Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Formula One ™ Maintains That Freight Forwarding Connection and Announces Dubai Expansion

Logistics Group Celebrates Ninth Year of Sponsorship Whilst Developing New Service Centre
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – UK – WORLDWIDE – DUBAI -  Once again the red and yellow logo of logistics group DHL will be seen around the world’s racetracks as the German group announced an extension to its partnership with Formula One™. The deal, which will see DHL maintain its Official Logistics and Global partner designations for motor sport's elite competition, continues a longstanding partnership that officially began in 2004. DHL will also continue to sponsor the DHL Fastest Lap Award in recognition of the driver who delivers the highest number of fastest laps throughout each FIA Formula One World Championship™ season. Roger Crook, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, commented:

"Formula 1™ is a perfect fit for DHL's world-class portfolio of global partnerships, and we are delighted to be extending our cooperation with Formula One Management and the teams. Our partnership is built on a shared commitment to values such as speed, precision and conquering new frontiers. DHL has long been a pioneer in global transportation and supply chain management and has over 25 years of experience in motorsports logistics, specifically. We are confident that we can continue to add exceptional value to Formula 1™ as it expands to new markets and continuously innovates to deliver excitement to its global fan base."

As Official Logistics partner, DHL will continue to provide a comprehensive range of logistics services in support of the FIA Formula One World Championship™, including express, ocean and air freight, customs brokerage and specialist handling at race circuits. The company says that its complementary strengths of logistics and express divisions can ensure that the challenge of shipping diverse, sensitive and high value items such as race cars, components, broadcast equipment and fuel over 19 race locations across 5 continents within demanding timeframes. The partnership was endorsed by Bernie Ecclestone himself, the Formula One Group CEO who said:

"We are very pleased to be continuing our winning partnership with DHL over the coming seasons. We have a longstanding operational and commercial relationship with DHL, and we are more than happy to have DHL as one of our global brands again, who are dedicated to delivering exceptional quality. As Official Logistics partner, DHL continues to play an important role in Formula 1™, and they in turn will benefit immensely from the opportunity to showcase their brand to one of the most committed and passionate global fan bases of any sport."

In other DHL news the group today unveiled its largest Express ground operations facility in the Middle East and North Africa at an official ground breaking ceremony at the site within Meydan's Racecourse district, a prime location just minutes from the heart of Dubai. Frank-Uwe Ungerer, Country Manager for DHL Express UAE, commented:

"The new DHL Express UAE facility is a logistics milestone in DHL's Middle East and North Africa network and we are extremely proud to be partnering with Meydan to launch our largest ground operations facility in the region. As the region's economy goes from strength to strength this new facility marks not only a milestone in the growth of DHL but also of the UAE economy.

“Since DHL first began operations in 1976, our growth has mirrored that of the UAE. DHL's latest investment will help to further consolidate the global connectivity of the UAE by connecting the Middle East to DHL's global network for at least the next 20 years, and thereby ensuring continued growth through improved transit times and network reliability. This outstanding investment will further cement our leadership position in terms of connections, convenience and cost-effectiveness."

DHL says that the new facility, to be completed in Q3 2014, reaffirms the freight group’s strong foothold in the logistics industry in the area and on completion DHL's expansion will meet that of the growing needs of businesses there to offer faster access to international markets. The new venture will bring another addition to the 261 service centres which stretch across nineteen countries in the region.