has steadily grown its European business, which includes products from the heating, climate control, ventilation, and refrigeration technology sector. Dachser has been providing transport services since 2003, but in the past Emerson relied on an in-house logistics solution for warehousing and packaging. What ultimately tipped the scales in favor of outsourcing the entire logistics process to Dachser was the many years of successful collaboration between the companies. 

New warehouse in Alsdorf

As part of the contract logistics agreement, Dachser will handle not only storage and picking, but also the end-customer-specific packaging of the products as a value-added service. Until now, Emerson has supplied its customers directly from the factory—from Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Ireland. The new warehouse in Alsdorf is now to be established as a central warehouse and distribution center for Europe with a view to bundling shipments more effectively.

The warehouse in Alsdorf offers space for up to 10,000 pallets and around 5,500 shelf spaces over an area of around 7,000 square meters. It also features the necessary office space and social areas. Located only three kilometers from Dachser’s Maas-Rhein logistics center, the distribution center for Emerson’s Climate Technologies division is also ideally connected to the Dachser transport network. Alsdorf is an important regional hub in the German-Dutch-Belgian border region. From here, Dachser operates direct routes to some 50 destinations in eleven countries. With its current workforce of more than 300, the location handles almost 85,000 shipments per month. European shipments dovetail with the services of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics, which also maintains a presence at the Alsdorf branch.

Dachser invests in expanding contract logistics

“Having a comprehensive logistics process chain from a single source has long since become a factor in the success of manufacturing companies like Emerson. This is why Dachser has been expanding its contract logistics services for some years now,” says Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany, who is responsible for Dachser’s transport and storage business for industrial goods in Germany. “Dachser’s European network offers a combination of warehousing expertise and short transportation times that is convincing more and more companies to enter into tailored contract logistics partnerships covering functions such as transportation, terminal handling, storage, and additional services. Our contract logistics concepts aim to increase the responsiveness and flexibility of our customers in terms of warehousing and transport. We’re sure that we will succeed in doing the same for Emerson,” Tonn says.

About Emerson:

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company that provides innovative solutions for customers in the industrial, commercial, and residential markets.  Emerson is divided into two core business platforms, Automation Solutions and Commercial & Residential Solutions. 

About Dachser:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, Dachser offers transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s range. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,600 employees at 399 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2018. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 83.7 million shipments weighing 41.3 million metric tons. Country organizations represent Dachser in 44 countries.

For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.com

GEODIS: Stéphane Cassagne named new Executive Vice President of Distribution & Express Line of Business

Stéphane Cassagne, Executive Vice President of the Distribution & Express Line of Business at GEODIS

Stéphane Cassagne has been appointed Executive Vice President of the Distribution & Express Line of Business at GEODIS. He is a member of the Group’s Management Committee, which is chaired by Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.   

Stéphane Cassagne holds a postgraduate degree in business law. He began his career in the Legal Affairs Department at Calberson in 1993, becoming Department Head in 1998. In 2003, he was named Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs for the GEODIS Group. In 2007, he took responsibility for the Group’s real estate, insurance and customs portfolios. Since 2013, he has served as Group Corporate Secretary.

Alongside his new duties, he will retain his role as Director of Group Real Estate.

“Stéphane Cassagne has all the necessary qualities and skills to succeed in his new missions. His great experience and knowledge of GEODIS are strengths that will contribute to the success of our ambition of being the growth partner for our clients,” said Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

TT Club Wins Marine Insurance Award in the Middle East

Caption:  Marine Insurance Award – TT Club
(l to r) Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard; Hamad Al Maghrabi, General Manager- Marine services, Abu Dhabi Ports; Julien Horn, Director TTMS (Gulf); Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

London & Dubai, 23rd October, 2019

The international freight and logistics insurer, TT Club was this week honoured at the sixth annual The Maritime Standard Awards in Dubai with the title of Marine Insurer of the Year 2019.

The award was presented to Julien Horn, Director of TTMS (Gulf), TT Club’s Network Partner based in Dubai, at a gala dinner held in the Atlantis Ballroom of The Palm.  In accepting the award Horn said, “TT Club is greatly honoured to receive such a prestigious award in recognition of its role as the leading insurer in the maritime, freight and logistics sector.  TT Club insures many of the region’s leading organisations from port authorities to terminal operators, transport and logistics companies to freight forwarders and has done so for over forty years”.

The occasion celebrated the achievements of the top performers in the industry in some style. Attended by over seven hundred top executives, the event demonstrated clearly why it has earned the right to be considered the leading awards ceremony for the industry in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent.

H.E. Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Shareef Al Khoori, Director General of the Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime, gave the keynote speech  saying “The maritime sector is an important incubator of economic growth and diversification, companies and organisations active in this sector are to be valued and encouraged. That is what these Awards tonight will do.”

The awards, held under the patronage of His Highness, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline, attracted a high standard of entries for each of the twenty awards presented on the night.

The judging panel had a tough challenge in deciding the winners.  The organisers, The Maritime Standard, pointed to the record number of entries of an exceptional quality, meaning those who were successful had to overcome tough competition, whatever the category.

TT Club, has a local presence in many parts of the world, including for over twenty-five years in the Middle East, which enables it to deliver its quality service globally.   Unlike general insurers, TT Club is a specialist in the field with 100% of its expertise coming directly from and being channeled to the marine and freight focused operators it insures. TT stands for ‘Through Transport’, reflecting the door-to-door nature of the risks covered. ‘Club’ denotes its mutual status, with membership belonging to its Members rather than shareholders – TT Club exists to serve its Members rather than for profit.

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About TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

www.ttclub.com

RTG cranes from Konecranes for the new Baltic port of Bronka

Saint-Petersburg, 15 June 2015

IMG_7413On 11 June the freighter “Meri” was the first vessel handled in the new Russian Baltic port of Bronka. She delivered the first three of a total of ten RTG cranes from Konecranes in Finland. The firm is among the world’s leading manufacturers of cranes and lifting gear. Arriving from Hanko in Finland, the “Meri” was the first merchant ship to transit the new, recently constructed canal providing access to Bronka, then making fast at the already operational Berth 3. Discharge of the three RTG cranes constituted a dress rehearsal for clearance of a vessel at the new terminal in Bronka, in advance of the official start of operations in Bronka in September. Delivered in a state of operational readiness, the RTG cranes rolled ashore from the “Meri” on their own wheels and will in future be deployed at the Port of Bronka container terminal. A second batch of three RTG cranes will be delivered by Konecranes in mid-August.

“We are extremely satisfied with the mutually agreed fitting-out of the RTG cranes ordered from Konecranes, and their punctual delivery. At our new Port of Bronka, we are installing highly efficient, state-of-the-art equipment. We are convinced that with these RTG cranes from Konecranes, we shall achieve high operating reliability and productivity in container handling at our new multi-purpose port,” says Alexei Shukletsov, CEO of the Port of Bronka.

Konecranes possesses immense knowhow in designing port solutions. The rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) supplied for container handling at the Port of Bronka not only fulfil normal performance specifications but also feature numerous standard innovative functions. While cutting maintenance costs, these also boost performance and reliability. This both enhances operational dependability and minimizes costs for maintenance and spares. In the tough operating conditions in the Russian Baltic port of Bronka, that will be a distinct advantage.

About the Port of Bronka

The deepwater Port of Bronka is being built on the Southern bank of the Gulf of Finland, on the outskirts of St. Petersburg and near the municipality of Lomonossov. The multi-functional cargo handling facility comprises two terminals plus a logistics centre. Covering 107 hectares, the container terminal offers five berths along quays extending 1,176 metres. The Ro-Ro terminal covers 57 hectares, and with a quay length of 630 metres permits simultaneous handling of three ships. At the first stage of construction, handling capacity of the container terminal totals 1.45 million TEU per year, plus 260,000 units at the Ro-Ro terminal. A first-stage water depth of 14.4 metres enables the Port of Bronka to handle post-Panamax vessels. The multifunctional Bronka handling facility is scheduled to enter service in September 2015.

Uniserve acquires Portall Solutions

London: 13 September 2012

Uniserve, the UK’s largest privately owned international freight and logistics company, has announced is acquisition of Portall Solutions Ltd, a finance and management consultancy business.  This signals Uniserve’s intention to redefine supply chain management services and to raise current standards of industry capability with its new concept of Global Trade Management (GTM).

Extending beyond the traditional freight forwarding competencies, the Portall product will provide Uniserve’s GTM service with a degree of flexibility designed to tackle today’s economic conditions and to exploit opportunities; an alternative approach to existing supply chain solutions which reflect past conditions.

Iain Liddell, Managing Director of Uniserve said “The acquisition of Portall will give us a significant addition to our range of capabilities.  It is our intention to lead the industry and promote the next generation of business support services, taking supply management to another level.  Our concept of Global Trade Management, or GTM, encompasses many skills and competencies in which Uniserve has been investing for some time.  To accelerate the growth of GTM, the 100% acquisition of Portall gives us a number of unique and innovative products to provide for our clients.”

The world class supply chains devised for many of our customers and other blue chip companies require to be updated constantly to remain world class.  To sustain this development Uniserve strives to up-date supply chain management structures by asking these crucial questions: is an existing supply chain designed for current trading conditions and for those of the foreseeable future; given limited growth in UK and EU markets, how can supply chain design facilitate those growth opportunities that do exist; how can opportunities to increase efficiency, not previously identified, be unlocked and what can be done to identify changing trends in rates and other performance metrics?

Uniserve believes with its global infrastructure of partners it is well placed to take advantage of the extremely competitive prevailing conditions and so react to these challenges to the benefit of our customers.

Liddell concludes, “Uniserve is pleased to be able to invest through this acquisition of Portall, adding to its knowledge bank and expertise.  Only companies like ours, with a strong balance sheet and a clear vision for the future, will be able to grow during this current down-turn.  We are confident that Uniserve will attain such growth through extended margins and a good return on this current investment.”

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About Uniserve Group

Established in 1984, Uniserve are the largest British privately owned international freight and logistics company in the UK. Working with an unrivalled network of professional partners across the world, Uniserve is a leading import and export consolidator and full load carrier, operating via air, sea and road.

We are experts in all major Global trade markets and specialists in Europe, China, South East Asia, and The Indian Subcontinent. At Uniserve we pride ourselves on our experienced, knowledgeable, dedicated team, selected from the finest in the industry to provide the best service and advice to you, across all modes and aspects of transport, import and export procedure.

www.uniservegroup.co.uk

www.portallsolutions.com

For further details please contact:

Mike Woodall

Tel:   0044 1708 259 400

Mobile:  0044 7557 092 606

Email:  maw@ugroup.co.uk