Thursday, September 23, 2021

Danish Logistics Group Continues African Expansion Plan

Inauguration of New Strategic Hub
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH AFRICA – Last December we reported how DSV, or rather DSV Panalpina as it was then, had bought courier company Globeflight Worldwide Express and planned to move its management, together with most group division headquarters in the country, into the flagship DSV Park, Gauteng near O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Today that move became reality with the inauguration of the Park, the largest integrated logistics centre in the whole of Africa. With this centralised facility DSV says it will be able to provide more seamless service to customers, which it sees as an integral part of creating a strengthened and more efficient logistics network in South Africa.

The new site lies between Johannesburg and Pretoria with easy access to the East and West Rand. The logistics centre consists of approximately 130,000 m2 of buildings, and covers supply chain solutions from first to last mile controlled and managed under one roof, by DSV.

The new DSV logistics centre was officially being inaugurated at a virtual ceremony today, and the ceremony host and CEO of DSV Africa, Keith Pienaar, said:

“The inauguration of DSV Park Gauteng once again underlines DSV's strong commitment to South Africa and our will to grow the business in the region. DSV Park Gauteng consolidates several smaller offices and warehouses around Johannesburg into one large, modern logistics centre.

”The foundation of our values and culture is to promote an inclusive workforce and sustainable business practices. One consolidated facility will enhance collaboration and offer truly integrated supply chain solutions for our clients and customers.”

The sprawling complex houses a logistics warehouse of 79,000m2, a cross-dock facility of 41,000m2 and office space of 10,000m2. DSV’s divisions Air & Sea, Road, Solutions as well as the Shared Services function will be occupying the new logistics centre while other specific units such as Healthcare and parts of Mounties and Solutions will continue out of their current specialised facilities. Brian Almind Winther, EVP and Head of Group Property, DSV commented:

“With DSV Park Gauteng, DSV has developed a large-scale modern logistics centre which captures the essence of our consolidation strategy to create larger and more efficient facilities, enabling us to have many of our business units together under one single roof.

“We have packed the new DSV facility with solutions such as an innovative sorter that can handle 13,000 packages every single hour. Throughout the whole building process, we have also utilised our global experience to construct buildings where sustainability and resource optimisation have been fundamental in all processes.”

To further improve its infrastructure nationally in South Africa, DSV is also building a consolidating logistics centre in the Western Cape called DSV Park Cape Town. This site will be located near the Cape Town International Airport, and close to the harbour and industrial and commercial hubs.