Monday, March 25, 2013

Freight and Logistics Partner Selected for Major International Skills Competition

Germany Event will present Serious Project Forwarding Challenge
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Over sixty five years ago two Spaniards decided there should be a chance for skilled craftsmen to demonstrate their talents on an international stage. That idea has gradually morphed into a biennial event for youngsters to show their prowess in their own particular crafts and this years show, WorldSkills 2013, will be held in Leipzig with DHL becoming its official logistics partner and transporting machinery and materials from fifty one countries and regions to the Exhibition Grounds in the freight forwarding group's home country.

This year the event, the worlds largest competition for vocational skills, will see the best young international trainees under the age of twenty two competing for medals in a total of forty six official disciplines under the patronage of none other than the German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. With more than 200,000 visitors from Germany and abroad expected at WorldSkills 2013 the event, held between the 2nd to the 7th July, provides an interesting platform for youngsters to get to know more about a broad range of trades, crafts, services and industries whilst also establishing contacts with companies and businesses.

As with all such international events WorldSkills 2013 Leipzig will doubtless provide more than a few headaches for the project logistics managers as several hundred tons of freight have to be not only carried and put in place but arrive in a properly coordinated fashion in time for the show and its 1,000 or more participants. Hubert Romer, CEO of WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, says he is confident that DHL possess the expertise to conclude the contract, commenting:

"The logistics for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 represents a truly enormous challenge: the competitions require the transportation of up to two million individual objects. We are delighted to have as our partner DHL, whom we can count on to handle this work successfully."

Photo: An image from WorldSkills 2011 which attracted over 200,000 visitors to the London based event.