Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Have New HQ and More Rail and Air Cargo Services

Heathrow Sees Schenker Establish a Bigger Base Whilst Enlarging Existing Offerings
Shipping News Feature

UK – POLAND – ISRAEL – Schenker Limited, the UK arm of the global services provider DB Schenker Logistics and a familiar name in forwarding, formally opened its new head-quarters building at London Heathrow on the 8th October. Board members, customers, key suppliers and a team from developers of industrial property SEGRO, joined the DB Schenker team to celebrate the completion of the 9,900 square metre facility, which will also be the main airfreight hub for the UK. The building is part of the development group’s Portal Site adjacent to the main cargo terminal and which houses other notable’s such as Rolls Royce and Andy Gulliford, SEGRO’s Chief Operating Officer said:

“We are delighted to have completed DB Schenker’s new facility at Heathrow, this new and highly sustainable facility will now become the main air freight hub for DB Schenker in the UK. It’s great for SEGRO and Heathrow to welcome a major new customer and we are very proud to be associated with such a significant development.”

DB Schenker intends to cut its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 measured against 2006 levels and the new corporate office is constructed as a ‘green building’, which is designed to achieve 25% lower CO2 emissions than the previous standard and features low and zero carbon air source heat pumps which service both office comfort cooling and warehouse under-floor heating. In constructing the new facility 95% of concrete was recycled from the original site and the building has also been awarded a BREEAM rating of Excellent (BRE Environmental Assessment Method).

There is also rainwater harvesting, a heat recovery ventilation system and both PIR (passive infrared) and photoelectric lighting controls which means less emission of carbon dioxide and all of which will contribute to the group’s aforementioned sustainability strategy ‘DB 2020’ leading Helgi Ingolfsson, Schenker Managing Director, to comment:

“The facility is perfectly located for access to all areas of the airport and our 15 year lease, shows real commitment to London Heathrow. What we wanted was to make DB Schenker, Heathrow a very modern facility that is ‘The place to work’ at London Heathrow, a great environment for our people to work in. Beyond we wanted an eco-friendly facility to handle our airfreight customers’ cargo in, both now and in the future. I think we have achieved that.”

DB Schenker Rail simultaneously announced that it has launched a second weekly rail freight service between the UK and Poland. The first departure left Barking on the 8th October at 23:36 for its destination of Wroclaw, Poland, hauling a range of manufactured retail goods.

This train has also become the second regular rail freight service to use the High Speed 1 rail route, the only European sized railway in the UK, meaning the train can be loaded with European sized curtain sided swap bodies, enabling greater volumes to be moved by rail and encouraging modal shift from road to rail.

DB Schenker Logistics also recently announced that it has expanded its service between Israel and the UK with a four times weekly air freight consolidation as well as a dedicated weekly ocean freight groupage. The Israeli Network partner Orian Ltd, part of the DB Schenker Logistics network, will play a considerable role in promoting the increase in activity. David Harrison, Commercial Director, Schenker Limited said:

"This additional capacity is our response to the increasing demand from customers. We have also invested dedicated personnel who know this market able to pass on their knowledge regarding documentation and customs regulations. This shows potential clients that we are very much tuned into the Israeli market demands and trends, which allow us to offer an outstanding service.”

Photo: The Portal development at London Heathrow hosts several prestigious customers.